bonfire scene


All of you are so strong, you are.
I suppose I ought to work a tad harder if I’m going to keep up now.


“For the druids’ legends are true. Merlin is Emrys. A man destined for greatness. A man who will one day unite the powers of the old world and the new, and bring the time that the poets speak of. The time of Albion.”

“I have been waiting all these years for the arrival of a new time. The time of the Once and Future King.”


Make Ups And Break-Ups

So this is my first imagine!

Pairing: Thomas Brodie-Sangster x reader

warnings: some mild language 

Requested: no

Word count: 3397

Y/N: your name

Y/L/N: your last name

Y/C/N: Your character name


It was a great day on set, and we were in the middle of filming the bonfire scene Wes (the director) yelled action and the scene started I sat there with Ki-hong and a couple other guys as I heard Thomas who was playing Newt and Dylan who was playing Thomas have their little chat

“see those guys over their?” Thomas asked, pointing to us. Dylan nodded as he continued “those are they runners they go in the maze every day looking for a way out, and they have to make it back before the doors close”

“what if they don’t?” Dylan asked

“They get stuck in there until the doors open in the morning”

“what happens to them,” Dylan asked slightly paranoid

“No one survives a night in the maze,” Thomas said quietly.

“oh,” Dylan replied looking away and guiding his gaze towards the maze.

“but you see the guy sitting on the stump?” Thomas asked him pointing back at us. Dylan nodded “That Minho he’s their keeper” That was the scene but before Wes could yell cut Dylan said something

“who’s that talking to him?” he asked referring to me so right away I started to have a little conversation with Ki Hong.

“That’s Y/C/N, she’s bloody beautiful isn’t she?” Thomas replied. I felt my cheeks turn a light shade of pink as this was NOT in the script.

“Yeah” he replied

“she’s the only girl in the Glade, and she’s off limits you got that greenie?” Thomas said, having a bit of a stricter tone near the end.

“what do you mean?” Dylan asked I could tell he was trying super hard not to smile.

“I mean that she’s off limits, you can’t date her, can’t kiss her, can’t do anything but the occasional hug with her you got that?” He said. I couldn’t help but let myself smile, I was liking this scene. Dylan nodded slowly

“does she have a boyfriend?” Dylan questioned again

“your talking to him.” Thomas said taking his gaze off of me and facing Dylan

“I’m sorry I-”

“Don’t be you didn’t know but now you do so do me a favour and don’t hit on my girlfriend?” he said jokingly. Wes called cut, I got up from where I was sitting and went over to the boys

“great job guys!” I said giving them each a hug.

“Thanks” Thomas replied scratching the back of his head.

“whats that smell?”

“well Thomas is wearing some cologne”

“well, it smells nice.”

Okay may or may not have forgotten to mention that I had the biggest crush on Thomas, but I did a great job ignoring it because I have a boyfriend, we haven’t been dating long, a week at most. Dylan was about to say something but my phone rang, I looked to see it was, It was my boyfriend Mark calling

“sorry guys I’ve got to take this.” I said and quickly left. I picked up the phone. “Hey babe,” I said cheerfully

“Don’t babe me”

“whats wrong?”

“I’ve been needing to talk to you for awhile”


“I’m breaking up with you.” I felt tear start to fall on my face

“what? Why?”

“because I found a hotter girlfriend and she’ll do things with me, so have a nice life.”

and with that, he hung up the phone. I just stared at my phone, there was no way in hell this is happening. I took a deep breath a dried up my tears and hid any trace of me crying. “Y/N!“ I wiped under my eyes as I ran back to everyone. "so we’re going to film the scene with ben being banished into the maze, I need some real emotion from you, think you can do that?” Wes asked. I nodded and he told us to get into our positions. “action!”

the scene was filled with ben begging everyone not to do this.

“Ready!” Someone yelled everyone lowered their sticks except Thomas.

