here's an analysis of the M/M situation in S2 that I agree with for the most part. http://blog.cymbal-r...ton-abbey-2-05/
It's a rather unflattering view of Matthew... but it does explain his behavior this season which has been really hard to make out for me.
As for him being misogynistic, that might be the wrong word. More like... condescending and patriarchal. Much like Bates this season, Matthew is martyring himself, and in doing so, is removing the freedom of choice from his romantic partners.
This is not acceptable behavior.
And I very much don't agree that Levinia would be better off without Matthew. She doesn't seem to care a whit about the sexual side of things and was unphased by the reveal of M's impotence (she was only upset by Matthew's insistence that they could not marry now). Then she said "I will die if I can't be with him!" Literally the only important thing to her seems to be with Matthew, come what may.
On the other hand, we know that sex is important to Mary - she did desire Pamuk and pursued him (though in the end their liason was.... dubiously consensual, I think this was evidence enough that she wants a sexual as well as emotional connection to her partner, in the end). I also can't say that I've noticed Matthew giving Mary any longing looks at all this season. We know what those look like from S1, and I haven't seen it at all. Contrast the look on his face when he says "my darling" to Levinia - just pure joy on his face, despite the circumstances.
ETA: Just wanted to say, I watched the movie Hanna the other night, and Michelle Dockery has a small speaking role in it! It was very, very distracting... Her face is so distinctive, it was like MARY CRAWLEY WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH A BAD RED WIG IN A CIA PRISON???? :D
Edited by swguardswoman, Oct 19, 2011 @ 8:43 AM.