Rod, extending his hand towards Ymir: Ymir, I’ve heard about you from Historia. Welcome to our home.
Ymir, taking his hand with her own: *thinking* oh my god, he has such piercing eyes. Its almost as if he’s looking into my soul. I wonder if he knows I’m in love with his daughter, she’s so amazing and beautiful and wonderful and she actually talks about me! Oh, god what if he doesn’t like me, what if I screw this up, what if…no, no. God, I got this. I so got this! Time to blow him away with how charming I am.
Ymir, gripping Rod’s hand firmly: I fucked your daughter with that hand.
At the end of TAB, Sherlock talks to John about what he thinks their life would look like in the future. He goes to the window and he makes his Victorian mind palace change to present-day mind palace. We never see him leave the mind palace because all of series 4 is that projection, exactly as he said it would be. That’s why The Final Problem features John’s Victorian chair and flashes of The Waterfall scene.
The reason “TFP as John’s TAB” is an excellent reading with only a few minor holes is because Sherlock is trying to see himself through John’s eyes – he did that multiple times in TAB. The times we believe we’re getting John’s POV in series 4 is actually Sherlock taking it upon himself to attempt to empathize. That’s why they can both see Mary in TLD. That’s why the greenhouse scene concerning Irene happens twice – once through Sherlock’s POV, once through John’s. Sherlock and John have so much in common, this isn’t a new idea at all. They were mistaken for one another in TBB. They are two halves of the same whole. Series 4 doesn’t switch POVs, it’s Sherlock controlling both.
Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality. As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future.