Posted: 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
By Elisabeth Kramer
Downton Abbey’s Season 4 Episode 3 left viewers reeling after fan favorite Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt) was brutally beaten and, it’s believed, raped by a visitor to the Abbey. As viewers of the October 6 episode know all too well, Anna’s attacker was Lord Gillingham’s (Tom Cullen) valet, Mr. Green (Nigel Harman).
One of the most gut-wrenching parts of Episode 3 was when Mr. Green came upon a battered Anna talking with her concerned husband, Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle). With a smug smile on his face, Green wishes the couple a good night, forcing Anna — who’s committed to keeping the attack a secret — to wish her rapist a good evening. How much we wanted Anna to break character, rush down the hallway, and throttle Green.
As we continue to process the episode’s events, we have to ask: Was that horrible encounter between Bates, Anna, and Green just the first such meeting? Seeing as the valet works for Lord Gillingham, will he be returning every time Anthony does? If so, this greatly complicates are feelings about Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Anthony’s blooming romance.
Unfortunately for our peace of mind, it’s currently unclear how many episodes actor Nigel Harman is slated to appear in. In an October 7 interview, Nigel, who’s previously worked with both Joanne and Brendan, doesn’t allude to the future of his character. He does, however, note the riskiness of Downton’s latest plot twist.
“It was a shocking storyline and a bold storyline, and something that when I was sent the script and read it I was kind of amazed by and excited by, if that’s the word,” he said, “because for a show like Downton Abbey it really leaps out as a bold and risky idea.”
Indeed, the idea was too risky for some viewers. The Daily Mailreports at least 30 people have filed a complaint with British television watchdog Ofcom about the episode with many sounding off on Twitter with harshly worded complaints. A representative of the show responded to the outrage by saying, “Viewers will see in the forthcoming episodes how Anna and Bates struggle to come to terms with what has happened.”
We can only hope Anna is able to pick up the pieces of her life and that Green will be punished for his crimes.
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Source: The Daily Mail