EW Exclusive: First look at the return of Kitty Winter

In a two-part episodic event, Holmes’ former protégé Kitty Winter returns to New York after a three-year absence to warn Sherlock that a killer, whom they tracked in London, is eliminating anyone who was involved in the case. As we previously teased, Kitty also returns with a major bombshell secret relating to a new man in her life.

“When we last saw Kitty, she was on the run,” executive producer Jason Tracey says. “There was blood on her hands. She didn’t know if she’d ever see Sherlock and Joan again. In the years since, she’s done a lot of healing, and a lot of growing up – but she’s still as complicated as ever. Kitty is the only person who has ever become part of Sherlock and Joan’s family. Bringing her back, we get to find out if she still fits and if there’s room for their family to grow again.”

breaking down the shipper

i just realized that a lot of my ships involve 

A. black or poc women, which is obvi but also 

B. clueless, naive and/or disempowered men (i.e. hasil from outsiders, ichabod from sleepy hollow)

i was thinking about why that is and i’ve come to the conclusion the appeal is that they aren’t able to harm, or that they’re barred from harming, the love interest as a function of their male power. bear with me here. 

it’s not that they haven’t been exposed to harmful patriarchal norms (hasil lived on a mountain his whole life, ichabod lived in the fucking 1700′s), but that they navigate the world totally and wholly dependent on this other person, and so the social structure that would naturally compliment them has been subverted. the roles have been switched and now sally-ann, and abbie, and even joan watson*** become their guide to the world, and thus, their filter. they aren’t able to assert their dominance in a way that would further marginalize these women.

i feel like this theory will break down the more i examine it so i’ll leave it at that for now. feel free to chime in if you can build on this.

*** tho joanlock ain’t my thing. striclty platonic plssss

It continually baffles me that Elementary isn’t mentioned very often on tumblr. It’s like four seasons of televised, well-done Sherlock Holmes fanfiction. Just for starters:

  • It casts the criminally under-appreciated Lucy Liu as the show’s version of Watson
  • The show’s creator has been holding the line for four years that Sherlock and Joan will NOT hook up because “it’s too easy,” and the show “doesn’t need it.”
  • It doesn’t downplay Sherlock’s (canonical) addiction to heroin, and in fact turns his recovery and continued sobriety into an issue he constantly struggles with
  • Sherlock’s character is well-balanced as a rude, arrogant, anti-social misanthrope who is still capable of being kind and treats those few he considers friends with respect
  • Likewise, Joan is intensely empathetic and nurturing to people in need, but does not tolerate bullshit (Sherlock’s especially) and is perfectly capable of beating up grown man a hundred pounds heavier than her with a police-baton
  • Sherlock teaches Joan cane-fighting (a fighting style he had in the books), and is an avid beekeeper (another detail from the books)
  • Sherlock and Joan share a pet turtle named Clyde. He paints.
  • The cast orbiting Sherlock and Joan are diverse, three dimensional, and exist as more than cannon fodder for Sherlock to prove his superiority at every turn.
  • Ms. Hudson is a trans woman (played by a trans actress) that cleans up Sherlock and Joan’s place when she’s not cohabitating with her sugar daddies
  • The mysteries are pretty cool and creative detective stories
  • Lucy Liu herself has said that a non-sexual relationship is more “dynamic” and “interesting” to play and considers the lack of romance between them a “sacred” part of the characters
  • The show is unabashedly practical when it comes to sexuality: Sherlock has arrangements with women that are non-romantic but respectful, and has suggested that Joan is “dissatisfied” with traditional relationships and might be more inclined to an open or even polyamorous relationship
  • I can’t even ruin it but just…Moriarty is magnificent
  • Again: a male and a female lead in a deep, significant platonic relationship based on mutual respect.

So now that it’s over I can finally show you guys the covers I did for the Watson Washington convention this year :D

I don’t think I’ve ever drawn this many faces properly together in one place D:

Thanks @sherlock-seattle for the opportunity, it was a lot of fun!


Sherlock Holmes on Elementary is definitely a jerk. But he’s also a good person with a deep sense of empathy. Let’s explore how Elementary fits into the legacy of Holmes Adaptions, and how the character is depicted in these complex, contradictory ways.

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When you and I first started I quickly recognized your merits, both as a detective in your own right and in that you facilitated my own process. I’m better at the work I do because of you. But over the years the relative importance of those two values has flipped. I now value the work that we do, first and foremost, because I do it with you. So if at times I seem overprotective of the system that we’ve built, if I worry that the resentments of others might disrupt it I have good reason.