He made Thomas Barrows such a horrible villain that JF should be chastised as homophobic!
I couldn't agree more! Time is running out for JF re. this series. He created so many wonderful characters but his management of their stories has been shocking. So many silly plots, repetitive plot lines - I have despaired at times. I think he and Gareth Neame have a Mary fixation at the expense of the other characters and this has damaged the show e.g the two series devoted to her new suitors which went down like a lead balloon! Downton badly needs fresh input and fresh writing - but don't hold your breath!
you said a mouth full there they need new writers, Mary, Bowers, and Bates sagas are getting old.I love bates though.
Maybe at the ending of the show Thomas will have found someone with whom he can spend the rest of his life with - if not another man then a woman who doesn't care about his being homosexual (like how Joan Clarke was still willing to marry Alan Turing even after he revealed the truth to her).
What do you think?