Good news, bad news, fans of Tom Branson (Allen Leech). First, the bad news: The most eligible bachelor at Downton Abbey has been spotted filming a Season 5 scene with Sarah Bunting (Daisy Lewis). After Season 4 episode after Season 4 episode spent posing the village schoolmarm as Tom’s new love interest, we aren’t exactly shocked by this development but we know plenty of fans won’t be pleased
When we asked fellow Downtonites if Tom and Sarah should end up together, the response was a resounding no! At last count, nearly 70 percent of voters felt the widower of dear Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) should stay as far away as possible from Ms. Bunting.
What has Sarah done that has set so many fans on edge? Our guess: her rather sneaky ways at the end of Season 4. You’ll recall she wiggled a way into visiting Downton despite Tom’s obvious hesitation to have a lady caller while his family was out. She’s also got a real chip on her shoulder about the Crawley family being so well off in the world. Just wait until you meet the Dowager, Sarah!
Not that there’s any sign she will. We’ve been getting a few photos from Season 5 filming and the shots of Sarah show her out with our man Tom with no chaperone.
But here’s where the good news comes in: In a photo taken on set in the village of Bampton, Sarah looks rather upset after her and Tom’s recent meetup. Could he have just ended their semi-courtship, or was this just a passing moment caught by the camera? And how mean are we to say we kinda hope it’s the first scenario?
What do you think happens between Tom and Sarah in Season 5? Share your thoughts in the comments below!