According to the Mirror, Thomas will “endeavour to find happiness”—which we think is Brit-speak for get a good rogering in the pantry. Actor Rob James-Collier, who plays the sultry schemer, told the paper: “It’s a very emotional storyline and goes some way to explaining why he is how he is. Being a homosexual man in Edwardian times was against God and you could go to prison for it. It’s a burden and the audience will hopefully empathise with him.”
Collier hinted his character will embark on a “forbidden” affair, possibly with new footman Jimmy. “Thomas takes him under his wing and looks after him. Knowing Thomas and knowing he has a preference for a certain type of person in life, I think Jimmy fits that bill perfectly.”
In other Downton dish, Lady Mary is finally getting married (seriously, she was about to turn into Miss Havisham) and Edith is still the Meg Griffin of the Crawley household.