I like Mary. I think she's awesome. I don't see why she has to be evil.
Oh, boy, okay.
Listen you can like Mary all you want – I loved her too before the fucked up her entire story arc – but her entire arc was building up to be a villain, and a badass one that was going to go down with a fight.
I’m REALLY not trying to be pedantic here, Nonny, but asks like this force me to pull out receipts, all of which I’m sure you’re not going to read, because who likes to be proved wrong, but I digress. I always end up sounding more harsh than I am when all I want to do is educate you on my perspective and what the narrative is teaching us.
- THESE ARE THE FACTS (Mary in S4)
- Mary is a Femme Fatale
- Mary’s Possessiveness
- The Problem with John x Mary
- Mary’s Brand of Abuse
- Mary Made Herself Unpredictable
- Mary and the Liar Deduction
- Sherlock at the Window
- Mary Meant to Kill Sherlock
- She Went to Finish the Job
- “I Swear I’ll Kill You”
- Sherlock Died!
- Why Did She Kill Him if She Meant to Keep Him Alive?
- Mary Chose the Chest Over the Head to Delay John
- Law Student: Magistrate Says She Killed Him
- She Shot Him in the Chest
- Funny How Mary Says “kill” instead of “shoot”…
- There’s Something About Mary…
- Sherlock Did Not Forgive Mary
- Sherlock Doesn’t Like Mary
- Sherlock is Scared of Mary
- John the Dummy
- What if Mary had Shot John?
- Mary Surely Can Tell When John is Lying (Mary Underestimates John)?
- John Did Not Forgive Mary
- “I Choose the Baby’s Name”
- Was John Mary’s Mission?
- Does Mary Love John?
- Mary Humiliates the Boys in TAB
- The Opening Credits Literally Tell Us What Mary Is
- John to Mary: Shut Up!
- Horns of Infidelity
THAT’S Why she’s a villain. When a character kills the title character of a show, they are coded as the bad guy unless they do a redemption arc that actually is a redemption.
Mary had NO redemption arc AT ALL. Even in S4, Mary is STILL manipulating and emotionally abusing Sherlock and John against each other with her fucking creepy-assed DVDs and her belittling of John in T6T. She still runs off to go do her little assassin things and still lied and manipulated everyone. And I know the argument is going to come up, but Mary’s gunshot was NOT a redemption. A redemption arc has the ex-villain doing a good deed and being genuinely sorry for their past actions. Not ONCE Mary has ever apologized for any of the shit she put everyone through. All of it was a plan, especially if she had creepy DVDs made FAIRLY RECENTLY (you can tell because of the hair style) to send out to people. Also:
YOU ARE EVIL IF YOU ACTIVELY OR POSTHUMOUSLY TELL SOMEONE TO GO KILL THEMSELVES.
That and Mary’s entire death scene was RIDICULOUS and completely contradicted EVERY rule that was established in this universe only 2 episodes prior on how characters die.
Nonny, Mary’s character arc is one I have been passionate about for many years, even before I was a Johnlocker, because her character was fascinating to me, and helped me understand the psychology and make sense of events that were happening in my life at the time. Right up until TAB, Mary was being coded as the next Moriarty. For some reason or another, Mofftiss decided to turn her into an “assassin with an heart of gold” and failed spectacularly.
If Mary truly was good, she WOULD HAVE TOLD JOHN FROM THE BEGINNING WHO SHE WAS, OR AT LEAST TOLD SHERLOCK SHE NEEDED HELP. HLV would have not played out as it did. Instead deciding that killing Sherlock was her only option so that she could continue to manipulate John, since she knew he was most malleable when he was grieving Sherlock.
You can read Mary’s character however you want, I could care less… well okay apparently I do because of this reply… But please, seriously consider that what became of her character really made no goddamned sense to the narrative arc the built for her and quite frankly really lazy writing. Just because she is a woman, doesn’t mean that she is nice and sweet and not abusive. Excusing her of her brand of emotional abuse and manipulation is really sexist.
People thought my mother was a nice person, too.