From 1912 to 1926: How the Residents of Downton Abbey Changed

Fourteen years (in Downton time) after we met the Crawley family and their loyal staff – here's how things changed for the characters who have been there through it all


For someone who people were so vehemently against in the first season, John Bates transitioned into a staff member beloved by all. Of course, he had a few bumps on the road to get there, mainly in the form of an ex-wife so vengeful that she killed herself to try and frame him for the murder. Now, he's married to the love of his life, with a son, and no one has talked about his limp for a good three seasons. Sounds like a win-win-win.