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Episode 503 Review

Lord Gillingam is making quite the entrance. Although Mary is still keeping her distance. I will say that Lady Mary, to me is a bitch. She comes off very harsh and Gillingam takes it like he owns it. The show is turning into almost uncertainty as Lady Mary desperately asks others to go on a ride with Gillingam, but none are willing to her avail. She is still very raw from the death of Matthew and anything is setting her off. Lord Gillingam is taking it very well though and he isn’t someone that will go easily.
This show sometimes is like watching paint dry as daily life becomes the best television show. It seems that Earl is keeping himself from whats going on by keeping himself at work. I don’t know what to think about it, but looking at the small little cues of avoidance gives us some sort of idea. Look at those cues for the answers.


As the episode continues, we see Violet Crawley call Mary on her avoidance or hesitance towards Gillingam. It’s clear at this point that Mary is keeping her distance and the tension arises between the two of them.

This episode is divided into the somber and the wicked. It seems that the family is falling apart one person at a time. Tom whines about everything while Isobel falls apart as Gillingam and Mary are spending more time together… after her sons death. One of the cooks has a heart attack as the stresses of running the kitchen has consumed her. Everyone in this episode has brought about a negative effect.

The only character as of now that I understand is Violet. She tells everything as it is and doesn’t take anything seriously. It is her that is the matriarch of the household and is the foundation. In the midst of the most horrible things happening at downton, the sadness and dysfunction, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

When you think there is hope, Anna has been raped. She is unable to look at Mr. Bates because of the disgust and dirtiness she feels about herself. She feels like she brought it upon herself and thus isn’t able to get close to Mr. Bates at the end. Mr. Bates as shown is confused and will scare him.

Thoughts that one should be pondering:

How does Mr. Bates feel for the change in Anna’s behavior?

How will this affect the entire house?

Why is it brought up that there is a cheat in the card room?

What does that foreshadow for later down the road?

What is going on in Anna’s head?

The past episodes have been something to think about. When a television show is about drama, dramatic things happen. As the years pass, we push the boundaries on what is shown on television more and more. Why is this done? Why did the writers at Downton Abbey push the way they did? We see this with revolutionary television shows trying to push boundaries.

Downton Abbey wanted to make a statement. The writers wanted something that would get people talking. The more controversy, the more people are talking, the more thought goes into the importance of the characters and the scenes. Rape is a very important issue around the world. It seems that we hide from it, scared of it. The message that seems to be shown on television is that these things happen, but what we do next that defines us.

Anna as most of us know, was raped two episodes ago outside by Mr. Green. No one saw what had occurred and the next episode showed Anna standing there among everyone else. The importance of this scene is to indicate the pain and anger in Anna and the repercussions she wants for Mr. Green. But also her vulnerability. She feels like she is infected with an incurable disease and that anyone who touches her is prone to the disease. At the moment, her anger has consumed her and thought process isn’t clear.

The writers want to show people after seeing very dramatic, the ways in which someone that has been abused can arise or fall from tough situations. Will Anna prevail, will she empower herself, or will she fall and do something unbelievable?

This is the real question that society should be asking themselves. If we keep it hidden in life, the only way to answer it is in a hypothetical scenario played out in a drama series!