I don’t like how having been victim of hate once makes me question every post I make. I wanted to post something about the lack of character-backstory for Lady Violet, but I didn’t, because people will think I am attacking Maggie Smith (which I am really not).
[insert sadface here]
As Lady Violet’s RPer in this particular group, I would like to say that a discussion like this is long overdue!!
It’s been very difficult to portray a woman who supposedly was at the height of the society swing back in her day and yet the best we can tell is that she MIGHT have had an affair, or at the very least a serious flirtation, with the elder Lord Hepworth…and yet…we don’t even know the Christian name of her dead husband! You know the one, the guy who set up that crazy entail!!
So whaddya’ll think about the lack of backstory for the sassy and acerbic Lady Violet Crawley??
What I think?
I think that Maggie Smith is doing a hell of a job playing someone we know next to nothing about. She gives the lady character and depth that is nowhere to be found in the writing. All we know is that she was the former Lady Grantham, Countess bla-bla-bla, that she mothered two children, one she married off to a wealthy American heiress and one who married money but not standing. She knows Lord Hepworth’s father, because he pursued her in the 1860’s.
We don’t know her late husband’s name, though he is at the root of their problems with the heritage, we don’t even know how the lady spends her days!
She shows a deep care for her granddaughters, she is spikey and spicy and awesome, but we know so little about her: who is she? How did she end up the ruler of Downton? Whose daughter is she and how did she meet Lord Grantham (I mean the dead one, I think we know how she met the current Lord Grantham).