Downton Duos: Love is in the Air

Like Sherlock and Watson, William and Kate, Simon and Garfunkel, and Lucy and Ethel, the best duos in the world are forged in love. With the budding romance of Rose and Atticus and the possibility of a union between Isobel and Lord Merton, love is in the air at Downton Abbey. But romantic love is only one of its varied forms. Celebrate the many kinds of love at Downton Abbey with these lovable Downton duos!


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    Young Love

    Rose and Atticus, in the throes of their new romance, are experiencing the frisson of attraction, the thrill of discovering new things about one another, and the excitement of imagining a life together. May their relationship continue to grow and mature!

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    Mature Love

    Who says that adventure and love are for the under-sixty set? Not Lord Merton or Isobel Crawley! He wooed her, surprised her, and is earning her heart. She may not have a title, but he treats her like a true Lady!

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    Cautious Love

    If you thought Anna and Bates were a slow burn, try Carson and Mrs. Hughes on for size! Through the years, over sherry in the butler’s pantry, the two have clashed, conferred, considered, and relaxed into a true intimacy. But is there a spark of romance between them? Viewers—and Mr. Carson actor Jim Carter himself—hope so!

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    Enduring Love

    Soulmates Anna and Bates have been through practically every trial imaginable, suffering at the hands of the most despicable people. But secret-free, their love endures. Still, how much more can they take? Will we ever see calm in the cottage or a baby Bates? And will this Downton duo ever be free of adversity?

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    The Wild Card

    Violet is old enough to have lived through experiences with Mr. Right and Mr. Wrong. But suddenly Mr. Maybe has made an appearance from her past, and it’s rocked her world, awakening if not desire, then memory of it. Whatever she decides about Prince Kuragin, this amorous wild card has rekindled a dazzling romantic history. Granny has a past, indeed!

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    Married Love

    Like many a married couple, Robert and Cora have had their share of ups and downs. Their marriage, formed in a transaction to shore up the financial position of Downton Abbey, has transformed over the years into a true love that serves as the very foundation of Downton Abbey itself. Never mind the reoccurring trouble-making Marie Stopes tome “Married Love”—Robert and Cora are the real deal!

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    Maternal Love

    Having emerged from her “poor little orphan” phase of mourning, Mary demonstrates her maternal love in a manner typical of her time and class, confident that capable Nanny will raise George properly. And when her adorable sailor suited mini-Matthew is brought to Mama, she shows how much she loves him…in her own way.

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    Maternal Love

    Absolutely gutted by the separation from her daughter, Edith loves Marigold with a desperation intensified by the knowledge that Gregson is dead. Edith has untapped volumes of love to give. May circumstances allow a way for her to lavish it freely and openly on her daughter!

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    Surrogate Love

    All the dynamics of a true mother and daughter relationship are present in Mrs. Patmore and Daisy: love, rebellion, pride, nurturing, sacrifice, hurt, and more love. Daisy has blossomed under Mrs. Patmore’s care. And like a true daughter, it may take her many more years to appreciate it!

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    Paternal Love

    Tom Branson’s effusive affection for Sybbie and his measured consideration of her happiness are unconventional within the walls of Downton Abbey, but then there’s never been anything conventional about Tom! It will break Cora and Robert’s heart should Sybbie leave Downton, but no matter where she ends up, with Tom Branson as her father, she’s in good hands!

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    Grandfather Love

    He lets her call him “Donk”—what more needs to be said?!%MCEPASTEBIN%He lets her call him “Donk”—what more needs to be said?!

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    BFF Love

    The Dowager Countess and Isobel have grown from adversaries trying to best one another to confidantes who understand one another. While they’ll probably always trade quips and delight in their disagreements, so too will they likely be there for each other, nursing through illness, bolstering through grief, and laughing, sharing companionship and confidences over cards and tea.

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    Man's Best Friend Love

    Man’s best friend is the Earl’s best girl, Isis. After all, she won’t have to marry, she doesn’t need to know about his financial foibles, and despite the flirtations of one Simon Bricker, she remains simply and unquestioningly loyal to her master.


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