“Clint!” he yelled, then a boy came running towards him. “You need to do it.” He nodded slowly and took the big stick, right away Thomas came straight over to me, he stood behind me and since he’s taller than me he placed his chin on my head and hugged me from behind. “Close your eyes, love, it’ll be over soon” he swayed back and forth, trying to bring comfort to me. I let out a lot of tears but not enough to make me look stupid with weird faces. As soon as the doors closed Wes called a break and before I could move Thomas moved in front of me, and looked me right in the eye. “Whats wrong?” he asked.

“What do you mean?” I said slightly shocked

“you did a good job of hiding it I’ll admit but the moment you started crying your breath got faster and your heart rate picked up, I’ve held a crying girl before, now tell me what’s wrong?”

I took a deep breath I was happy he cared but I didn’t want to start crying on set. “Can we talk later? I don’t really want to start crying in front of the whole cast and crew, plus we go horseback riding tonight.” he sighed

“fine but you will tell me later right?” I nodded. We headed back to everyone and started up conversations. We had already been filming for a month but we still wanted to get to know each other.

“What kind of person were you in high school Y/L/N?” Will asked me. They call me it because it’s my last name and it just sounds cool.

“I was basically that kid who wanted to do everything, ” I said laughing, no matter what mood I was in, these guys always managed to make me feel better

“Okay you couldn’t have been that bad” Dylan cut in, I raised my eyebrow at him

“try me.”

“Okay name all the sports teams you were on go,” Ki Hong said getting his hands ready to count

“In what grade?” I asked everyone just laughed

“you’re joking right?” Dylan said

“no I’m being serious,” I said laughing

“Grade 9.”

“Okay are you ready Ki Hong?” he nodded “okay I was on Jr.boys tackle football, well these are all jr teams okay?” he nodded

“That’s one” I laughed

“I just started I was also in basketball, baseball, rugby,soccer,hockey,tennis,badminton,volleyball, cross country, track and field and rowing and just to add to the list I was the female lead in the musical, I was in choir and band, I was president of the student council, I was in the social justice team and got to go to Africa and I ended the year with honours.” I finished everyone just stared at me shocked “told you!” everyone just broke out laughing “and I did the same thing every year. But the great thing was that throughout all of grade 9 every sports team I was on I had the number 87 jersey and it got to the point where the seed ‘Y/L/N’ into the back of all of the  87 jerseys and as a graduation gift they gave me a box and inside it was all of the jerseys with the number 87 on it and to this day that school has another 87 jerseys in a glass frame with 'Y/L/N’ on the back and a little engraving listing all my accomplishments also they will never have any 87 jerseys again because of me.”

“wow, yeah remind me never to doubt you again,” Ki Hong said laughing. I agreed and they rest of the day went like that. We wrapped up filming and we walked back to the hotel. As soon as we got inside it started pouring rain so we called the stable and they said we could go tomorrow. Will,Kaya,Thomas,Ki Hong and I spent the rest of the night in Dylan’s room playing Mario cart. There was no room left on the couch so I sat on the floor, I was currently in first and I finished the race.

“Take that suckers! Since I won and I’m freezing Thomas give me the blanket!”

“What! No way!” He exclaimed, I just started laughing.

“Yup pays up” he just shook his head.

“Oh my god just share it!” Will yelled laughing. Thomas slid off the couch and moved the blanket so I could sit.

“Uncross your legs,” I told him, he looked a little confused but he didn’t argue he uncrossed his legs and I sat down right in between his legs and leaned back on his chest, he put his arms around me so he held his controller just in front of mine. I looked up at him to see him staring down at me.

“What?” I asked

“I didn’t notice until now,of how tiny you are,” he said chuckling I stuck my tongue out at him and he just smiled.

“Well aren’t you to shanks just adorable?, Hey we can be adorable too!” Ki-hong shouted jumping into Will’s lap,Will immediately put his arms around Ki Hongs waist and the room went crazy, I almost died of laughter.

