the ghosts watching downton abbey headcanons because i'm thinking about that for some reason
initially it was put on by mike, who was left home alone one night. he thought fanny would like it.
the ghosts who were actually in the room at the time were the captain and humphrey, who quickly got very invested.
the captain eventually went to get fanny, but only when humphrey told him he should, since that's what mike wanted in the first place.
fanny and the captain get VERY invested. humphrey is just happy to be spending time with someone and to have a means of entertainment he doesn't have to provide himself.
fanny's favourite characters are mary and violet. the captain points out that mary is unkind; fanny disagrees.
the captain's favourite of the daughters is sybil.
he also develops a habit of acting HELLA weird about thomas barrow. he claims not to like him but he talks way too much about him for that to be true and he's also adopted a lot of barrow's mannerisms and now everyone is giving the cap the side eye.
humphrey likes edith and gets very invested in her struggles and how things never seem to go well for her for very long.
gradually more ghosts join in on the weekly downton abbey watches. by this point, we have the captain, humphrey, fanny, kitty, mary, and thomas.
while fanny pretends to be Quite Disappointed Indeed in sybil, she secretly loves her and supports her relationship with branson (even if he is an irish and below her and a socialist, all things which make fanny clutch her metaphorical pearls), and she's absolutely devastated when sybil dies.
thomas is also heartbroken by lady sybil's demise and decides to compose his own fanfiction. i mean poem.
kitty is also devastated. she had been so happy for lady sybil to have her baby, and she can't understand how something so awful could happen.
mary tries to console her, but ends up saying something like "my sister leah did die in such a way, and the priest did say she had been damned by god and the child she bore be a demon" and everyone would look at her like ".....bruh. you okay?"
the tension would be broken by robin telling everyone that he saw his sister get eaten by a bear, thus also ending the robin-and-his-sister saga (at least for a little while).
by the end of the series, all the ghosts (even a couple of the plague ghosts... well, pretty much just the girls and nigel, and sometimes mick) are watching.
the plague ghosts don't quite understand all the details, but they enjoy the Drama.
after it ends, there's a mix of disappointment and contentment. fanny and the captain are happy to move on, back to their regular programmes.
until alison tells them there's also a movie, if they want to see that as well.
everyone piles up in the common area one more time for a movie night. a lot of them generally agree it's not as good as the series, but it's still fun.
the captain gets really excited when they mention the king and queen coming to visit, but quickly gets wrapped up in the thomas barrow subplot. again with several others giving him the side eye, waiting for him to Say Something.
robin finally speaks. he doesn't understand why barrow would have to hide that he likes men and why he would get in trouble for it. "in my day, you like someone, you do it. doesn't matter if they have the same parts as you." the cap makes a face and mutters something unintelligible but doesn't say much else. robin sits down again, rolling his eyes because he had been TRYING to get the captain to talk.
fanny, kitty, and thomas are once again in tears when violet tells mary she's going to die soon and essentially passes the torch over to her.
the movie ends and everyone sort of goes about their business.
BUT NOT FOR LONG, because a few days later fanny asks alison if she can put downton abbey on the tv again for her from the beginning.
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