I saw this post X about the transition from Mary to Margaret Thatcher in TST which is very interesting. However, before drawing conclusions about two female villains we should remember this:
The very same transition happens with Sherlock, maybe even more pronounced than in Mary’s scene. So I read this as another visual instance in which Sherlock and Mary are equated. So what does it mean? @ebaeschnbliah has many interesting thoughts and posts about Mary serving as Sherlock’s facade throughout the show. Here is a comprehensive list: A Mirror Hiding in Plain Sight.
Masks, mirrors, firewalls, facades, make-up (the fake tan in TST) - they all have a lot in common. They are used to hide behind them, to put a veil over who you really are.
I’m rewatching TST right now and thinking about how John says it was his idea to put a tracer on the AGRA memory stick. Which obviously means that Sherlock must have told John about Ajay and everything before he went to meet Mary.
Which means Sherlock and John must have decided together that it would be best if Sherlock confronted Mary alone. It’s an interesting insight into the characters – on one hand, it demonstrates that Sherlock is determinedly loyal to John, and will not keep Mary’s secrets from him. But it also demonstrates that even John acknowledges there is a special affinity between Sherlock and Mary. They must have discussed the fact that Mary would feel more comfortable learning about Ajay from Sherlock than John, or both of them together.
Even if she was meant to be redeemed by this action, she still tore Sherlock and John apart. I mean, John was fucking angry. Sherlock was drugged out of his mind. She couldn’t have made it any worse! What kind of a shitty redemption is that? Her “death” caused Sherlock and John’s relationship to drift further apart.
When she was alive, she was manipulative and controlling of John. She fucking appeared on cases and had John carrying the baby around. Yes, the scene with John and the baby was kind of cute but it was like she was overshadowing John. It’s supposed to be Sherlock and John. Them against the world. Not Mary. Not even the baby. Not anyone else.
OK BUT I JUST REALIZED SOMETHINH AND I DONT KNOW IF SOMEONE ELSE HAS POINTED IT OUT YET BUT…I’LL SAY IT ANYWAY.
John’s hands. One on Sherlock’s nek and the other on Sherlock’s arm. Doesn’t it remind u something? It’s exactly the same way Sherlock hugged John in TLD. Coincidence? Nope. In this show coincidences don’t exist. It means, if you think about it, that Sherlock not only remember how John hugged him, but also that Sherlock thinks that it is the way John want to be hugged, I think. It is the way John makes feel someone loved and safe and it is probably the way Sherlock felt and so Sherlock did the same when John needed, he hugged him with one hand on John’s nek and the other on John’s arm. Bacause in that moment John needed love and to feel safe.
I…I don’t know if it makes sense but this hug, John’s hug, hit me and reminded me of Sherlock’s hug.
I don’t know what to think now, I need a blanket.
Also, I feel really stupid cause probably someone just noticed it ages ago soooooooo now it’s time for me to go. And hide. Bye.
When John was with Mary, a canonically romantic and sexual relationship, he felt unfulfilled enough to stray (even if he didn’t physically cheat). He had love and romance and sex, and it didn’t fulfill him.
When John was with Sherlock before the fall, a close but nonsexual or romantic relationship, John felt fulfilled enough that he did the opposite. He STOPPED dating. He STOPPED having sex with people. He didn’t have sex and romance with Sherlock, but the relationship fulfilled him.