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Deleted Holmes family background: ‘Dad was having it off with the au pair.’

(I’m looking forward to finding more little gems that never made it into the shows!)

MYCROFT: No, no, no. I can’t possibly leave the office for any length of time. Not with the Korean elections so near -
  He stops. Smiles sweetly.
MYCROFT: (CONT’D) Yes, well, you don’t need to know about that, do you? Besides, a case like this. It requires…(infinite disdain) …leg-work.
SHERLOCK: (to John): How’s Sarah? How was the li-lo?
MYCROFT: Sofa, Sherlock. It was the sofa.
SHERLOCK: Of course.
JOHN: How - ? Never mind.
   Mycroft looks searchingly at John.
MYCROFT: Sherlock’s business seems to be booming since you became…pals. What’s he like to live with? Hellish, I imagine?
JOHN: I’m never bored.
MYCROFT: Good! That’s good, isn’t it? He’s a real live wire, is Sherlock. When we were children, he worked out from the angle of the car seats and a smear of lipstick in the back of the Audi that Dad was having it off with the au pair. I’m afraid Mum wasn’t too pleased and that was that. Bang went our happy home.
  He gazes levelly at Sherlock.
MYCROFT:(CONT’D) Such a clever boy, but he really should have got his priorities right. Like now.

[from The Great Game amended script]

South Korea’s Snap Presidential Election Time!

We’re officially in prime campaigning time for the May 9 special presidential election triggered by the historic removal of President Park Geun-hye. One thing I really enjoy about Korean elections is how colorful they are: The candidates have singing trucks that drive around blasting k-pop tunes with lyrics changed to match their messages, and dance troops that set up at places around town performing in the name of various candidates. (It’s all great for radio stories…)

The other thing that’s noticeable is the candidates draw their ballot numbers and then campaign based on those numbers — the number becomes almost as important than the candidate names. (See those campaign banners? They all have the candidate ballot numbers prominently displayed.) When rallying for support, they often say “VOTE FOR NUMBER SIX!” instead of “Vote Moon! or Vote Ahn!, etc” 

Are You Not Alarmed?

Donald Trump told The Washington Post that he may have military parades in America like this one in North Korea in 2015. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty

By Charles M. Blow for The New York Times. January 19, 2017 [x]

Donald Trump may push us into another war.    

I continue to be astonished that not enough Americans are sufficiently alarmed and abashed by the dangerous idiocies that continue to usher forth from the mouth of the man who will on Friday be inaugurated as president of the United States. 

Toss ideology out of the window. This is about democracy and fascism, war and peace, life and death. I wish that I could write those words with the callous commercialism with which some will no doubt read them, as overheated rhetoric simply designed to stir agitation, provoke controversy and garner clicks. But alas, they are not. These words are the sincere dispatches of an observer, writer and citizen who continues to see worrisome signs of a slide toward the exceedingly unimaginable by a man who is utterly unprepared. 

In a series of interviews and testimonies Donald Trump and his cronies have granted in the last several days, they have demonstrated repeatedly how destabilizing, unpredictable and indeed unhinged the incoming administration may be. Their comments underscore the degree to which this administration may not simply alter our democracy beyond recognition, but also potentially push us into armed conflict. 

Last week, Trump’s secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, said during his confirmation hearing that the United States had to “send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops, and second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed.” 

The only way to do this is with some sort of naval blockade, which China would undoubtedly interpret as an act of war. 

Indeed, as Business Insider reported, Chinese state-run media responded in an editorial, “Unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be foolish.” 

Business Insider quoted Bonnie Glaser, a senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who pointed out that Tillerson’s position could easily result in war. 

If the United States put “a cordon of ships around one or all of the islands, and the Chinese flew in aircraft to one of their new islands, what are we going to do? Shoot it down?” Glaser asked. “We’d certainly end up in a shooting war with China.” But even short of the conflict over the islands, The Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Browne suggested Tuesday, Trump’s talk on trade alone could escalate into an armed conflict with China. Trump has said he will make continued adherence to the “one China” policy — which recognizes Beijing as the sole government of China — conditional on negotiations over what he sees as currency manipulation and other unfair trade practices by China. 

