moriarty is still alive

I just want to point out something to those of us who haven’t waited years between episodes of Sherlock. The time between Episode 3 and Episode 4 was two years, meaning fans had to wait TWO YEARS to find out what happened to Sherlock and John at the pool with Moriarty. There was a massive cliffhanger and then fans WAITED and then it turned out to be nothing of importance. What a let down! Oh but wait! That’s exactly what happened between episodes 6 and 7. Sherlock fell, but he survived somehow, and then fans waited TWO YEARS to find out how, but it didn’t matter how because the massive cliffhanger was nothing of importance. AND THEN they DID IT AGAIN between episodes 9, 10, and 11, spanning THREE YEARS and the Moriarty’s return massive cliffhanger turned out to be NOTHING.  

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Sherlock AU 

Percival is Sherlock // Newt is John // Grindelwald is Moriarty


Come on guys! We all know the plot! Basically the same than the original serie, but Moriarty is still alive and they play a dangerous game in the London’s streets.


(sorry with all my shitty aesthetics but after the Doctor Who AU, I needed this in my life (and tbh I wasn’t sure about who can be Sherlock so yeah, Percy))

Doctor Who AU

Supernatural AU

The Final Problem: The Message from Miss Hudson to Mycroft Holmes, 1996

Twenty years ago, Sherlock Holmes spent the summer in America. While he was there a grisly double-murder caused the local law enforcement great trouble. They couldn’t convict the man – he was about to walk free.  This was, of course, until Sherlock Holmes offered his deductions and testified in court. Frank Hudson, ruthless criminal, philanderer, and drug dealer, was sentenced to death.  His wife, Martha Hudson, with whom he had no children, was relieved to finally spring free from his dangerous web. However, there was one person Sherlock did not mean to cross – Frank Hudson’s daughter from another woman. This woman vowed from that day on, if ever Sherlock Holmes were to fall in love, that she would be there to take that all away from him, to take what he took from her. She, from wealth and power funded from that cartel until Sherlock left her “penniless and abandoned” (TAB), sent a message to Mycroft Holmes. The message read as follows:

“From this moment on, Sherlock Holmes has made an enemy of me. I will be in your orbit for the rest of my life. I will take from him what he took from me. You will alert me as soon as he falls in love. The code word is "Love”. Once I hear the word, I will abandon my work to start anew. If you do not do exactly as I say, millions of British citizens will die. I have consulted James Moriarty, to keep an eye on your brother until I am notified. He is a fan of his work and will be watching every online blog, every news outlet for information on his well-being. If I find out Sherlock has fallen in love from him and not from you, millions of people will die.”

I present to you Miss Morstan, who suffered greatly at the loss of her father in The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this version, she is Miss Hudson.

There is a letter game running through BBC Sherlock. Thank you @teaandforeshadowing for pointing me to this official Sherlock Youtube channel clue.

Miss Hudson, who has reached out to various people in her attempt to take down Sherlock Holmes, has her minions coded in vowels. AEIOUY – These represent four people in her web. Let’s start with “A”:

This is Janine Hawkins. Her last name changed to “Donlevy” in The Abominable Bride. Keep in mind she is one of the monstrous regiment Mary leads Sherlock to in the crypt. 

“Donlevy” is a callback to Laurie King’s Novel “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice” where Sherlock Holmes solves a mystery at Sussex Downs involving Patricia Donleavy, Moriarty’s relation. 

It is important to note that Janine’s last name is missing the “A” – just like the newspaper clipping Sherlock saw floating past his head in The Abominable Bride. The clip read “Body of Sea Captin Found in Chapel”. Again, missing the “A”. Arwel Jones, the television show’s production designer sent cryptic tweets with the letter “A” mysteriously capitalized in the middle of a word. This is because they’re playing a letter game. 

This is “E”:

Mary Morstan found out about her and “Redbeard” when she threatened Magnussen at CAM Tower. She wasn’t there just to kill him. She wanted more. 

This is I, O, and U:

Here you can hear Sherlock saying “IOU” to himself and Molly enters the shot. She asks him about it. He doesn’t answer. Keep in mind Molly – along with Janine – was one of the women who haunted Sir Eustace in The Abominable Bride. She was the one who killed him, actually. I think she’ll be used more against her will in episode 3, but it’s important to note she will be manipulated in the grand, villainous scheme. 

And, last but not least, we have “Y”:

See the “Y” in blood on his lips? Yep. He’s the consulting criminal that’s helped make this all a reality. He’ll be back in The Final Problem to ask Sherlock “Is this silly enough for you yet? Gothic enough?” – but these questions will be to the audience, as well, seeing series four has been very, very wonky so far. Too dramatic. That’s because we’re rewatching “The Abominable Bride”. He’ll tell Sherlock “It’s not real”. This should be the moment we become grounded in reality – or at least right after. At this moment we’ll be told just why this whole series has been so hard to follow. Patience, patience, everyone. We’re not even to the good part yet. 

Do you know why “Staying Alive” was always a problem for Moriarty? Because it was in his contract to not kill Sherlock even though it would be fun. Miss Hudson never allowed for that. 

Why do you think Mrs. Hudson gave Sherlock a “special deal”? Mycroft, who’s been aware of this impending problem for years, asked her to “look after him…. please”. She has always been a mirror for John – knowing this it’s easy to see Mycroft went to her, too. Mycroft has been playing chess, putting his pieces in position without anyone knowing.

He tried everything he could to make sure Sherlock never fell in love. It was for everyone’s good. Caring is not an advantage. 

Mycroft upgrades their surveillance status immediately as this happens:

And then he gave the codeword “Love” to Miss Hudson to let her know the game is on, so she dropped everything, betrayed her group, and left. 

In The Final Problem we’ll see “Mary” still alive, Moriarty back from the “dead”, our wonky perception disappear, and a monstrous regiment of women (AEIOU) wait to take Sherlock down. Remember, we’re watching The Abominable Bride again. Mary will jump out of the shadows at the last moment, alarming John and tipping off Sherlock of the long game. 

But you’re wondering about Mycroft, about the government? No, those players don’t matter. Moriarty had to distract Mycroft and Sherlock in order for Miss Hudson’s pieces to better close in. Too busy solving the bomb under parliament? Mary inched closer. Too busy solving the Mayfly Man? Mary inched closer. Too busy getting to Magnussen? Mary inched closer. 

You want this to be some epic Moriarty/Government showdown? It won’t be. This is about love and revenge. Simple. Pedestrian. Tedious. 

But this is a love story, after all. 

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Moriarty is Still Alive, and He is Mary Morstan

     One thing I really love about this show is how many detailed connections there are to almost everything. Parallels and foils are what I live for. Having trouble seeing what’s going on in Sherlock’s mind? Take a look at Moriarty, or how Irene behaves around her girlfriend. Want to know what John’s feeling right now? Here’s a similar situation with Molly to compare it to! Context is nothing and yet everything! You can cut a pointless line of dialogue from a simple transition scene and paste it in the middle of one wrought with tension and emotion, and suddenly it takes on a thousand different meanings.

     There have been sooo many posts and metas and analyses on the parallels between Johnlock so many of the shows’ background relationships (Molly/Greg/Tom, Mummy/Daddy Holmes, Irene and her girlfriend, the Hound Innkeepers, I could go on…) and even how Moriarty and Mary are the dark versions of Sherlock and John (but we’ll get to that later). It’s a very interesting concept to see a show’s major romance arc reflected in so many places, but one mirror I have noticed lies in the similarities between seasons one and three.

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     In the first season, we meet the infamous Holmes villain, James Moriarty. It is well-known that Jim is intended to be Sherlock’s intellectual equal, but who uses his skills for evil instead of good. Jim’s mind cooks up the crimes, and Sherlock’s solves them. It’s always a constant dance between the two of them, neither one quite succeeding because they’re so evenly matched. It’s a dance that inevitably leads to both of their deaths.

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     Their dynamic makes it very easy to imply relationship potential. Just take a look at all the Sheriarty shippers, and even the nod they got in TEH. Basically everything Jim does in this season is a screaming plea for Sherlock to notice him. “Look at me, Sherlock! I’m so clever! Look at all the clever things I’ve done! Don’t you love all these mysteries I’m making for you?”

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     By the end of the first season, Jim is so insistent that Sherlock drop what he’s doing and join him that he straps John to a bomb and offers him a choice: choose me or Johnny goes boom. Dramatic much? Sherlock chooses not to blow up his BFF, nor to run away with a psychotic consulting criminal, leaving Jim with no choice but to do away with Sherlock. For some reason, this situation reminds me of the Jealous Girlfriend trope that makes many appearances on other dramas: “If I can’t have you, nobody can!”. No wonder Sheriarty isn’t canon.

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     As for Mary, well, she’s not very well-known in ACD canon. We learned next to nothing about her and she vanished without so much as a single tear from Watson. She served almost no purpose, except maybe to perhaps help ACD deny the accusations that Holmes and Watson were gay bros. “Watson’s not gay! He’s got a wife, see?”

     (Similarly, Moriarty is actually not mentioned as often in ACD canon as people would think, despite some reincarnation of him reappearing in almost every adaptation of the stories. Every fairytale needs a good old fashioned villain, right?)

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     Back to Mary, since she was his wife in ACD canon, it makes sense to place her as the same on BBC. John meets the character of Mary Morstan in the time after Sherlock makes his fall. John is alone and mourning his BFF/not-boyfriend and Mary is exactly what he needs, playing the Shoulder to Cry On. She lifts John up from the alcohol-drenched abyss of his “unrequited” feelings for Sherlock and makes his life worth living again. Hooray! Except Sherlock comes back, so now what purpose does Mary serve? None! Oopsie! Looks like the Jealous Girlfriend trope is resurfacing…

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     Mary’s character on the show has a lot more depth than her ACD origin does, making her into a sort of villain for the season. Many might argue that CAM was the antagonist for the third season, but he was only introduced in the last episode…BBC Sherlock is hugely known for it’s intricacies and connections, so where is the continuity in that?? The answer is Mary. (I mean, Moriarty got at least a name-drop in his preceding episodes…CAM just came in out of the blue.)

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     In the last episode of what I’ve elected to call “Mary’s Season”, we see many very interesting things happen, the most interesting of which, I believe, is Mary shooting Sherlock. There’s just Something About Mary that she’d rather not let out, and that she’d literally kill for to keep from her husband. It seems a bit counter-productive to shoot a man’s BFF when your goal is to stay in a happy marriage with said man, until you remember remember that Mary was most useful to John when he was mourning Sherlock. Hmmmm. Interesting.

     She was willing to kill one of a duo to be with the other. Sound familiar? (*ahem* Moriarty in season 1 *ahem*)

     Since these situations are so similar, it’s an easy conclusion to make that Mary and Moriarty essentially play the same role (trying to separate John and Sherlock), making it almost 100% plausible that they are “darker” versions of Sherlock and John. Not to mention the fact that neither of these characters actually revealed who they really were the first time they were introduced. (Jim from IT/AGRA)

      From these comparisons, it’s not hard to deduce what will happen next. To make the points above easier to understand:

S1: Jim Moriarty is introduced and his desire to be with Sherlock acknowledged; villain standoff at the end of ep3, John is willing to die with Sherlock

S2: Sherlock’s rejection of Moriarty in ep1; emotional Johnlock UST roller coaster until ep3 tragedy, Sherlock appears to die

S3: Mary Morstan is introduced and her desire to be with John acknowledged, villain standoff at the end of ep3; Sherlock is willing to kill (and condemn his life to MI6) for John

In season one, the villain attempted to separate the pair by luring Sherlock away. But he wouldn’t budge. After some turmoil over this decision, there is another attempt to separate them, this time by Luring John away. Still, it doesn’t work. And so, by this logic:

S4: John’s rejection of Mary in ep1 (/ShSpesh?); emotional Johnlock UST roller coaster until ep3 (/finale?) tragedy, John appears to die

S5: John and Sherlock’s desire to be together is acknowledged, emotional standoff at the end of ep3, JOHNLOCK IS CANON

Therefore, we can expect a lot of emotional turmoil on John’s behalf in the next season, followed by their long-awaited and inevitable relationship. Because there’s only two of them, and it would get kind of old if the pattern just repeated itself a thousand times over. Everyone would stop watching because it would be predictable. Dull. Not clever.

     All of this is extremely plausible, especially paired with wellthengameover’s Season 4/5 predictions.

     In short, tl;dr: If Sherlock/Moriarty isn’t canon, John/Mary can’t be either. John is in for one hell of an emotional ride next season, and Johnlock is endgame.

     (feel free to add any additional thoughts!)

Unreliable Narrator in The Six Thatchers is NOT Go

I’m with @sussexbound on how to interpret The Six Thatchers. I don’t think it’s a retelling for an alibi or an imagined sequence or mind palace. I could be wrong, and will be happy to accept any and all told-you-so’s in that case, but coming from a story telling perspective, odds are good that the story is meant to be accepted as is.

For me, it comes down to how stories build trust with the audience. 

Once you establish the rules of a story world, you can’t break them without also breaking the trust of the reader. It’s a contract. The reader agrees to suspend their disbelief and buy into your story world. You, in turn, promise to give them a story world that is consistent and has some kind of internal logic–even if it’s the most fantastical story world imaginable.

Sure, there’s experimental storytelling in which there truly are no rules or internal logic but Sherlock is definitely not that kind of story.

I’m going to go into more detail and analysis of this, and it got long so I’m putting it under a cut. Basically, tl;dr: Revealing that entire episodes that appear to follow the established story-world rules are either complete fabrications or mind-palace fantasies utterly destroys the viewer-storyteller contract and break trust with the audience because it’s not part of the deal the story creators set up at the beginning.

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anonymous asked:

First of all, I want to congratulate you. I love everything you write! And now my question. I've read that John is Mary's possession and I don't really understand it. Is it just because she is possessive and jealouse or is there something else about her that I don't see? Thanks for your time!

Awww, thank you Nonny!! That’s very kind! :D

Mmm, John as Mary’s possession is something I’ve wanted to talk about for awhile and just never got around to doing. I discussed it a bit at the bottom of this post here, but I’m going to expand upon it here for you. 

Before I begin I should probably state for my new followers that I LOVE Mary. I love that she’s an interesting, complex character and I think that her arc as a villlain-of-sorts is already shaping up to be a rather exciting one. However, this meta will paint her in a rather negative light, but only because logically, that is what the narrative is telling us. So if you like Mary and sympathize with her, this meta is not for you. My meta are always based on facts within the show; granted my opinions are skewed towards Mary-as-a-villain, but know that this is actually one of my favourite Sherlock things ever so I speak very passionately about her character arc. I’m just taking what I’m seeing on screen and translating it for the masses.

Okay, so now that that is over-with, let’s dive into this thing.

To understand her possessive behaviour, I think we need to break down her character. As I see it, I believe she is Jim’s operative, and John was her mission… except she wasn’t supposed to “fall in love” with John (which I’ll get to in a moment), simply was supposed to keep him alive and steal him away from Sherlock to ‘burn out [Sherlock’s] heart’. It’s this theory here that is the only thing that makes me think Moriarty is still alive (the only thing confusing me is her surprise at the tarmac to Jim’s return… perhaps she was worried he’d come back for vengeance because she tried to kill Sherlock? We’ll see soon enough).

The timing of Mary’s arrival into John’s life is too convenient to have simply been a coincidence, all the more reason I think Mycroft is also stuck in this mess; he’s the only one who knew where Sherlock was most of the time, so anything Mycroft knew, Jim knew. Another thought that I’m having is this: we know that Mycroft was keeping tabs on John while Sherlock was away… so what if he also saw John was becoming more and more depressed / suicidal? Mycroft was instructed to keep John alive, by Jim. Enter Moriarty’s former right-hand woman who just *happens* to also be a nurse this time around.

I think this is how we can tie in Mary and Mycroft working together; he knew of her from his CIA-on-a-freelance basis missions, and we’ve been told that Mary has done wet jobs for the CIA (and possibly some of those wet jobs were for Mycroft a LONG time ago).  Perhaps she came to Mycroft, on Jim’s orders and offered to keep his brother’s friend alive. I’m still working out this part all in my head and how it works with my theory about Mary.

So, initially Mary was with John as part of her mission – keep John alive and make him fall in love with her, because Sherlock would return and his heart had to feel truly broken. Except as a romantic, Mary possibly also fell in love with him in some odd way; possibly more with the idea John and with the sense of security he offered when they finally got together. John was constantly in a state of grieving and she possibly found out a tonne about Sherlock that even Moriarty didn’t know about, and in turn realized just how much John actually may have loved Sherlock. But John’s stupid pining over his “dead” friend was starting to get on her nerves… and god this new life of hers was so boring.

Okay, so how does all that relate to Mary being possessive of John? Well, enter Sherlock, and John straying away from her. 

I think in order to answer WHY she does it, we should consider a few things about her character. The mystery of why she would continue to keep John in her grasp without Jim around is something I’m still struggling with. Perhaps if she is the ringleader in all of this, she still would want to burn out Sherlock’s heart if only to gain a sick sense of pleasure out of it. She still would want to keep John all for herself because he is the ultimate trophy for her winning the game she’s playing with Sherlock. I just did a quick meta on the deductions of Mary during the night of their first meeting, and aside from “liar” a few of the deductions struck me as interesting, despite them being a bit muddled in Sherlock’s head:

DISILLUSIONED: (def: ‘having lost faith or trust in something : disappointed that something is not as good, valuable, true, etc., as it had seemed’). Okay, this is HUGE to me. I initially speculated that perhaps Sherlock is reading all of his deductions of her as also being a façade because she’d been living this lie for so long, but now that I’m taking the time to actually have to look at these deductions, I’m starting to think that was an incorrect theory. This is all still very much a self portrait. 

ANYWAY, back onto ‘disillusioned’. Look at that definition: could that possibly describe John and / or her mission? Perhaps she’s coming to realize living 5 years in a lie wasn’t all it was cracked up to be; she’s getting bored, and is beginning to lose faith in this plan of Jim’s ever working… Was she promised this amazing romance and a tonne of money if she just kept John alive? Or promised a clean slate if she just did this one thing? Dear Jim, can you fix it for me that I never get found by the people who want to kill me? Jim found himself a crack-shot sniper and in turn for her services he told her how fantastic Sherlock’s pet was, that he would be the best thing Mary had, all she had to do was keep John alive and keep him away from Sherlock. Good thing she already knew Mycroft.

But now that she got John, perhaps she’s finding JOHN not as great as advertised. At least not now that Sherlock has returned (or possibly always, because he’s just a boring, depressed doctor who’s constantly talking about his dead best friend; it’s driving her crazy). The fact that she’s already exhibiting these “disillusioned” words probably point to how bored she is at this point with this mission and with John in general.

Funny how having John straying away suddenly makes her want John back again… 

ONLY CHILD: Now, taking into account the above theory that, in fact, the deductions are actually Mary’s and not her persona’s, I now believe that Mary is not Moriarty’s sibling, as many have been speculating since TAB. Sherlock’s deductions were all over the place that night, but for the most part they were correct… Sherlock is rarely wrong in that regard, he’s just having a harder time processing them now that his emotions and his probable concussion are factors in this one.

GUARDIAN: Of whom? Who is she protecting? I’ve seen theories that it’s possibly her past child, a past family, a past in general; ‘Guardian’ does imply protector of a child or family. But you know what else Mirriam-Webster defines a guardian as? “One who has the care of the person or property of another”. Mary is protecting another person’s person / property (Sherlock’s John) until she’s good and ready to be done with him, or until another move happens in their perilous game that they are all playing.

