"Meanwhile, Back at The Abbey - Lady Mary . . . "
With the possible exception of Edith, it always seemed to me that Mary had one of the most electrifying character arcs in the entire series. When we first met her - well - she was a bit of a haughty bitch. She's had a lover die 'in flagrante delicto.' (honestly, for the next several seasons, Drew and I kept a running tally of who 'did' and 'did not' know how the Turkish Ambassador had died!) After surviving that horrid incident - or maybe because of it - she was a bit of a haughty bitch again - lol. She fell in with the VERY wrong man (what WAS that wretched newspaper man's name !?!?!?!). Blessedly, she was soon single again. She finally admitted to her true love. She had the perfect 'holiday snow globe' proposal scene. And she married the 'right' guy. She had a child and became a widow - all in the same weekend. As a widow, she was a bit of a haughty bitch again. But now - now she's back in love with her charming new husband. And she's expecting their first child.
Frankly, she's been a shockingly beautiful character - but, also one who has been often unsympathetic. I don't think there is a single character in the show that she has not been dismissive to. Except maybe for Anna. No. Wait. Didn't she ask Anna to get birth control for her - and then have that action cause friction within Anna's own marriage?
Anyhoo . . . I'm certain Lady Mary will regally descend the staircase at Downton Abbey within the first ten minutes of the film . . . quietly expecting someone to get her something - lol.
Next we turn our eyes to Edith . . . my favourite!