As Browne points out: 

“The gambit has profound security and military implications. Taiwan is a regional flash point. Beijing regards the island as an inalienable part of Chinese territory; ‘One China’ expresses not just its political desire for unification but a core part of Chinese identity. Chinese leaders will fight for it. They can’t lose Taiwan.” 

Make no mistake: As bad of an actor as China is, the United States actually depends on China. It is one of our biggest trade partners, but furthermore it is one of the last remaining checks on an erratic North Korea. China could simply stop using its influence to make North Korea behave. 

And as you may recall, during the campaign Trump suggested that the way to contain North Korea was for nuclear proliferation in the region. In March, Trump said of nuclear weapons: “You have so many countries already — China, Pakistan, you have so many countries, Russia — you have so many countries right now that have them.” He continued: “Now, wouldn’t you rather, in a certain sense, have Japan have nuclear weapons when North Korea has nuclear weapons?” 

Then there is the destabilizing and downright frightening random rhetoric. Trump has suggested that he equally trusts America’s friend-in-arms Angela Merkel and his friend-in-spirit Vladimir Putin. 

Trump told The Washington Post this week that he may start having military parades in major American cities à la North Korea: 

“Being a great president has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is being a great cheerleader for the country.” He continued: “And we’re going to show the people as we build up our military, we’re going to display our military. That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we’re going to be showing our military.” 

And, Trump continues to trash NATO, calling it “obsolete.” This is insanity. But too many Americans don’t want to see this threat for what it is. International affairs and the very real threat of escalating militarization and possibly even military conflict seems much harder to grasp than the latest inflammatory tweet. 

Maybe people think this possibility is unthinkable. Maybe people are just hoping and praying that cooler heads will prevail. Maybe they think that Trump’s advisers will smarten him up and talk him down. 

But where is your precedent for that? When has this man been cautious or considerate? This man with loose lips and tweeting thumbs may very well push us into another war, and not with a country like Afghanistan, but with a nuclear-armed country with something to prove. 

Are you not alarmed? 

Answer The Call (Moriarty x Son!reader)

Request: “Could you please write a Jim Moriarty x m!child!reader? maybe something like he’s in a meeting, and he keeps getting distracted by the kid calling or something like that, idk. I understand if you can’t, of course. I just think you do a great job on all your moriarty inserts!”

Word Count: 1542

Summary: You are Jim Moriarty’s son, and you’re in danger. Someone broke into the house, and Sebastian told you to hide. In panic, you call your father using Moran’s phone. Moriarty is slow to pick up the phone since he is at an important meeting.

Author’s note: Ok, I lied. The Joker x reader is taking longer than expected since plot bunnies keep springing into my mind XD This Moriarty x reader probably isn’t what you were expecting anon, but I needed to write a story with conflict for my English teacher sooo yeah. Hope you like it! This is kind of in Moriarty’s POV, but it’s still in second person. Sorry this was a bit short.

Warnings: None


“General Shan could jeopardize your identity, Jim. You granted her access into Britain, but now that the police have been informed that she’s here, she could reveal information. You controlled her through fear, but once she’s in custody, that power you have over her will be passed onto law enforcement. She failed to retrieve that hair pin, and now the whole operation is done. Over. You should give the word for Moran to put her down before anymore harm can be caused.” Derek Wallberg reasoned with his boss.

Moriarty nodded in boredom. He already knew that he would have to dispose of Chan; she was too much of a liability to his work. He never really took the advice that his informants gave him. He just thought it was amusing to watch them argue over such obvious matters. Jim was a man who could walk into a situation, and see every outcome whether good or bad.

Shan was a piteously vulnerable leader for her large and powerful organization, the Black Lotus Tong; Moriarty should know. He was the one that got her in that position in the first place. She payed him, but he didn’t do it for the money. Moriarty did it so that he would have easier control over that extensive criminal web. It was a win win. Now that she has to be taken care of, he’d have to influence the decision of who would take her place.

