i think john mrs hudson and lestrade are what keeps sherlock from becoming moriarty

Sherlock and The Social Dots

I keep seeing people continue to fight over Sherlock and the meaning of Eurus’ tests so I wanted to write a little thing on it.  I’m doing this with a wrist brace on and heinous fibro-turd pain, so forgive any misspellings.  

The way I have personally absorbed Sherlock and the meaning of Eurus’s tests is that it’s about Sherlock as an empty person.  He is an incomplete picture until he begins connecting the dots that are his social connections and even more importantly, his emotions.  Let’s look at his relationships one by one and I’ll explain.

Dot 1: Greg Lestrade

  Lestrade represents respect for authority.  In fact, he is the only real authority figure in the series.  He’s Sherlock’s ‘boss’ in a way.  Bosses need people they employ to be reliable, respectful, and trustworthy.  Sherlock treating his boss/mentor like crap, making fun of his intelligence and skirting around him at every chance he gets is terribly disrespectful.  Sherlock is childish and arrogant and disregards Lestrade in most cases, even refusing to acknowledge his name.  We’ve all had those bosses when we were young that we didn’t respect, so we act like spoiled brats about it even though those people probably have way more experience than we do.  They have earned their position via the rout of hard work and being reliable and respectful.  By the end of the series, however, Sherlock shows us he has resolved the issue of his respect for Lestrade by politely asking him, by name, a first for the entire series, to please take care of his brother.  Sherlock is no longer a bratty child and he has connected the social dot of respect.

Dot 2: John Watson

John represents friendship, pure and simple.  John is literally the “replacement” for Victor, Sherlock’s best friend who was killed when he was very, very little. That left Sherlock as the empty shell that we see at the start of the series.  The loss of his friend at such a young age meant that he essentially shut down the part of him that he felt could even have friends.  He rejected the idea of personal connections with other people entirely, so that he wouldn’t suffer loss again.  John, through all their trials and tragedies, has now healed that wound for Sherlock.  Even more, John as Sherlock’s friend, has helped him connect all the other dots.  He walked with him step by step to do it.  Without John’s companionship, Sherlock would still be empty.  John’s maturity helped Sherlock grow up and be the man he was supposed to be, had he not suffered such a terribly traumatic event in his youth.

One other thing John represents is family, brotherhood to be specific.  Mycroft was very cold to Sherlock in their youth, even though it’s obvious it wasn’t always that way.  In the family videos we are shown, Sherlock absolutely loves his brother.  It isn’t until later, after Victor, that he feels so alone.  It’s obvious Sherlock loved Victor just like a brother, like the brother he really needed but was taken from him.  Sherlock says John is “family” in TFP, and he means it.  It also shows just how much emotion Sherlock has.  His love is that strong. His friend was his brother, a part of his own blood, even if they wren’t born as brothers.

Dot 3: Mrs. Hudson

Mrs Hudson represents a parent’s love.  It’s clear that Sherlock has a very strained relationship with his parents. He doesn’t hate them, but he doesn’t appear to believe that they care for him.  They’re not around when he is still basically a child in a grown man’s body.  He has cut them off in his mind.  Maybe they weren’t there for him in the past so he continues to believe they’re not there for him now.  Meanwhile, Mrs. Hudson dotes on Sherlock, brings him tea and food and generally ‘takes care’ of him.  She’s kind but not a pushover.  She’s also led a life that is about as tumultuous as you can get, which I think appeals to Sherlock.  He always surrounds himself with people who aren’t “regular” people.  Mrs. Hudson holds enough action and adventure in her life that she appeals to Sherlock, and she is also loving and sweet to boot.  Mrs. Hudson is the connected parental dot for Sherlock.

Dot 4: Irene Adler

Irene Adler represents sexuality.  What’s even better is that Irene represents fluid sexuality, and more importantly, the rejection of labels.  Regardless of how everyone has interpreted this, when you get down to the simplicity of it, it is simply about rejection of boxing one’s self in.  Sherlock’s box was his own making, his image as the “higher power” that Irene pointed out.  Irene’s own box was her sexuality.  Both of these people had discovered during the episode that their boxes weren’t taped shut all the way.  There was wiggle room.  Back to the sexuality part, Irene awakened Sherlock sexually.  The entirety of ASIB was loaded with sexuality, from Sherlock being naked and looking extraordinarily dashing, to the very naked Irene appearing to completely disrupt his logical thinking power.  It’s as close to canon as one can get that Sherlock did sleep with Irene after Karachi (judging by Eurus’s reaction to his violin song for her).  Sex and intimacy was something Sherlock had very much refrained from in his life and Irene connected that dot for him.  

