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I used to agree with his shippers that Evelyn Napier was the sleeper suitor Fellowes had hiding up his sleeve. But going by the series thus far, I’m afraid the SS Mary Napier has sunk with all hands.
The British peerage system makes me dizzy. I don’t know how common it was for a bureaucrat like Blake to become a peer, I only know Lloyd-George did it. Mary ‘s position is already secure. She owns half of the estate and her son will inherit the other half along with the title. Whether she has a title is largely moot.
Besides the Crawleys never seem to marry their own class. Robert married an American, Sybil the chauffeur, let alone Edith. Matthew was an accidental aristocrat and Fellowes made him an outsider to challenge Mary. Perhaps Fellowes had his heart set on that arc and he wasn’t going to let Dan Steven’s departure change it.
It could be that Blake is Matthew rebooted. In an alternative universe where the Titanic didn’t sink and Matthew didn’t become heir, he would’ve continued his legal career, perhaps gone into the civil service. After ten years his attitude toward landowners would’ve hardened and he would become Blake.
I’m eager to see what he does with Gillingham actually. Naturally his time to shine will come when Mary ask him to deal with his evil valet. But it seems to me his character is inherently a less interesting partner for Mary in the narrative sense.
At the end of the day he is an aristocrat who represents the past, literally from Mary’s past. Where as Blake is the self-made man and rule breaker that Fellowes had always paired Mary with. His vision of the estate’s future, his sense of superiority perfectly match Mary’s own ambitions, which is why she was so annoyed that of all people Blake didn’t appreciate what she’s done for Downton.
I see Blake as an amalgamation of the two men Mary had been attracted to, Matthew and Richard Carlise. Maybe this is a case of once you go middle class, you don’t go back LOL.
That’s interesting. I’ve never heard of this theory, but now that you mention it, I do remember one of them saying something about fortune hunters. Doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense since Gillingham is already engaged to the great heiress of the social season.
I’m not team anything btw. Shipping people is not my thing. I just want really great stories and acting. The suitors this series have all been well cast. But I don’t think anyone would argue Julian Fellowes reserved his best writing for Mary’s scenes with Blake.
Mary constantly pestering Napier and Anna why Blake doesn’t like her. Mary and Blake getting muddy in a pigsty in evening wear. Mary being found by Ivy making dinner in the scullery. This is inspired writing. I imagine Fellowes had the scenes in mind when he first started storyboarding this series.
Nothing would make me happier if the other courtships were equally as fleshed out. In which case I would be quite contented if Mary never settles on any of them and Series 5 is just more of The Merry Widow and her heady man troubles.
Brendan Patricks turned in a fine performance, I look forward to seeing him next season. Actually Julian Fellowes brought it up out of nowhere that Napier is indeed in the running as one of several men in love with Mary. [X]