(Or: How The Watson’s Marriage Was Done So Right, It Hurts - A Johnlock Perspective)
When Mary was first introduced into the show, we very graciously welcomed her into our hearts, trusting that the writers had some kind of plan. We knew that they were facing the difficult task of staying true to canon while further developing the relationship arc between John and Sherlock. Not an easy feat, but we had faith: Eventually, we would see Mary’s true colours, John would return to Baker Street - all would be well.
But, alas, it did not happen. And the fandom was flabbergasted. What were Mofftiss playing at? However, there are actually two really good reasons for doing what they did:
One, you can’t just turn one of the very few original female characters into something negative. I mean you can, but I really don’t think Mofftiss wanted to. Two, there was a much, much more beautiful route. And Mofftiss took it.
Because what do you do, when you can’t make a character lovable due to the risk of heteronormativity, and you can’t make her unlovable due to risk of misogyny? The answer is: You make her awesome. You make her the best, most brilliant hero ever. And then you let her make a really strong case in point: No one can compete with Sherlock Holmes.
Regardless of whether or not we get that Lost Special, take great pride in knowing we’re the arm of the Fandom that demanded they bring Holmes back, just like the 1,000s of people in Victorian England who did the same thing after the original debut of The Final Problem.
History books talk about those livid Holmes fans that canceled their subscriptions to The Strand and who wrote angry letters to Doyle after The Final Problem.
We did exactly the same thing, except we banded together and tore apart the legitimacy of Apple Tree Yard, a completely unrelated show.
“In a plot twist worthy of Doyle himself, angry Sherlock fans unleashed their distress on Twitter on Sunday night, collectively tearing apart a new television show on BBC One simply because they didn’t believe Sherlock was over.”
I don’t know about you, but this is the most fun I’ve ever had. Ever. Participating in a global conspiracy while reenacting a social phenomenon from Doyle’s day? Sign me the fuck up. I am LIVING.
Accidentally came across a post in the TJLC tag complaining about our #norbury campaigns and our belief in a secret episode calling us “haters” like.,,, buddy. have you been paying attention at all? have you seen the brilliant theories weve come up with as a way to cope but which also happen to support this belief? we are too tired for hate. most of us have fallen into the oblivion of useless confusion. i am not even sure what day it is anymore. who has time to tweet mark gatiss? we barely have the energy to log into the tungle so just,,,, shshghhhhhhhhhg
I think that Mary has two game-changing secrets that explain all of the plot holes in S3.
She’s a double agent (Read my definitive proof here.)
She has a secret child.
The Secret Child is the invisible thread that connects everything together.
I have an abundance of ACD canon facts supporting this premise, but first here’s a visual to highlight my point.
I believe that Mary is based on Effie Munro; the suspicious wife in The Yellow Face.
Here’s a quick numeral summary of the parallels.
1) Effie moved to the UK five years ago.
2) She hides her past from her husband.
3) She is obviously involved in something shady.
4) Her husband catches her sneaking off and she refuses to explain herself or defend herself.
5) Her dear husband forgives her without further explanation. Okay, this is important: not only does her husband forgive her… but he forgives her using almost the same speech John used to forgive Mary (the essence of the message is exactly the same even if the wording is a bit different).
You are at liberty to preserve your secret, but you must promise me that there shall be no more nightly visits, no more doings which are kept from my knowledge. I am willing to forget those which are past if you will promise that there shall be no more in the future.
6) It turns out Effie was hiding her child from a previous relationship.
7) It is a locket with the picture of the child that reveals the secret.
Now remember the necklace Mary was wearing in HLV?
Well, Moffatt, Gatiss, and Sue have said in the DVD commentary of HLV that the necklace has meaning and explains something.
Sue: She’s got a necklace there, hasn’t she?
Mark: Yes, we’ll have to explain that at one point.
Steven: There’s quite alot of things we’ll have to explain, Mark.
I think just like in canon, the necklace represents the secret child. Instead of a locket with a photo (not really worn present day), it is a 5 petal redish-purple flower. I surmise that the flower is an actual violet and that the secret child is named Violet. (There are a tons of females named Violet in ACD canon!)
