21 January 2013 5:44 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

At this moment in 2013, it’s not a good time for potentially untrustworthy fighting Irishmen. You all know the reasons. Let’s not rehash them here. Coincidentally, in Downton Abbey’s version of 1920, it’s also a low moment for a less-than-forthcoming fighting Irishman. That’s because Tom Branson — former Downton chauffeur, husband of Lady Sybil, and an Irish Republican who refuses to wear proper white-tie attire because Revolution! — has gotten himself into some trouble after participating in what I’ll politely call an arson-oriented protest at an aristocratic family’s Dublin castle.Did Branson start the fire? No, Branson says when first questioned by Lord Grantham, who’s in epically pissed-off mode. Branson wasn’t even there. Well, okay, he was technically there. But he felt really, really bad about it. And it’s not like he planned to set that fancy-pants palace ablaze. Well, except for the part »


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