Your Favorite 'Downton' Character Speaks Volumes
My feelings about PBS' wildly successful period drama, Downton Abbey , ending after Season 6 are... well, complicated. When the show began, I loved it. Gimme more drama! Gimme more intrigue! Gimme more Dame Maggie Smith! However, as the seasons wore on and the storylines (and character motivations) became increasingly ridiculous, I became disillusioned. If you ask me, calling it quits before things get too out of hand is probably for the best. But, that being said, there's no denying that Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has introduced us to a menagerie of colorful characters over the last five years. So colorful, in fact, I've discovered that your favorite Downtown Abbey character can be quite revealing!
Whether you support one of the Crawley clan, a member of their staff, or just some random high society buzzard (and believe me, there is no shortage of random high society buzzards on this show), your choice likely illuminates several key facets of your own personality... whether you realize it or not! Honestly, I haven't been this passionately opinionated (...or judgmental) about other people's favorite TV characters since Grey's Anatomy. Here's what your favorite Downtown Abbey character says about you:
(P.S. Plz don't take any of this seriously. C'mon, don't be a Carson.)
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
The good: You're caring, nurturing, and protective. After a long night out, you'll gladly hold a friend's hair back while she tosses her cookies. You'll even help her into bed and leave a big glass of water and a few Advil on her nightstand! It's just in your nature.
The bad: You can be a little boring, tbh.
Here's some unsolicited advice: Don't be afraid to color outside the lines! To quote Miss Frizzle: "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!"
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
The good: You have a good heart. You can sense when others are feeling down, and you know just what to say to lift their spirits.
The bad: You can be kinda pigheaded sometimes.
Here's some unsolicited advice: Stop being so stubborn; stop being so resistant to change! Expand your mind. To quote Miss Frizzle: "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!"
Lady Mary Crawley
If Lady Mary is truly your favorite Downtown Abbey character...
I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Lady Edith Crawley
The good: You're kind, generous, and thoughtful. Everybody always says you're the best gift-giver around!
The bad: You can be a real Eeyore sometimes.
Here's some unsolicited advice: You're great — remember that! ~Believe in yourself.~
Lady Sybil Crawley
The good: Everybody likes you...
The bad: ...but nobody can articulate why, exactly.
Here's some unsolicited advice: Find a way to make yourself stand out from the crowd. Maybe you can try giving yourself a really cool nickname? Or perhaps you can ask a friend to start spreading scandalous rumors about you! I dunno, but you gotta do something.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
The good: You're quick-witted and quite brilliant. Though you have an icy-cool exterior, you're more sensitive and compassionate than you let on.
The bad: Your words tend to get you into trouble.
Here's some unsolicited advice: Think before you speak! (Unless you're about to say something really hilarious, in which case, just let it fly.)
The good: You're organized, practical, and fiercely protective of those close to you.
The bad: You can occasionally be an insufferable know-it-all. Oop.
Here's some unsolicited advice: You need to learn that you don't know everything, and you're not always right. Also, get off your moral high horse every once in a while!
The good: You're a positive, happy-go-lucky, glass-half-full kind of person.
The bad: You tend to see the world through rose-colored glasses.
Here's some unsolicited advice: Is there a "Lady Mary" in your life? There is, isn't there? Listen very closely to what I'm about to tell you: You need to take off your blinders and see that hideous goblin for what they truly are now — before it's too late!
The good: You are noble, kind, and you're never afraid to speak your mind.
The bad: Again, your words tend to get you into trouble.
Here's some unsolicited advice: You don't always need to keep it 100! Try keeping it, like, 92.
The good: You are the ~life of the party.~
The bad: You're super dramatic and dangerously close to bursting into tears at all times.
Here's some unsolicited advice: Eh, I got nothin'. You're only young once, so live it up! You've just got a lot of feelings.
The good: You're a hard worker and a natural-born leader. You know how to take control of literally any situation in a snap.
The bad: You're too uptight, kinda rude, and you look like a rockhopper penguin.
Here's some unsolicited advice: Let someone else take the lead from time to time! Perhaps then you won't be such a Grumpy Gus.
The good: You're a badass, and a lot of people look up to you (though you may not realize it).
The bad: You're a little too buttoned-up at times.
Here's some unsolicited advice: Throw caution to the wind every once in a while! As Miss Frizzle always says, "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!"
If Mr. Bates is truly your favorite Downton Abbey character...
You might be full of murderous rage. Eeeeeeek!
The good: You're kind-hearted, and you try to see the good in everyone.
The bad: Unfortunately, that habit may have led you to marry a serial killer.
Here's some unsolicited advice: RUN!
The good: You're not completely evil. Like, your heart may resemble a shriveled up prune, but it does still beat. And, like, you're mostly awful, but you do have a few mildly redeeming qualities (they're just buried miles below the surface).
The bad: You're too negative — and often mean-spirited!
Here's some unsolicited advice: Be nicer and stuff! Nobody wants to hang around someone who's perpetually engulfed in a stinky cloud of nastiness a la Pigpen from Peanuts.
The good: You know your way around a figgy pudding, that's for sure.
The bad: I feel like you're probably yelling at people all the time for no reason.
Here's some unsolicited advice: Take a deep breath and calm down. Being in a constant state of outrage has to be exhausting.
The good: You have a thirst for knowledge, and you're full of wonder about the world. You just want to learn!
The bad: You have a tendency to be a bit... Gollum-y?
Here's some unsolicited advice: If you ever find yourself ravenously eating raw fish out of a pond... call a doctor.
The good: You're so nice! (And honest!)
The bad: You're probably a little too nice. You give people who have hurt you too many "second chances."
Here's some unsolicited advice: Stand up for yourself! You're worth it.
The good: You're a huge mess, but dammit, you're trying.
The bad: Well... you're a huge mess.
Here's some unsolicited advice: Never give up! Everything's probably/maybe gonna come together for you one of these days.
Denker, Shady Queen
The good: Generally speaking, you're the boss.
The bad: However, your restorative broth skills are less than satisfactory.
Here's some unsolicited advice: If you'd just get that pesky broth situation figured out, you'd be unstoppable!
Spratt, Shadier Queen
The good: You always have a look on your face that says "Heavens me!" and everybody loves it.
The bad: I can't think of a single thing!
Here's some unsolicited advice: Keep on being you.
I certainly hope you found this illuminating — I know I have.
Images: Courtesy of Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for MASTERPIECE; Giphy (22); PBS (3); New Line Cinema