I say this as a queer woman: Please understand the difference between queerbaiting and two characters that share a deep connection.
I love Johnlock to death, but it was quite clear that it wasn’t going to happen. The writers, from day one, made this explicit. I had hope nonetheless, of course, but I knew the reality.
What this fandom is currently doing is disgusting. Yes, we’re all upset. I get that. But I’m seeing shippers verbally attack wonderful people like Louise simply because their ship isn’t canon yet. That is absolutely not okay.
Let me remind you, despite popular belief, THIS WAS NOT THE LAST EPISODE. Both of the writers themselves have said that this is not the end. The only thing is, such as with the previous seasons, it’s going to take a few years because the actors have busy lives.
So yes, Johnlock still has a chance. Does that mean it will happen years from now, when the show does end? No. But I think it’s really important to also realize the fact that either way, Johnlock has a deep emotional connection that no other ship could ever surpass. They love each other more than anyone knows, and that’s beautiful. But that doesn’t mean they’re suddenly gay. (My personal belief is that Sherlock is asexual.)
Anyways, sorry about my rant. I’m unhappy with some aspects of the episode, but that’s no excuse for how some of the Johnlock shippers are acting. This has been a reality for a very long time, and it’s not even the end of the show.