"Four. There's been a fourth. Something's different this time."

“You know how they never leave a note? This one did.”

So the fourth suicide was different than all the rest. Jennifer Wilson, the unfaithful spouse who works in the media, left a note for the detective. The amount of pink helped Sherlock realize the mistake. Her real-but-technically-never-alive daughter was Rachel Wilson.

Why do you think the Unaired Pilot had five serial suicides but when A Study in Pink came around they changed it to four? Faulty? Or we’ve been hacked and it’s a message.

Why did Gatiss and Moffat talk in 2011 about the emotional climax to Sherlock happening in series 4? Because this arc has been their plan from the beginning.

So what happened in the fourth series of Sherlock?

What’s different about this one?

John Watson, unfaithful spouse who works in the media, left a note for the detective. His real-but-never-technically-alive daughter was Rosamund Watson. The amount of references to A Study in Pink helped the audience realize the mistake.

Once you start noticing the ASIP references, everything you see is Mind Palace.

THAT is the clue.


– Mary shooting Sherlock in The Roland Kerr college from ASIP
– Sherlock descending the steps to Moriarty’s cell were the same as the ones in Brixton in ASIP
– “You’ve been reading John’s blog, the story of how you met”
– “Alternatively” opening montage of TAB has ASIP references sprinkled out of order
– Holmes and Watson recreate their meeting in TAB
– Sherlock and John’s ending Montage in TFP being like Mycroft’s in ASIP when he says “Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson”
– “Perfectly sound analysis but i was hoping you’d go deeper” / “Too Deep, Sherlock, you’re in too deep” / “I shall have to go deep into myself” / “These are deep waters”
– Sherlock having flashbacks to ASIP in TLD
– Faith recreating Sherlock’s adventure in ASIP
– John rushing to save Sherlock from a serial killer at the last minute
– John’s cane
– John (re)starting Therapy

I’m sure there are many others I’m missing, so feel free to add more if you think of them.

TL;DR: Everything since Sherlock got shot is mind palace. The next piece of footage we get will shoot us back in time to series 3. I wouldn’t expect anything less from two men who also write for Doctor Who.

June’s ‘Make it out Alive!’ box arrived with not one but two books!

🗺Next month’s box is ‘Wanderlust’ [the book is described with: high stakes adventure, diversity of all kinds, laugh out loud moments, an adorable romance, all the feels, and a truly epic road trip journey]


There’s the theory that Jennifer Wilson = John Watson and while watching ASIP for the anniversary I noticed that Jennifer’s e-mail address is “” and that made me think of Doctor Who where Moffat included another Holmes/Watson couple that is actually married, Vastra (Sherlock) and JENNY (John’s mirror).

What do we say about coincidences?

Yeah ok, some things are coincidences but it’s a fun thing to think about. From what I’ve wiki’d they first appeared in an ep that aired in 2011 and was written by Moffat, so definitely after ASiP. Hm.

Also, the parallel makes me wonder, Sherlock called Jennifer clever, more clever than everyone in Baker Street at that moment. She planted the phone on the killer to lead the police to him. What if something like this will happen in the future, with JOHN? We also know Sherlock thinks John is clever so that seems possible, I think? 

clumsy-giraffe  asked:

I think Mary's baby is going to be still-born in S4. Just like the real Mary Morsten was still-born on October 1972, five years before A.G.R.A took her name (according to Sherlock about 50min into HLV). I can't prove this theory, but any thoughts? :)

Hi Bittersweet!

It’s a highly plausible theory, absolutely! Aside from the mention Sherlock makes, there’s also the foreshadowing as early as ASiP:

LESTRADE: Well, I doubt it, since she’s been dead for fourteen years. Technically she was never alive. Rachel was Jennifer Wilson’s stillborn daughter, fourteen years ago.

Jennifer Wilson has often been paralleled with John in regards to the phone/heart metaphor, and I think we can associate it also with HLV as well. 

  • Jennifer Wilson had a stillborn daughter. 
  • John Watson is having a daughter.

Both JW’s have a daughter, and one of them was stillborn; this theory is not a new one. Since we can associate Jennifer with John, I think it’s also okay to speculate on whether or not if this is foreshadowing future events.

I personally think this is more proof than the “Mary Morstan was stillborn” point, since JW is a parent of the daughter and not the daughter herself. So, what can we assume?

  • The Watson child will be stillborn; or
  • Mary will inevitably die (I’ve seen assumptions that it will be because she gives birth to a stillborn child, which is fine, but I personally believe it’s just that she will simply die).

