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?”