However, Shan wasn’t the real focus of this meeting. Jim’s dead eyes glanced over everyone in the room, and he spoke up in a flat tone, “It’s decided then. I’ll inform Mr. Moran that he’ll need to assassinate her, but it’d be on my signal. Now, for the real reason I called this meeting-”

His smartphone buzzed against his chest while in his pocket. The vibrations made a loud noise that everyone in the room heard, but they didn’t comment on it. They knew what happened when their boss was irritated, so they stayed quiet. Jim paused for a bit, and the whole room was plunged into silence. The criminal mastermind decided against answering the call since he had more important things to deal with. Jim continued as if nothing happened, “It was brought to my attention that the Korean elections are to be held next-”

The phone vibrated in his pocket again. With an overly exaggerated scowl, he reached into his blazer’s inner pocket. The screen was lit up with the name, Sebastian Moran . His thumb roughly pressed the button to cancel the call. The assassin knows better than to call him a meeting. He’ll get a piece of Jim’s mind when he finishes this meeting up. Jim clenched his jaw, and he tried to finish his thought, “Next year. I know that Mycroft Holmes-”

Buzz. Moriarty snatched the phone out of his pocket again, and his thumb hovered over the cancel button. However, he decided to answer it. Sebastian was obviously very keen to talk to him. He angrily hissed into the phone, “Moran, if you call again I’ll-”

“Daddy?” Your hushed tone sounded from the phone, which slightly softened the murderous look on Moriarty’s face.

Jim maintained somewhat of a serious expression so that his associates continued to be intimidated, and he asked, “(Y/n), we talked about this. You can’t call me while I’m,” He stopped sternly patronizing his son when Jim heard your attempts to stifle your whimpers and heavy breathing.

His expression darkened considerably. Everyone in the room knew that look. Someone was going to die, and their leader was going to do the deed himself. Moriarty wasn’t a man who liked to get his hands dirty, but it happens sometimes. Jim demanded in an angered tone, “What’s happening? Is someone there with you; where’s Sebastian?”

Sebastian Moran was sort of family to the Moriarty household. When Jim wasn’t around to care for you, Sebastian babysat you. He made sure no one came after the infamous man’s only son. He was like a second father to you. You didn’t have a mother since neither Moriarty nor Moran talked about her. You didn’t know anything about her, and you stopped asking after a while. It was like Sebastian took up the spot in your life where your mother should have been.

Your voice choked up as you cried hysterically, “I-I don’t know! He to-told me to hide. I think a man broke into the house! Daddy, please help me!”

Sebastian was a high profile assassin. He knew what he was doing. Jim, however, needed to make sure no one touched his little boy. Moriarty pointed at Wallberg, and growled, “Get them over to my house quick. Catch that senseless idiot who tried to hurt my son. I want him alive. I want him unscathed.”

Wallberg curtly nodded, and he scurried out the door. Jim glared at the remaining people with fire in his eyes. They took the hint, and they also made themselves scarce. He turned back to speak into the phone, “Where are you hiding? Is he close?”

“I can’t tell… But Daddy please hurry! I’m scared, help me!” You entreated your father fearfully.

Jim’s gut twisted as he heard you hyperventilating. His nostrils flared, and he ground his teeth together. That intruder was going to pay, and the price was going to be much more than the man’s death. Before Moriarty could comfort you any further, screaming came from his phone speakers.

The phone was dropped, and the line broke up into static. Jim brought the phone speaker closer to his left ear, but the line was silent. Bang! Bang! Bang! Three gunshots sounded before the phone hung up.

Jim was shocked. Paralyzed in place. His genius mind was rendered useless, and all he could do was stare at his phone. This was the first time in his life where he actually felt… helpless. Unable to lie, bargain, cheat, steal, run, or manipulate his way out of a situation. His nose started to tingle as his eyes glossed over. However, there was no time to grieve. Jim set his jaw, pulled out a handgun from his other coat pocket, and he stalked out of the room.