 Whatever the theory is, I honestly don’t think there will be a baby-to-stay, nor do I think that the baby is John’s. Honestly? I think the baby is fake the longer I sit on it (the AGRA treasure box was empty, and “box” is a crude euphemism for a woman’s genitals; plus I recently watched a show about a woman’s entire faked pregnancy, so that really enlightened me), because a baby would change the entire genre and dynamic of the show: we’re supposed to get a darker season 4, and I think a fake pregnancy is the least soap-opera-ish approach the writers can do. It proves Mary is unrepentantly deceptive AND that she only lied to keep John around (if you’re new to my blog, you’ll quickly learn that I 100% believe Mary’s narrative arc is leading her to be an irredeemable villain)

Whatever the outcome, I honestly don’t want a child on this show, and I am feeling pretty confident we won’t have one. Stillborn is a high probablility, but I don’t think that this will be the solution.

The Abominable Bride is A Study In Pink inverted

“TAB and ASiP are secret episode twins. Need to be studied side by side, end to end.”

So, @longsnowsmoon5‘s awesome observation above gave me an idea. I re-watched A Study in Pink last night, and I think The Abominable Bride is partly a distorted mirror image of it. Sherlock’s drug fuelled Victorian Mind Palace is started by reading John’s blog entry of that case. So, Sherlock is thinking of that very important time and giving us a strange ‘through the looking-glass’ view, showing us what was and is important to him, what he would have done differently, and even what he regrets…

The First Meeting

Sherlock is a suave corpse-whipper. John watches instead of Molly.

Sherlock knows Molly was entranced by him beating the corpse with a riding crop. Except, John wasn’t there to see it. Drat! So, Sherlock imagines that John did get to see it, and that he definitely liked what he saw.

Sherlock makes himself into a much more dynamic, enigmatic figure for this first meeting. He remembers that John described him as “charming” on his blog, and he adores that. Staying true to his drama queen tendencies, Sherlock totally overblows that idea in his mind palace because he desperately wants to live up to the “idea” he believes John has of him (not yet understanding that John loves him for being himself.)

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Jennifer Wilson, or rather the pink woman in A Study in Pink, has the same initials (JW) as John. This is not a coincidence. Jennifer also has an unhappy marriage and is clever, never leaving her phone (heart) at home, which foreshadows John’s life with Mary. But most intriguingly, Jennifer Wilson had a stillborn daughter. Rosie is still a loose thread.
It’s also worth adding that Jennifer’s lovers were never given a gender, leaving her sexuality ambiguous. 

Rule of Rose is crazy awesome

Since this will never fit in an Ask and other people may want this information I’m just posting it. Also, hey Mari!

TL;DR: A girl lost her suffers from memory loss due to extreme trauma and you help her regain her memories. But, wow, are those some fucked up memories.

Rule of Rose was, like many games, originally made in Japan. Unfortunately some of the game’s elements didn’t translate over very clearly and so Western audiences seem sort of lost by what is happening. But, once you know what the hell is happening, it is seriously one of the saddest, most tragic stories I’ve seen in awhile. Very old school drama.

Think of it as a super fucked up Coming of Age story, similar to Lord of the Flies. The themes center around abuse, trauma, growing up, and how we deal with the terrible things that happen to us.

It’s set in 1930s England and follows the story of 19 year old Jennifer. Jennifer’s parents, and many others, died in an airship crash. Jennifer was the only survivor. After the crash, a pea farmer named Gregory Wilson found Jennifer and took her in. Gregory had lost his only child, Joshua, most likely to illness, and because of his grief he was mentally unstable. In his grief filled mind Gregory turned Jennifer into a replacement for Joshua. He would make her wear his clothes, cut her hair like his, and called her Joshua. While Gregory was kind to Jennifer, it was very obvious he wasn’t stable and refused to let her leave.

Eventually a girl from the nearby orphanage, Wendy, saw Jennifer in a window to Gregory’s basement. They exchanged letters and became friends. With Wendy’s help Jennifer fled Gregory’s and went to stay at the Rose Garden Orphanage. At the orphanage Jennifer met, and soon became involved with, The Red Crayon Aristocrat Club. And this is when shit gets weird… or weirder.

So, the game starts with Jennifer, now an adult, on a bus going back to the orphanage. From all of her childhood trauma she suffers with memory loss, and is most likely hoping that going back here will help. She hallucinates a young boy on the bus, who gives her the first Storybook, but to her surprise most of the pages are blank. As the story unfolds, the Storybook will be filled in.

