Grief in Sherlock
okay, so I know I haven’t seen the final problem yet. But I NEED to talk about how grief has been portrayed in this.
My answer? BLOODY WELL.
I will sit here and defend Martin’s portrayal of John Watson’s crying over Mary’s dead body till the cows come home. People don’t like it, but have you ever lost someone you didn’t want to loose? That noise, that exact noise is what you hear. If it’s not you making it, it’s someone else. When my dad died, that’s the noise I heard upstairs for months. When he made that noise, I broke. Because that is what grief sounds like. It sounds like that.
Also, TLD. They dealt with grief so well. The line about how how when you die, your death isn’t the bad thing, it’s how it affects the people around you. That broke me. Because it’s true. Death is inevitable, but it’s so fucking hard to deal with. John being in denial, having Mary there, seeing Mary everywhere he went…. that’s what it is like. To have John beat up Sherlock, to have John say to the figment of his imagination and confess to his cheating… that is what it is. To see Sherlock take John into his arms, to see John finally accept what was going on, and Sherlock too.. it was such a heartwrenching moment but one that is written so fucking wonderfully. If anyone was talking to me after T6T, especially after it first aired, I hated John. I hated what he did to Mary. But… I got some resolution tonight. John wasn’t perfect. Nobody in this show is perfect. They all want to be. They all are desperate to hide who they are. But… they’re all flawed. Every one of them is flawed. Is anyone a hero? I’m not sure. They are a family though.
Mary says that Sherlock is they’re ‘monster’. I think everyone is. I think Sherlock is finally seeing himself to be and accepting himself to be human. To have him accept it before John was just such a good literary aspect of this show. Sherlock and John are both grieving. I feel like they will both heal from now on, now that they’ve got eachother. But the wound will never go a way. I’m glad that Sherlock didn’t fully go back into his mind. I’m glad he’s owning up to his grief. And I think I can start to learn to like John again. Not as much as I did, but at some point I will.
I’m still *technically* on hiatus but y’all know I’ll be back to check notes lmao.