The Eternal Problem: A Meditation on Mortality in Sherlock S4
When asked about S4 during the promotional lead-up, Moftiss repeatedly
said this new series would be about one thing: consequences. Now that we stand on the other side of S4,
what do we think they meant? It
obviously wasn’t legal consequences for shooting Magnussen, or physical
consequences of overdosing on drugs.
In this meta, I argue that TAB and S4 are above all about the moral, metaphysical, and narrative consequences of Sherlock faking his death during the Reichenbach Fall—an act which continues to reverberate through the story two series later, both for the characters and, significantly, for the writers.