The second episode of the final season of Downton Abbey has the beginnings of the wedding planning for Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes. It has been a long but sweet love story for the two servants. However, it looks like they may have hit a rough patch already since they decided to get hitched.
There is certainly no official wedding planner in the downstairs of Downton. Well, except for maybe Lady Mary, who is insisting upon doing things her own way as usual, as recapped by the Wall Street Journal. While Mrs. Hughes has her mind set on having the ceremony outside of the Abbey, the Crawleys have other plans for this wedding. They totally insist on their faithful Mr. Carson marrying the trusty Mrs. Hughes in their humble abode. Why? Well, Lady Mary put it this way.
“You’ve worked at this house, man and boy, for half a century, If you’ve no right to be married here, who does?”
She does have a good point, and Carson doesn’t want to rock the boat when it comes to his employers. He seemed to have some trouble speaking up on behalf of his future bride, but Mrs. Hughes has put her foot down this time. She is not about to let anyone, even the Crawley family, tell her where she is to be married. She sat down with her beloved to explain why she feels so strongly about this.
“It’s where we work, but it’s not who we are. I just don’t want to be a servant on my wedding day. Is that so wrong?”
She also has a point. In fact, she felt like that should override anything that the upstairs family in Downton Abbey should want for her own wedding. When Carson didn’t exactly see things the same way and defended the Crawleys’ kind offer to have them married at Downton, Mrs. Hughes then told him that she wanted her wedding to be done in her own way.
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When Carson then told her that it was his wedding as well, Mrs. Hughes didn’t take too kindly to that sort of thought. In fact, she told him plain and simple how it was going to be.
“We’ll be doing it your way for the next 30 years, I know that well enough, but the wedding day is mine.”
While Mr. Carson tried not to rock the boat with the Crawleys, he seemed to capsize the boat with his true love. That is not exactly the way to start their newfound relationship. It looks like Carson is stuck between the two ladies in his life. One he watched grow up, and whom he respects and never says no to, and the other one who he adores and is planning on spending the rest of his days with. Which lady will win? It may be quite an unruly spiff between these two.
Cora seems to be more in tune with the bride-to-be as she keeps saying that they should go ask Mrs. Hughes what she wants to do. Of course, no one is listening to her advice. Lady Mary insists that they will be married at Downton and that’s that.
She sat there with her chin up and the stubborn stare that only Lady Mary can put out and quips, “You leave Mrs. Hughes to me.”
One can only imagine how Mrs. Hughes will feel about that. Carson may be the good and faithful servant and would never, ever go against the grain, but his future wife is not afraid to speak her mind when it comes to her special day.
It will be interesting to see Lady Mary and Mrs. Hughes fight it out between them. Will there be an upstairs or a downstairs brawl? Which lady will get their way?
Viewers want to see a Carson-Hughes wedding on this final season of Downton Abbey. It would certainly be a shame if this couple can’t work out their differences. Hopefully, they will have their happily-ever-after ending. The final season of this cherished PBS series is expected to get quite emotional, as previewed by USA Today. Hold onto your hats and grab your tissues because it could be a rough ride.
Sound off your comments, Downton Abbey fans. Should Mrs. Hughes give in and have her wedding at the Abbey?
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