In the IMDB message board for Downton Abbey, I recently received the following interesting response (to my claim... http://sharpelvessociety.blogspot.com/2014/02/downtondonwellwhodoneit-abbey-did-bates.html ...that Barrow is the one who killed the rapist, not Bates) from a fellow IMDB participant: "That is a very interesting idea and that would be cool if in some way Thomas DID do it. I do believe Bates did it, but for the fun of it; it would be sweet if Thomas killed Green as thanks for Bates getting him his job back at Downton. They did share a nice moment when Thomas breaks down with "Know when you are beaten" (referring to himself)." I responded as follows: "...you're right, you've picked up on ONE of the key reasons why I think it's Barrow--recall the running plot line in Little Big Man, when Jack Crabbe saves the life of the Cheyenne warrior Younger Bear early on, and Younger Bear thereafter hates Jack, until Custer's Last Stand, when Younger Bear saves Jack from being shot by Custer, whereupon he screams his elation: "Now I don't owe you a life!" Same deal with Barrow, it's pure karma that after he kills the rapist, he no long owes Bates a life." Cheers, ARNIE @JaneAustenCode on Twitter
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Monday, March 17, 2014
Downton Redux: Thomas No Longer Owes Bates a Life
Posted by Arnie Perlstein at 8:41 PM
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