Sherlock Holmes is arguably the most Iconic fictional character in Western culture. Scholars still study Doyle’s original canon. People still obsess over the history of the character. Whether you like it or not, the BBC’s version of Sherlock will be talked about for years to come. Fifty years from now people will watch Cumberbatch with the same reverence we have for Rathbone today. This character is timeless. What’s happening right now, The Final Problem and the aggravation of the fan base, is an exact replica of the social phenomenon of 1893. They are in it for the long haul. They are here to stand the test of time. They are not here to give internet fans what they want, when they want it. A series that takes seven years to produce thirteen episodes does not care if they waste a few months of their fans’ time. A series looking to make television history takes major risks, because making waves with Sherlock Holmes will get them space in textbooks and universities for centuries to come. To them, the ends justify the means. Someday every single one of BBC Sherlock’s original fans will be gone and forgotten, but the series itself will live on. Perspective is key to not drowning in agony when the narrative does not go as expected. This is a very long game. And it’s not meant to be played by everyone.