From here we are treated to a mixing of the present and the past. Jennifer follows the mysterious boy to the orphanage, where she sees children burying something. She digs up the grave, only to be pushed in the casket herself. She hears a loudspeaker announce that they are “departing” as if on an airship. This is the moment where Jennifer fully relives her childhood memories through the eyes of her child self. The events of the game take place on an airship, which is just what poor, traumatized Jennifer saw the orphanage as when she was young. You know, an airship like the ones her parents died on? Her being “buried” as an adult at the orphanage and waking up on the airship? Symbolism. In this story, just assume everything is symbolism, because it is ALL symbolism.

So, each chapter of the game goes along with a Storybook that sort of depicts what this memory is about. Each fairytale style story is child Jennifer’s memory of events. The events center around her being dislike by the Aristocrat Club for something she did, but we don’t know what it is she is being punished for. After going through the events on the airship, Jennifer will eventually awaken back in the orphanage.

So, backing up a little, when Jennifer was a child at the orphanage she found a puppy and named him Brown. The dog that has helped you through the entire game? Yeah, that’s her memories of Brown. She loved Brown and was happy to have a good companion, but Wendy was jealous of Brown and wanted Jennifer all to herself. In Wendy’s jealously she spread horrible rumors about Jennifer, causing the Aristocrat Club to punish her, hence all of the events on the “airship”. She eventually does work her way through the Red Crayon Aristocrat Club, and is now accepted by them. But, this isn’t what Wendy wanted, she wanted Jennifer to suffer until she gave up Brown.

So, Wendy’s final act of jealousy is to order Brown killed. Oh, you thought Diana was the leader? Well, surprise, Wendy is The Princess of the RCAC. Jennifer comes up to the attic to see the children have put Brown in a bag and beat him to death. The grave she sees at the start of the game with the bloody bag? It’s her memory of Brown’s grave. 

Jennifer finally stands up to Wendy, throwing her Red Rose broach, and slapping the fuck out of Wendy. She tells the others how evil, cruel, petty, and heartless they are. How they believed Wendy’s lies and how ultimately they were to blame. In this scene Jennifer appears as she did when she was a child, indicating this is as close to the “real” events as any of the memories in this game. Most of her memories are mixed up, hence why adult Jennifer is reliving what her child self saw the world as. But not this memory, no Jennifer remembers this as perfectly as any memory, most likely because of how ultimately important it is to her. I mean, this is the moment she realized she’d rather have just been alone with Brown than have fake friends.

Wendy leaves, disgraced, but isn’t quite done being a horrible person. Wendy goes to Gregory, dresses up as Joshua, and manipulates him into attacking the orphanage. Gregory kills all of the children. Wendy, before dying, apologizes for being selfish and gives Jennifer Gregory’s gun. In the good ending Jennifer gives Gregory his gun and he commits suicide.

In the good ending Jennifer accepts her past. She, in her memories, goes to the shed that she kept Brown in as a puppy, gives him the collar she made, and makes the same promise to him that she made to Wendy “Everlasting. True Love. I am yours.” Essentially, she promises to keep the memory of Brown alive and protected, proving that his love was the real, true love she had always wanted.

In the end, the game is ultimately about a lot of things. Love, jealousy, grief, loss, rejection, growing up, and coming to terms with your past. Jennifer lost her parents. Then, lived at an orphanage full of abusive people, both the staff and the children. Then, everyone was killed and she was the only survivor. It’s no wonder the poor thing blocked the memories. But, with your help, Jennifer does reclaim her memories and realizes they’re valuable because they hold her first, real friend, Brown. Even if the good memories are wrapped up in horrible things Jennifer is okay with that, because she wants to honor Brown’s loyalty, and to keep her promise. “Everlasting. True Love. I am yours.”

John Watson’s note to Sherlock at the end of The Six Thatchers is simply the word “Katherine”.

John Watson has always been a mirror for Jennifer Wilson, the lady in pink with the stillborn daughter from Episode one. They even both have daughters with the same initials. But Rachel was stillborn while Rosamund was not – or so we’re lead to believe. 

