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02/04/13

What Really Happened, Episode 5

Okay. Sybil hasn't actually died, in the better and more believable versions of this story. But, if we follow the onscreen version, then we see that afterwards Cora is unable to forgive Lord Grantham for his choices on that night.

WHAT WE SAW
The Dowager Countess bullies Dr. Clarkson into "reconsidering" what happened to Sybil. She stages a meeting where he tells Cora and Lord Grantham that Sybil would most probably have died no matter what they had done. Relieving tears all around.

To note: Lord Grantham's character, even though almost completely destroyed this year, still has enough integrity to acknowledge to his mother, in the last episode, that Cora is not entirely wrong to blame him for Sybil's death. But in this episode, this is not acknowledged.

WHY IT DIDN'T HAPPEN THAT WAY
It doesn't matter what Dr. Clarkson says now. The point is, that night he was telling Lord Grantham that his daughter's life was in danger, and Lord Grantham didn't listen.

WHAT REALLY MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED
Dr. Clarkson says his piece, and Lord Grantham says:
"Thank God. I DIDN'T cause her death. But I made it so hard for all of us that night ... Cora, can you forgive me? I was so blind, I have been so blind.
When I first met with Sir Philip, from the beginning, he wanted complete control, and I agreed. It seemed reasonable. But it wasn't reasonable -- doctors do consult, and they do work together.
But here's what I must say. It isn't really Sir Philip's fault either. I must tell you, although I am ashamed to tell you; I have not felt completely at ease with Dr. Clarkson for some time. I thought it was because I felt he was wrong to have left us no hope over Matthew's injury. But since that terrible night I have thought about this, over and over and OVER again: WHY did I not listen to him? and I see now that I have never been able to trust him again, to forgive him, for not saving our baby.
I know! I know! It's unreasonable and it's unfair. I couldn't face myself as unreasonable and unfair. And so I've refused to do so, except that on that night, I couldn't bring myself to trust him or believe him, although somehow I knew I was acting unreasonably, yet again."

Okay -- I'm not so great with dialog as Julian Fellowes is! But you get the idea. Basically -- Lord Grantham by his behavior on the night Sybil died, has been taken almost to the point of no return, as a decent man. It seems to me that nothing short of some major unconscious trauma could justify how he acted that night. It wouldn't have to be this, of course -- but something.

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