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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Downton Abbey Friday — Which character do you dislike the most?

We’re getting close, fellow “Downton Abbey” lovers — Season 3 starts a week from Sunday. (Yes, I know some of you have seen it already. And I will admit that I just got an Episode 1 screener and will probably watch it this weekend. But all of us will be united in Downton-dom soon . . . ) I just noticed that the show’s official PBS site has something quite jolly on it: a Downton Abbey Characters Likability Scale. You vote by moving character icons above or below a “like” line, then submit your ratings and compare them to the current chart. Right now, as of the end of Season 2, the most liked characters are Anna and the Dowager Countess; the most disliked characters are, not surprisingly, Vera Bates, Thomas, and Sir Richard. (Several characters sit somewhere in between, as no one seems to have an opinion of them: namely Lady Rosamund, Dr. Clarkson, and someone named “Andrew Lang” who I must confess I’ve completely forgotten, so obviously I have no opinion on him either.) Lots of other good reading on the site, including live chats with cast members, discussion of the history of Highclere Castle (where the show is filmed), and much more.
And for the weekend . . . a dose of Dowager Countess, including two of my favorite lines: “”No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else’s house. Especially someone he didn’t even know.” and “In these moments, you can usually find an Italian who isn’t too picky.”

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