Watch as the crew of Good Behavior reveal the show “rules” on set while filming.

Rule #1: We always follow Letty

Rule #2: We tell the story that Letty sees

Rule #3: We hear the music through Letty

Rule #4: We recognize that everyone is lying

Rule #5: We know lies are a comforting tool

Rule #6: We don’t look for logic. We seek the poetry

Rule #7: We create weather as a metaphor for the human condition

Rule #8: We cover no scene as wide/medium/close-up

Rule #9: We never have an establishing shot at the beginning of a scene


Rule #12: We know where we are. Only the details are important

Rule #13: We see into the black. It is not dark.

Rule #14: We embrace darkness

Rule #15: We do not use only available light

Rule #16: We don’t give a fuck about geography

Rule #17: The crane shot does not move

Rule #18: We do not cheat the audience 

Rule #19: We know that the least is most

Rule #20: We like red and green and gold and white and shiny

Rule #21: We loathe blue and purple


Rule #23: We think uncomfortable spaces are best.

Rule #26: We ask if it is poetic


You can have a broken heart, a heart of gold, a heart of stone, a beating heart, a bleeding heart, a heart of steel, the heart of a lion or a wild heart, but at the end of the day, after the fight, after the pain, our hearts still beat at the same rate.



Somehow, despite their mutually fiery personalities, Mary and Tom have found a way to compliment each other and become each other’s rock of stability, each one keeping the other cool and calm in the face of adversity. As confidants, they are able to trust each other because they recognize their own shared strengths in one another other: a scrappy persistence, an understated kindness, and a fierce, unwavering loyalty.

If Downton Abbey would only be brave enough to take the chance, it has a golden opportunity to develop a beautiful, realistic love story. Enough time has finally passed to make Mary and Tom’s relationship feel organic in a way few others have had a chance to be told on the show, because theirs is a relationship built on friendship, not drama. It’s the slow burn of the 20th century, and a different kind of epic — a story about finding a second true love after tragedy.[x]