Dot 5: Molly Hooper

Molly represents authentic love, or “romantic entanglement” as Sherlock puts it.  Everything about Molly and Sherlock’s interaction falls in line with how everyday romantic relationships blossom.  They began just like kids, with Molly having a crush and Sherlock being a jerk to her, ignoring her, or thwarting her attempts to date other men. As they grow together, they begin to close the gap between them.  Molly earns Sherlock’s complete trust, which was monumentally difficult for her to do considering Sherlock’s fear of connecting with people too closely.  Molly loves Sherlock through his best times and his worst times, unconditionally, even though he doesn’t appear to return her feelings.  From small things we’re shown, however, it feels as if Sherlock does feel something for Molly, but he has compartmentalized it and buried it as deep as he can underground out of fear.  Eurus’s test is what forced Sherlock to dig up that box, that box he’d put his heart in and covered it underneath the earth.  Eurus forces that box open, and connects the dot of romantic love for Sherlock.

Dot 6: Mary Watson

Mary represents, I think, coming to terms with one’s self, and the different shades of the self.  She represents acceptance.  Mary connected with and accepted Sherlock instantly because they were the same.  They both came from dangerous lives, they are both morally gray, and they both have a need to be accepted for who they are, the good and the bad.  Mary was in many ways, a reflection of Sherlock’s own duality.  I think Mary made him question things about himself (no not sexually), and I think she also taught him how much he is worth as a person.  She showed him that even though you are this person you’ve constructed out of your own pain, you don’t have to live just as that person.  You can have anything you desire and still be you.  You can live with shades of yourself, and those around you who truly love you will accept you as that.  They will love you for the good that you are, and forgive you for the bad that you are.  Mary connected the dots of acceptance for Sherlock.

Dot 7: Jim Moriarty

Jim represented fear.  He represented who Sherlock would have been, had he not had some form of love and connection in his life.  He was a madman, a true sociopath.  He showed Sherlock what it really would be like if he was who he said he was. We learn very quickly, however, what Moriarty already knew.  Sherlock can never be like him because he does have a huge capacity for love.  He’s hidden it, denied it, but it is there.  Anywhere Moriarty appeared, it caused great fear in Sherlock.  Even after his death, Moriarty was in Sherlock’s mind, chained up in a padded room like a some kind of caged monster.  As much as Sherlock tried to be like him, he really feared becoming that.  He also feared that Moriarty would be the undoing of his friends and family, forever a threat to their lives.  Moriarty was an endless threat to Sherlock, an endless fear of madness and murder.  Jim connected the dot of fear, true fear, for Sherlock.

Dot 8: Mycroft Holmes

I admit this one’s tough. I feel Mycroft represents weakness.  For all the power Mycroft wields in the government, he’s very fearful of being out in the world.  He keeps people as distant as he can manage and still be a part of  functioning society.  He also did a terrible thing and locked up his little sister and lied to his family about it because he feared confronting it.  All along in the series, we see Mycroft chastise Sherlock for things like having friends, being close to people, tangling with psychopaths, etc.  Mycroft is a very soft, fearful person, which makes his nickname The Ice Man sort of ironic.  Its not that he doesn’t care, he’s just far too soft to care.  We see his softness demonstrated with Sherlock, time and time again.  He cares so much for his little brother and fears so much for him that he constantly keeps watch on him.  Mycroft also tried to help Sherlock by proxy, using John as a means to help Sherlock heal his wounds.  In the end, Sherlock comes to realize his brother isn’t a bad person, and that he loves him deeply.  In fact, he loves his little brother enough to die for him so that he won’t be left like he was as a child, without his best friend.  I think Mycroft regrets being as weak as he is, because he didn’t do more to help his siblings. It just required too much care, and he wasn’t able to fulfill that.  In the end, it is Sherlock who is the stronger of them, and he is stronger because of his connected dots.  The last dot is connect by Mycroft, and that is Sherlock understanding that he is capable of protecting the weak, that he is stronger thanks to his mind, heart, and soul now being complete.