By now it’s probable some, if not most, of The Six Thatchers has been altered by Sherlock as an unreliable narrator – just how much and for what reasons are still being worked out. So I’m going to make another outrageous claim: Sherlock has been inserting John into scenes he was never in because John has been keeping his distance from Sherlock since the end of The Abominable Bride. Like Jennifer Wilson, John is being held captive by a dying killer under Moriarty’s sponsorship. He knows he is going to his death so he left his heart (phone) on the killer to lead the authorities directly to the crime scene. Mary has John on a leash and all John can do is follow along at this point (don’t worry, BAMF John is coming). John’s hand are tied as he waits for the next chess move he already knows is coming – Mary sacrificing herself “for love” and driving a wrench between the two men. Like Jennifer he’s in deep and must play along, in order to save more lives.  

Didn’t it feel weird seeing Sherlock on his phone solving cases during really important moments for the Watson family? Didn’t it feel weird knowing John’s flat grew a front door in the middle of nowhere? This is because Sherlock, who’s telling the story, has never been to John’s flat and this is how he envisions it. Also meaning Sherlock isn’t at the baby shower and working on his phone instead – it means he wasn’t invited in the first place. He’s at Baker Street solving those crimes, waiting by his phone for someone to invite him into the family. Work is the best antidote to sorrow, after all. 

But the Christening?? Nope. Sherlock wasn’t invited there either. He inserted himself as a third godparent. Wishful thinking. Sherlock didn’t even find out the baby’s name from John – Molly had to be the one to tell him. “Didn’t you get John’s text?” – No, Sherlock didn’t get John’s text. Because John didn’t text him. Sherlock deflected, saying he deletes John’s texts and any that start “Hi”, but we know Sherlock prefers to text and delete the ones Mycroft sends him. He doesn’t want Molly to know what’s actually happening: Sherlock is glued to that phone and John is ignoring him. John and Mary don’t sit at Baker Street while Sherlock ignores them to solve crimes on his phone – Hopkins and the other officer sit at Baker Street while Sherlock ignores them to reach out to the Watsons on the phone. Sherlock never meets Rosie in person, hence him having a photo on his phone. They sent it to him. “But Sherlock sees Rosie a bunch, that’s not possible! He probably just loves taking pictures of that baby!” Yeah. Okay. Very in character. Keep reading and hear me out.

Sherlock and John were not out solving crimes and ignoring Mary’s calls – John was driving Mary to the hospital and ignoring Sherlock’s calls. Sherlock imagines John is always with him, that has been happening in every episode so far, except in The Six Thatchers we see Sherlock doing this constantly. Sherlock tells John to come over, that Mary says it’s okay. But John doesn’t come, Sherlock imagines he does. Sherlock got a dumb balloon and left it in Baker Street the entire episode to make himself feel better. Sherlock imagines John compares life with a baby to life with Sherlock – messy, thankless, grueling. Probably why John doesn’t want to see him. The truth is John is not free

Sherlock, being snubbed by his best friend, reaches out in another way – through Mary. He texts her and they meet with Toby, Sherlock expecting John to be there too. But John is not there, John is with Rosie at home. Sherlock validates this by thinking to himself “She made John stay at home with the baby, that’s okay Mary is a better sleuth anyways”. Sherlock conjures John in his mind as a tagalong. John doesn’t go to Morocco either – Sherlock imagines him there when he tracks down Mary. John stays with Rosie. Sherlock even imagines John is tired of being with Mary romantically. This is probably because he thinks John is having an affair. You know what tipped him off even though he’s barely talked to John this whole episode? That text John sent to E – He sent it to Sherlock by mistake. The “I’m not free, it was nice getting to know you a little” which was more than likely the only thing he text that woman after the “hey” text was sent but Sherlock got the “break it off” text and he filled in the gaps erroneously. Sherlock’s the one texting him all the time, his name is at the top of John’s inbox. Simple mistake. But Sherlock thinks John’s a cheater because of this. He even has a reoccurring dream about it. Sherlock’s biggest fear: John Watson always finding pleasure in another woman and not him.

Sherlock does meet with John, though. At the aquarium. John hasn’t seen Sherlock in months, keep in mind. Sherlock imagines John shows up later than Mary because someone had to stay with the baby. No, no. John comes later because that was part of the plan – Mary’s plan that John had to accept. Mary is a dead woman walking, just like the bride in TAB. Also remember that John knew the bride was dying before Sherlock figured it out. And TST is all about premonition, the mirrors from TAB. John knows the plan and has to follow it. Mary is to die and John must blame Sherlock. The heart is to be burned out and John knows his part in all this. He knows he’s going to his death but will leave a clue at the end for Sherlock to solve the puzzle. Just like Jennifer Wilson. 

