I think that's a wonderful idea - Mrs. Patmore & Daisy's FIL! There was a dearth of romance downstairs this season. Next season, I hope thinks look up for Mr. Moseley, Baxter, Daisy, Jimmy & the Bateses. Those two need a baby IMO. It would bring in another aspect of service that hasn't been shown - how servants raised families while waiting round-the-clock on someone else's family.
We'll I guess I'm in the minority. I liked this season of DA. I like how Fellowes will jump forward in time & cut out the boring, extraneous parts to get to the meat of the stories, like completely skipping over the "Edith & Rosamund road trip to Switzerland." I don't mind that we don't see the babies because I prefer watching Isobel & the Dowager Countess to Sybbie & George. LOVED the scenes at Grantham House & watching the Crawleys in the social whirl of London. And, yes, I like Rose. Without her, the Crawleys would still be talking pigs back in Yorkshire. Thank God she got them out of their rut (and Tom away from the snobby schoolteacher), and forced Lord Grantham into his Lord's uniform.
Downstairs, there weren't a lot of changes in staff. But, it's been nice to see Daisy grow from a scared scullery maid into an experienced cook in her own right. Watching Mrs. Patmore mentor her is touching. Just seeing all the relationships deepen has been fulfilling. And, frankly, I don't care if Mr. Bates did push that rapist to his death. He had it coming.
You tell her, Rob. The U.S. doesn't have historic locations among which to shoot?!?! Er, Carissa, have you ever travelled anywhere in the U.S.? We have an entire CONTINENT of estates that could easily double as Martha Levinson's New York mansion, Newport "cottage," Harold's yacht digs, & many, many more.
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