He almost gave a few people heart attacks when they saw him with a gun. Some had to dive out of his way to avoid his wrath. He was a rampaging bull set on murdering the man in red; everyone in his way would be killed in the crossfire. Moriarty got to the end of the hallway, and he violently pushed the doors open to reveal a flight of stairs. He jumped down three stairs at a time until he was on the ground floor.

Jim ran out of the building, and into the parking lot. He wasted no time in getting into his car, and he pulled into the street. He was going twenty miles per hour over the speed limit without his seatbelt. He forced all thoughts of you out of his mind as he drove to his house. Moriarty didn’t even know what he was going to do to the man responsible, but it wouldn’t be pretty.


Moriarty ran up the steps to his house, and he bolted through the open front door. He searched the whole first floor before he charged up the stairs. The hallway was crowded with his men, but Jim could see that there was a body on the floor. A part of him wanted to look the other way, but the other part needed closure. He still couldn’t believe what happened.

As he got closer, he realized that the body wasn’t any shorter than six feet tall. The man was wearing jeans, and a black hoodie. Jim didn’t know who it was, but by the tattoo on the man’s foot, he knew the guy worked for General Chan. Three bullet holes were visible on the man’s dead corpse; two to the head, and one to the heart.

“Daddy!” You wailed happily. Jim turned around just in time for you to pull him into a tight hug. Your face buried into his stomach, and tears dampened Jim’s favorite westwood suit. Jim wrapped his arms around your back, and he glanced up to see Sebastian watching the both of you.

The assassin was leaning on the wall a feet away. He grabbed his cigarette box from out of his back pocket, and he plucked one from the box. He put it in his mouth before he spoke up, “I’m sorry boss. I didn’t know you wanted the guy alive until after I shot him.”

Jim gave him a stern look. On the inside, he was actually grateful that Moran took the guy out when he could. However, he did disobey orders. Moriarty looked down at you, and you were still traumatized from the incident. Never again will this happen, and Jim was going to make sure of that. He replied coldly, “Don’t let it happen again, Moran. Your month’s pay is going to be reduced.”

Sebastian cracked a small smile at Jim, before lighting the cigarette in his mouth. Jim was the closest thing Sebastian had to a best friend. He knew this was his boss’ way of saying thanks.


That’s all folks

~thedarknessdwellswithin

Presidential Debates

Hey guys, I know this is a bit late but after watching one of the presidential debates this year, I decided to make a small list of political/debate related terms in Korean!~

*remember to try and sound out each word before peeking at the romanization!~

대통령 (dae tong lyeong) President
정치 (jeong chi) politics
정당 (jeong dang) political party
정치가 (jeong chi ga) politician
공화당 (gong hwa dang) Republican
민주당 (min joo dang) Democrat
연설 (yeon seol) speech
토론 (toh ron) debate

I hope this helps you guys “bigly”! Happy studying!~

Korean Celebs Say They’d Rather Not Have Yoo Jae Suk As The Next President

Korean Celebs Say They’d Rather Not Have Yoo Jae Suk As The Next President

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On April 24, Korea’s National Election Commission uploaded a video as part of the “0509 Rose Project,” which is a campaign meant to encourage Koreans to vote on election day.

In the video, various celebrities are asked to vote for Yoo Jae Suk, Na Young Suk PD, Jang Dong Gun, and more highly esteemed public figures as their next president.

Told to vote for Yoo Jae Suk, TVXQ’s Yunho responded, “I…

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The Blind Banker: The episode nobody loves is the most important for understanding Series 4

With only a few weeks before series 4 of Sherlock airs, all of us are scrambling to tweak our metas into arguments that don’t completely suck. I like posting mine regardless of how terrible they are because I feel like a badass queer codebreaker. I publish a meta, look at my reflection in the computer screen, and go, “nice!” to myself regardless of the quality of the meta in front of me. This is one of those times. 