“Remember to breathe Y/L/N” Thomas managed to get out the words in between laughs.

“Oh shut up Sangster” I replied looking at him, his cool brown eyes filled with joy

“guys let’s set up a live chat” I shifted my gaze as Kaya spoke. I snapped my head back to Thomas

“oh can we, please?!”

“You sound like a five-year-old on Christmas love,” he said chuckling

“oh my god guys just admit it you love each other and get it over with,” Will said dropping Ki Hong, Thomas’s cheeks turned a light shade of pink.

“I don’t 'love’ her, it’s just a, well an um nickname” I couldn’t help but smile at Dylan’s next comment

“yeah a nickname for your girlfriend.” I laughed a little and changed the subject.

“So are we doing this live chat or Nah?” we agreed on it as Kaya set up the computer and filmed it as we tweeted that we were about to do one and for everyone to ask questions.

“HI EVERYONE!!” I yelled as we went live.

“So basically we’re bored and have nothing to do so we’re like hey let’s do a live stream,” Will said, so we answered a few questions.

“Oh I have a good one,” Kaya said “It’s for Y/N, it’s from Mazerunner_lover and she asks if you yourself were in the maze who would pick team Gally or team Newt”

“Yeah which one would you pick?” Thomas asked from behind me, gently squeezing me.

“Wait Thomas where’s the nickname?” Will said raising an eyebrow

“I don’t need to use it every time I talk to her” he responded laughing

“Ummmmm I don’t know their both just desperate for my attention” everyone let out a couple laughs

“of course, we are,” Thomas said pulling me closer.

“I can’t pick next question,” I say simply

“okay, this one’s from the same person, Y/N, and Thomas why are you guys sitting like that?”

“Okay, we can explain it!” Thomas said laughing, “we were playing Mario kart and she won and was cold but I already had the blanket and she wouldn’t stop asking me for it and there was no more room on the couch so that’s why.”

“What’s her nickname?” Will asked again I laughed and looked up at him

“yeah what is it?” I asked innocently

“I’ve just started calling her 'love’”

“cute,” Dylan said, causing us all to laugh. 

“Comment below if you ship #thoren” I laughed so hard as the comment section blew up with comments and Ki Hong was in charge of the chat,

“guys, there’s not one comment that doesn’t say #thoren, and basically everyone ships you two so ya know, no pressure” he winked into the camera. we ended the live chat about an hour later and started up the next race. Half way through Thomas hit my controller causing him to go in first place, but Will hit him with a blue shell, and then I hit his controller

“really guys!” he said as he finished in last. Kaya and I were In a fit of laughter with Will, Ki Hong and Dylan joining us. We started the last race and Thomas and I kept hitting each others controler, but I finished first and he came in last once again. I turned to face him

“sucks to be you!” He just laughed

“yeah, yeah” I almost forgot about what had happened today, as it set in I looked at everyone

“Well, I’m gonna call it a night guys.” Everyone said goodnight and headed back to their rooms. Thomas and I had separate rooms on a higher floor so I headed to the elevator.

“I’ll be up soon I just have to do a few things” I nodded and went up in elevator to my room, where I quickly slammed the door, got changed into sweatpants and my grey maze runner shirt and just let everything out, and I did that for at least an hour until heard a knock at my door. I rubbed my eyes and went to answer the door, and there was Thomas drenched from head to toe with a giant teddy bear in hand, a bouquet of roses in the other and a bag of stuff hanging from his arm. I covered my mouth out of sheer happiness and gave him a huge hug I didn’t really care if he was wet or not. “Can I come in?” he asked gently I nodded and sniffled.

He came in and placed the stuff on my bed and gave me another huge hug and he swayed back and forth gently, trying to give me comfort and it worked a little bit. He left the hug and moved his hands so they were cupping my face. He wiped away my tears with his thumbs and looked me in the eyes. “Now can you tell me what’s wrong love?” Until tonight my feelings for him have never been surer, I mean I already had a huge crush on him but this certified that I have major feelings for him.

