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


While we feel for Thomas (having to hide who you really are is undoubtedly a sad way to go through life), it's hard to have that much sympathy for Downton's resident evil footman-turned-valet-turned-underbutler. But somehow, despite all his evil, from bullying Mr. Bates to blackmailing Ms. Baxter, Thomas still ends up on top at the end of the show: as Downton's butler.