I don’t love The Blind Banker. It’s an acquired taste, that’s for sure. It’s the episode I tell all my friends who don’t care about TJLC or meta-writing to skip if they’re not hooked on Sherlock after A Study in Pink. However, it’s the most important episode if you care at all about analyzing character and story mirrors throughout BBC Sherlock. 

Every episode of Sherlock has “Short-term” mirrors – meaning stories between characters overlap/stand for the stories of others within the same episode (or series). For example, Molly and John both saying they’re “moving on” from their life with Sherlock in The Empty Hearse is an example of a short-term mirror. Another is Sherlock and Irene dressing with the help of their “live-in P.A.s” before meeting each other. The Blind Banker is no exception to this. We see a former drug smuggler get roped into helping her older brother after something was stolen – the same episode we see Mycroft approach Sherlock after the flashdrive was stolen in order to get his younger brother’s help. There are plenty of short-term mirrors there, but they do little to help us understand BBC Sherlock as a whole. Want to know what’s going to happen in Series 4? You’ve got to look Long-term. 

So let’s complete the long-term mirrors then, shall we? 

“The Spider”, Soo Lin’s brother, hunts down his younger sister to help him do some shady things like they used to. She resists him as much as she can but once he finds her hiding, she doesn’t resist him any longer. 

Spider is also a descriptor given to another man in BBC Sherlock:

In The Blind Banker, The Spider has become a puppet for the one they call “Shan”.

Does that look familiar?

Remember Sherlock “Mary has a Secret Tattoo” deduction? That doesn’t mean she’s in The Black Lotus, but she should be seen as a mirror for those who are.

So the Spider is under the influence of the General. The General is given access into London by a mysterious person called “M”.

And we all know who “M” is:

Yikes. “M” has gotten way over his head on this one. But what do you expect from a man who can’t be out of the office when the Korean elections are imminent? It takes both good and evil to run the British Government. 

Soo Lin was a very well-natured young woman who, despite her past and brother, didn’t mean to harm anyone. She just wanted to be left alone, to live her life, to continue her work.

But even she gave up resisting her older brother and the General. 

Remember how Janine’s last name changed to “Donlevy” in The Abominable Bride? That is a direct reference to Laurie King’s “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice” where Sherlock Holmes retires to a cottage in Sussex Downs (mentioned by Janine in His Last Vow) only to take on Patricia Donleavy, Moriarty’s daughter. Sherlock mentioning “The Monstrous Regiment” at the end of TAB is another reference to King and her Holmes story “A Monstrous Regiment of Women”. 

So. You with me? Good. Because if you remember The Blind Banker, you know who killed Shan – and you know why – because of Sherlock and John’s interference in their master plan. And you can imagine how Mycroft exterminating Agra would go down once everyone at Baker Street finds out. 

But no one on this show can stay dead, can they? We’ll see if it sticks.  

So we’re in for a moment like this:

You know what that moment is? John Watson has so many things on him that make a person believe he is Sherlock Holmes. It’s the foreshadowed moment of series 4 where Sherlock Holmes and John Watson become one

All I can say is we’re in for one hell of a ride. 

Self-aggrandizement and bad poetry

So there is a thing going around wherein you reblog it for a love letter from a fictional character. I have wasted the last couple of hours writing the following and sending them anonymously:

In a world so full of the terminal stupid;
The Universe wasn’t too lazy to play cupid.
And while sentiment might be the grit on my lens;
I find I am glad that we are more than just friends.
Yours, Sherlock Holmes

I was so alone when you were but a stranger;
But now I love you more than I love danger.
I had to tour three continents before I found you;
And I love you regardless of any trust issue.
Love, John Watson

While I know to care is no advantage; 
 My affection for you is hard to manage.
You are better than a Korean election; 
 And you, like cake, have all of my affection. 
 Sincerely, Mycroft Holmes


Even a good old fashioned villain needs a love story;
And now that I have you I find pets mandatory.
Just as surely as I helped Carl Powers drown;
Honey, I would love to see you in a crown.
Hugs and Kisses, Jim Moriarty

And I had to repost them here so I could admire my own cleverness.

