Anna Blames Herself For The Rape on Downton Abbey
Evil Edna (MyAnna Buring) wasted no time going to Branson (Allen Leech) the morning after. She wanted him to promise he’d marry her, since she could be pregnant.
Branson was ashamed about everything, but thankfully wouldn’t promise anything. Instead, Branson went to Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) for help.
Knowing Edna’s character, Mrs. Hughes did some investigating and found a book in Edna’s room about how not to get pregnant. She and Branson confronted Edna about her pregnancy scheme. Mrs. Hughes told her to leave, but Edna wanted a payoff, or she threatened to go to Cora (Elizabeth McGovern). Instead, Mrs. Hughes told her off and threatened to ruin her career if she didn’t leave ASAP. Don’t let the door hit ya, Edna!
Lord Gillingham was still hanging around Mary (Michelle Dockery). He confessed he was in love with her, and proposed. He said he’d wait for her to finish mourning Matthew, as long as she said yes first. They shared a kiss. Mary was flattered. However, she said she wouldn’t be ready to move on anytime soon, and told him to marry Mabel.
Later, Branson and Mary had a nice heart-to-heart about their recent love-life developments. Well, as good as a chat as two cryptic people could have. Mary also admitted she might come to regret her decision to reject Gillingham.