Imagine Person A beginning to doze off while Person B is holding them. Person B whispers “I’ll protect you” and Person A tiredly mumbles “From what?” Person B thinks for a moment and says “I don’t know. Anything.”
I don’t mean to anger any Sherlolly shippers or anything, but
there was something in TRF that I really think is extremely important and notorious, something that concerns how much (or little) the show is investing in Sherlock and Molly’s relationship. It also demonstrates to what extent Sherlock’s concern for Molly is perceived by others.
Upon rewatching the episode (again) I realized something that should be bloody obvious but the momentum didn’t allow me to see at first.
You know when Sherlock is talking to Moriarty on the roof of St. Barts, and Moriarty reveals his plan of killing all his friends if Sherlock doesn’t commite suicide? (rethoric question, of course you all know this scene
because it’s intense as fuck).
All of us Johnlock shippers squee’d a little when Sherlock’s first reaction to that was to immediately think about “John?”. And Moriarty’s answer was: “Not just John. Everyone.” Mrs. Hudson, Lestrade. “Everyone.” At first I thought that ‘everyone’ was meant as a broad term: Just because he didn’t name each of Sherlock’s acquaintances, doesn’t mean Jim Meticulous Moriarty had forgotten about them.
But what does Moriarty add then? “Three bullets, three gunmen, three victims.”
Waitwaitwaitwai— three? Only three? I thought Sherlock had more friends than that, more people that cared about him. Like, I don’t know, Molly.
Now, we all know that Sherlock and Molly are (one-time character appearances aside) probably the two characters that share less screen time throughout the show. This means that they are rarely seen together by other characters. If you had to choose the three people closest to Sherlock’s heart, the show has all but told us she will not be among them. Sherlock might come to her for help on counted occasions, and he may trust her (I mean, if it’s obvious for us that she’s a good person, it must be clear as daylight for him), but she’s not as important as any of those three people. It’s right there, before our eyes.
But that’s what the show tells us. That’s as far as how much the show is actually investing in a Sherlock/Molly relationship (which is not very much, if you ask me). We could probably read a little farther into this:
These lines, while obviously produced by the writers, are all the more important because of who delivers them: Moriarty. Moriarty, the spider. The man who’s so obsessed with Sherlock that he’s made of his disgrace, of his demise, his sole, main purpose. This man, who’s even let himself be tortured in order to gather as much information as possible about the detective. Who has always been one step ahead and made him dance. The man who pretty much outwitted him (or so he thought) ‘till the bitter end. The man that couldn’t stand to leave a story unfinished. Even if it meant getting rid of the last loose end: himself.
And what are his words of choice?
“Your only three friends in the world will die”.
Word by word. Moriarty, who has even dated Molly for the sake of getting closer to Sherlock, who has seen the two interact and is most certainly aware of the love Molly feels for the detective, this Moriarty, has been witness to all of that and has decided it wasn’t good enough. That it wasn’t enough to trigger Sherlock’s alarm and make him jump to his death in order to save her. To the point where he doesn’t even consider her a friend of Sherlock’s.
If the man who’s most willing to hurt Sherlock by killing the people he loves doesn’t deem Molly worthy of his attention, I don’t know what else needs to be said.
He doesn’t consider her one of Sherlock’s weaknesses. Even if she believes in Sherlock, Moriarty must have come to the conclusion that the detective doesn’t reciprocate her feelings at all (not in vain has Sherlock ALWAYS been oblivious to any of her advances, no matter how NOT subtle they were). Like I said, Sherlock trusts her, because it’s extremely evident that she is a good person, and that her infatuation for him means she’d do anything to help, but Moriarty has decided she’s not one of the people that can make Sherlock jump (bad pun, sorry) into action and dance to the spider’s song (which is undoubtedly BeeGee’s Staying Alive, in case anyone was wondering —Why would you?).
So, what we are basically told here, twice at the same time (indirectly by the writers, directly from Moriarty’s lips), is that Molly will never be such an integral part of Sherlock’s life as these three other people are, the first of which is John.
It always has been John, and it’s always gonna be John. We still have been shown no indication that this pattern could change in the foreseeable future of the show. In fact, it’s only intensifying with every passing season. So far, there is not a thing Sherlock hasn’t done for John. Whatever it was.
And with all this I just wanna say that we, as Johnlock shippers, have it bad, but boy, would I hate to be on the Sherlolly ship with all that water rushing in through so many holes.
Edit: since it’s been like two years since I last watched the whole 3 seasons, I forgot some important stuff related to this that happened after The Reichenbach Fall. I wrote another (shorter)post about that to correct myself.
quotes from the novel; change pronouns if necessary
“They say night’s beauties fade at dawn, and the children of wine are oft disowned in the morning light.” “I told you to drink, not to argue.” “I swear to you, I was never so alive as when Iwas winning this throne, or so dead as now that I’ve won it.” “I’m sore all over.” “You must be a terrible dancer.” “It would not do if certain people learned that we
had spoken in private.” “I command whisperers, not warriors.” “North or south, they sing no songs for spiders.” “I know where that road ends.” “It always gladdens my heart to see the young rise
in the world.” “There is a great song to be made of this, and I’m
the one to make it.” “Nothing like a woman after a man’s been blooded,
take my word.” “I’m willing if she is.” “I trust you no more than I did before.” “You will dishonor yourself forever if you do
this.” “I am not so blind that I cannot see the shadow of
the axe when it is hanging over my own neck.” “It is a terrible thing we contemplate, a vile
thing.” “Yet we who presume to rule must do vile things
for the good of the realm, howevermuch it pains us.” “Should war come again, how many soldiers will
die?” “When you find yourself in bed with an ugly woman,
the best thing to do is close your eyes and get on with it.” “Poison is a coward’s weapon.” “I am out of wine and out of patience.” “Do as you will, but do not ask me to fix my seal
to it.” “Your home is in my heart.” “Already the suitors gather like crows on a
battlefield.” “Arrogance, some might call it. Arrogance and
avarice and lust for power.” “We’re safe here.” “Don’t be a fool. No one is safe.”
“Spider-man, huh?” Rose was crouched on a fire escape, dressed in the Ravager suit she hadn’t worn since Slade had betrayed her, feeling out of place. “You know, I always imagined Spider-man would be taller.” She spun her katana lazily in her hand. After having taken out some bad guys earlier, she had been feeling more confident in this second skin of hers. “But then again, I also imagined that you’d have a more trustworthy girlfriend.”