I recognize that after the latest episode that ends with Edith running off with Marigold, there is slim to no chance that Gregson is not dead. The thinnest thread to hold this notion together is Lord Grantham's remark that "what is left of him" was found. It's reasonable that not much would be left of a corpse so long dead, but....
Either way, they would tearfully embrace one another unless she gives him a smack. But, I'm doubting he will. Some viewers might be upset with JF for making us think he is dead only to bring him back.
The pilot episode of Poldark made me think of that possible scenario of Gregson showing up at dinner one night. Well, here's hoping his love would not have gotten in too deep with Pelham or another man if that did happen, like with Ross Poldark.
Julian recently announced that the season and show finale will include no mention of Hitler, so for me as much as I want Gregson back I think hopes for that are now dashed, unless when Gregson tells his story of survival and suffering in Germany somehow Hitler is left out, or the story is told off-screen. Posible, but highly unlikely.
Well then, if the theme is resolution as JF says, they had resolve Gregson's death a little better than last season did - not leave us with quick, shaky evidence.
When he was asked about Gregson months ago he certainly was evasive.
He was probably just messing with us. Even if it was after the UK and US had seen season 5 (if the interview was indeed done after all season 5 was shown), the focus was on the play he was doing. But I can see why some of us might hope he was deliberately being evasive to avoid certain spoilers. Still, I cannot get my hopes up anymore.
Still, it does make you wonder a bit.
Gregson could always return before the Christmas special. If he did, he would probably return somewhere between episodes 6 and 8, I imagine. On the other hand, that is a good point.
That's exactly what I thought watching Episode 5.06. for the first time a few weeks ago. Sadly, there are a few inconsistencies in the plot considering Gregson's disappearance and death.
If the night of the 8th/9th November is indeed his day of arrivial in Munich what took him so long to get there? If he'd arrived before that date, why was no detective able to find him? You'll need some food, a place to stay at least.
This man was an editor, he did writing for his living. Why couldn't he apparently find the time to write a letter for months? Dead men cannot write letters, of course.
I know, I won't ever get an answer to these questions but still they gnaw at me.
I came to the conclusion that briefly mentioning the Bierkeller Putsch was the writer's way to put his death into the wider context of history, trying to strengthen the fact that he was a courageous and honerable man. Still, they could've shown that without mentioning the Bierkeller Putsch; the SA was formed in 1920.
I dont remember the dates well, but the story was that in his first night or day in Germany, he had a encountered with the brown shirts (the nazis), he started a discussion with them for the things that they were preaching and got in some troubles (we can farly assume that a fight). Again we can farly assume that he was killed in that fight, then the police started to investigate. We must remember that in those times in Germany there were a lot of gang fights involving the Brown Shirts, they carried guns and were prety violent, they even had little battles against the comunist and social democrats every day, so another man killed by the BrownShirts in that time it would be surprising in Germany in that time. Also the post war Germany was a caos (economical crisis, poverty, people without jobs, etc) so institutions like the police would be poorly working and trying to keep some order, etc. So for that reason, the only hope consisted in sending someone from England to know what happen there.
In that precise time, ocured the Bierkeller Putsch, again more caos in a already caotic country, so the investigations got delayed because of that. When Edith´s finally got the news about his death, we didnt see it, but Robert said that the Brown Shirts were involved, that the security forces needed a lot of time to take the city again, and then they could do some investigations and they could find the body and etc.
However tough on Edith at the time, I am not sure this didn't work out for the best. As Matthew hinted, Gregson's atttitude towards Edith was not 100% aboveboard and honest. He started asking her out without having made any attempt to explain that he was already married: given what this could do to her reputation, not a kind thing to do. (remember the married man who took Rose out in series 4- clearly revealed as a "cad" to use a period term by that very act). Then he expected her to live with her as his mistress- and was asking for the blessing of her family. Then he came up with this German scheme- which presumably would either involve her leaving her family and everything she had behind to live in Germany, or live in England with a man who had obtained a foreign divorce but would still be regarded as a bigamist by the English.
I like Bertie- the man who quietly gets on with making the coffee.
What do you think?