‘Downton Abbey’ season 5 character debate: Hugh Bonneville’s Robert Crawley

The latest -Now that “Downton Abbey” season 4 has come to a close in the United Kingdom, we can kick off what is a new series at the site in discussing some of what could be coming up next for characters on the show. Before we go any further, though, be warned that there are SPOILERS ahead if you live in America. Stop reading now if you want to remain spoiler-free for at least a little while longer.

Every day, we are going to take a look back at some of the main characters and what they went through this season, only to then shine the focus on what could happen next year … and what we’d like to see happen. Given that he is the man at the center of almost everything as the Earl of Grantham, it only seems appropriate that we start off with Hugh Bonneville and his character of Robert Crawley.

Where we last saw him – Robert had a very quiet season 4, and was mostly present to assist others through their troubles and express his opinion. He was over-protective of Lady Mary early on, oblivious to the finer stories of the servants, and after a brief detour to America to help out Harold, he eventually was a driving force in the Christmas Special behind ensuring that the Prince was not shamed in the press.

What could happen – Do not be too surprised at all if we end up seeing a massive continuation of the story with Robert and Tom battling it out in some way, based on the wedge that Thomas threw in there with what he saw. This was one of the few open threads. Away from this, however, it feels like most of his time will be focused on trying to preserve the Abbey.

What we’d like to see happen – Some sort of substantial and meaty story, similar to what we saw in season 2 in terms of importance. Bonneville was sorely underutilized this year, and he is the first name that pops up in the credits. We want to see him grasp hold of the era better, and start to take charge and make some decisions. If nothing else, be more proactive in the day-to-day and less out-of-touch with everything. His daughters have stolen the spotlight from him for much too long.

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