ETA: And now we know the name of the little sister is Rosie. Two flowers!
I wrote this post over three years ago and deleted it for *reasons*. I knew Mary had a secret child almost after viewing HLV but didn’t see it in the deductions until later on that year. I decided to write my theory in a fanfic instead. You can read it here: Mixed Messages.
To conclude, I think the fact that Mary has a secret child is the hidden variable that explains several S3 plot holes (including why Mary shot Sherlock; why John apparently forgave her; why Sherlock was willing to go to his death in Eastern Europe and leave John with Mary, why there was no romantic chemistry between John and Mary, why Sherlock seems to like Mary; why Mary didn’t defend herself; and finally why Mary isn’t jealous.)
Go to Part 2 to read the real reason why Mary shot Sherlock….
Sherlock has regressed, but what's the most important thing here is his relationship with John Watson, played by Martin Freeman who is an absolute delight on set and I adore him, I mean, you know, in a completely platonic way, um, what was I saying?
We 're not fucking. John is the protagonist.
Dude, I love that everyone thinks I am a villain, I am very villain, I am the biggest villain in the villainous history of villainy, see the black jumper I'm wearing?
Well I loved this scene when Ben had to kiss me, it was all so lovely, he was amazing, this hair ruffle, yes, so beautiful... I think... that's what you asked me, right?
Well, obviously, Mycroft is the coolest character ever written in the history of humankind, therefore I was the only one who could play him.
Lestrade's a nice chap.
Well, I know people consider Moriarty somewhat evil, but I don't see him like that. I don't think he's a dark character, he's actually a very soft, sad, sensitive, calm, good, bright, smol and slightly flirtatious human being *go cries in a corner*
Something positive you want to say to Mark Gatiss/Ben Mansfield?
As I am going to be able to give Mark Gatiss and Ben Mansfield (Primeval) a letter or something similar, I wanted to ask you all if you have something POSITIVE you want to tell them (or one of them, it’s gonna be a letter each). If so, just write to me and I’ll write it down and give it to him!
You can either just answer to this post or send something in my inbox - if you do so with your username, I’ll include it, but you can send it anonymously as well, if you like.
I don’t know when exactly I’m going to give it to him, but probably on Thursday (16 Feb) or Friday (17 Feb).
Also - you can also send me things for Ian Hallard (Mark Gatiss’ hubby).
I’d be happy about a signal boost, so more people can see this!
Tagging some people under the cut who might want to see this.
“Sherlock waits to see where Moriarty will make his posthumous move. One mysterious case in particular baffles Scotland Yard – but Sherlock is more interested in a seemingly trivial detail. Why is someone destroying images of the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher? Is there a madman on the loose? Or is there a much darker purpose at work? Something with its roots deep in Mary Watson’s past…”
I was followed today by someone and the first thing I saw when I went to check their blog, was that disgusting letter one of the Pushy Jlockers decided to write up about queerbaiting on Sherlock. They are trying to get lots of signatures and then they want to send it to the BBC. I’m sorry, but I am not going to be followed by anyone who condones that. I am finding it absolutely infuriating that Steven Moffat and especially Mark Gatiss are being accused of queerbaiting. That is the most ludicrous accusation! If that letter crosses my dash or if someone follows me has it on their blog, I will block that person. I have had it with rude, pushy Jlockers.
I also think it’s very important that this fandom, all of the real fans, the Johnlocker’s, Sherlolly’s and all the other shippers and non shippers, who respect the creators of this show stick together. Whether you liked series 4 or not, the writers, actors and everyone else involved in this show poured their hearts into it. For that alone they deserve respect. If people want to unfollow me over this, feel free. Considering that I never look at my follower count, I won’t even notice.
You see, I came on Tumblr to blog about things I love. That’s Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock, ancient history, space, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, LOTR, wildlife and all sorts of odds and ends. I know a lot of people worry about getting and keeping followers, that’s seems to be a thing. But not to me. What’s important to me, is blogging what I care about. If others like it, that’s great. If they don’t, that’s fine too.