That’s about all.  I only included the major characters here, the ones we see almost every episode.  I’ve already talked a bit about how Eurus forces Sherlock to confront trauma, so she represents that last little bit which Sherlock needs to connect everything together.  She wasn’t a dot, so much as the one who helped him see the entire picture he’d made.  Also, Rosie helps Sherlock in her own way, as Sherlock now has this capacity to care for the smallest of people: children.  Rosie is a teeny, tiny, adorable dot.

I mostly wrote this because I had wanted to for a while, but also because some people are still arguing about the I Love You scene.  They’re missing the forest in favor of the leaves.  The bigger picture is pretty clear on what everyone’s purposes were in the show, and how they affected Sherlock as a man.  To become a great man, he needed to be a complete man.  All these connected dots make him that man.  

Sherlock Season 4 Will Be “Big, Chewy,” and Darker than Ever
Co-creator and star Mark Gatiss previews the next installment of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman’s detective juggernaut.
By Darryn King

In Season 4 of Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch’s dashing detective comes up against a new, never-before-encountered adversary. After having outwitted several criminal masterminds, infiltrated a Chinese smuggling ring, uncovered a military conspiracy, foiled a terrorist plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament, and faked his own death, it may be his greatest challenge yet—a baby.

“It’s not Two Men, One Woman and a Baby,” series co-creator Mark Gatiss says of the arrival of John and Mary Watson’s child. “But we do have fun with it. The notion of Sherlock having to be around a baby is just funny and intriguing. Because he would approach it like a case. He would probably read up on it and think, I can do this. But babies aren’t logical.”

Gatiss adds: “But it’s not suddenly some sort of rom com.” He pauses for a moment. “That’s Episode 2.”

That’s a joke—although the creators of Sherlock aren’t averse to barefaced deception. Speaking to Vanity Fair last year in the lead-up to the Sherlock Christmas special, “The Abominable Bride,” Gatiss and fellow show-runner Steven Moffat encouraged the assumption that the episode, set in 19th-century London, was a one-off, stand-alone affair, separate from the series proper.

The truth was slightly more complicated. Much of “The Abominable Bride” turned out to be taking place in Sherlock’s drug-induced imagination, and the “stand-alone special” in fact stood very much alongside the “regular” episodes. It was an elaborate hoax culminating in a meta-twist worthy of a show about fiction’s most celebrated sleuth.

“We lied to you,” Gatiss admits, more gleeful than apologetic.

It helps that Gatiss has the sincere-seeming “soft, precise fashion of speech” originally ascribed to the criminal mastermind Moriarty. A certain amount of cunning comes with the territory: perhaps inevitably for a show awhirl with ingenious riddles and mysteries, Sherlock has inspired a following of would-be detectives obsessed with picking up clues and unraveling the show’s secrets.

Gatiss, who also stars on the show as Sherlock’s brainier brother Mycroft, is determined not only to outwit the Sherlock sleuths, but to also confound the expectations of those who know the old stories. “It’s such a spoilery age,” he says. “People demand things all the time. But, genuinely, if you gave it to them, they’d be disappointed. It’s so wonderful if you can maintain it. It’s marvelous to keep your secrets.”

Among the mysteries fans are currently salivating over is the hinted existence of a third Holmes sibling, possibly named Sherrinford (Gatiss: “Well. We’ll see. The clues are there …”), and the nature of the posthumous return of Sherlock’s arch-nemesis. (“Moriarty is dead,” Gatiss insists, adding, “More importantly, Sherlock knows exactly what he’s going to do next.”)

Spoilers aside, there’ll be the usual astonishments in store in Sherlock Season 4, whose three 90-minute episodes—“The Six Thatchers,” “The Lying Detective,” and “The Final Problem”—will air weekly in the U.S. from January 1 on Masterpiece on PBS. The last episode lifts its title from the original story in which the Sherlock Holmes character was killed off, plummeting off the Reichenbach Falls; the earliest promotional image for the season was of a violin with one of its strings broken.

What’s certain is that the series will feature a new villain in (played by Toby Jones), whom Gatiss has described as “purest evil.”

“The danger with anyone other than Moriarty is you run the risk of them appearing as a diluted version,” he says. “Thus our other villains are very different: Magnussen was a businessman in the Murdoch vein—not evil as far he’s concerned. Just totally amoral. Culverton Smith is different again—you’ll have to wait and see!—but very much a man of these strange, rootless, dark times. What can you not do if you have power?”