Here we are at the end of this theory. John is in deep, deeper than Sherlock could imagine. John knows how important it is to keep Sherlock from devastation, he knows how much it hurt going two years without a word to put his mind at ease. He knows the game is on and he’s playing his part well. But what about Rosie? What happens to her? John doesn’t have a baby in the books? And John doesn’t have a baby now. He never did. Like the bunny from Baskerville, Mary brought home a baby that wasn’t hers, to complete her game. And John could do nothing but wait, keeping Sherlock at arms length so he couldn’t deduce this too soon. John Watson’s baby was stillborn. Like Jennifer Wilson, that baby is the one word he sends to Sherlock to keep him informed. 


A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if your rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?
—  Marley & Me (2008)


Double-Pictures: Sherlock considering to take the pill.  PILOT vs. ASIP


An overview regarding the concept of suffocation in Sherlock BBC. All variations I could find:

  • those that end deadly or are meant to kill
  • those that are meant as a threat
  • those that are not intended for the above mentioned reasons
  • notwithstanding if occuring inside ones head or in real life

While writing on another post I noticed that asphyxiation, suffocating, strangling, choking and drowning are indeed a main themes in Sherlock BBC. In total I was able to find 23 occassions where one or another variation of it happens.

Details under the cut ….

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Memories Are Being Recycled Using The AGRA Acronym

There is nothing new under the sun.”

A.G.R.A is an Acronym for:

A: A Study in Pink / A Scandal in Belgravia

G: Great Game

R: Reichenback Fall

A: A Scandal in Belgravia / A Study in Pink

TST gave us a new acronym order on screen during Mary’s flashback in Georgia: GARA.

Oh good. I love acronyms. All the best secret societies have them.”

G.A.R.A is an Acronym for:

G: Great Game

A: A Study in Pink

R: Reichenback Fall

A: A Scandal in Belgravia

How it Works: Callbacks/memories from these four episodes repeat continuously in a pattern starting with MHR and ending with TFP. It’s like a stream of consciousness on the screen.  

Is this merely a stream of consciousness abuse?”


A: Anderson wearing a similar sweater to John in ASIP

G: The pink phone from TGG

R: Sherlock faking his death

A: Sherlock winking

G: Sherlock’s return in Series 3 is a cliffhanger


R: Flashback to TRF, Richard Brook, Sherlock’s Grave

A: Mycroft saves Sherlock from being killed by a lead pipe vs Sherlock saving Irene from being killed with a sword

G: Trains Trains Trains. John on a train vs John on train tracks

A: Flashback to ASIP “You invaded Afghanistan!”

R: Reference to Moriarty and his network

A: “I am not gay” to Mrs. Hudson vs “I’m not actually gay” to Irene Adler

G: Sherlock disguised as a waiter vs. Sherlock disguised as a security guard

R: Moriarty’s fake kiss. Sherlock begins to explain the fall to John

A: 13 possibilities vs 13 rows in Bond Air plane. “I’m not lonely.” “How would you know…” vs (“Sex doesn’t alarm me.” “How would you know…”). Sherlock’s shadow on door when Mrs. Hudson sees him again for the first time also happens in ASIB

G: Bomb in train car vs bomb strapped to John in TGG

A: Anderson’s sweater similar to John’s in ASIP

R: Sherlock’s explanation of the fall to Anderson. We see Moriarty again.

A: 1:29 on the bomb

G: Bomb doesn’t go off just like the bomb in TGG doesn’t go off

R: John asks Sherlock if he will tell him how he survived the fall. “I asked you for one more miracle”

A: Sherlock putting on the deerstalker and walking out to meet the press

G: TEH has a cliffhanger (Cam watching the video at the end).


A: Mrs. Hudson’s husband. “I’m a high functioning sociopath.” Harry’s alcoholism. Mike Stanford. “So hard not smoking.” Eyeball in cup of tea vs eyeballs in the microwave

R: “Tragic Loss. Sorry about that one.” Reference to Sherlock faking his death.

A: “I know Ash.” vs “I know human ash.” And his partner, John Hamish Watson.” Sherlock using sliding magnifying glass when cluing for looks (this is a callback to TGG as well)

G: The stag night is similar to Joe Harrison and Westie’s stag night at a bar. Alka-Seltzer fuzz is similar to the fuzz when Sherlock is testing blood from Janus Cars in lab. Also used in the show’s opening titles.

