I’m so thankful for this scene! Can we just notice how delicate it is?? Susan is clearly worried about her relationship with Rose and as a mother it must cost her a lot to realise that her daughter would stay with someone else rather than her, but she decides to say yes because she knows it is for her best. So she asked Cora who is the only one who can understand Susan’s pain more than anyone else and despite the fact that she is still grieving for Sybil she accepts this task (knowing that it may be complicate) because she knows how it means for a mother to lose her daughter. And we have this kind of secret deal between these two characters, very different on so many levels, but linked by their being mothers and most of all women during those hard times in the early 20th century.
Sarah manipulating Susan Flintshire is my new drug of choice
For some reason this keeps coming back to haunt me?
Sarah would have a field day with Susan; she has no real emotional attachment to her that will prevent her from using Susan, unlike her relationship with Cora.
Taking advantage of Susan’s isolation within the Flintshire family and her frustration with her children and her fraught relationship with her husband would be all too easy for Sarah, and the benefits could be unlimited.
Susan would be lonely, and Sarah is literally a professional at being a confidant; it would be natural for Susan to become attached to Sarah, and then emotionally dependent.
Because I’m in a Midwestern Gothic kinda mood tonight, I want that to backfire somewhat on Sarah; Susan becomes deeply possessive and reacts badly if she feels Sarah’s loyalty wavering…even if it isn’t. It’s a Sunset Boulevard type situation, though Susan is far more stable and subtle than Norma Desmond. The gist is the same.
So basically I’m imagining that O'Brien is spending seasons 4 and 5 trapped up in Scotland and then India playing mindgames with Susan Flintshire as things get more and more toxic and codependant.
God, ALL the people in the British entertainment industry are connected somehow. I just learned that Pheobe Nicholls - Susan Flintshire in the Christmas Special - is the mother of Tom Sturridge, making her the grandmother of Sienna Miller’s daughter.
Preparations are under way for Rose’s wedding, but family tensions on both sides threaten to derail proceedings. Edith’s arrangement with Marigold is happily working out, but how long can she and Cora conceal the truth from Robert? Denker reveals an unexpected side to her personality, which causes trouble for more than one of the servants. With the war memorial due to be unveiled, Mrs Patmore is still upset, but Robert has something up his sleeve. Branson comes to a heart-wrenching decision, and the storm clouds that have been gathering over Anna and Bates finally burst.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham Maggie Smith Robert, Earl of Grantham Hugh Bonneville
Lady Edith Crawley Laura Carmichael
Mr Carson Jim Carter
Baxter Raquel Cassidy
John Bates Brendan Coyle
Anthony Gillingham Tom Cullen
Lady Mary Crawley Michelle Dockery
Molesley Kevin Doyle
Anna Joanne Froggatt
Lady Rose Lily James
Thomas Robert James-Collier
Tom Branson Allen Leech
Mrs Hughes Phyllis Logan
Cora, Countess of Grantham Elizabeth McGovern
Daisy Sophie McShera
Mrs Patmore Lesley Nicol
Dr Clarkson David Robb
Isobel Crawley Penelope Wilton
Miss Denker Sue Johnston
Prince Kuragin Rade Sherbedgia
Insp Vyner Louis Hilyer
Sgt Willis Howard Ward
Mr Evans Dean Ashton
Spratt Jeremy Swift
Andy Michael Fox
Shrimpie Flintshire Peter Egan
Susan Flintshire Phoebe Nicholls
Lady Sinderby Penny Downie
Lord Sinderby James Faulkner
Atticus Aldridge Matt Barber
Mabel Lane Fox Catherine Steadman
Lady Manville Sarah Crowden
Basil Shute Darren Machin
Mr Mason Paul Copley
Prostitute Sophie Cosson
Waiter James Phelips