“My boyfriend broke up with me,” I said in between sobs. Sympathy was written all over his face

“now why the bloody hell would he do that??” He sounded almost insulted, strange.

“He said he found a hotter girlfriend-”

“Okay stop right there from what I hear already this guy’s a dick and not worth a single tear of yours okay? You are the most beautiful girl in the world, you don’t need someone like him telling you otherwise.” He said I pulled him in for a hug

“Thank you.”

“anytime love” he whispered. I broke the hug, but we still held each other,

“he also said she was willing to do things with him” my voice was barely more than a whisper, and the look on his face made me laugh.

“Okay, it’s decided he’s a man whore” I laughed even harder at his comment.

“A midget man whore I mean I was taller than the guy.” I was only five foot 6.

“I couldn’t agree more” I laughed as I stood like this longer I noticed he was shivering.

“Thomas, why are you soaking wet?”

“Well I knew you were really upset so I went and got you a couple things at the store,” he said quietly looking down.

“at 2 in the morning” I raised an eyebrow he just nodded,“and in the middle of a rainstorm?”


“why didn’t you buy an umbrella?”

“Because I was too busy thinking about you,” he said gently.

He let go of me but took my hand and brought me to the bed. He handed me the giant teddy bear and found a vase and put the roses in it and placed it beside the TV. He then opened the bag of things and emptied it on my bed. He went out of his way and bought me my favourite ice cream(which is oreo ice cream), chocolate, smartfood popcorn and there was a grey hoodie that lay on the bed.

“I remember that you love big sweaters and the number 87 is closed to you and that you love New York,” he said holding the sweater up for me to see, and on the back it said 'Y/N’ and in big numbers under it, it read 87. He then showed me the front and it read 'Brooklyn’ he tossed it to me and I happily put it on,

“How did you get this at 2 in the morning?” I asked laughing a little

“When your Thomas Brodie-Sangster anything can get done love” my nose twitched as I smelled a sweet scent, I brought the sweater closer and I sniffed it.“Well you were saying earlier you liked my cologne so I sprayed it with it”

“Awh Thomas!, You’re too sweet!” I exclaimed pulling him in for a hug.

“There’s more, love,” He said happily in my ear

“there’s more!” I said matching his tone, he just laughed

“I checked and the walking dead marathon starts in about two minutes”

“Then what are we waiting for!” I asked excitedly I jumped onto the bed and quickly got under the covers. Thomas chuckled as he turned on the TV and went to AMC and the first episode just started but we got the time wrong and it was season three. Thomas felt so bad but I didn’t mind season 3 was my favourite season. Thomas got under the covers and moved right beside me, snaking his arm around my waist and pulling me close to him, my gaze drifted to the roses beside the TV “the flowers are so pretty” I turned my head to look at him and he looked me with the sweetest smile.

“I want you to know I will be there for you whenever you need me until the last rose dies” I smiled I know that roses only last a couple days but I ignored it and got closer to him by placing my head on his shoulder. We ate and laughed all night and it was 5 in the morning when it was all over.

“Alright love, you look so tired I’ll leave so you can get some sleep” I look up at him as he gets up, I get up as well to see him at the door.

“Thank you, Thomas, for everything”

“your welcome love,” he says as he pulls me in for a big hug and we stood like that for what felt forever. We left the hug but we still held each other close I stared right into his soft brown eyes, they flickered down to my lips then back to my eyes. “screw it” he pulled me closer to him by my waist and our lips instantly attached to each others perfectly, his lips were firm but gentle at the same time. It felt like time froze and we were the only two people in existence. We broke apart and he pressed his forehead on mine,

“Tommy, can you stay with me tonight?” I asked he nodded and we headed to the bed. He took off his shirt and climbed into the bed beside me, we cuddled until I was drifting off I heard him say “I love you so much Y/N, you have no idea how much right now means to me.” I wanted to say something but sleep can quicker than my words.

