Downton likes to close their final episode of the regular series in much the same way every year–in the summer. Fellowes loves these pastoral images of green lawns and summer whites and the whole village turning out in the sunshine while smiling. The Granthams are the are shown to be hard working overseers, bring entertainment and markets to the masses in the form of the Church Bazaar, the farmers and townspeople wander around looking happy, the children have potato sack races and ice cream. Ice cream solves everything, no?
This being the end of this series, the show also decided to wrap u as many story lines as they could–such as they are. Not everything, of course. The cast were not just signed for Series Four last year, but Series Four and Five, and plenty of stories were obviously left to be resolved next fall when the show returns.
Take Edith and her pregnancy. Of course, she’s only second trimester, and magically not showing yet. But she is acting out of character, like walking out with Branson and Mary to look at the new pigs. Since when has she cared a whit for the running of Downton? No, she’s only along so she can see the new Pig Man get hired, who you all may remember a few episodes ago as “That Farmer Lord Grantham Made The Loan To.” He is ever so grateful, as is his wont. His gratefulness is taking on Grantham Problems gives Edith the grand notion to give him her baby to raise while he’s at it. After all, it’s no harder than a pig! But before she can go through with this, Rosalind shows up and Downton and then practically moves in under the pretext of helping with the Bazaar. Her suggestion–which is not a suggestion, but a fait accompli–to do the traditional thing and go abroad. Proof no one cares about Edith–Cora doesn’t even question this sudden and bizarre choice, let alone the timing, which screams “hiding a pregnancy.” At least the Dowager is not so easily fooled, or at least cares enough to notice and bankroll it. Not that Edith is happy with this, but at least goes along with not saddling the Pig man with her spawn, as this means she won’t have to tell mummy and daddy.
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