My Latest Obsession: Downton Abbey

Blame it on my dear friends Chris and Jeff, who turned me on to Downton Abbey, but I am now obsessed and this is seriously my new favorite TV drama.

I have been busy catching up before Season 3 returns to PBS in January 2013, and I cannot get enough of this period drama. It is so good! The dialogue and writing is amazing. No wonder it has won a ton of accolades and awards, including this yearโ€™s Golden Globe for Best Miniseries or Television Film and last yearโ€™s Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.

Just a quick synopsis of the showโ€™s premise if you havenโ€™t yet heard of it: Downton Abbeyย is a British/American television series, set on the fictional estate of Downton Abbey, the Yorkshire country house of the Earl and Countess of Grantham. It has an upstairs/downstairs plot and follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family, as well as their servants. Itโ€™s a period drama and set around the early-mid 1900s.

Anyway, Iโ€™m practically caught up, and have only 2 more episodes of Season 2 to watch, but I particularly loved Lady Maryโ€™s quote from Season 2 Episode 6, which I just watched (Just to give you some background, Ethel is a housemaid who had a bastard child with an officer who refused to acknowledge him):

โ€œThe truth is, Ethelโ€™s made her choice and now sheโ€™s stuck with it.โ€ – Lady Mary

โ€œThatโ€™s seems a little hard.โ€ – Lavinia

โ€œDoes it? Arenโ€™t all of us stuck with the choices we make?โ€ – Lady Mary

I personally love Lady Mary, despite what appears to be her coldness. For some reason, that quote/dialogue really stuck with me and I felt the need to write about it. Because sheโ€™s right โ€“ we are stuck with the choices we make. Our lives are where we are because of our own choices, whether we want to believe it or not. I believe it is also up to us (and hence our choices) to change our circumstances if we wish.

So, there it isโ€ฆ witty, insightful writing and a beautifully directed series. I seriously recommend you catch up, too! Let me know if youโ€™re faithfully watching already, your favorite characters, and why. Iโ€™d love to hear about it!

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