Fanfic rec

And once more, I lost track of when I’m supposed to post my recs :P In my defense, I’ve actually had a lot of work while my boss was on vacations. Not sure how that happened… but well.


Bonfire Heart by dsr

Johnlock, complete, 1500 words. An alternate take on the bonfire scene, in which Mary doesn’t exist. Confessions are made (as it should have happened in bloody canon!)

Dance Me To The End Of Love by A_Candle_For_Sherlock, chiglock (JJLiberty)

Johnlock, complete, 18200 words. John and Sherlock go to a wedding as couple (it’s for a case!), Mary still exists and she and John are still together, so everything is terribly bittersweet and it’ll torn your heart apart, but who cares about that? It’s lovely!

Right and Ready by PlainJane

Johnlock, complete, 7900 words. Mary is gone, John is back living in Baker Street, they have a case in which they pretend to be a couple to get into a suspect’s house, everything hurts, but they do end up together and that’s all I care in this world! (my summary makes it no justice, but it’s truly lovely)

What Is Left by Tumbleweed_run 

Johnlock, WIP. Another one to tear your heart apart! Sherlock does end up going on the mission to Serbia, John stays with Mary but of course things don’t work out. They have their daughter, though and then Mary is gone and six years later Sherlock is back. It’s… there’s not a lot of romance, to be honest, but I think that’s what makes it so very lovely. I mean, you can see the hurt and the pining but it feels very realistic since there are a million other things going on that need resolution too. A must read, really.

The Upstairs Bedroom by nylux 

Johnlock, complete, 4000 words. Bed-sharing. Do I need to say more? Alright then: due Sherlock’s room becoming uninhabitable, he’s forced to spend the night in John’s room. The inevitable happens ;)

And that’s it! Short, ain’t it? Oh well… they’re all very lovely, so I think it should make up for it ;)

You can find my other recs here.

hubblegleeflower  asked:

ok, so... seems everyone's still waiting for the "3 Garridebs Moment" where John realizes how much he means to Sherlock. But he saw the video at Magnussen's, how Sherlock reacted to his being in danger. There seems to be a consensus that that's not the moment - but I am unclear as to why. It's drawn out, sure, the injury was 2 episodes before the realization, but still.

That’s a good question. 

I think some of it comes down to what we’re actually shown in HLV. waitingforgarridebs​ summed up what John sees in the video at Magnussen’s pretty well here–because Sherlock’s face isn’t shown in the video, John doesn’t fully see Sherlock’s panic, so he doesn’t get the full emotional impact of the moment, though I think he’s definitely got to be at least starting to put it together now.

Mostly though, I think it’s because the TEH & HLV bonfire scenes don’t parallel the ACD canon Garridebs moment closely enough. Let’s look at the original scene:

“You’re not hurt, Watson? For God’s sake, say that you are not hurt!”

It was worth a wound – it was worth many wounds – to know the depth of loyalty and love which lay behind that cold mask. The clear, hard eyes were dimmed for a moment, and the firm lips were shaking. For the one and only time I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain. All my years of humble but single-minded service culminated in that moment of revelation.

“It’s nothing, Holmes. It’s a mere scratch.”

He had ripped up my trousers with his pocket-knife.

“You are right,” he cried with an immense sigh of relief. “It is quite superficial.” His face set like flint as he glared at our prisoner, who was sitting up with a dazed face. “By the Lord, it is as well for you. If you had killed Watson, you would not have got out of this room alive.”

Based on that ACD scene, I think there are several key things lacking in the bonfire scenes that we are really looking for from the Garridebs moment on the show. 

