March 6, 2012

Down with Downton

Mr. Carson, digital (click to zoom)

MR CARSON: We may have to have a maid in the dining room. 

ROBERT CRAWLEY, EARL OF GRANTHAM: Cheer up, Carson. There are worse things happening in the world. 

MR CARSON: Not worse than a maid serving a duke.

Season 2 of Downton Abbey has just concluded and the third season is reportedly due out in September of 2012.

Jim Carter portrays the butler, Mr. Carson. I was initially interested in depicting the Mr. Carson character for his appearance. As I watched the show, I realized that of the entire cast, this character was my favorite. As the butler, he IS the estate of Downton Abbey and its smooth operation rests solely on his shoulders. He is the epitome of properness.

He has great pride for his role in service for Earl Grantham’s estate. As the social classes begin to question their differences, Mr. Carson’s character is the one that I felt for the most as he struggles to validate his purpose.