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Sherlock Series 4 Theory

The “I love you” moment at the end of the trailer threw us all for a loop! Who was he talking to? Mycroft? John? A third party in the room?

I was actually struck by the frame of the scene, with John and Mycroft behind either of Sherlock’s shoulders. 

Doesn’t it remind you of something?

Ah, yes. There it is. The same framing from “The Great Game” with John and Greg on one side and Mrs Wenceslas on the other.

Which makes me wonder… is he speaking to someone on the other side of a phone?

And if so who?

Let’s take a step back and look at the rest of the trailer. And we can see that at 0.27 seconds:

Molly Hooper. 

What if Moriarty had managed to get to Molly, the one who mattered most in Sherlock’s survival of their “game”, and sought his revenge for her interference. And if he intended to kill her, he would want Sherlock to suffer. And what better way than to have Sherlock hear her death from afar, where he had no chance to save her.

And Sherlolly shipper or not, Molly is Sherlock’s friend. If he knew she was going to die, perhaps what little kindness he can afford her is telling her the words she needed to hear from him.