Fans left shocked after Sunday’s Episode of ‘Downton Abbey’

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Fans have been left shocked and in dismay after last week’s episode of the British TV show, Downton Abbey. Now, American viewers have been left stunned after the violent rape episode which aired on Sunday.

Fans of the period drama reacted angrily and with dismay on social media over the scene involving housemaid Anna Bates.

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During the scene, Mrs, Bates, played by Joanne Froggart, is confronted by Mr. Green, who attempts to kiss the married maid. However, things take an elevated turn as Mrs. Bates wrestles Green off of her. It is at this moment that Green punches her in the face knocking her to the ground.

Downton Abbey
Mrs. Bates is then dragged into a room where she it pushed on to a table by Green, played by Nigel Harman, who by the way is making his first appearance in the show.

Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
Although no explicit scenes of sexual activity were shown, sounds of screams and struggles could be heard as the camera gave the audience the view of the room away from the characters.

Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
A hysterical Mrs Bates appeared in a later scene looking extremely distressed with cuts and bruises on her face as she begged a fellow servant for help.

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Downton Abbey
Fans almost immediately took to Twitter to express how angry and disturbed they were when they saw first hand as to what went down during the episode.

‘I am still sick to my stomach over what happened to Anna. I hope that disgusting man gets whats coming to him,’ wrote Suzanna McGee.

‘Can someone please talk to me about Downton Abbey? Please. I’m in terrible shock,’ tweeted Sophie.

Show creator Julian Fellowes defended the storyline at the time, telling the BBC:

‘The whole point of the way we do things on Downton is we don’t do them gratuitously. We are interested in exploring the resultant emotions and the effect these things have on people.

‘If we’d have wanted a sensational rape we could have stayed down in the kitchen with the camera during the whole thing and wrung it out.”

Source: DailyMail

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