Are you a fan of Downton Abbey? I find it simply swoonworthy. So when I read this post from the fabulous Nathan Bransford (link below), I had to add my dos centavos. When Bransford said, “What’s amazing about a drama as well-received as Downton Abbey is the sheer simplicity of its moral universe. The good characters are good and the bad characters are bad. That’s that. No one learns lessons, no one evolves (with the possible exception of Miss O’Brien), no one is especially complicated. Carson will always be dignified and Thomas the footman will always be a jerk. We don’t exactly spend a lot of time plumbing the depths of souls.”
So where does that leave Mr. Bates, I wonder? So far, everyone at Downton, especially his new wife Anna, believes Bates was unjustly imprisoned for the murder of his ex-wife Vera. Bates would easily fall in the “good” characters Nathan Bransford described above. Honestly, I find Bates storyline the least interesting of all in the Downton universe, and I think it’s because he is too unbelievably good. My fervent hope that the writers have something tricksy up their sleeves for Mr. Bates. I’m holding out hope that it really was him who fed is witchy ex-wife a heaping slice of arsenic pie. That would starch sweet Anna’s crinolines, eh?
Anyway, if you’re a sucker for Downton, check out Bransford’s post. What Writers Can Learn from Downton Abbey | Nathan Bransford, Author.