anyway i’ve been trying to formulate this post for like two hours so i’m just going to say that i can actually understand how people “understand” mary because it is actually incredibly easy to separate people from their crimes, especially if you love and care about that person before they commit the crime. this is honestly a real life reflection; actual real life murderers, being, you know, people, do have families they love and care about and who love and care about them, and it’s often incredibly difficult for loved ones to reconcile the person they knew with the crimes they commit - even when the person pleads guilty or confesses, and occasionally even when the crimes are committed against them (this occurs practically routinely in dv cases, btw). casuals cared about mary before she shot sherlock, and it’s hard to reconcile their quirky mary character with murdering mary so they just sort of write murdering mary out, and then it’s easy for them to continue to care about her afterward, and many of them fall into the same trap that sherlock did, in thinking that she and sherlock are the same, that she’s just a “female version” of sherlock. so i get it! i really do. the difference is that in actual real life, it doesn’t really matter why you’re a murderer (unless there’s self defense, but it certainly doesn’t apply here). you still have to pay the price. there are still consequences. so no tbh “understanding” doesn’t really mean honestly, deeply understanding her or her motives. it’s a cursory understanding of the facts as presented that works in concert with the inability to reconcile, which favors the good and the happy interpretation, because that’s what we knew before and that’s what we go back to thinking. confirmation bias and all that. so it’s not actually that bizarre that casuals can continue to connect with mary and it is tbh a really interesting phenomenon because it does so directly reflect what happens in real life between people who have committed horrific crimes and their loved ones.
Alana is afraid as hell of heights. Once, she, Zoe, and Jared went to this indoors theme park-ish thing and there was this one place where you went higher and higher and it's this obstacle course thing. Zoe and Jared got out quick and easy, but Alana kept the five people behind her waiting for her to go and cross the side rock climbing but it was too high for her. A stranger even tried to help but she couldn't do it and they had to take her down.