I think this goes beyond just Sherlock lying about dying when he is actually fine, or vice versa because the episodes are never really about the cases, but about Sherlock and John’s relationship.
So I’m speculating that this episode will be about exposing all the lies Sherlock has told in the past and will finally lead us to the truth, that Sherlock is in love with John.
After all the second episode of each series always progresses Sherlock and John’s relationship, in TBB it was “colleagues”, in THOTB it was “friend”, in TSO3 it was “best friend”, and so that just leaves a love confession for the second episode of series 4.
And a love confession can not occur without Sherlock explaining to John that he lied about being a high functioning sociopath, that he does have emotions and desires. That the reason he moved John’s chair and went back to drugs after John’s wedding is because he was heartbroken about losing John and was trying to numb his pain. That he came back to life at the realisation that John was in danger. That he excused Mary shooting him as “surgery” and protected Mary by killing Magnussen, all because he wanted to John safe and happy.
All this needs to be explained to John and the audience before Sherlock utters those three words.
Which is why it’s called The Lying Detective because, Sherlock Holmes the emotionless deer-stalker wearing detective, the version of himself that he presents to the public, is a lie. This episode will finally see the destruction of that persona once and fall all. Finally revealing to the audience and to John, who the real Sherlock Holmes is. A man who is oh so very human and oh so in love.
Here’s my design for Shiro in the Voltron paranormal investigation team AU! Unlike the rest of the team, he can actually see ghosts. (He doesn’t tell Lance that some of them make faces at him while they’re filming episodes of their reality show bwahahahahaha)
You can find paranormal investigators Keith and Pidge here and here!
So @bailci requested these two derps! Nico with A8 and Will with B-8. THIS ONE WAS HARD. Will just looks so NOT will with that face. His expressions are normally so soft and gentle, like, this was so hard for me to draw. XD BUT I HOPE IT LOOKS OKAY. c:
“I don’t know about you, but I love Halloween! Pumpkins, candy corn, horror movies…” “Freaks dressed up as monsters murdering people.” “I bet that’s your favorite part.” “Are you eating on the crime scene?” “What? I didn’t get the chance to have breakfast! These muscles need their morning dose of protein!” [Rolls eyes] “I swear, you boast about your muscles once again and I’ll hire you as a stripper for my birthday party!” [Wiggles brows] “I’m all yours.” [Groans] “What do we have on the victim?” “Not much. Jane Doe , was found by the owner of the house at 6:45. He’s a bartender, was heading back from his nightshirt, stopped by to check on his spooky decorations and found an ‘addition’. According to him never seen her before, says he’s been at the bar all night, we’ll check it, but it seems like a pretty solid aliby. She’s been here at least four hours.” “So someone killed her and dumped her here? Just like that?” “Maybe they liked the decorations…” “Sure.” “Why so serious? Had a rough night? You don’t look too good.” “Thanks for the compliment. I’m fine, just tired. And where the hell is Carrie?” “Should be here soon. Probably got caught up in traffic. Are you sure you are alright? You can have the rest of my burger if you want.” “Thanks… but I think I’ll pass… It’s just a migraine, not a big deal.” “Carrie says that all the time and it always end up being one hell of a deal. Is it some kind of thing with you ‘genius’ people?” “Aha, our brain is too big for our head.” “For real?” “No. C'mon, let’s just get the scene processed and get the hell out of here.”