Could she really be with a man like Anthony Gillingham (Tom Cullen) before marriage? This is an idea that has come out of a debate she is having both internally and externally with him, largely because she wants to perceive this relationship as different. Why not make sure that you want to be with someone before deciding to marry them? Mary will ponder this, and Michelle Dockery explains this process
“She’s toying with the idea of having a relationship with a man that’s not in a marriage … she’s starting to ask questions, like, ‘Why can’t I be absolutely sure about it before I decide to walk down the aisle with him?’. It’s an incredibly brave thing she’s doing because someone like her father would be outraged.”
This is a fascinating story for us to watch unfold, largely because of the fact that we feel like this was completely born out of organic storytelling. Julian Fellowes is not throwing this story upon us just for the sake of being progressive. Instead, he is doing so just so that we can understand Mary better. She’s already lost one husband, and with a son and a busy life, she may not want to waste a whole lot of time on marriage unless she can be sure it will be a happy one.
This is a fascinating story for us to watch unfold, largely because of the fact that we feel like this was completely born out of organic storytelling. Julian Fellowes is not throwing this story upon us just for the sake of being progressive.
I wonder if these guys watched the same episode I did, because Mary’s wondering about pre-marriage sex is coming out of nowhere, the storytelling is everything but organic, JF is definitely throwing a story for the sake of having the word ‘sex’ said as much as possible on DA.
Plus, all the scenes leading up to the actually meeting in the hotel (Mary and Anna talking about contraceptives, Blake trying to warn Mary by insulting his competitor and Mary trying to sound excited about Gillingham) were really really bad, and by bad I mean embarassing and cringeworthy.
Also,Cullen is a terrible actor (at least he is in Downton Abbey, because I liked him in other things) and he can’t really save most of the lines he had, which he still manages to say with a straight face, something that’s definitely worth phraising.
But from wherever you look at it, this is a terrible storyline and not even Michelle, who doesn’t seem too convinced about what is going on in Mary’s head part of the time, can save it, I’m sorry.