Firstly, John needs to be conscious to see Sherlock’s reaction so that he actually understands how shaken up Sherlock is. After the bonfire, John regains consciousness when Sherlock is whispering his name; he doesn’t hear any of the panic that came before it. Like I said above, I think the video in HLV showed him some of Sherlock’s panic, but he still doesn’t get the full force of it. He really needs to see it himself in that moment to really feel the weight of it. There’s an immediacy to the original canon scene that we’re sorely missing in the bonfire scenes because they are two episodes apart, which dulls the emotional impact for both John and us as viewers, but the real Garridebs moment needs that sense of urgency, not only in Sherlock trying to save John but also in the realizations that come afterward.

Secondly, John has to acknowledge that he understands that Sherlock loves him; even if you want to argue that he does understand from the video he sees in HLV, we don’t get any acknowledgement of that fact. We need to hear him say something or see him write something on his blog or something, anything to parallel the “It was worth a wound…” statement. That is really the crux of the Garridebs scene in ACD canon–it’s the reason people still talk about it. Watson says it’s the one time he really and truly understood how deeply Holmes’ feelings for him ran, so we absolutely have to have John acknowledging that realization on the show for it to be considered a Garridebs moment.

Finally–and I suppose this could be optional, but I personally think it’s necessary to really complete the parallel–the villain needs to be present to feel the force of Sherlock’s love for John. Yes, Sherlock shoots Magnussen in HLV because he loves John, but again, there isn’t really that obvious connection that he does it in response to Magnussen hurting the person he loves. I think John sees that Sherlock did it to help Mary and by extension him because there was no other choice. Some would argue that John thinks Sherlock does it because he loves Mary. I don’t personally subscribe to that theory, but for the purposes of this argument, the result is the same. Either way, John doesn’t see that Sherlock shoots Magnussen directly because of what he’s done to John. In the canon Garridebs moment, Sherlock threatens the villain and makes the connection explicit–”If you had killed Watson, you would not have got out of this room alive.” Therefore, I think the villain needs to be present when John is injured so that Sherlock can threaten/actually harm them in some way so that John again sees how much he means to Sherlock.

So those are all the logic-based reasons that I think the bonfire is not the show’s equivalent of the Garridebs scene. Beyond that, I think there are also reasons that we hope that the Garridebs moment is still to come, chief amongst them being that we want to see it turn into an actual love confession and a potential Johnlock kiss. The show has already managed to take so many non-Johnlock moments from the original canon and turn them into beautiful displays of Johnlockiness (I’m especially looking at you, John and Mary’s wedding) that I think we all live in hope that they will take what is potentially the most Johnlocky moment from the stories and dial it up to 11, that it will be the undeniable moment at which it’s no longer subtext, it’s absolutely 100% canon, that Sherlock Holmes loves John Watson and John Watson fucking knows it.

Bonfire & The Shooting

If the bonfire reveals that John is Sherlock’s pressure point and Sherlock getting shot reveals that, Sherlock is John’s pressure point, then we can compare these two events to see how they fit with the themes of each character.

I am of the belief that John and Sherlock each fear the sexual and emotional aspects of their mutual attraction, respectively.  The bonfire and the shooting fit in perfectly with this idea.

John and fire

John’s lust is clearly signified throughout the show.  The lip licking, the panting, the checking people out.  It’s established through repetition and enforced through showing his arousal with women.  This both shows us that he’s bisexual but also compares his reactions to men and women as both being sexual.  If the audience can see that he is ogling a woman and looks at Sherlock the same way, then the audience is forced to see that though heteronormative goggles indicate otherwise, John wants Sherlock.

