Hands up if you love Thomas!
|Rob James-Collier as Thomas kisses Charlie Cox as The Duke on the pilot Downton Abbey Thomas kisses The Duke|
Thomas is a great character. And he's such a bastard. He's often vindictive, manipulative and downright cruel. But he's also incredibly funny and a social outcast. Those two things soften his edges and grant him a measure of sympathy.
|Rob James-Collier as Thomas Barrow with his mangled hand on Downton Abbey S02E02|
It's not hard to imagine how difficult it would be to be gay in the early 1900s. (Although the fact that everyone seems to know I find a little unlikely). Thomas was simply born in the wrong place at the wrong time. His dastardly ways are a product of his strength. It's admirable, in a way, and also very sad.
|Rob James-Collier as Thomas Barrow in uniform on Downton Abbey S02E02|
When Thomas meets the blinded solider while working at the village hospital, he tells him, "You're not a victim, don't let them make you into one." That's pretty much the life mantra of Thomas. He pushes first. And his hard candy shell doesn't crack often.
|Rob James-Collier as Thomas Barrow cries sobs on Downton Abbey S02E02|