Storyline: A chronicle of the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era—with great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy.
Casts: Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael, Elizabeth McGovern, Phyllis Logan, Brendan Coyle, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Sophie McShera, Rob James-Collier, Lesley Nicol, Joanne Froggatt, Maggie Smith
The Talbot Hat Conspiracy Theory by a Matthew Goode Fan
Goode wears hats a lot and they all look goode on him – so why did they make
him wear such a ridiculous fitting piece of headgear??” - @henrytalbotsnappychariot [x]
This inside joke has piqued my interest for a while. You may or may not know that my blog’s description is “Matthew Goode fan now tracking
Henry Talbot’s Traveling Hat” (an idea inspired by @Nici98se ), I feel kinda
obliged to answer. It’s just a theory : )
1) An attempt to “deglamorize” Matthew or to prevent his hair from going crazy when wet.
2) Matthew wants to take a cab after walking Mary
home. He keeps cash in his hat. [In Death Comes to Pemberley, Wickham keeps money in his hat.]
3) He lost a bet to Ralph Fiennes and had to do his John Steed impression.
4) Colin Firth told him to buy the Kingsman
Collection hat for his next audition. [In Kingsman, Colin/Harry Hart recommends supervillain Samuel L. Jackson/Richmond
Valentine buy his hat from Lock & Co.]
5) “High-brow fiction” Theory -
hat represents authority and power. Because it covers the head, the hat
contains thought; therefore, if it is changed, an opinion is changed. (literature symbol) 1920s morality and status differences may hold Henry back a bit from pursuing Lady Mary. But he lets go of the inhibition after Mary’s dinner surprise or ”green flag” in car racing term. We witness passion-over-reason in this “slightly more modern” man now.
And by removing the hat, he’s inviting Mary to be his equal partner in life, subconsciously and foreshadowing the plot.
Downton has been the story of one woman: Lady Mary Josephine Talbot, née Crawley, née, er, Crawley; a character so celebrated that, as with that lesser, M, Madonna, she is known only by her first name – plus title, of course.
We saw her falling in love; sparring with one bore of a sister and losing another; seeing the man she adored go to war and return with a defective member; the resurrection of said member; finally gaining, then tragically losing the love of her life; embracing motherhood; taking on a job and with it the big house; chopping off her hair; scoring contraception and trying out Lord Bad Sex; before learning to love men and motor vehicles again.
However, it’s more than this, in the end; greater than any passing resemblance or penchant for Twenties’ headpieces. Lady Mary is Downton. She is the one we’ve laughed and cried with, watched grapple and grow, stumble and succeed – an epic, break-out heroine rivalled only by the Dowager, whom she will, of course, become herself circa 1958.
Whatever ending befalls Edith before the credits roll for the final time, tomorrow, as we are left to imagine Downton in the future,it is undoubtedly Mary’s future.
Michelle is smashing. I love her. We have a lovely relationship, she’s great to work with. And I like our scenes together, because I spend a lot of time in public scenes, being a butler on duty, seeing everything and keeping quiet about everything.So when you do get a quiet personal scene, they’re nice to play, and it accesses a little bit of emotion in this rather buttoned up character.- Jim Carter