In the past year I’ve become really hooked on it. Matthew is quite dead and has been for a while, and two of the characters to whom I can mostly relate are two most affected by his death, other than his mother, Isobel, who is kind of nice to but too liberal for my taste.
Mary: didn’t love him at first, found out she was incredibly happy with him. Didn’t want a meal ticket before or after him, intended to be “as happy with her second husband as she was with her first.” Sound familiar?
And Molseley. He got fucked over. Wanted to be a teacher but didn’t have the money for school, ended up as a footman, then Matthew’s valet, and as his father said, had the possibility of becoming the butler at Downton. Matthew dies, and Molesley is out of a job through his no fault of his own. He certainly didn’t kill Matthew. Ends up in debt and doing jobs which are beneath him and sabotaged by Spratt, who is an asshole. The latest, though, he's become first footman by default and decided it's too much for him. That's kind of disappointing.
And Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora. She was such an annoying little twit when she was younger, but she did grow up to be a great lady.
It will be interesting to see who watches the Superbowl instead tomorrow night.