Just had a discussion around what's happening with Julia with my roommate. He's not seeing it as a problem. He thinks that if Julia has a one-timer with Dixon before he leaves and then carries guilt and have no one to talk about will give them some tension to play with in the marriage.
For me, I get it. A hot young doctor who is madly in love with you? This is why I'm poly. Wish society would allow her to have both. Having said that, what the show has been doing really well recently is highlighting the differences in values that William and Julia have always had - Julia being a progressive feminist and William being a traditional Catholic. Their love papered over these but that's not something that will remain buried forever.
Part of Dixon's appeal is that he shares Julia's love of medicine, something that William struggles to understand. Whether or not anything else happens, I can see why Julia would feel pulled to him. He's been her champion in a very misogynistic world, just as William was when she was coroner. In fact, the deeper I look, the more I see similarities between William and Dixon. I understand her temptation.
I also acknowledge that a lot of people carry the belief that once you're in love with someone you'll never desire anyone else again and to do so is a failure of the relationship. And through that lens, the showrunners are playing a very dangerous game here.
I am also completely gutted about Parker. When he turned up dead, I audibly said "oh no". I liked that we had a re-occuring black male character that was also a great cop and that the show had found a way around to have him there. I utterly hate that they had Violet kill him. I liked the edges that she has - like someone said above, I think it's good to have characters who aren't perfect and have to fight for what they want. I really wanted her to struggle with reforming herself but ultimately come down on the side of Murdoch & co. And to do this while some white guy who is a murderer goes free? I'm guessing this will be addressed next week but it's not sitting right.
Mostly, I really loved Parker and I'm going to miss him. Yet we're still stuck with Clegg and Myers? Really bad call, Powers That Be.
Another bad call? This whole Misery storyline with George. WTF? What is with this torture characters every season towards the finale? Can't we let George just enjoy his damn book?