susan flintshire

I'm that annoying person in class that points out the different actors when we watch a movie in class...

Like today in Literature class…

I was like: 

Oh my gosh! That’s the actress that plays Susan Flintshire on the Christmas Special of Downton Abbey! Phoebe Nicholls!


Oh my gosh, guys! That’s Warwick Davis! Filius Flitwick off Harry Potter!


Guys! Not only do we get Flitwick, we get Cornelius Fudge! That’s Roberty Hardy!

My class probably hates me and thinks I’m annoying…

Oh well! 

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.

Downton Abbey Episode 8


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


I just re-watched the Christmas Special and I actually ship Susan and Shrimpie! LIKE WTF?! THEY DON’T EVEN LIKE EACH OTHER AND I SHIP IT! WTF?!

But I just feel like…if they worked through it, and began to like each other, they could take over the whole fucking world together. Also, I feel like they they would have amazing hate/make-up sex…

Idek tbqh. I just ship them, and I DON’T UNDERSTAND.