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Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
By Downton Abbey
#66 in TV
4.82 / 5 based on 293 Reviews
Dianne R.
Dianne R.
Louisville, KY
275 reviews
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I have a theory about Edith and if you rewatch the last season, you may see what I saw. Look away quickly if you don't want to read a potential spoiler. Edith has always been the odd one out in the series and there's something about her that's quite sad like she's been treated differently. When Edith became pregnant, Robert's younger sister, Rosamund, was so generous in offering to pay for her trip to Switzerland and to say it was a holiday where she needed Edith's assistance and that they both wanted to learn another language. Of course, she had the baby abroad and he was adopted out so no one was the wiser. When Edith is upset while visiting Rosamund at her London home, she says to her, I'm paraphrasing here as I don't remember the exact quote, "You don't know what it's like. You've never been a mother." Rosamund looked taken aback by the comment. Her face tensed and her there was something in her eyes and it gave me the impression that she had been. Then I started to wonder, if she had been, had hers been adopted out, as well? The more I thought, the more I realized that, like Edith, Rosamund has red hair, while no one else in the immediate family does. (I know, her mother-in-law, played marvelously by Shirley MacClaine does but stick with me here.) Could it be that Edith is Rosamund's child? That like Edith, Rosamund has been in love (or been feisty and impetuous like Rose) and had become pregnant out of wedlock, which was a huge scandal in that era, and that Cora and Rosamund had taken a holiday together and when the baby was born, Robert and Cora took her in as their own and that it was Edith!!? That could be why she never seems to fit in and has such animosity towards Mary. Carson and Mrs Hughes would never tell a soul as they are so devoted to the family and highly revered for their discretion. It's an interesting plot line to consider. I'm really looking forward to season five to find out if there is anything to my theory or if my imagination has just run wild. What do you think?
Abby W.
Abby W.
Unionville, MI
1 year, 3 months ago
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This is a pretty logical and possible theory. I've wondered about the red hair myself from time to time.
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Samantha D.
Samantha D.
Brampton, Ontario
1 year, 8 months ago
Interesting theory! Thanks for sharing! :)
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Christina V.
Christina V.
2 years, 7 months ago
Wow! That is definitely an interesting thought. Would make for a good twist at the end!
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Jill S.
Jill S.
Clearfield, UT
2 years, 7 months ago
I caught the look, but didn't put it together like you did. I'm about to start Season 5, but now I want to go back and browse Season 4 first and see what their interaction is like! ACK thanks for the food for thought. :)
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Dawn B.
Dawn B.
Warner Robins, GA
2 years, 9 months ago
That is a very good theory! You put a lot of thought into that! I always feel bad for Edith. I hope she has a better time on the new season.
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Mallory N.
Mallory N.
Columbia, TN
2 years, 11 months ago
This would really explain a lot about how Edith is! She just doesn't seem to truly fit in with the rest of the family.
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Marie C.
Marie C.
Elmhurst, NY
3 years ago
Seriously great observation, it wouldn't have been so unusually in that time period if that happened
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Judith H.
Judith H.
Chicago, IL
3 years ago
What a great observation! I like it. It would explain a lot about Edith.
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Tiffany S.
Tiffany S.
Greendale, IN
3 years ago
Amazing theory!!
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Mackenzee M.
Mackenzee M.
Parsonsburg, MD
3 years, 1 month ago
That's a great theory! We have wondered that as well. I'm sooo excited for the new season to start, I can hardly wait!!
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Tammy C.
Tammy C.
Harrison, AR
3 years, 1 month ago
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Gasp! That is a really good theory! Can't wait to see if the news comes out or if the theory is all blown to smoke!
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