It is the opposite of everything I want.
Unfortunately, as I was just discussing with Jas, it’s definitely within the realm of possibility? I mean, O’Brien is prone to making impulsive, emotional decisions when wounds have been left to fester long enough and the right nail goes through the coffin. Add in any potential threat to her job or her family and it’s really, really a recipe for disaster. Especially if they’ve been at odds for long enough for a lot of their comradeship to deteriorate.
But god that is like. The worst possible scenario for me as far as s3.
Siobhan said they were soul mates, gdi. You don’t do that to your soul mate.
It was the maid of a cousin of my grandfather’s, an auxiliary great-aunt to us boys, who inspired O’Brien, one of my favourite characters. She had started out as a lady’s maid, but when the old world disintegrated, she graduated to companion and remained in this post until the death of her employer.
On the surface, she was as polite as a courtier, but she had a black heart, cold and manipulative, and gradually forced all her mistress’s family and friends away, until she ruled their Knightsbridge house alone. Yet my aunt never saw it.
As far as she was concerned, she had a faithful retainer who wanted nothing but her good, and she never made the connection with the absence of her family in the later years.
I was once told by a viewer that the only detail he didn’t recognise from the world of his youth was the devious lady’s maid. But the records show he was wrong.
As a breed, they were notorious for their complex and prickly nature, fraught with terrors about any possible challenge to their status. Siobhan Finneran, who plays her, gives a wonderful example of this type; hard, calculating and yet vulnerable when it comes to O’Brien’s own feelings. I love her.