I’ve been thinking about this one for a while guys, and I’m really proud of it. It might be a little confusing, but I urge you to bear with me here while I explain it all! This meta spans the entire series as we know it and exposes one of the biggest secrets the creators have been keeping from us.
Buckle up folks, your minds are about to be blown!
Ok remember this guy in the background from The Great Game? You probably don’t. He’s a background character, meant to be over looked. But that’s exactly why we should keep looking at him.
Take note that he’s wearing a hat. This is an important detail.
Because who else wears a hat?
The man in this picture right here, from The Final Problem. He’s wearing a hat, and he has facial hair, just like hat man #1. Starting to see a trend? It gets better. Guess who ELSE wears a hat?
Mary. That’s right.
Mary, who died later on in the episode. This is an important clue, as it will show up again later.
Now Mary doesn’t have any facial hair, but that’s because there’s another clue hidden in this scene. It’s hard to decipher from all the other information shown to us on screen, but I’ve highlighted it here for you.
France is a country in Europe. Now BBC Sherlock takes place in England, so why are they showing us this word, “France”, a country that is definitely not England? Well, the people in France speak French, and when they speak English, which is the language most people in England speak, they have a French accent.
Who do we know has a French accent?
The waiter from this scene in The Empty Hearse. He’s only in a few shots, so it’s easy to miss him, but we very clearly hear him speak in a French accent. This is the only character on the show with a French accent, so there’s no one else it could be!
Notice how he has a mustache, which is a kind of facial hair. He’s also standing right next to John, who also has facial hair, as if to reinforce this connection! Now if we follow the facial hair/hat trail back to that first scene in The Great Game, we can see a very important detail on the table that John and Sherlock are sitting at.
Brace yourselves, it’s a key clue that has been overlooked since the episode aired.
A pink phone!
The same one from A Study in Pink in fact! I’ve done extensive research and I can confirm that this is in fact an exact replica. This is not an accident. Now it’s time to connect the dots.
Remember the waiter at the end of the hat/facial hair trail? He was wearing a white shirt and black jacket. This is a strange combination to make, and is one of the only people in the show to wear such an outfit. Most people like John wears a jumper, or a blouse. Not the waiter.
Making this connection is essential. Because who do we see wearing a white shirt and a black jacket in A Study in Pink the very first time we see him?
Sherlock Holmes Himself.
That’s right guys! The waiter is Sherlock in disguise!
With all this information, it’s obvious now more than ever that Sherlock Holmes is the waiter from the restaurant! They’ve been hinting at it since A Study in Pink, and we had no idea!
Edit: this post was created for Reichencrack Day and is not intended to be taken seriously. At all.