So lets talk about what we've seen so far here in the western hemisphere. I know I've got a lot on my mind. This is the only British show/series that I recall watching and I'm not sure if some things are simply left unsaid or if they have no closure because they are going to come back to them.
Spoilers. You have been warned...
Patrick (or P Gordon): Is he going to crop up again later with some plastic surgery? He sure left suddenly. Hard to figure if they just dropped that storyline or what.
Daisy: What a twit. The moments leading up to her wedding with William were getting unbearable. Is she that naive? I like her character amongst the rest of the staff, but she's a hard one to read. I thought she was going to have a change of heart and move in with William's father there for a while. Especially with her becoming an accomplished person with skills and getting the money from the army... or didn't she get that yet? Another thing that was suddenly dropped. And did she ever find out about Thomas' "affiliation"? Another storyline that was suddenly dropped. If you picked up the show in season 2 you wouldn't even know.
O'Brien: Are you a good witch, or a bad witch? Looks like she's channeling her energies onto Thomas now. I was expecting her nephew Alfred to behave in much the same manner, but one O'Brien is enough as I never know whose side she's on. She obviously hates the family, but feels obligated now and shows signs of genuine compassion... another point for soap on a rope
Thomas: What can you say, he's smart and conniving. For as many times as he's been fired, found out and implicated in his shenanigans I'm surprised the staff and he still eat at the same table. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer I guess.
Bates: I don't know what to say other than I think he did it, but they will probably come up with some preposterous conclusion to this storyline.
Matthew: Has he stopped working entirely now? He seems to have been assimilated into their lifestyle quite completely and this talk of what to do with the money was getting old quickly.
Isobel: Didn't they get rid of her by sending her off? Now she's back in every episode again. Why hasn't she tried to gain control or however she was threatening them by being so close?
Anna: The reason I keep watching the show
Probably the most stable character other than Robert and Cora.
Carson: Love that his character has remained true. He sure gets sick a lot though.
Mrs Huges: Became too much of a softy for my tastes. I liked her better when she was ordering people out of rooms they were dawdling in.
Isis: I wouldn't be me if I didn't say something about Isis. I much preferred season 1's Isis. Your typical English Lab you would expect Robert to own. Now he's got this perpetual puppy that just doesn't suit him IMO. She doesn't appear to be English at all.
Violet: I too like her off the cuff remarks that *barely* give opinion away.
I could go on, but I've typed enough already. I'd love to hear your opinions of the various characters and storylines.