Thomas? Bisexual?? Noooooooo. I refuse.
Mmm yea me too. I’d actually like to say a few words on this because I don’t know if I’ve ever heard anyone claimed Thomas was bi as well? (Just James.) I would have no problem whatsoever if Thomas were bisexual so let me just get that out of the way. But to me all evidence points to the contrary.
Let’s also get the usual disclaimer out of the way that yes, Thomas absolutely loved Miranda and she him.
Okay. We saw Thomas and Miranda interact only a few times directly with one another, and in each of those interactions you could tell their was love and affection between them, however, there was never any indication that they were sexually attracted to one another.
And especially in this show, the seeing or not seeing of something is important. Because the relationship between Thomas, James, and Miranda was vital to the show. We were shown Miranda and James’s relationship develop. That included the carriage scene where they (presumably) had sex for the first time. So while James and Miranda were definitely sexually attracted to one another (at least during that time), there was no scene that let the audience know that Thomas and Miranda’s husband and wife duties were sexual. I’m not saying they never had sex (perhaps when they first fell in love, perhaps in an attempt for Miranda to get pregnant, who knows); I’m saying I don’t think that Thomas loved Miranda in that way.
So again, if the creators wanted Thomas to be bisexual, they would have very clearly shown us that he was. As it is, we know that he only ever interacted with James in a way that was read as sexual (all the looks, the grins and smiles, the body language, etc). I think Miranda served as a beard for them: as a woman who loved both of them enough to deflect her gay husband’s activities away and onto herself by being promiscuous.
I think some people tend to overlook the importance of the time period too. Any nobleman who was gay during that time would have had to hide it from most people AND they would had to have gotten married. That wasn’t exactly a choice the way it is today–it was expected and was simply a part of being able to function in society, regardless of your sexual orientation.
All of that being said, I don’t necessarily think that means they couldn’t have been an ot3, with Thomas and Miranda focused on James during their sexual encounters (though I tend to think after James and Thomas hooked up, James and Miranda no longer saw each other that way).
But these are just my thoughts and feelings and honestly, at this point, who cares anyway? Because Thomas’s One True Love is a man and he will be living out the rest of his days on a peach farm with his one true (ginger) love and that’s all that matters. :)