Yay me, I guess? ;)

What a 15 Year Old Planning for College has to Say About the 2016 Election

A lot of people are refusing to vote, and I think that is ridiculous. With all of the fighting people have done to give the non-white, woman and the LGBTQ community their rights as human beings, and all the push the racist, sexist, and homophobic assholes have given back at them, I think I can say that this election could very well determine the direction the U.S. is going in. As a student that will be going out into the world for the first time two years after the next president is elected, I am honestly terrified as to what may happen in my future. I want to go out into a world where I’m not afraid to be physically assaulted by sexist men or homophobic people; a world where I can get my degree in Nutrition at a decent college without spending the rest of my life in debt; A world where no one is left starving because their guardians can’t make enough money.
I know Hillary Clinton can’t do all of these things, but Donald Trump is the exact opposite of what I want for myself and for every other student out there wondering about their future. Besides the fact that he’s a racist, sexist, homophobic, asshole, Donald Trump has no real experience or credibility. I can’t imagine anyone else running for presidential office that is so unqualified to get that position actually making it this far.
I’m not saying Hillary is a good choice, but these are our options. Donald Trump is a horrible, extremely immature, person that takes advantage of his power to embarrass and humiliate women, while Hillary Clinton cares about students and children and minorities and the LGBTQ community and stands up for women AND she actually has experience. The older, die hard, homophobic conservatives that support Trump are not the people that this election is for. This election is for the youth, like myself, and Hillary Clinton would be my choice.
Those who vote for Donald Trump are voting for all of the children to go out into a world where its okay to sexually assault and embarrass women and girls; a world where its okay to treat people with hate and prejudice because of their skin; a world where its okay to bully and deprive people because of their sexuality; a world where its okay to publicly humiliate girls because of their bodies. Don’t condemn all those innocent girls, non-whites, and LGBTQ citizens to lives full of hate, fear, prejudice, and mistreatment.
As a female student with educational promise and high hopes for the future, I implore all of America to forget about themselves for just one moment and to consider my future, and the future of all the others in my position.

Park Hae Jin And "Cheese In The Trap" Movie Cast And Crew Reportedly To Go Fulfill Their Civic Duty Together

Park Hae Jin And “Cheese In The Trap” Movie Cast And Crew Reportedly To Go Fulfill Their Civic Duty Together

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Park Hae Jin and the “Cheese in the Trap” film staff will reportedly take time out of their busy schedule to vote as a group in the upcoming South Korean presidential election.

According to a source on April 24, all the actors in the “Cheese in the Trap” film as well as the production staff will head to early voting polls on May 4 in Gangwon Province.

The “Cheese in the Trap” film, based on the…

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5x1: Mycroft Dies, Lord Moran Returns, Reichenbach Revisited

Things that have to happen in 5x1:

1) Lord Moran returns.

2) Mycroft’s reputation is going to be ruined to MI6/the government.

3) Mycroft needs more information about Jim’s Secret Project.

4) Mycroft will set up a meeting with Jim to try to catch Jim.

5) Jim kills Mycroft (in front of Sherlock).

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We all know that the entire nation of South Korea ships it.  Hard.

Sure, everyone giggles and thinks it’s harmless fun at first, but oh fucking no, my friends. This is dangerous territory. Imagine if you would, just for a moment, an AU where Canon Day does not happen. The internet will explode, I know. But that’s child’s play in comparison with the entire nation of South Korea flipping shit. Stock markets would crash, exports of cars and technology and kim chi (perish the thought!) would get embargoed, K-pop would go on strike. K-pop.

Clearly, this is an AU that simply can not come to pass. So, in order to prevent an international diplomatic crisis from occurring, the British Government had no choice but to swing in to action. 

As you’ll remember, one of Mycroft’s many responsibilities is to oversee South Korean politics (”Oh no, I can’t possibly be away from the office for any length of time, not with the Korean elections…”). Once the matter was drawn to his attention, he summoned one Mr. Moffat and one Mr. Gatiss to the Diogenes club to discuss the seriousness of the situation these two had written the UK into.