As early as TBB we see this incredibly provocative mis-en-scene of John responding to Sherlock in a very orgasmic gesture with a very large fire behind him.  This is like the sexual urges theme’s grand entrance,

By the time TEH rolls around we see that not only is John not over Sherlock via being with Mary but that his, ‘fire’, has grown enormous and is threatening to consume him.  This visual metaphor could not be any clearer.  This particular Guy Fawkes has a plaid shirt on representing both bisexuality and John, himself.  Little Zoe watches on and hears John’s groans and moans and concludes, 'he doesn’t like it, daddy!’,

The odd wording of this text stands out.  Instead of, 'heating up’, they use, 'hotting up’, emphasizing the word, 'hot’.  This signals to the symbolism of the fire,

Here we see a very explicit symbol of John’s lust: a ranging fire that he’s trapped in.  There’s special emphasis on his open mouth in a way that is very sexually suggestive.  In cinema a mouth is a very strong symbol of sex, especially an open one.  

Sherlock must walk into this fire to save him with Mary behind him.  Having Mary and Sherlock save him represents his bisexuality and Sherlock taking, 'an alternate route’, just like in the ASiP cabbie chase of purple attraction, represents Sherlock’s attraction to John.

In the bonfire scene we see a situation symbolic of sex turn romantic once Sherlock gets there.  He puts his hands on his face and they look at each other.


Sherlock and his heart

In TGG, we see Sherlock ask John to get his phone out of his jacket pocket for him and to, 'be careful’.  In ASiB we see him equate Irene’s phone to her heart while he toys with it.  So, in TGG, we see Sherlock asking John to be careful with his heart. 

[Thanks to @rebootingcheesecake (who seems to have deleted their blog) for this wonderful observation.]

The shooting is the inverse of the bonfire scene: here we will see that Sherlock is John’s pressure point but the symbolism is romantic and the result once John gets there is sexual.

Mary shoots Sherlock in the chest, symbolic of his heart and his feelings for John.  He is then sent on a short but potent journey of self-discovery and comes back to life for John; to ensure his safety.

His left lapel is especially well-lit, so we can see his red button hole, also symbolic of his heart.  The three Marys in the background represent the John/Sherlock/Mary love triangle: this is what’s breaking Sherlock’s heart,

Once John gets there, he is immediately in a sexually suggestive situation. 

Is he breathing?

Opening his coat,

The nature of Sherlock’s injury is in itself sexual.  He’s just been penetrated by a phallic object and blood pours out.  Blood is associated with sex because it’s a bodily fluid and it’s red, the colour of passion.  Blood is also considered to be associated with our bodily passions, e.g. the term, 'hot-blooded’.  During arousal it is our blood that rushes to various parts of our bodies,

He’s on his knees and becomes very forceful with Magnussen,

In the ambulance we get the decidedly sexual situation of having a male paramedic rip Sherlock’s shirt of, exposing his bare chest, while John looks on and momentarily smiles through pink and purple orbs of light.

That’s a smile.  It is uncomfortable to think of John smiling in the actual text but this is a subtle (not too subtle) suggestion about the sexual subtext of John’s experience,


In summation: these two events are parallel in that they each reveal that John and Sherlock are each other’s pressure points to Magnussen and to the audience.

John’s incident is symbolic of his sexual desires, while Shelrock’s is symbolic of his romantic desires.

The tone of the rescue is set by the rescuer.  Thus a rescue from a sexual situation becomes romantic and vice versa.

Starring Sherlock Holmes as Irene Adler

Did Steven Moffat intentionally write Sherlock’s storyline in “His Last Vow” as a gender-swapped remix of Irene Adler’s story in “A Scandal in Belgravia”?

I think he did.  I hope he did.  If he did, that would explain a few things, such as:

- What Irene Adler was doing in Sherlock’s mind palace in TSOT.

- Why Mycroft told Sherlock, “Your loss would break my heart,” and what that was supposed to mean.

- Whether Sherlock believed he was going to his death.

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@bbcone posted a Behind the Scenes photo on Instagram this afternoon. You can find a HQ version on

I think this from when they were filming the Solstice bonfire scene in episode 1 - you can just make out Alice Troughton on the right (stripey woolly hat), and Colin’s in his best Nathan suit.

A happy photo before the drama of tonight’s episode ;-)

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