R: Courtroom for MP scene vs courtroom for Moriarty’s trial

A: “John Hamish Watson” “The Woman she knew.” Irene Adler. Vatican Cameos

G: “I have to delete something,” on the steps to Sholtos’ room vs “I’ve must have deleted it” in the beginning of TGG where Sherlock explains he only remembers information he finds relevant


R: CAM’s pressure points vs Moriarty saying “Everyone has their pressure points.” Same red writing is used on the hotel video for the jurors as on screen during CAM’s pressure point scenes

A: John dreaming (flashbacks) of the first time he met Sherlock in ASIP while in bed with Mary

G: John has started riding his bike, and goes to a crack house. Joe Harrison rides his bike and sells drugs.

A: “The Game is on!” Anderson looking for drugs in Baker Street

R: Sherlock is a celebrity in the newspapers

A: Janine in Sherlock’s bedroom vs. Irene in Sherlock’s bedroom. Sherlock trying to obtain Lady’s Smallwood’s letters about an affair from CAM’s safe vs Sherlock trying to get pictures of an affair from Irene’s safe. Fireplace parallels as well.

G: Sherlock telling John he’s put on weight since getting married vs Sherlock telling Molly she put on weight since dating Jim from IT.

R: Sherlock explaining to John about the keycard to get in CAM’s Tower vs. Sherlock explaining to John about Moriarty’s keycode to break into the Tower of London.

A: Sherlock falling backwards after being shot by Mary is similar to him falling backwards after being drugged by Irene

G: Louis Moffat playing young Sherlock Holmes. He was the voice of the kidnapped kid in TGG

A: Stairs from ASIP and the hallway where John shot the cabby and saved Sherlock’s life

R: Moriarty. “Off you pop”

A: “The Woman will cry.”

G: John hugs Mary vs John “hugging” Moriarty at the end of TGG

R: Tabloids. Janine in tabloids wearing the hat vs tabloid newspapers in TRF “Why is it always the hat, John.” Beehives vs The Bee Gees (Stayin’ Alive)

A: Red rose from Irene Adler in Sherlock’s hospital room. Lestrade saying he will take video of Sherlock in the hospital.

G: Sherlock vanishes through window vs Joe Harrison going through a window

A: The lie (Mary) hidden in plain sight

R: Mary faked her death vs Sherlock faking his death.

A: Christmas with the parents vs Christmas at Baker Street

G: “The Watsons are about to have a domestic” vs “Did you two have a little domestic?”

A: Irene’s theme is played so dramatically, it’s hard to ignore. Flashback to Christmas with the parents.

G: The AGRA memory stick vs the memory stick at the end of TGG. Mary’s past is similar to Westies (top secret spy)

A: Mary saying to John, “You don’t even know my name” vs John saying to Sherlock in ASIP “I don’t even know your name”

R: “Sodded lawn.” vs “Sod this”

A: “Low tar.” “Your loss would break my heart” vs “Caring is not an advantage. All hearts are broken in the end.”

G: “I’m not a hero.”

A: “Do your research, I’m a high-functioning sociopath.”

G: Red laser lights from snipers on Sherlock. Louis Moffat playing young Sherlock Holmes.

A: The plane on the tarmac vs Bond Air plane on the tarmac. “If you’re looking for baby names.”

R: Moriarty’s return. His face on TV screens vs his face on the TV in the cab


Opening Montage of TAB

A: Unzipping the body bag

G: Dressed up as a security guard

A: Riding crop, John meets Mycroft, “The Game is on!”

G: “Don’t make people into heroes, John.” Bomb strapped to John. “I’ll burn the heart out of you.”

A: Naked Irene Adler. “Are you wearing any pants?” “This is how I want you to remember me.”

R: Moriarty killing himself on the roof

A: Sherlock and John running through streets of London after the cab

R: John and Sherlock handcuffed. “We are going to need to coordinate.” Sherlock’s grave. “I asked you for one more miracle. Don’t be dead.” “I heard you.”

TAB Begins:

A: Recreation of John and Sherlock meeting for the first time in ASIP

G: Sherlock looking out the window, “The curtain rises…”

R: Emelia Ricoletti shooting herself in the mouth vs Moriarty shooting herself. Peter Ricoletti. “How could he survive…”

A: “Come when convenient…”

G: Sherlock doesn’t know how the solar system works

R: Diogenes Club

A: “I thought I looked rather enormous” vs “Putting on weight again?”

G: “You see but you don’t observe.” “Legwork”

R: Orange pips sent to Eustace in envelop vs Breadcrumbs sent to John in envelop. “Means death”

A: “A dead woman walking the earth” vs “you’re a dead man walking” (Jeff Hope)

G: “The Orange pips were a reminder.”

