If you haven't been watching Downton Abbey, you should start. And let me know what you think of this theory:
Mr. Bates is the valet to the Earl of Grantham. His primary character trait is nice. His secondary character trait is spineless.
Miss O'Brien is the ladies' maid to the Earl's wife and Thomas is the first footman. O'Brien and Thomas despise Bates, for various reasons, and since O'Brien and Thomas are constantly smirking and plotting, we're meant to believe that they are Bad and Bates is Good.
Except in the final episode of season 2 (spoiler alert ...), Bates is convicted of murdering his wife.
And I kind of hope he did it.
One, it would be nice to add a third character trait to his dossier. And two, I hope it turns out Bates was a sociopath all along, and that O'Brien and Thomas (much like Sgt. Doakes or Det. Quinn in Dexter) were right in their irrational dislike of him. TWIST!
(Remember when Bates took that fancy shoehorn away from poor old Mosely? YEAH. Dick move there, Bates.)
(Theory number two: What if Bates and the Fake Patrick are in cahoots in some sort of long con?)
Come friends. Help me speculate.