Sherlock interacting with the Watson baby promises to be some light relief from what is shaping up to be a more serious and somber fourth season, one that has an “epic scale.” Cumberbatch has called it, approvingly, “myopically dark.”

“What’s very exciting about these three episodes is to really play the repercussions of the last season,” says Gatiss. “There are lots of things that come to fruition this season which we have been seeding for a while. We knew we were going to get here. And, with the things that we’ve been planning, the darkness was sort of inevitable. They’re not things that could have happened any time, and where we get to is a very different place to where we’ve been before. He said, elliptically.”

Even Sherlock, the self-described high-functioning sociopath, continues to develop and evolve from episode to episode. “Sherlock isn’t the same man as when we first encountered him,” says Gatiss. “Sherlock can never be ‘one of us.’ His appeal lies in his otherness. He says things we can’t, sees things we can’t. But we don’t like him if he’s a total prick. We want to believe he can learn from his mistakes and become better at it. Or at least better at seeming like a human being.”

Gatiss also revealed that the season will revisit and elaborate on scenes from the past. “There’s quite a few things that we have retro-engineered to make us look more clever. It’s like a ridiculous tradition now, having to remount something which we shot two years ago.”

Since the third Sherlock season aired in 2014, Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who plays John Watson, have starred together in the third Hobbit movie, trod the boards in separate Shakespeare stage productions in the U.K., and been conscripted into the Marvel Universe. The three new episodes, Gatiss promises, are worthy of in-demand actors at the apex of their careers. The unique format of the show—long intervals between seasons of three 90-minute episodes each—strongly dictates that there are no “throwaway” or inconsequential episodes.

“If you’re doing movie-length episodes, you can’t just do a ‘story of the week,’ ” says Gatiss. “If we’d done our original plan of six hour-long episodes a season, maybe by now we would have done one where Mrs. Hudson and Lestrade take over for a week, you know—that sort of thing. Because you can. But when you do 90-minute episodes that come out every couple of years, you have to think what you can throw at the characters which makes it a story worth telling.

“Everybody, particularly Benedict and Martin, responded so well to the material,” says Gatiss. “Everyone’s on their top form, and they kind of relished it. This is big, chewy stuff.

The curious ASIB opening scene

And a really wild theory.

I have seen many people (myself included) confused by the the way events take place in the opening of A Scandal in Belgravia, so I decided to watch extremely thoroughly and then try to make some sense.

This meta is about three things:

  1. The weird timing of the events when the client of the hiker’s case arrived at Baker Sreet.
  2. The curious case of what the heck is going on with John.
  3. Two particularly interesting details that led me to the wild theory (and let’s be honest, this is mostly the reason I’m writing this.)

I didn’t want to write about each of them seperately, because they are connected. 

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The Final Problem, just a little perspective:

Now don’t get me wrong, I am aware whole heartedly that this issue, and this series had its many issues, and we didn’t get the ending we were hoping for/had reason to believe was coming. I also love this show and even though I don’t have a very prominent presence, I obsess over this and Johnlock has been the only thing I looked forward too for months; I watch the show with my sister who is a casual and I lot really helped me see it without just sheer betrayal.

