(2011-2017) An updated edition of the Reference Handbook for Adlockers ☺
PART I. BELGRAVIA
In the end, are you really so obvious? Because this was
textbook. The promise of love, the pain
of loss, the joy of redemption. Then give him a puzzle, and watch him
dance. (Mycroft Holmes, 2012)
He’s writing sad music. Doesn’t eat. Barely talks – only to
correct the television. I’d say he was
heartbroken. (John Watson, 2012)
In the time I’ve known him, I’ve never seen him take the slightest
interest in a woman but this one… She’s got to him. […] Irene Adler. She’s gone and he won’t dare admit it but he’s devastated.
He can’t show it and I don’t think he understands what he’s feeling. […] Maybe
his experiences with Irene Adler, had humanised him? (Dr John Watson’s Blog,
Watson thinks it’d be healthier for Sherlock to have a relationship with a human being, as opposed to a book or theory. But Holmes falls in love with someone who’s as insane as him. (Martin Freeman, 2011)
Holmes faces one of his deadliest enemies in the shape of love, and it comes in the form of Irene Adler, who’s this extraordinary dominatrix, this incredibly daring professional woman who’s utterly independent, fiercely smart, and very resourceful. (Benedict Cumberbatch, 2012)
It falls in the vein of you know, classical English romances in a way: the repression of emotion, the idea that it’s there but it’s not. It doesn’t have to be spoken. (Benedict Cumberbatch, 2011)
What is painfully romantic – like in all the best love stories – is what’s left unspoken. Is there a sexual element to it? Without a doubt there is. But as you see it’s a game of chess, and it’s a very cruel, cruel game of love. (Benedict Cumberbatch, 2012)
Love gets in the way for him. Passion, attraction, it just causes him to malfunction. (Steven Moffat, 2012)
Sherlock Holmes, again, must have sexual impulses because human beings tend to – most human beings, not absolutely all, but that’s the majority. The fact is, he decides to put all that in an iron box to make his brain work better. Of course, the fact that that iron box bounces around and shakes and bangs from the inside is what makes the story interesting. He wants to rise above us like a snow-capped mountain, but he’s actually a volcano, and that’s where the story is. That’s where the story is. You know, you shove Irene Adler in front of him, and he just falls apart like most men would. (Steven Moffat, 2014)
I think Sherlock is infatuated to the point that he can barely function around Irene Adler. And Irene Adler isn’t initially fascinated by him and then falls for him completely, thinks, ‘There’s another person in the world as damaged as I am, how brilliant.’ (Steven Moffat, 2012)
And basically, it was so that Benedict could take her along with him and they share this – I guess it’s a part of the – kind of the love story, if you like. (Paul McGuigan, 2012)
I think it’s interesting from the performances, particularly in the ‘Woman’ episode, that there’s a sense – listening to Mrs. Hudson’s reaction and to John’s reaction – that the piece for Irene is sort of more romantic probably than they’ve heard Sherlock play before, which is why they all sort of go, ‘Ooh ah. You’re writing a piece for her.’ (Michael Price, 2014)
30 minutes of a case, with the rest of it being Sherlock grappling with a teenage crush. (Steven Moffat, 2016)
They’re clearly absolutely made for each other. (Mark Gatiss, 2012)
He suddenly meets someone who fascinates him. Holmes and Adler have an intellectual attraction. He doesn’t understand it. It’s like falling in love, but he doesn’t know what it is. (Mark Gatiss, 2014)
It’s just a label, isn’t it? Because, at the end of the day, I think she had feelings for Sherlock. So then people say, ‘Well, so she’s obviously not gay. She must be bisexual.’ But actually, let’s not label this. Let’s just know that human beings fall for other human beings. (Lara Pulver, 2012)
He’s highly intelligent and highly analytical to mask a certain aspect of his personality. But, they see each other for who they really are. It’s a constant game. It’s like the best game of tennis that you could ever wish for, with two characters. (Lara Pulver, 2012)
I do love that the
only moment he verbally stumbles, and I sort of did it deliberately, was
because he sensed a bit of competition in Watson starting to turn on the charm.
And in trying desperately to get in
there to impress her he went buhbuhbuhbuh and it’s very funny. (Benedict
I think he just shuts down for a moment, doesn’t he? Says, ‘I’m trying to process this, I have no
response, oh my God, where’s all the blood gone from my brain?’ (Steven
He’s always going to
love thinking about this. That amazing woman. (Steven Moffat, 2012)
PART II. KARACHI
[Q: So Irene then. Did Sherlock truly love her? Or was she
merely the catalyst for him discovering his heart and/or emotions?] Oh what does it MEAN
when a boy hacks up terrorists for you with a great big sword? She’s one of the
few people on Earth he cares about, whatever that means in his case.Fascinated by her. Thrilled by her. And for
a moment, when he saw her, he thought maybe, just maybe, there’s somebody else
like me. What else is going on, the great man has not confided in his
biographers. (Steven Moffat, 2012)
And as for Irene Adler? Well you say he was beaten by her. But do you know what they got up to in Islamabad, because I do. There was no beating. It was all very loving. (Benedict Cumberbatch, 2012)
They had a night. Irene
Adler and Sherlock had a night. I’m absolutely certain of that. Deal with
me. (Benedict Cumberbatch, 2015)
He shagged Irene
Adler. They definitely got it on that night they had together when he rescued
her from a beheading. (Benedict Cumberbatch, 2014)
Yeah I think they were definitely at it after he rescued her
from the beheading in Pakistan. I’m sure they were. I’m convinced of that. I
think he’s been burnt in the past. I think he also realises he can’t beat
female intuition. He can read women if
he’s not attracted to them or involved with them, and he knows that he’ll get
very confused if he’s starting to feel something for someone. So to embroil
himself where he might be enslaved through adoration or sexual desire or any
kind of power or chemistry to do with love is too big a risk for him, for what
he wants to achieve. That doesn’t make him gay, and it doesn’t make him
asexual; it means, you know, he’s purposely abstaining for the sake of his
craft. Not something I do. (Benedict Cumberbatch, 2014)
PART III. THEREAFTER
Oh the posh boy loves the dominatrix, he’s never knowingly under-clichéd, is he? (John Watson via Mary Watson, 2017)
She’s out there, she likes you, and she’s alive! And do you have the first idea how lucky you are?! Yes she’s a lunatic, she’s a criminal, she’s insanely dangerous. Trust you to fall for a sociopath!
