“Actors of East Asian descent don’t get the opportunities white actors do. I know that’s inherently a problem in a country that produces a lot of period drama, but I have to fight so hard to get parts that don’t have something to do with China.”
Sherlock being devastated by the death of his childhood dog is not weak or unbelievable storytelling. Like, honestly, animals can mean as much to people as humans do. When they die, the grief that comes with that can be excruciating. Especially at a young age, and especially when that animal may be your main source of companionship and love. The show does not suggest that Sherlock still cries himself to sleep 20 years on, it’s just there to show Sherlock’s emotional vulnerability and fear of loss. He knows how painful it is to lose who he loves, and he doesn’t want to experience that again - even though with John he already is. That’s literally all there is to it. Redbeard is a dog. It’s believable, it’s true, and it hurts. Thank you for coming to my ted talk.