Now I hopefully won’t lose any of my lovely friends I’ve made here over this. That I would find very upsetting. Anyways, rant over.
They’re both in top form this season, and had a real glee in coming back. We have to make the episodes on a very tight schedule, but everybody always responds to that really brilliantly. In terms of their characters, Ben and Martin are always very interested in where we are going to go and what there is left to do. If this were just a story-of-the-week series, where there’s a crime, Sherlock does some clever deductions to solve it, and they’re back by the fireside by teatime, that would be a very different series than the one we’ve done. They’re always interrogating us, asking, “What’s next for me?” “Why am I like this?” and “Why does Dr. Watson still spend time with this man?” Which, you know, is a legitimate question!
‘Benedict and are busy actors but seem willing to make time for more Sherlock whenever possible. What keeps them coming back to the series?’ - Mark Gatiss
interview with yahoo - (x)
Hey everyone! I had the best day today because I finally met Andrew Scott for the first time in Paris where he was signing pictures and basically being the sweetheart that he is to his French fans. I couldn’t stop shaking while talking to him, he was really nice of course and asked me where I was from etc… I asked to do the same picture he did a couple of years ago at Sherlocked with his middle finger up but he said he’d be scared people would think he’s too aggressive so he offered to do this other one instead! He was so lovely and I am so grateful for him and for having had the chance to meet him.
When he left for his lunch break he offered chocolates to the fans waiting outside which was the cutest thing, he distributed them and then went to have lunch. Andrew Scott is the cutest and nicest person!
The Abominable Bride is driving me mad. I keep leaving it out of my infographics since there is no way of knowing if anything in that episode is real. There have been many discussions about this since the episode aired, so I decided to break down what the options are.
Option 1: Nothing in The Abominable Bride is real, except the flashbacks in the beginning. This reading was, to my knowledge, introduced by @skulls-and-tea in this post and is based mainly on the fact that Mycroft’s clothes, especially his tie and scarf, are not exactly the same as when we last saw Mycroft on the tarmac in His Last Vow. This is supported by the mindboggling fact that mind palace scenes in previous episodes have been inverted when it comes to clothes, decor, furniture etc. (as has been shown in this discussion ) This interpretation has come to be known as#tie hell and is also a part of the so called Extended Mind Palace (#emp) and Extended Dream Time (#edt).
Option 2: If the entire episode is a morphine dream as Sherlock lies wounded in hospital after being shot by Mary in His Last Vow, the scene where he wakes up in a hospital bed could be partly real. The room would be real, but Sherlock’s clothes, his lack of injury and the conversation with Mycroft should still be part of his dream. I have lost track of who has discussed this where, but @isitandwonder mentions it in this post
Option 3: All the Victorian scenes are a dream. The first and last airplane scenes are real, but the modern scenes where Sherlock wakes up on a bed and then goes to dig up Emilia Ricolettis grave are a dream. There have been discussions of several dream levels, similar to the film Inception.
Option 4: It is possible to imagine that the scenes where Sherlock wakes up on a bed and goes to dig up the grave are real as well up until the skeleton moves. It makes no narrative sense, though, since they are still in the airplane in the next modern scene. So no, let’s ignore option 4.
Option 5: Mark Gatiss has joked that The Abominable Bride opens up for the interpretation that the entire show is the drug induced imaginings of a 19th century detective. So that is the fifth option, I suppose, but several scenes in the Victorian world must be dreams as well, at least the ones where Moriarty appears.
I think I have covered all possibilities, but please let me know if
you’ve thought of something that I have missed. I am also hopelessly
lost as to who has made which point where, so please chip in if you want
to link to relevant meta.
Day 003 - aka: without tags you’d never guess it ;)
“I am not given to outbursts of brotherly compassion. You know what happened to the other one.” – Mycroft Holmes (I’m so curious about the other one, presumably Sherrinford! All the theories!!)
… Wow, this picture seriously almost killed me and it still turned out unrecognisable. Actually it’s already 30 minutes after midnight here but I unexpectedly spent the whole day at the office and this drawing took forever and the light is horrible and and andandand…
Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to lay down and die now ;)