Anonymous said: Totally one hundred percent agree on Gillingham/Green!

however-whatever-whenever:

I hope we are right! (sorry Tony fans). Tony said in the beginning he didn’t like him. Then why not fire him? Because he couldn’t! Mary says, you want some of this, you got to let him go. Tony, (the gold digger) had to act. 

Let’s hope Tony talks in his sleep. Maybe when Anna walks in and finds Tony “en déshabille” (sorry Matthew fans), she’ll hear him describe in detail how he killed Green. 

Someone talk me off the ledge…

Spoilers ahead re: Anna/Bates and who killed Green.

Am I the only one who is slightly worried that Fellowes might torture Anna even more this season by having HER take the blame for Green’s death in order to spare Bates if it seems like he is a suspect and she is worried the authorities might go after him?

With the lack of Anna in all the BTS photos we’ve seen from filming, along with Brendan’s talk about the resolution of Green’s death being “shocking and unexpected,” I honestly wouldn’t put it past Fellowes to have Anna going to prison and that be the unexpected twist - again, for the shock value.

My only other guess about the shocking twist is it has something to do with Gilllingham having a role in Green’s accident. At this point, based on the photos we’ve seen from filming - especially the war memorial - it seems that Bates doesn’t end up in jail again. But I still have this nervous worry in my gut that it could be Anna ending up lying that she had a role in Green’s accident in order to save Bates, if it was in fact him.

My optimistic side tells me that we haven’t seen many photos of Anna during filming because she is adorably pregnant with a baby Bates and the crew made a conscious effort to keep her hidden from the cameras.

Someone reassure my little shipper heart and tell me Fellowes wouldn’t be this cruel to the nicest character after he already tortured her so badly last season (while Thomas continues to be a jerk yet always gets away unscathed).

a-rabbit-hearted-girl:

Okay, so I did say I wouldn’t speculate too much - and I’m not intending to do much more before the big day, because really I will go insane - but hey, I never said I wasn’t a hypocrite, and as excited as I was to see that A/B clip, it did leave me rather confused.

Personally, I wouldn’t expect them to be completely intimate again (but it’s in the hands of Fellowes ultimately), but Anna’s reaction to John’s implication about the ‘one thing’ suggests that things have moved along - so much that the subject doesn’t make her shut down completely. It may just be Jo’s ability to put so much into one look, but Anna looks visibly unsettled when John mentions children - or rather, she does after he mentions preferring to have one of his own.

I’d personally find it uncharacteristic for John to be pushing for increased intimacy before Anna was really ready, and especially using the subject of children as a way of ‘bargaining’ (that doesn’t sound quite right, but you know). I mean at this point who knows what Fellowes’ intentions are, but I like to think there would still be this understanding of their relationship. 

So, my theory for Anna’s two contrasting reactions are that once John mentioned them having a child of their own (and specifically ‘his’ own), Anna had a flash of a thought about what would have been if she had fallen pregnant after the attack. For me, this makes sense in relation to the dialogue (see: a mother’s love being the strongest/her hoping John would love a child of hers) and also makes the follow-up reaction about the more intimate side of things seem reasonable. And I’m guessing it would still cross her mind when they talk about starting a family.

Of course that might just be too deep, and they might still understandably be having intimacy issues. Then I’d think Anna’s laughing would be a flippant way of shrugging off the discussion, sort of ‘let’s save this for the cottage where nobody else is listening’ type of thing. Then I’d expect a follow-up cottage scene to occur, to go into more depth.

But yeah, I don’t know, just putting it out there. I just really don’t want any more out of character suggestions, especially not for John.

I really like your theory of Anna’s rather sad (almost worried) look being due to her being reminded that she *could* have fallen pregnant after the rape, and wondering if John would have been able to love that child, despite its father, because it was part of Anna.

It’s a great explanation for how her expression changes from very serious to playful and teasing when he alludes to their intimate relationship.

I just don’t know…the facial expressions and conversation still don’t sit well with me.  Especially Bates’ “I stand corrected.” 

What is he referring to - his statement that there is “one thing we *can* do?” That he takes Anna saying that kind of talk is beneath him as her way of telling him “no, there isn’t anything we can do because I’m not ready to be intimate again?”

a-lady-to-me:

handy-for-the-bus:

adamsforthought:

allcoyledup:

however-whatever-whenever:

Downton Abbey: Anna and Bates talk about having children

They’re one of the nicest couples in Downton Abbey, and in this heartwarming clip we see the servants discuss starting a family of their own. Could this be what they need to complete their lives together?

Lovely. I hope there is a parallel “cottage” scene where racy/private Anna “scolds” John for being scandalous in the servant’s hall.

[OK. I’ve stepped out of the S5, post S4, narrative for a bit of fun]

OMFG. BEST HOMEWORK BREAK EVER?

Is this real life or is this fanfiction? (Because the show itself counts as real life, obvi…)

That is beneath you, this is beneath you, I am beneath you…#naughtyBates’

AHHHHHHHNXNSKSMXNLAKANSJAKSKXNNZJSNXJSLQLDJIXIWNWWNNZ

…….that’s all I got.

Don’t mean to bring down the party but…..

Do we think they have gotten back to being intimate before this conversation happens? If not, and Anna has still been hesitating about resuming bedroom activities, despite how playful Anna appeared, Bates just sounded a bit insensitive - like perhaps he is tired of waiting for Anna to be “ready.”

I dunno….the conversation just didn’t sit well with me, the way he seriously said “there’s one thing we *can* do…” As if he is waiting on Anna and reminding her of that.

however-whatever-whenever:

Downton Abbey: Anna and Bates talk about having children

They’re one of the nicest couples in Downton Abbey, and in this heartwarming clip we see the servants discuss starting a family of their own. Could this be what they need to complete their lives together?

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annambates:

ihelleberry:

downtonluvr:

niknaksstuff:

Thanks for all the likes and reblogs on the progress pic. Here it is finished. Graphite and white pastel on grey toned paper. Bring it on Mr Bates, I’m so ready for series 5!

awesome job!

holy moly! That’s just breathtaking!!



Amazing!

annambates:

ihelleberry:

downtonluvr:

niknaksstuff:

Thanks for all the likes and reblogs on the progress pic. Here it is finished. Graphite and white pastel on grey toned paper. Bring it on Mr Bates, I’m so ready for series 5!

awesome job!

holy moly! That’s just breathtaking!!

Amazing!

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Westminster Abbey and the Ritz, Part One

greetingsdr:

plumandfinch:

“Since we’re having a real wedding now,” piped up Timothy from his place, comfortably propped on the couch, “don’t you need bridesmaids, Auntie Shelagh?”

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WELL that was lovely!

sincerelyrobink:

I set the timer for an hour and this happened.  My heart could not handle all the Shangela emotions.
103 days, guys.

sincerelyrobink:

I set the timer for an hour and this happened.  My heart could not handle all the Shangela emotions.

103 days, guys.

atearsarahjane:

I know she is supposed to be adopted but Angela looks like like Stephen and Laura. Particularly Stephen

I seriously thought she looked like she could be Smcgann’s baby too!It’s all in the eyes.

atearsarahjane:

I know she is supposed to be adopted but Angela looks like like Stephen and Laura. Particularly Stephen

I seriously thought she looked like she could be Smcgann’s baby too!

It’s all in the eyes.

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