Today, murderer Jodi Arias got to live. For a second time, the jury was hung.
On "Downton Abbey" next season (which could be its last) family servant Anna might not be as lucky. Her trial is coming up for the alleged murder of Green. The police contend they are holding evidence cards which haven't been made public yet.
If supposedly sweet Anna hangs from the gallows, will there be global sobbing? We human beings tend to become more emotionally involved with fictional characters than real ones. Despite all the clickbait the tabloids create through naughty celebrities, our hearts have always been and will always be with make-believe characters. That's what gave Saul Goodman an existence beyond "Breaking Bad."
In the First Industrial Revolution (we are now in the Second), the world fell to pieces when Nell Elwell from "The Old Curiosity Shop" died. She was put together through the dark creative magic of Charles Dickens.
So powerful can fictional creatures become that they can overtake even their makers. To Dickens, biographies have documented, they were part of his being. He thought about them often, even when not writing.
To "Downton Abbey" fans, Anna is embedded in our collective unconscious. We are torn if she should get pregnant while out on bail. At least her husband Mr. Bates would have something to hold on to from that romantic interlude in his hard life. That could keep him going if his employer loses their fortune in The Great Depression and he has to make it on his own.
Filming for next season will start in England this spring. We might want to share our concerns about Anna with the writers. They could save her - for us.