thomasxjimmy

response to continuing Thomas discussion about gays not getting love

at this point I’m very invested in ThomasxJimmy and I don’t know if I’d ever like any new love interest they introduced for Thomas as much as I like Jimmy. And I think we all know from fanfiction how many different plots could come from that relationship- enough to provide atleast like 3 seasons worth of enjoyable on screen drama 

but for Thomas to remain an active member of the cast and not just written in in little bits, he doesn’t even have to have a romance. I mean, one thing I’ve actually always LIKED about Thomas as a character is that he’s not one of the ones that’s dependent on having a love life as the center of his drama. He gets up to plenty of fun shenanigans without ever really being in a relationship. 

There’s so many other things Fellowes could write for Thomas that would be better than this half arsed blackmailing Baxter or blackmailing Branson schemes that obviously aren’t going to go anywhere interesting:

have Thomas be in tension with Carson because of his higher position now and have the two of them butt heads because i imagine they have some different opinions on how the household should be run and what their duties to the family are or maybe even show them both being surprised at how SIMILAR some of their views are. 

show Thomas worrying because he knows he occupies an extranneous position in the household in a time where big houses were starting to DOWNGRADE their number of servants not have things like under butlers to seem fancier. 

show if and how people downstairs and upstairs treat Thomas differently now that he’s been outed as a homosexual- Fellowes acts like homosexuality is this huge deal on the one hand and how it’s unrealistic for a homosexual character to ever have a love interest and yet he never shows there being negative repercussions to Thomas being an outed homosexual a year later in the Abbey which I don’t think is probably 100% realistic even if a lot of the people who found out had suspected as much beforehand.

Hell, give Thomas a brief love interest only to have it turn out horribly (I mean this has kind of already happened but sadly there are so many ways that a relationship for Thomas could turn out wrong and don’t try and tell me that it would be repetitive to do that plot again because we’ve had Edith who is a rich, heterosexual, woman already in atleast 4 different failed relationships in the show) 

have Thomas being the one getting blackmailed and have the tables turned on him. 

have Thomas realize that Bates is a murderer and spend the whole season with them in tension only to have the end of the season showing Thomas in a more sympathetic light when Bates finally tells Thomas the reason WHY he murdered Greene and have Thomas back down and then have a touching moment with Anna 

have Thomas realize that Bates is a murderer and tell Anna about it

have Thomas keeping a secret for Lady Rose or have Thomas blackmailing Lady Rose for an indiscretion only to get one upped by her when she finds him kissing Jimmy 

I LITERALLY COULD GO ON AND ON AND ON THERE ARE SO MANY INTERESTING THINGS THAT COULD BE DONE WITH THOMAS

HE IS A FASCINATING AND RICH CHARACTER EVEN OUTSIDE OF BEING GAY AND OUTSIDE OF HAVING LOVE INTERESTS 

AND ROB IS A FANTASTIC ACTOR AND CLEARLY “GETS” THIS CHARACTER

FELLOWES, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT UNDERUTILIZE THIS CHARACTER