Is anyone getting a creeper vibe now with Mr. Bates since at least season 4. First he got all wierdo and controlling of Anna being friendly to Mr. Green (yes, he got written up as a rapist later in the episode) but it was so controling and weird of Bates to be so controlling of her. Then now he is so controlling of Anna. If she says she is keeping a diaphram for Mary I don't see why he can't just accept that and move on. He is sounding more and more controlling and insecure. What was written as a cute side love story is sounding like a prequel to a domestic violence situation.
Bates is becoming the personification of 'too much love'. After a certain point it's just, you know, past love. Take Sybil and Branson for instance. Branson would die for her but he also respected her and valued her for who she was: a person of her own, not a complete product of her ancestors, a politically minded woman who has interests and makes actual use of her warm-heartedness (nursing soldiers etc). This, for me at least, kept the story alive. Now, I know that Anna is the epitome of kindness and loyalty but other than that, it seems to me that Bates is in love with the IDEA of love more than he is with Anna. It's just getting tedious: the dark past of Bates and now this. I LOVE Anna but I think I agree with the person who started this thread; Bates IS getting more creepy as time goes by.
The Bates and Anna plotline, with its numerous complications, bores the wits out of me. I hope Green's murderer is discovered soon or that the quest to find the murderer is abandoned in order that viewers will have to see less and less of Bates and Anna.
I have to agree that it has gotten old that the Bates are soooo persecuted and thrown before their employers and viewers as being in ever continuing crisis. Could the writers not progress the story any better? I dunno, I'd just like to see them placed in a position of progress and slowly phased out. Also, it seemed to me what Bates was becoming a bit creepy when he finally learned the truth of Anna's assalt. His weird looks and stares and responses to Anna as well as to Mrs Hughes about it not being over caused me to wonder if he could postal on all of them. I think it was meant for him to come from a position of powerlessness. Now there is the thing with the diaphram. I just say let the couple heal and move the couple along.
Move them out of the show! They have served their time! Better that than these awful plots for them!
i love bates and anna. i just think the producers have to mess with them because so many people love them. i decided if this season doesn't A. let edith have some happiness, B. let the bates just have a nice romance that we all got hooked into c. if daisy leaves then i am out on the series. i am glad mary's first husband died, he was a self righteous winer. i love bates and anna interaction. in that day it was illegal for women to use birth control unless it was a matter of life and death. so that part is very realistic. only loose women used birth control and families were partriarchal without abuse. it was jus the time.
I don't think a controlling man would have enough self-awareness and honesty to let his wife know that she had "broken" his heart, as Bates did. He responded to something she said with, "Is that why you don't love me anymore?" or something to that effect. Controllers are not in touch with their feelings and they think anger and controling others is the way to handle their hurt or sad feelings. He has seen much, both in war and in prison, so he probably does have a lot of pent up anger. I agree, though - I don't think the writing regarding these two characters - as well as Edith's situation - is as good as it could be.
I love this thread. Yes, Bates personifies creepy. Yes, he is controlling, overbearing and distrusting. Yes, the story line went on WAY too long. Can't you just imagine his striking wife number 1? (Maybe he did kill her. Hmmm.) Bates and Anna seems to have a bit of chemistry at the beginning, but just a bit. Perhaps Bates was miscast. Not loving him.
They should have written that Mr. Green was poisoned by arsenic.
What do you think?