cardinal biggles wrote:
So, how will O'Brien make her exit? Personally, I think they'll softsoap it.
I thought the Christmas special this year opened the door to O'Brien's exit. She told her rival (the lady's maid to Mrs. Shrimpie) that she wanted to travel and was jealous that her rival got to travel and she didn't. Then, O'Brien is more in tune with what Mrs. Shrimpie wants than her rival. I thought it was opening the possibility that O'Brien goes to work for Mrs. Shrimpie -- the Crawleys get Rose, Rose's parents get O'Brien.
Plus, now that O'Brien knows that others know the phrase "bar of soap," she's not going to want to hang around Downton Abbey much longer. True, Bates doesn't know what it means
, but O'Brien doesn't know that.