Earl of Grantham
With the desire to shelter his grieving daughter, Robert's lifelong responsibility of Downton Abbey weighs more heavily upon his shoulders than ever in the wake of Matthew's death. But is his reluctance to share the burden related to more than the desire to protect Mary? Always resistant to change, Robert is back in control of Downton Abbey, the way he likes it. And as a never-ending stream of visitors, challenges, and opportunities for progress appears on his doorstep, the Earl of Grantham will face them with his traditional worldview. How Robert – and Downton Abbey itself – might evolve, once entry is gained, remains to be seen.