Is Mr. Bates a Murderer? The Downton Abbey Cast Weighs In!
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Is Mr. Bates a Murderer? The Downton Abbey Cast Weighs In!

Season 4 of Downton Abbey left us with more questions than it did answers (#upstairsproblems, we know). One of the biggest, most gaping holes in the plot, however, concerns one Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle).

If you’re caught up on the series — and if you’re not, stop right this instance and go read up on our Season 4 spoilers roundup — than you know evil Mr. Green (Nigel Harmen) met his much-deserved end during the February 16 episode of the show on PBS.

We’re still not sure how Green, who raped beloved lady’s maid and Mr. Bates’s wife Anna (Joanne Froggatt) earlier in the season, came to be in front of oncoming traffic, leaving some (coughLadyMarycoughMrs.HughescoughAnnacough) to wonder if Bates might have something to do with the “accident.”

Not that we blame Bates, of course. In fact, one of Season 4’s parting shots is of Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) ripping up evidence that could potentially link Bates to the scene of the crime, a sign that seems to suggest she supports whatever her father’s valet may or may not have done to protect his wife. So what does the rest of the Downton Abbey cast make of the situation? Is Bates a murderer or, if you also believe he killed his first wife, the meddlesome Vera, earlier in the series, a double murderer?

“As a viewer, yeah. Definitely,” Hugh Bonneville (Robert) said with a laugh while chatting with PBS.

“It’s very interesting to imagine him as a double murderer,” added Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith). “And the nice thing is, you’re still on his side.”

“He is an enigma, Bates,” says Allen Leech (Tom Cullen). “Why does he really have a limp? I think he’s carrying a shotgun under that leg.”

Hear what the rest of the cast has to say of their fellow Downton member, and tell us your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!

Source: PBS on YouTube

Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!