A:  Picture of Irene Adler. “You’re human.” vs “People want to know your human.”

R: Breaking glass vs. Moriarty breaking the glass at the Tower of London

A: Lestrade saying the body (Eustace) had a note vs. Jennifer Wilson having left behind a note. Sherlock rushing down a staircase.

G: “Putting on weight?” vs “How’s the diet going?”

R: Moriarty scene at Baker Street. Emelia Ricoletti vs Peter Ricoletti

A: “Dead is the new sexy” vs “Brainy is the new sexy”

G: “Putting on weight?

R: Ricoletti and Moriarty.

A: The deerstalker is introduced. “You’re Sherlock Holmes. Wear the damn hat!”

G: Spies

R: Ricoletti shooing herself. A substitute corpse. “You can’t kill an idea once it’s exist” vs “you can’t kill an idea, can you?” “Molly Hooper found a body for me when I…” The waterfall with Moriarty.

A: Sherlock looks out the window, exterior shot vs the same exterior shot at the end of ASIB


G: Moriarty. Classified top secret with Mycroft.

A: “High functioning sociopath”

R: “I’m glad to be alive” vs “staying alive.” Moriarty’s revenge after dying on roof

A: Sherlock stabbing the mantel vs stabbing the mantel the first time him and John visit Baker Street

G: John blogging

R: “The spider makes his move” vs “Moriarty is a spider with a web, etc.”

A: “Come back, it’s the wrong thumb” vs Mrs. Hudson saying “Ugh, thumbs!”

G: “You see, Watson, but you don’t observe.” (Baby Rosie throwing the toy in Sherlock’s face)

A: The Six Thatchers case from John’s blog. Using magnifying glass. Dead body in car.

R: Moriarty flashes on screen. Black pearl vs Moriarty’s diamond in the Tower of London

A: “Then he becomes a pirate for some reason.” vs “But initially he wanted to be a pirate.”

G: Sherlock looking into his white microscope, testing blood vs testing blood in Carl Power’s case. Pets are so loyal. “A noose to hang my neck in” vs “Hanged, yes.” “Like hiding a tree in a forest.”

R: Mentions of Moriarty. Glass breaking.

A: “Tell her she’s a dead woman walking” vs “You’re a dead man walking” (Jeff Hope)

G: The memory stick

A: Ajay falls backwards as he is drinking and lands in his room, passed out vs Sherlock falling backwards and landing in his bed after being drugged

R: “Ammunition” vs John tells Mycroft he gave Moriarty ammunition

A: Mary drugs Sherlock vs Irene drugging Sherlock

G: Memory stick

R: A note to John

A: Plane vs Bond Air plane. “You’re at my mercy” vs “Beg for mercy”

G: The curtain rises (text to Mary)

R: Mary’s DVD’s vs “I’m a storyteller. It’s on DVD.” John’s note to Sherlock vs Sherlock’s note to John

A: 13 on the post-it note on the refrigerator vs. 13th row on Bond Air plane

G: Cliffhanger with John’s note and Mary saying “Go to hell, Sherlock.”


(The opening shot of a gun firing could fit in here as John’s gun from ASIP)

R: John’s therapy session with Eurus looks similar to his sessions with Ella in TRF

A: Faith with walking cane vs John with walking cane

G: Sherlock looking out of window onto the street vs Sherlock looking out the window watching John crossing the street

A: Flashback to John with his cane. The whole scene with Faith Smith. Walking around London, eating, Mycroft spying on them. “Amazing” Gun in handbag vs gun in drawer. Throwing the gun in the Thames. Serial killer. 

R: Talk of suicide. Sherlock on the ledge of a bridge vs Sherlock on the ledge of Bart’s Hospital

G: Sherlock shooting the wall

A: Sherlock in the boot of the car vs the dead guy in the boot of the car in ASIB

R: Mrs. Hudson’s having a slow-motion “earthquake” with the tea spilling vs the man at the Bank of London in TRF in slow-motion with his tea rumbling and spilling. Handcuffs vs Sherlock and John handcuffed. Therapy.

A: “I’m not your housekeeper!”

R: “You pretended to be dead for two years!”

A: “The game is on,” said Mrs. Hudson

R: “Thought this was some sort of trick…”

A: Hiding in plain sight. Texting Faith vs Texting Hope

R: Nurse Cornish is a big fan vs Kitty Riley being “a fan.” Both take place in and near the restroom

A: Wear the hat. The queen, her majesty.

