MARK GATISS (His Last Vow commentary): This is very clever, Steve, I must say – the curse of saying things that you wouldn’t say in real life. I remember Martin at the graveside in Reichenbach saying, ‘I genuinely find this really difficult,’ and then eventually I quoted him in the Tube station saying exactly that, because they’re the sort of things you don’t really say but you have to say it - but then to actually work out a way of saying, ‘I’ve thought about this. These are prepared words,’ is kind of the perfect escape because it means so much, but he couldn’t just do it on the hoof.
SHERLOCK: You know, it’s interesting. Bohemian stationery, an assassin named after a Prague legend, and you, Miss Wenceslas. This whole case has a distinctly Czech feeling about it. Is that where this leads?
So it would’ve been easy to tie this case back into the TGG somehow, but they didn’t.
It’s such a pointless scene: why didn’t they cut it? It’s more than
just pointless; it’s sloppy, and I really don’t think this show is
sloppy. If you go back and watch that scene, it actually makes no sense
at all: Berry’s story doesn’t even close to line up. So I don’t think
it’s supposed to line up; I think it’s a Clue.
I think it’s pretty much 100% that Jim got his face on all the screens in HLV because of the anti-terrorism bill in TEH. If you recall, everyone was in Parliament the night the bomb was going to explode because there was a new anti-terrorism bill to vote on:
NEWSREADER (on the television):
With many commentators saying the vote on the terrorism Bill will be
too close to call, MPs are now making their way into the Chamber for
what the government is calling the most important vote of this
MALE VOICE (on the TV):
What freedoms exactly are we protecting if we start spying on our own
people? This is an Orwellian measure on a scale unprecedented … (x)
LESTRADE: You still blocking it? DONOVAN: Yeah. Very efficiently hacked. They must be bloody pleased with themselves. (x)
Anyway, whatever the Thing is, it’s almost certainly something to do withtechnology, because that’s the kind of show this is. Jim is Jim-from-IT. Mofftisson probably had an idea for the last crime all the way back when they started in S1 - “What’s the coolest crime we could do?” So the Thing is something Mofftisson would consider cool. (There’s really nothing in ACD that would make a decent endgame crime for the series, so this one is probably something Mofftisson are mostly making up themselves.) The Thing is also probably something that will make Sherlock doubt himself:
I don’t think we’re done with the doubt theme from TRF. That’s how Jim works -
he plays with people’s minds. He’ll never be able to get John to doubt
Sherlock, but there was one thing he didn’t do in TRF and I think he’s
saving it up: in TRF, other people doubted Sherlock, but Sherlock always
knew he was “for real.”
I think in the season five finale, Jim will set things up so that Sherlock thinks he starts missing casesbecause of sentiment.
Isn’t that basically the ultimate “John or James” question? It’s pretty
much the point of the show.
Sherlock will think he can’t solve cases anymore because he loves John.
And to complicate matters, Sherlock believes John only loves him for
the danger/excitement, so if he can’t solve the cases, John will leave. But John’s the reason he’s missing cases in the first place!
DO YOU EVEN REALISE THAT SHERLOCK STOPPED THE FUCKING BOMB AT 1:28 / 1:29 I MEAN YES YOU KNOW THAT BUT HE COULD HAVE STOPPED IT AT 1:05 OR 1:26 OR WHATEVER BUT FUCK NO?!?!?! HE CHOSE THE GODDAMN DATE WHEN HE MET JOHN FOR THE FIRST TIME?! AND LOOK AT HIS SMILE?!
LOOK JAWN THE BOMB SHOWS OUR DATE ISN’T THAT FUNNY?!
When John sees Sherlock for the first time after the two years, he doesn’t right away get angry or relieved. Instead he gets scared as hell, because he can’t believe his eyes. His eyes are lying.
Sherlock is dead + I see Sherlock standing in front of me = I’m delusional.
The real person in this absurd and scary situation is Mary. So he turns to Mary, to check what he should do. Does Mary see the same as I see?
It’s almost a casual look. It looks like he could just ignore the vision of Sherlock if it seemed like Mary doesn’t see him at all. Maybe he wishes it’s just an illusion. Maybe it would have been easier. But what he sees when he looks at Mary is this:
Mary sees him as well. She confirms Sherlock is real.
I see Sherlock in front of me + I am not delusional = Sherlock is not dead.