Downton Abbey DVD Commentaries → S1E1 (Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame, and Brian Percival)
Julian: I think Brendan is absolutely marvellous in this scene. Well, they’re both very good.
Gareth: Robert…very torn between his own personal feelings for his friend but his responsibilities towards the rest of his staff and the well-being of the whole house…very conflicted.
Julian: I mean Brendan really, from this until the end, makes me cry every time I see the show.