R: Bliss vs Domestic bliss

A: The game is on.

R: Return to Bart’s Hospital

A: Morgue with dead woman vs Morgue with “Speckled Blonde” or Morgue scene with Irene’s fake dead body.

R: Culverton’s keys vs Moriarty’s keycode. They can both go anywhere they like.

A: Faith with walking cane. John leaves behind his walking cane as he did in ASIP. Mycroft sends car to pick up John. Mycroft looking for drugs vs Lestrade looking for drugs at Baker Street. John deduces there is a secret brother vs Sherlock deducing John’s sister

R: Mary’s DVD vs Moriarty’s DVD

A: John rushes to save Sherlock from killing himself

R: “Off you pop.” John uses a fire extinguisher to break down the door vs Moriarty using a fire extinguisher to break the glass at the Tower of London. “There must be something comforting about three” vs “Your three friends in the whole world will die.” Molly is the fourth.

A: Irene’s text message. Sherlock wearing the hat

R: The “Miss Me” in black light vs “Help Us” in black light. John in therapy. Eurus with gun on John =  Moriarty’s snipers on John


A: Eye opens vs. John’s eye opening in ASIP

G: TLD left us with a cliffhanger, and John in danger

A: Bond Air plane with sleeping/dead people and the same child actress.

R: Moriarty’s voice “Welcome to The Final Problem.”

A: “John might like to call his daughter vs Why would Jennifer Wilson still care about her daughter

G: The bomb at Baker Street

A: “The pirate.” vs “But initially he wanted to be a pirate.”

R: The guards and the security cameras. Sherrinford Prison = Pentonville Prison. Sherlock walks into Eurus’ cell while she plays the violin, her back is turned vs Moriarty walking into Baker Street as Sherlock plays the violin, his back is turned. Moriarty says Bach would be appalled vs Eurus saying “Not Bach, play you.”

A: Sherlock plays Irene’s theme. Vatican Cameos.

R: Moriarty with head phones and dancing vs the entire sequence of him at the Tower of London with the Crown Jewels. The guards escorting him. The security cameras are similar.

A: Christmas. Moriarty.

R: Five minutes between Sherlock and Moriarty. Moriarty in front of the glass cell vs Moriarty in front of the glass with the Crown Jewels. Sherlock and Moriarty shown next to each other in a cell in TRF.

A: Little girl on plane

R: Moriarty’s Final Problem

A: Little girl on the plane

G: Moriarty going “Choo Choo…” trains and more trains

A: The walls of the second room are red and gray, and similar to the walls where Jennifer Wilson was found dead.

R: Moriarty

A: Bond Air plane and little girl. John says Irene Adler loves Sherlock

G: Molly’s “I love you,” scene is set up like the scene in TGG with the painting and the Super Nova.

R: Moriarty. “Took her only five minutes to do this to us.”

A: Little Eurus in John’s sweater from ASIP

G: Little girl on the plane says, “You mean where the driver is?” vs John talking to the train guy in TGG: “What about the drivers?” “They’ve gotta live with it, haven’t they?”

R: Moriarty’s revenge

A: The plane!

R: Time to solve the final problem

A: Young Eurus wearing John’s sweater from ASIP

G: Shot of pool from the TGG

A: Young Eurus in John’s sweater from ASIP

R: Gravestones. Cemetery vs the cemetery at the end of TRF. Arresting Eurus vs arresting Moriarty.

A: John in shock blanket. Lestrade saying his line “He’s a good one.” Shot of Sherlock opening the body bag and John in bed from ASIP. “You know where to find me…” text.

G: Sherlock shooting the wall

A: Sherlock stabbing the mantel

The Lost Special: The pattern ends with Sherlock shooting the wall and stabbing the mantel. Mrs. Hudson told us what these two actions mean. The case is still unsolved and there are still unanswered questions.

Sherlock’s note - Part II

In Part I of this meta I tried to explain why I believe that Sherlock’s last (and only) post on John’s blog after TSoT is a sort of ‘goodbye note’.

But I think there’s more to it, so here comes Part II.

I believe notes are another recurring theme in this show (in addition to suicide and drugs, which have tried to point out here). And this has been beautifully presented by @hemlock-her-loss in their answer to a post made by @hufflepuffpentaholicinthebau. The post continued here.

And @hemlock-her-loss points out that Faith’s note is actually Sherlock’s note - which I absolutely agree with. I think the show-makers have tried, in many ways by now, to give us hints about Sherlock’s note.

(More about this under the cut)

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