I know what you mean. I haven't liked much how Mary grieved and then seemed to kick over the traces in contrast to Tom who mourned Sybil almost reverently.
Whilst you wipe the rabid Matthew fan-girl foam from your chins, do try to put yourselves in Mary's position; her husband died and it's terribly sad, but a young woman should not have to spend the rest of her life in Queen Victoria-esque, celibate mourning.
I don't think she should have stayed 'loyal', but if she had we may have been spared her ghastly suitor storylines.
I think she must be 'loyal' beacause Matthew was the right, she loved him mutch more then you can love enyone. Then she coud't leave him it's not right
Tom is hardly showing the signs of remaining a reverent widower forever. He did have sex with Edna, he was definitely interested in the ghastly Miss Bunting and the last episode suggested very strongly that he will end up marrying Edith's nice editor.
That would definitely have been better than what actually happened. Tbh, I can't really accept her with anyone who's not Matthew, but had we been given a new love interest, who was an interesting 3-dimensional character too, I wouldn't have minded her moving on. But Talbot? ugghhhh..
I totally agree with 184.108.40.206
It's not that she had to be a widow for the rest of her life but everything was so rushed in the Christmas Special. It's like Talbot showed up 5 minutes ago, his uncle had already prepared the documents, let's get married! I'm interested in you... oh wait, I'm not or... I'm hesitating... no I'm sure. It's not right. Leave Downton! Who's there? Oh Talbot! I have sweaty hands... okay let's get married! Rush-rush! Like the rest of the CS: let's find new couples. So unrealistic. A relation with Tony Gillingham woud've been more acceptable since the two knew each other since their childhood and not after two episodes!
Yea that Xmas episode where she agreed to marry Henry Talbot was much too rushed, especially compared to the slow pace of the courtship. I couldn't see the attraction to him at all. Bring back Tony Gillingham! Or even Charles Blake. He was quite charming.
Charles Blake was the best of the lot. Like Matthew, he had a foot in the traditional role and the modern world. Not quite middle class, but he had a real job. Talbot was basically nice looking and had enough family money to not need a real job. Blake had Mary's measure and liked her anyway, much as Matthew did. Tony may not have been as smart as Mary, but he was no dope and gave her good advice. His issue was he was much too conventional, so a bit dull. Blake was neither. Talbot? No, didn't see it. Talbot was handsome and I suppose sexy, but he and Mary had less chemistry than Mary and the long-suffering Evelyn. Mary had chemistry with Tony, but her chemistry with Blake was off the charts. And he was fun and made her laugh at herself--he made her her best self, like Matthew did.
It was a lazy ending. Mary should have ended the series single, leaving room for the return of Charles in possible movie. Now all a movie can give us is the death of the dowager and marriage of Tom. The series should have ended with Edith triumphant and Mary growing a bit of compassion.
What do you think?