THAT scene IS beautiful (Sherlock spoilers)
So I’ve been thinking about THAT SCENE (I haven’t done much else for the past few days) and I was thinking that Louise Brealey was right. That scene is beautiful. Not because of the declaration of love that was forced upon Sherlock and Molly, but because that one scene shows us how much Sherlock has learned about love, respect, and cruelty over the course of the show. When Sherlock realizes he has to get Molly to say ‘I love you’ to him, he is visibly upset. He already knows it will hurt her. He knows it is one of the cruelest things he can do to her because he knows she is in love with him. The man who couldn’t be bothered to notice he was being asked out on a date. The man who had no problem using Molly’s attraction to him to get what he wanted. The man who could see everything except that Molly went to the Christmas party for him (something everyone else could see clearly). That man was upset he had to make Molly say three words. Season 1 Sherlock would have brushed it of. It’s only words??? What’s the big deal if it saves a person’s life? But season 4 Sherlock knows exactly what a big deal words can be. He now understands how his words can hurt a person, and he cares if his words hurt Molly.