Quite unintentionally, this site became dedicated to the talented and surprising Michelle Dockery. My aim is to provide fresh material and perspective for her fans.
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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.