Downton Abbey: Season 3 Episode 4 (spoilers)
NOOOOOOOOOOOO. Not Sybil. Why not Edith? No one likes her anyway. So last week, I asked for them to do something big. I am afraid that I killed Sybil. I shouldn't have said anything. Why not kill Branson, like we care about him? I think this was a bold and good choice for the show. The main point of the show is Lord Grantham losing the power and peace he once had. When the series began, everything was going his way. The Titanic hit an iceberg and his lifeboat has slowly been taking on water ever since. Now, his stodgy behavior has cost him his daughter. I also do not think his wife is going to be very interested in him for quite awhile. The more Carson and Lord Grantham lose control of their world, the better the show is. Order The Book: Watching Maggie Smith is a like attending the Actor's Studio on a weekly basis. How many actresses can totally break your heart with just a walk? Her walking across the front room of Downton was earth shattering. They even filmed her from behind and you just felt the presence of a class actress. Here is an actor that doesn't even need to use their face to show you they are acting. I have heard rumblings of Maggie leaving the show. They would be much better off limiting her role but keeping her on. If you have to back up the money truck to keep her...do it.
OK, the Bates story. I swear I don't give a rat's ass if that guard tries to mess up Bates getting out of prison. I am not saying this in a "I love to hate this story line" way. It is awful and dumb. Let the poison, suicide, meat pie, get him out of jail and forget this awful story line ever happened. We are over it. This is also the longest running storyline they have ever done on this show. I mean "Bates in jail" was longer than WORLD WAR I. Come on!
Finally, I have been forgetting to mention Isobel Crawley's story with the whore maid. I really like this subplot. The reason it works for me is that I love when they show that the servants are just as stuck up as the people they serve. This is exactly how the republican party gets poor people to vote for them. The idea that people who serve people would judge another servant is totally human. This is my favorite B Plot of the season. I can't believe there are only 2 left. I freaking love this show. What about Thomas? Why not kill him. Not my Sybil?
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