Honestly, there are times when Johnlcok seems so explicit, starting from episode one, that I sometimes wonder whether they originally intended for the romance to be a deeply buried secret. I mean, obviously they wouldn’t have told us the ending; but there are moments when I can’t help wondering whether Mofftiss originally meant it to be a typical will-they-won’t-they romance, in which everyone watching wonders whether the couple will end up together. Because again—without the heteronormative lens and the assumption that the original Holmes and Watson were definitely straight, at the very least the possibility of a romance seems pretty blatant.
For the record I don’t actually think that’s what happened; but it’s sort of a fun lens through which to imagine the writing process. So, just for the fun of it, I typed up a conversation imagining what might have been going through their heads during the writing process if they genuinely expected people to catch on from the start.
The ‘conversation’ is quite long, so I’m putting it below the cut: