The violin scene at the end of The Final Problem is truly one of the most impactful moments (if not the most) in all of BBC Sherlock. I honestly am still speechless that Moftiss wrote something so profound. Eurus was beyond communication with the outside world after the events of this episode, back to the untouchable genius in her glass cage. But Sherlock. Sherlock, this incredible and kind man, who had lost so much to this woman, understood her and still reached out to help. He wasn’t encouraging her to play her own song, he was initiating a duet–so she wasn’t alone, even in her music. It was a conversation, it was understanding, it was connection. This man went beyond words, where others had failed and stopped trying, and showed her that she wasn’t alone. Sherlock has become- or perhaps he always was- one of the best men I’ve ever seen.
Like Sherrinford in canon, Euros was the oldest of the Holmes’ siblings. When Sherlock was very young she started showing signs of being mentally unstable. Then one day she killed the family dog Redbeard. Animal abuse is a classic early childhood sign of a sociopath. Sherlock’s parents tried to protect Sherlock from the truth by telling him that Redbeard was sent away to a nice farm (as was stated in one of Moffat and Gatiss’ interviews). Shortly after they sent Euros away to a mental institute called Sherrinford.
Sherlock is traumatized by the dog’s death. He justifies the situation by telling himself the dog was put down. He was young enough to change his memories to fit what he wanted to remember. But somewhere deep in his mind he knows that the connection between his dog’s death and Euros disappearance from the family is linked.
The family never mentions Euros to Sherlock again and Mycroft tells him stories about the “East Wind” which are actually symbolic of his scary older sister.
This is why Sherlock associates Redbeard with the “ghosts” of his past and why the dog is one of Sherlock’s pressure points and why Mycroft has ‘Redbeard’ written in his notebook about Sherlock.
Mycroft is still keeping tabs on Euros. Mycroft says in tld that “Sherlock gone rogue is a legitimate security concern” and “the fact that I am his brother changes absolutely nothing”. He then hints that he has done this before with another sibling… Euros. As a murderer is also a legitimate security concern and Mycroft also uses his position as the British Government to check up on her.
We are led to believe that Sherrinford is the 3rd brother when it is actually the place that Euros is kept. Mycroft regularly ‘calls Sherrinford’ to check that his sister is still safely imprisoned there.
Lady Smallwood: “Do you still speak to Sherrinford?”
Mycroft: “I get regular updates.”
Mycroft: “Sherrinford is secure.”
He is saying that Sherrinford the institution is secure but his security team doesn’t see that Euros is actually with Sherlock that night. Mycroft thinks Sherlock is just on drugs.
What about the “Miss Me” note?
Euros was working with Moriarty from the beginning. Remember how is TRF Moriarty had Sherlock’s entire life story. Mycroft tells John that he was the one who gave this information to Moriarty. But for someone who is always trying to protect Sherlock this is very out of character. It was actually Euros who gave the information. Mycroft knows this but is still trying to protect Sherlock from his sister’s existence.
Don’t make people into heroes. Both John and Sherlock are mentally ill. John is a very broken human being. He has psychotic episodes when he has vivid hallucinations. He’s terribly repressed. He bottles up anger and lashes it out in the most terrible ways. You know what? I don’t forgive some of the things he’s done, but he’s only human. Sherlock is terribly broken too. He has done terrible things too. And I love them both. They deserve all the happiness in the world, together, free to love each other at last. They’re almost there.
Okay… this literally isn’t good for my mental health to be exposed to. So; if you are against all this hate going around and you are into sharing the love and positivity within the Sherlock and Cumberbatch fandoms; please reblog this so I can follow you.
And. If you’re one of the people in the other group, do you mind blocking me?
I deal daily with tough mental health issues (among other things severe PTSD) and every day is a struggle. It’s literally a struggle for me to stay alive. And all this hate, all this negativity, all this yelling and all this fighting within this; my place of refuge… my ray of sunshine… it’s literally killing me.
“Taking your own life.“ Interesting expression, taking it from who? Once it’s over, it’s not you who’ll miss it. Your own death is something that happens to everybody else. Your life is not your own. Keep your hands off it.
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Can we talk about how sherlock imagined a suicidal person with self harm scars and a gun and clearly that was implied to be him at some point…
I really think they addressed mental health well in this episode.. it means a lot to see the heroes of a beloved story to be shown to suffer through mental illness just like so many of us have to. Also, to show this afflicting men I think is very important in combating the stigma associated (with anyone but particularly with men). I think they handled it very well.
Does anyone else out there have this sort of weird relationship with heights? Like in the same thought you are thinking how horrible it would be to fall from such a distance yet simultaneously you want to fling yourself over the edge, and you are afraid you might do it?
Sherlock always had Mycroft as an example in front of him. Cleverer and more emotionally closed up. So he endeavoured to be like him. He had visible standards and knew Myc expected him to work to meet those standards.
Now with John and Mary, he now had an example of how life could be lived in the same exciting and fast, dangerously thrilling manner while retaining a certain level of ‘domestic bliss’…if I may. (I kno Mary died, but am sure the Watsons always knew that could one day happen)
Maybe thats how he works, he needs a target.
So when John said that he wanted to be the man that Mary thought he was and he was gonna work towards it, Sherlock got a live example of it could be done. Maybe he will now strive to improve himself in ways that will make himself more happy, and if that includes finally opening his heart to the 'final frontier’, all for it. There are definitely people around who can help him do that, Molly being the one I will be rooting for.
hlv established the morgue is a place inside sherlock’s mind palace where he goes to get medical help when his life is in danger. he went to get help from molly and mycroft last time but it looks this time it’s john. so yes john punches him but firstly it’s not actually real john, it’s sherlock’s mental projection of him, secondly it could be because sherlock thinks john would be this angry at him or it could be john trying to save his life somehow. (also the lady in red from the set and at least one other person are standing behind john but i’m not sure about their significance yet.)