This is the untold story of how Mycroft found himself playing matchmaker for his baby brother to save a nation.

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Lord Moran Returns

I’m not suggesting that Lord Moran is the Moran. He’s Augustus Moran. But I think in our haste to declare Mary as Moran, we have overlooked Lord Moran as another one of Jim’s minions. Mofftisson have set up a double bluff. If you watch TEH without thinking of Lord Moran as a Moran red-herring and just think of him as a random criminal, it’s actually pretty obvious because there’s a couple things left unresolved. Also, Lord Moran is the only villain who never talks to Sherlock - he doesn’t even have any dialogue. This is suspicious in and of itself.

Sebastian Moran isn’t the only Moran in “The Empty House”:

He handed over the book, and I read: “Moran, Sebastian, Colonel. Unemployed. Formerly 1st Bengalore Pioneers. Born London, 1840. Son of Sir Augustus Moran, C.B., once British Minister to Persia. Educated Eton and Oxford. Served in Jowaki Campaign, Afghan Campaign, Charasiab (despatches), Sherpur, and Cabul. Author of Heavy Game of the Western Himalayas, 1881; Three Months in the Jungle, 1884. Address: Conduit Street. Clubs: The Anglo-Indian, the Tankerville, the Bagatelle Card Club.”

Lord Moran is actually extremely similar to Sir Augustus Moran:

Firstly, Augustus Moran would have been heavily involved in Parliament. Given his Minister status, Lord Moran would have once been an elected member of parliament, who was assigned the role, which represented his high standing. Today’s equivalent in Britain? Well, that would be the Minister for Overseas Development [which is a fictitious position].

Then comes that little ‘CB’ after Augustus Moran’s name. This denotes his knighthood, and that he is part of the Order of the Bath; specifically, a Companion of the Bath. This is an Order that is awarded for chivalry, with both civil and military divisions. However, it appears that this was substituted for a Peerage in TEH.

Thirdly, there is a chance that he was, like his infamous son, corrupt. In “The Empty House,” Holmes theorizes that Sebastian Moran’s descent into immorality was hereditary. If that’s not hinting at an Augustus Moran who may be “a bit not good,” then I don’t know what is. (via redpantsandjam)

First off, Moran is definitely not the sniper on John in TRF:

Sort of similar hair, but nothing else is the same. Look at the nose. (In fact, we actually know who the sniper on John is. It’s not Tom, either, though he does work for Jim.)

However, Moran has been working for Jim in government since at least THoB:

JOHN: (reading the newspaper, looking for cases) Oh, um, Cabinet reshuffle.

Who’s the only person we know that’s a Cabinet member?

SHERLOCK: Lord Moran, peer of the realm, Minister for Overseas Development.

There’s a cabinet reshuffle in THoB, in which we know that Lord Moran comes out pretty well since he’s a Cabinet member in TEH, and shortly thereafter (at the end of THoB) Jim is released from MI6. Sounds like Jim has some connections to Lord Moran.

The bomb threat Lord Moran did caused Parliament to pass an anti-terrorism bill granting the government "Orwellian access,” which caused the screens to be connected enough that someone could get Jim’s face everywhere at once in HLV. So we know Lord Moran works for/with Jim. Also, every time someone refers to the terrorist attack in TEH, they call it a terrorist network:

JOHN: “Give his life”?
SHERLOCK: According to Mycroft.There’s an underground network planning an attack on London – that’s all we know.

But the thing is: Lord Moran is not a network. One guy is not a network. So I think this is another hint that Moran works for Jim - that his plot is bigger than it seems. The agent “gave his life” because the information wasn’t insignificant: “underground” literally meant “underground.” So “network” probably also literally means “network.”

There were a couple things left hanging in TEH:

1) Why did Moran let himself be so easily captured?

2) Why did Jim use a Parliament member to plant a bomb when he could’ve hired any random criminal? This is not efficient conservation of his minions.

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