So, who else was surprised that they ended up loving Downton Abbey this season? After a couple of years of disappointment and incredibly annoying male characters (I think Robert and Branson competed for “male character I hate the most” while Sybil was still around), Downton Abbey managed to once again find its sweet spot of soapiness and addictive drama without ever-repetitive plotlines and the diminishment of its female characters. The love square with Ivy, Daisy, Jimmy and Alfred was a bit annoying, but even that was perhaps worth it, when it concluded with a beautiful, tear-jerking scene between Daisy and Mrs Patmore.
And that, I think, sums up a lot of this season of Downton Abbey. Suitors abound, we have some enjoyable scenes with pig farming, and occasionally people fret over their missing or otherwise unpredictable loves… but really, it was all about the show’s women, and their relationships with one another.