SHORTSIGHTED: (def. ‘not considering what will or might happen in the future’). Here’s where I point out that she completely and totally didn’t think about what would actually happen once Sherlock returned. This is also where I point out that I am completely believing that she also faked the pregnancy: she had a plan but definitely had no idea how she would pull it off. OR the pregnancy WASN’T planned but is NOT John’s. Either way, this deduction is amusing to me because Sherlock also deduces that she’s clever… How can one be so shortsighted if she’s clever? I think she’s only clever when she needs to think quickly, when she needs to think of a “right now” solution. Clever people don’t just shoot other people who offer to help them.

As an aside, clever has the synonyms of “crafty”, “cunning”, “canny” and “shrewd”, so. I’ll leave you to your deductions.

SECRET (by itself): (def. ‘kept hidden from others; known to only a few people; keeping information hidden from others). This is also damning, to me, for it to be separated from the tattoo deduction, since it’s such a character trait of Mary. She’s hiding who she is as a person, and it’s only known to a select few people. I think David may have been her confidante, and I think Janine also may know, since I believe she’s Jim’s sister. Magnussen knew who she was before she was “Mary”. This deduction can be used in conjunction with “liar”. 

The sad thing is that because Sherlock was such an emotional mess, he chooses to ignore all these red flag deductions about her. 

SECRET TATTOO: There are a few good meta on this, but basically the gist of this theory is that she wears a tattoo of the Black Lotus from TBB on her heel. Unless someone was specifically looking for it, no one would know. So… John’s not a foot-man, anyway. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

In all seriousness, though, if this is the case, then her involvement possibly goes back further than we suspected, and leaves us to wonder about the mysterious Black Lotus. Are they a faction of Moriarty’s organization? Did Moriarty find her there? Is she the ringleader in it all? 

In any sense I hope they address some of these more damning deductions.

ANYWAY, Nonny, this post TOTALLY went in a completely different direction than you initially asked for, apologies, I do that sometimes (and by that I mean ALL THE TIME). But I think it helps to understand her character as a whole to see how her love (or non-love) for John is possessive, and I think it’s a good idea to examine her as Sherlock would. 

I think what it all boils down to is that she’s possessive in a way that means she needs to keep John alive in order to guarantee her own survival. “She’s gone a bit freelance” = she’s not playing by Jim’s orders anymore. The reason Mary started to become possessive of John was because he started to stray back to Sherlock, however unintentionally she meant for it. Perhaps she didn’t really think John was in love with Sherlock. Maybe there was a bit of jealousy, but I doubt it. She actually thrived on giving John temporarily back to Sherlock only to take him away again. 

From then on, winning John’s affections became a game to her. Imagine her elation at finding out Sherlock was being sent away indefinitely to his death. The fact that she even showed up at the tarmac when there was NO REASON FOR HER TO EVEN BE THERE tells me that she wanted to continue to make it clear to Sherlock that she had won this game, and quite possibly to ensure he actually was leaving. I also believe she gets some twisted satisfaction in rubbing it into Sherlock’s face that she has ultimately “won” John from Sherlock despite everything, and it’s this scene here that seals it for me:

Look at the way she just latches onto John here in a very possessive manner: both hands and holding onto him like he’s going to run off. And all right in front of Sherlock; he knows she’s doing it on purpose. She’s pouring salt on the wounds to a man already dead, stabbing the knife in a little deeper. Look at his eye-roll or blinky-blink as he’s turning to talk to his brother; he knows she’s being petty. Heck, I bet you Mary was hesitant to leave them to talk together because she actually thinks Sherlock might try something.

With Mary, I think it’s the idea of John that she likes; having him around grants her some sort of stability. As much as I don’t want a redemption arc for her, I’m wondering if she thought she was genuinely getting a fresh start in her life, and John was her ticket to that; stay with him long enough to finish her mission, she gets a clean slate, and creates a fake death for herself to break it off with John. My only qualm with this is that if she truly was starting fresh, then she would not still have a perfectly fitting assassin’s outfit and a gun with a silencer hidden away from John’s eyes. There’s definitely more to her than the clues the narrative can currently provide.

