OK, I’m getting antsy
I agree with you about the bisexuality, Pookie. I don’t think Fellowes will go that route, because it just seems to inclusive for him, frankly. This is a writer who can’t conceive of early 20th C. gay people being happy for any duration under any circumstances; he’s not going to touch bisexuality!
That said, I am concerned that people may read any attempt of Thomas’s to have a sexual relationship with a woman as bisexuality. As I understand it, sexual identity isn’t about what you do with your body, but what it means to you. If Thomas only wants to be with a woman because it will make him “normal” and he has no real desire for women themselves, he’s just as gay as he ever was.
Agreed, except for this bit:
This is a writer who can’t conceive of early 20th C. gay people being happy for any duration under any circumstances;
Fellowes is a dramatist who tries to do a good job and he is surely not stupid or unimaginative nor do I believe is he unaware that some people actually did manage to have long-term same-sex relationships. But fact remains, that being homosexual was mainly really tough to handle during that time and Thomas having a sweet romance or relationship would be quite blatant romanticizing of the actual issues most gay people had to face.
I think it does their reality way more justice to have Thomas being really conflicted and to have people see what huge toll social vilification and criminalization can take on a person’s life.
Of course some people managed to find a way to live romance and relationships. But why would Fellowes as a writer choose a path that offers way less dramatic possiblities plus really would not be representative of the majority of experiences? I actually think it would be potentially harmful to the perception of the situation of homosexuals during that era. A happily-in-a-relationship Thomas might lead to the conclusion of the less intellectually inclined audience: “Aaah, see, the gays didn’t really have that much of a hard time back then after all.”
A conflicted storyline with lots of suffering offers WAAAAAY more potential to make people think (and develop empathy), to create awareness and a broader spectrum of emotions in the viewer than a straight forward love story.