At first, almost nobody … upstairs or downstairs … could conceive of how Bates would do his job with a limp, though the “good guys” on the show were quickly won over by Bates’ decency and character. Also, in one of the earlier episodes of the first season, Bates tried to “fix” his limp with a local craftsman’s horrible design for a limp-correcting brace. The device nearly tore his leg to bloody shreds until the head housekeeper, Mrs. Hughes, confronted him and got him to chuck the thing into the lake, resolving to be himself from there on out. So far, that’s the last we’ve heard of Bates’ limp as a relevant plot point. In a sense, his disability stopped being important when he decided to stop trying to fix it … something I think lots of disabled people can relate to in real life.
Matthew: “I’m strong enough to push myself.”Mary: “I’ll be the judge of that.”