In the end, honestly, Mary is a psychopath, possibly a sociopath, given her need to feel like she “wins” everything (seriously, read those links and check off all that apply to Mary; pretty much all of it). I don’t think she has any remorse whatsoever for the shit she inflicted upon John and Sherlock. MAYBE she felt a “tiny bit” when she shot Sherlock and said sorry? Maybe she genuinely liked Sherlock? I don’t know; I find that hard to believe when she shoots THEN says sorry. I think it was more because she thought he was actually going to die, so make his last moments not TOO horrible; his death WAS going to guarantee John being close to her again, after all. All she’s concerned about is herself and a means to her end. It’s this possessive behaviour that I feel she exhibits will finally be her downfall. 

I personally love her character arc; I love that she’s not a whimpering side character, but instead a baddie that could possibly surpass Moriarty in her deviousness. I don’t think she’s above the whole “killing because you’re not mine any more” trope; some psychopaths have done this before. When Mary finally feels like a trapped animal she will try again; we’ve seen it happen in HLV twice, only I think this time it will be John who finally tries to stop her, possibly by protecting Sherlock. And I think, sadly, that this will only end in tears for everyone.

I have my own headcanons for *that moment*, but perhaps another time. On a closing note… we’ve never actually heard her tell John she loved him; yet both John and Sherlock have told each other that they loved each other, albeit by-proxy. Let that sink in. I think that’s a huge flag right there.

EDIT: Okay, I also forgot to take into account about Mary pushing the two of them together in TEH. I… have no idea how this fits into the theory, other than I think that it was something she HAD to do begrudgingly. But it was definitely not something she wanted to do. I welcome others’ opinions on this matter.

EDIT 2: I also don’t think she is Moriarty, but more was his right hand person who possibly is answering to a new baddie. After some thinking on this, I think Mary was surprised because she wasn’t expecting him to return (ie. dead OR because he never let her know when he was going to return). If he is, in fact, alive, I think her fear IS  because she strayed from her mission and tried to kill Sherlock. I need to still think a bit more on some S4 plot theories, but this is the basic premise I’m working from right now, which will surly change as we go through setlock.

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LET'S RECAP

THE FINAL PROBLEM HAS GIVEN ME SO MANY PROBLEMS

•MYCROFT IS WILLING TO DIE FOR SHERLOCK AND JOHN

•SHERLOCK IS WILLING TO DIE FOR MYCROFT AND JOHN

•SHERLOLLY MOMENT THAT SAVED MY LIFE

•M O R I A R T Y I S N O T D E A D DO YOU HEAR ME

•I AM SO CONFLICTED ABOUT EUROS

•EVERYTHING HURTS

•I MISS MARY

•DID I MENTION EVERYTHING HURTS

•ALSO JIM MORIARTY IS STILL ALIVE

I’m glad we had this conversation

HEY ANTIS STOP SAYING THAT SHERLOCK ODed TO FIGURE OUT HOW MORIARTY WAS STILL ALIVE. I’ve seen the argument about 300 times now, and that is a completely incorrect point because at the time he overdosed, Sherlock did not yet know that Moriarty had “come back”. So the notion that he overdosed in order to solve this mystery makes literally zero sense.

Theory

This theory has probably been already made, and will be written in broken english with some stupid mistakes because it’s 2AM right now, sooo sorry about that.

Ok so in the Abominable Bride, the bride fakes her death with the two guns, blablabla you’ve seen this ep so, you know it, not gonna resume everything. She shot herself with the gun, but not really etc.

So, at the end of the ep, we saw Moriarty wearing the bride’s dress. Basically, Moriarty = The Bride.  But this ep is “made” by Sherlock’s imagination, and he’s basically taking things from real life to create this dream / hallucination.

So maybe Sherlock was solving the case. Maybe during this hallucination he figured out how Moriarty could still be alive. Of course there is the fact that we didn’t see Moriarty with two guns when he killed himself, and right now I’m tired (and a bit lazy) to keep looking for facts : if someone has already done this theory with a lot of details and everything, can you share it with me ? I would love to read it !