Downton Abbey: 5 Big Romances Foiled During Episode 3

By Jessica Rawden 11 months ago discussion comments
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“Anna
Anna And Bates
Last week, Anna was ravaged by a visiting employee named Mr. Green. The event was one of the most heartbreaking that Downton Abbey has ever portrayed, and it was completely understandable that Anna would be distant and quite shaken up after the event. At least, it was understandable to the audience. It was less easy for Bates to understand his wife’s behavior, since she hadn't told him the truth about what transpired during episode 2. This week, we saw him continue to try to coax a smile out of her at every opportunity. Anna never smiled, but she did request to move out of the dwelling she shared with her husband and return to the servants quarters at Downton.

It was tough to see Anna and Bates behaving as if they couldn't get on the same page. The two have offered one of the few lasting romances on Downton Abbey, and their stability proved to be a relief much of the time when there was plenty of other drama going on. She stuck by Bates’ side when he was accused of murder, and it’s hard to believe the disconnect between the couple will last. It will not be easy for Anna to forget or forgive after being raped, but we can be hopeful it will happen eventually. Until then, we are counting the disconnect as another foiled romance.

“Rose
Rose And Jack
In total Titanic fashion, the Lady Rose has found another potential romance in a young man named Jack. The two met during an outing away from Downton, but Tom, Mary and the gang were quick to foil any potential romance for two reasons. The first concerned Jack's profession as a singer, making him a member of the working class. The second was Jack’s skin color, as interracial relationships in the early 1900s were very much frowned upon. In a move Lady Rose defined as “rude,” Tom extracted the young lady away from any budding romance, but a multi-episode arc says that Jack might be back to woo the young lady in the future.

This isn’t the first time this season that Rose has flirted with young men that her family might find distasteful. She’s even gone so far as to don a maid’s outfit to have some fun with a young man from a nearby village. Her family does the best they can to foil these plans and secure her a comfortable marriage, but we’ll have to wait and see how her romantic storyline pans out.

You can catch new episodes of PBS' Downton Abbey on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET.
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