October 20th, 2014 by Anna Howell.
For the past few weeks in Downton Abbey we have seen Thomas Barrow being very secretive about something… but what?
Fans of the hit ITV period drama will know that after a string of phone calls to a ‘life choice’ advert the Under Butler saw in a paper, he told the staff that his father was ill and that he had to go and care for his parent.
However Baxter (Raquel Cassidy) didn’t believe Thomas’ (Rob James Collier) excuse, and when he returned he was quick to challenge him over the truth of the matter.
During this confrontation the ladies maid saw a box of syringes and medical equipment that Thomas was using on himself and it became clear that the side effects of this new medication were leaving him increasingly unwell and in agonising pain.
Last night viewers would have seen this reach new levels, as the usually malicious and sharp-tongued servant looked a shadow of himself, dripping with sweat, pale as a sheet and ready to drop.
What is it he is doing to himself? The answer is he is trying to cure himself of his homosexuality.
Back in the 1920’s homosexuality was still illegal, and punishable by hard labour at the workhouses, something which wouldn’t suit Barrow at all.
From the very first episode of this new series we have seen that his sexuality has been at the forefront of Barrows’ mind and, as Rob James Collier told us himself, leads to a “horrific” journey of self-discovery for his character as the series plays out.
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