YMMV / Parade's End

  • Stoic Woobie: Christopher, especially in the last two volumes/episodes.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Sylvia in the novels is portrayed as pretty much irredeemable. However, since she behaves more sympathetically in the miniseries - such as comforting Tietjens when he has shell shock (in the books she mocked him!) - and since she's played by Rebecca Hall who has very good chemistry with Benedict Cumberbatch, many viewers thought Tietjens should make more effort to reconcile with Sylvia. It doesn't help that Valentine's character portrayal suffered at the expense of Sylvia's - though, to be fair to Stoppard, Valentine was much more developed in the script, a lot of which had to left on the cutting room floor.
    • The miniseries strongly suggests that Sylvia is the way she is in large part because of the restrictions that pre-WWI British society puts on her (despite the fact that she's not a suffragette). The viewer gets the sense that had she been born and raised in modern times, she'd be much happier and less vicious.