With that all said this episode was good (not what we were hoping for and not fitting to the mood of the show currently) but good.
- What I think Moftiss was trying to accomplish was bringing the show back towards its roots, of it being John and Sherlock solving cases together like in season 1. This was a series of cases (with a personal touch) that they had to solve in order to regain a normal, in their sense of the word, life.
- And what the point of Eurus’ ‘game’ was to get rid of Sherlock’s emotion and sentiment. She was jealous of Victor and the fact that she couldn’t make that kind of connection with someone, so make Sherlock ruin his relationship with Molly, make him choose who to kill b/w sentiment and logic, which she thought he would choose to keep Mycroft, the logic, but instead he chose sentiment for them both (which was a good sherlock moment
- This was also clearly meant as redemption for John. Many, or most, have spent that last two so begins upset with him, with good reason, and it wasn’t till the end of TLD that John was getting back in good graces. In TFP John has fallen back into to his true soldier mode, giving a nice touch to the ep of again sentiment vs logic like way beck when. He is back to being a protector of Sherlock when he realizes what wrong with the prison, he was most concerned about Mrs Hudson when the germane was there cause he care most about others and the entire time he was willing to sacrifice himself for whatever was needed.
- Now the ending itself was very ambiguous, and I think that was intentional as well. This ending allows for it to either have a 5th series or for that to be the end of it. With that said, if this is the last ever episode and there is no series 5 then it becomes a little more disappointing because of the quality of the ep, but they wrapped it up for us still. This ep is a lot more enjoyable if there is a fifth because it allows for the fifth to be anything, not constantly having draw backs, it allows for John and Sherlock to be anything, there relationship is fixed and clearly growing, so I believe there is still hope for us;) (even if this is veiled as the biggest queer bait and let down)
– John and Sherlock’s relationship truly does still have potential, simply because they didn’t have to kill Mary. If this was the end with nothing for those two in mind, why not let her live, why kill her off. Sherlock and John’s relationship never really got fixed after TRF, they were still hurt and unresolved issues and then TSoT and the Wedding/Marriage didn’t help, only managed to separate them further, but once Mary was gone TLD was an entire ep about fixing their relationship. They are finally back to a healthy state with (mostly) everything on the table. That’s why in TFP their relationship was just as it was before, but not being over played. But they can be in a happy healthy relationship now because of TLD and it was witnessed at the end of TFP #parentlock. Mary’s final dialogue at the end was simply saying that too, that they as a pair are back and stronger with room to grow stronger still, and if they do or they don’t it’s still the two of them. IF there is series five, I think there is hope.
-Finally, I feel like everyone went into it with the exception of it to be terrible vex of the last two days but if you were to but that out of your mind, there are some pretty amazing things in this episode (in literally NO ORDER AT ALL)
- the fact that Sherlock’s best friend as a child was a mini John Watson
- John Watson willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good and so Sherlock wouldn’t have to shoot his brother
- Mycroft intentionally being a dick so Sherlock would shoot him instead of his best friend
- John’s sad little lip bite when Mycroft was telling Sherlock to shoot him -John'a face when he thought Sherlock was gonna shoot him self - Mycroft’s cane sword gun
- Sherlock asking if John would be able to call Rosie
- Lady Bracknell
- the fact that Sherlock playing himself is what he played in ASiB (which theory connects to john ;) for those who know what I’m talking about @quietlyprim) - All Things Jim Moriarty
- “I Want to Break Freee”
- the violin duet was cool (idc what context)
- a good character story, for Eurus and Sherlock
- that Mystrade moment at the end - Greg being shocked when Sherlock used his name - Sherlock Holmes is finally a Good Man - rebuilding 221B Baker St., especially the smile
- Sherlock saying John is family
- Mrs. Hudson still telling Mycroft how it is
- “Still had ten minutes to go” (johns joke about the end of TLD
- and if you still hate it after all this, the irony of looking at the screen when Mycroft says it’s all his fault and seeing Moffat and thinking “Yep it is”

Alll in all, I don’t think we should give up, “I Know what you have the potential to become is like a beacon for the future, or at least whatever future we choose to interpret. So be pissed at Moftiss, be sad that the tv history made was the fastest decline ever, for the next few weeks months or so just take a step away from this mess created because what happened wasn’t fair and our feelings out valid but don’t give up on them completely. Sherlock and John, no matter who you ship or thoughts on characters, they are our "Baker Street Boys”

I hope this helps at least some of you enjoy the episode and not give up on the show… but feel free to be pissed cause I still am too

*also if not clear, I am a hardcore johnlock shipper but this post was meant for the entire fandom, with a slight lean towards them who I know feel this agony

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Mrs. Hudson balanced the tray on her hip as she carefully made her way up the creaky stairs.

It was quiet. Too quiet.

It reminded her too much of those years when she thought he was dead. During that time that she would have given anything to have all the noise and commotion coming from the upstairs flat back.

Now he was back, but so too was the silence.

It hadn’t always been that way.  When he returned, it was as if life had picked up right where it left off. There were always clients coming and going. After an initial argument, John Watson too became a frequent visitor accompanied often by Mary. The normalcy continued until Sherlock was shot. After several quiet weeks when he was recovering at the hospital, he had returned somewhat diminished in form, but as feisty in spirit as ever letting her know that everything would be okay. Then he got himself into a mess with the law, which he’d gotten out of by taking out Lord Moran, the man who had been behind the Moriarty scare.

And then a very curious thing happened, a thing which would not have been curious if it was anyone but Sherlock. A woman started spending more time at Baker Street. That woman was Molly Hooper.

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