'Downton Abbey' Season 4 Spoilers: Will Bad Boy Thomas Find a Good Man?

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obrien thomasOh happy day! I have more spoilers on Season 4 of Downton Abbey. One of the actors in blabbing, God love him. And we even have a tidbit from Julian Fellowes himself. If you're still stewing over the revelation that O'Brien is leaving, there's good news. Her replacement sounds like a juicy character, but in a completely different way. And I think you'll approve of the way the show ushers O'Brian off stage. Meanwhile, now that we all know Thomas is gay, will Julian Fellowes push the show's boundaries and write a hot gay sex scene?

Thomas the gay under-butler gets a new partner in crime. Rob James-Collier, who plays Thomas, spilled that his character may get an "evil partner." Is he talking about a sexual partner? Alas, no. He means another character for Thomas to conspire with, like he did with Mrs. O'Brien. "He goes through a few, but he gets one eventually. Whether he lasts, we'll have to see."

O'Brien's replacement has a big secret. She's someone from Thomas' past, and she arrives without a reference. “He, obviously, has some kind of hold on her, but what that is, who knows? He is using her, manipulating her with the secret he has on her to feed back to him the stories and goings on from upstairs so he can use it to his advantage.” Thomas -- still kind of evil. I love it.

No love for Thomas. It doesn't look like we'll get a hot gay sex scene for Thomas this season. "I can't see it on the horizons, to be honest," James-Collier says. "He's been unlucky in love. I mean, when you go around kissing men while they're asleep you're not going to get a positive response." Anyway, the stakes are too high for his character. "If Thomas did find love he'd probably be in a jail cell."

Sarah O'Brien will NOT be killed off. But back to the departure of Mrs. O'Brian, Julian Fellowes assures us she will not go the way of Lady Sybil and Matthew. “O’Brien is very much alive. Her departure could be explained in that she simply got a new position,” he says. Like I've said before, I think she's going off to India with Lord Grantham's Scotland cousins, Shrimpy and Susan.  I just have to keep pointing that out so that when it actually happens I can say, "See? I told you!" and feel very smart and prescient. It's going to suck if it turns out I'm wrong.

Any guesses about what the new maid's big secret could be?

 

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