(John Watson, 2017)
People text. Even I text. Her, I mean. Woman. Bad idea. Try not to, but you know, sometimes.. (Sherlock Holmes, 2017)
He has moved from being someone who was sociopathic,
work-obsessed and slightly amoral, into being someone who has a certain degree
of a private life, which is very, very
private, with The Woman, or Irene Adler. (Benedict Cumberbatch, 2016)
He has The Woman in his life. Irene Adler is always his touchstone, I guess. If anything who
would claim him, it would be her. (Amanda Abbington, 2014)
And if you paid attention you’d have known they’ve remained slightly in touch because there’s a rose
when he’s injured
there’s a single rose in the room. If you think about it, he saves her life, they must have escaped together, obviously there’s some form of contact.
(Steven Moffat, 2017)
If Sherlock was normal he
would settle down with Irene, buy a house and a Volvo. (Steven Moffat,
Maybe every second Wednesday of every month, she sends
Sherlock a cryptic clue and they meet in a hotel. […] They both smile once a
day when they think about each other. (Steven Moffat, 2015)
Please do let me know of any errors and/or major omissions!
♡ from a loyal crew member
*Editing to add (thank you, @problematiqueroyale!) the conversation between Mind Palace Holmes and Watson in The Abominable Bride, 2016: That watch that you’re wearing, there’s a photograph inside it. I glimpsed it once. I believe it is of Irene Adler. You didn’t glimpse it, you waited till I’d fallen asleep and looked at it. Yes, I did. You seriously thought I wouldn’t notice? Irene Adler. Formidable opponent, a remarkable adventure. A very nice photograph. Why are you talking like this? Why are you so determined to be alone?
I’m currently organising about 860GB worth of files in about 1500 folders.
So here’s some wisdom that will help you in your life:
- Just gives your files simple names, don’t try to be clever (you will not remember three years later) - When you download a file, rename is AS YOU SAVE IT. Don’t think “Eh, I’ll rename it later”, because you won’t. - Alternatively, when you SAVE a file you’re working on, FOLLOW A SYSTEM (ie. TRS - Casefile 0001) and STICK TO IT. From 2012 to now, I must have changed my labelling system like, FIVE TIMES, and it took FOREVER to find all my files.I think I may be seeing the end in sight, but this was a necessary evil that has taken me almost my entire weekend to fix. Time is precious. Organise your shit.This is the story of Codot, the Graphic Designer/Voice Actor/Photographer who didn’t organise and is paying the price.
That was less of an ask/more of a venting lol. I just, every time during this press tour that I've gotten to hear him verify all my speculations about how he sees the world, it's been exhilarating. I'm so gone for him, because he truly sees the world the way I see it (at least from my limited knowledge of how he sees it). And I'm sure lots of other fans feel the same way. I'm so glad he's making music. And I'm so glad the whole world is hanging on his every word. He's truly special. (2)
I think the first part of your message might have gotten lost?
I think that the young Harry of 2010-2012 must have been so excited, nervous, and scared at the same time to be where he was. Some of the things he experienced were contractual; some were just part of growing up.
A lot of people would have dealt with the stress by believing in their own fame and celebrity, changing their friends, becoming cynical or withdrawn, getting into bad habits.
Although they were far away from family, and their management team did not look out for their individual interests, Harry had his band mates, and of course, he had Louis. They have all stayed incredibly lovely people.
I love his message of inclusion and equality. I love that he talks the talk and walks the walk, that he doesn’t shy away from topics like LGBQTIA+ rights but publicly endorses them. His support is not only important to the fans in the community. It’s a message that contradicts all the hateful rhetoric we hear from political demagogues today.
His bandmates are also open, vocal supporters of so many good causes. They are really amazing boys.
I love that he developed his sense of irony and subversion. A soft word from H (“I had to ask.” “Did you?”) can turn a question on its head, get to the root of the questioner’s intent. I love my smart boy so much. He is indeed special.
what makes me really sad is the fact that Ryan tries to become friends with Brendon again like he follows him on twitter and vine and he even said that he’d like to make a song with him again but Brendon just shuts him out i mean okay he’s married and he’s moved on but It’s been 5 years and he still ignores Ryan and then Ryan get’s the hate when he’s done nothing wrong there’s even proof that they were still friends after Ryan left so something between 2011-2012 must have happened between them because Brendon literally hates Ry right now and it fucking breaks my heart. and clearly it wasn’t a small thing since brendon still can’t fucking sing northern downpour livE AFTER 5 YEARS.