Finally I watched the CS episode (I'm late, I know) and I was a bit dissapointed. Not just how they handled the plot overall the season (suicide attempt and no development at all!), Thomas was the only character clearly with a bittersweet/sad ending.
1. He's working at the house he tried to kill himself like three months ago.
2. And because there's no better choice. No good job with the Stiles, no clock shop, not sportsman, not anything else.
3. He's gonna be butler, which is ironic because he's the only character that since the beginning had tried to escape actively from servitude/be his own boss/be rich/upgrade his social status.
4. He's gonna be butler, in a world where servants/butlers are dissapearing. In four years there's the Crash plus the rest of the staff are quiting the jobs/being only part of the time.
5. No scheeming anymore. What makes him so entertaining it was his dry sense of humour and his nasty behaviour. IIt seems the fire is extinct (well, ice) forever.
6. He doesn't get laid and apparently he won't. (Remember Dr Clarkson about doing the best with the thing he has). Like... Everybody is with someone. Even Tom with the editor that appeared three seconds. When they talked again about Peter Pelham (100% sure he was gay, anyone?), I just thought "what a waste, a spin off of Thomas & Peter adventures in Tanger" XD
Do you think it was intended as a happy ending or Fellowes was scared of conservative audience? Or he wanted to make a moral point of some sort? Any thoughts?