‘Downton Abbey’ season 4 debate: Time to talk Tom Branson

Downton Abbey(Warning: the following does contain viewers for American “Downton Abbey” fans, so only read on if you do not mind knowing what happens through the end of season 3.)

Over the past several days, the web has become somewhat inundated with rumors about whether or not we will be seeing a new love interest for Lady Mary on “Downton Abbey” season 4. However, in the process of doing so we have largely managed to forget about the fact that Tom Branson also has a pretty interesting story to tell here. With the death of Sybil, he is a single man; and like with Michelle Dockery’s character, he is also a parent.

There is no word at the moment as to whether or not Tom will have a love interest as Mary is receiving in the new season, and this comes after a new maid at the Abbey attempted to form some sort of relationship with him during the season 3 Christmas special. It is possible that he may too focused on the upkeep of the estate, or that he feels pressure now to stay single given that his only real tie to the Grantham family comes via his relationship with Sybil. He, unlike Mary, is an outsider, and there is a certain amount of weight that comes with that.

If Tom does move on with his life, will he eventually end up moving on from the Abbey? At this point, we doubt it. This is going to be a season of great understanding for the character: he not only has to try and figure out where he fits within the social structure of the household, but how he is going to raise his little Sybil and be everything that his late wife wanted him to be.

What do you want to see transpire when it comes to Tom? If you want to know some more “Downton Abbey” season 4 scoop from Julian Fellowes, and Hugh Bonneville, be sure to check out the story over at the link here.

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