Thomas and Andy developed a closeness in Season 5. Remember when Thomas intervened during Miss Denker’s trip to the gambling clubs, where Andy lost his money? Ever since then, they’ve seemed to have a good rapport. Now that Andy is working alongside Thomas, the two spend a lot of time together, which is bound to happen when you live and work in the same household together.
Anyways, this particular episode showed Thomas, once again, trying to help Andy around the house and wanting to go on a walk with him. However, Andy continues to turn him down. Thomas’ actions could mean several things, but the first thing that crossed my mind was that Thomas likes Andy romantically. Downton is coming to a close, so wouldn’t it be nice for Thomas to find a relationship with someone?
There’s no doubt he’s struggled in that area, especially since during that time, being gay was frowned upon and also considered illegal in 1920s England. Let’s not forget that situation between Thomas and Jimmy.
If Thomas isn’t attracted to Andy, then there’s always the chance that he just wants a friend. Thomas might come off as egotistical, but deep down he has insecurities and is well aware of how others feel about him. Maybe he is trying extra hard to find friendship in Andy?
Furthermore, with Mr. Carson continuing to turn down Thomas’ help around the estate, and the widely known fact that the employees at Downton might be fired, isn’t helping his situation either. Thomas is the most worried, especially since he believes he will be the first one to be let go. He doesn’t really have the best track record.
The possibility of losing his job and feeling unneeded or useless at work also has to be weighing heavily on Thomas. Whether through friendship or romance, Thomas just might be trying to find some comfort with Andy. Times are changing, and I think Thomas is realizing that very quickly. Without Downton, who is he? Where will he go? What will he do? I’m sure those are several questions running through his mind — and probably everyone else at Downton.
If Thomas finds romance, great. If not, that’s OK, too. Let’s just hope Downton ends with Thomas finding a little bit of happiness and loving himself for who he is. That’s all that really matters.
Downton Abbey airs Sundays at 9/8c on PBS.