In Downton Abbey, romance bloomed on both the upstairs and downstairs. We rank shipworthy couples that should have been together forever.
PBS’ hit series Downton Abbey tackles a lot of issues, from historical events to class relationships to the speed of social progress. Arguably though, the series is far more concerned with one thing: romance. So much of the series is a big game of “will they won’t they?.”
Obviously, there was the central struggle for Lady Mary to find a proper suitor, but this was an issue for a lot of characters. Throughout the series, whether they were an aristocrat or a servant, there were many near-romantic connections that could have lead to full marriage.
Lady Mary & Charles Blake
To get some of the obvious ones out of the way, we need to talk about Lady Mary. So much of her character progression is about her struggle to find a suitable husband to assist in running the estate. One relationship that could have turned into something more was that between herself and Charles Blake.
Blake worked for the government, assessing the full cost of running giant historical estates such as Downton Abbey. Although the two came from fairly different worlds, there was a definite connection there, and their contrasting views would have made a great team when it came to running the house.
Tom Branson & Miss Bunting
Tom is one of the more tragic characters of the show. He comes from a country whose identity is threatened by imperialists, and he falls in love with the daughter of that same system. His entire identity and purpose are always put into question.
One person who challenged him and could have really suited him was Miss Bunting, the village school teacher. Her similar “radical” viewpoints matched his, and the two really could have left Downton behind for a life that was more true to the two of them.
Lady Edith & Patrick Crawley
At the beginning of the series, the heir to Downton, Patrick, was said to have perished in the sinking of the Titanic. This set off a chain of events which brought Matthew Crawley into the picture and changed the entire course of this family.
So to have him supposedly reappear as a disfigured veteran during WWI was a bit of a shock. If he really was Patrick, he and Edith could have made a perfect match. Edith seems to attract tragedy, so marrying the once heir to her father fits the bill nicely.
Harold Levinson & Madeleine Allsopp
One of the biggest guest stars to appear in the series was Paul Giamatti as Harold Levinson, brother to Lady Cora. Harold visits London during a Christmas episode and is courted into a proposed union with Madeleine Allsopp.
Their early meetings don’t go so well, as Levinson is a bit of a maverick in this world of aristocrats. His blunt personality isn’t enough to successfully garner a marriage, but the two certainly had a chemistry that could have grown into something more.
Mrs. Patmore & Mr. Mason
Mrs. Patmore remains one of the most beloved characters of the whole series. Her blunt attitude and wit served her well as one of the foundational members of the cast. Sadly, romance was never fully in the cards for the character.
While she almost was engaged, she turned that offer down and never again was heavily pursued. That being said, there was some semi-romantic chemistry between herself and Mr. Mason, father-in-law to Daisy. The pair would have fit together quite nicely.
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