Why I think there will be a 4th episode and why I think there will be Johnlock.
I’m not tagging spoilers, so if you haven’t watched The Final Problem yet, even thought it’s been almost a week, do not read this.
I know some people have given up hope, but I just thought I would share some things that I thought when I watched TFP.
So, I’m going to start when Sherlock is given a gun and told to have either Mycroft or John to shoot the governor. I thought this was very interesting, and I personally think this is when the choice for Sherlock starts: the choice between John or Mycroft, family or friends, his brain or his heart. He chooses Mycroft first, but then chooses John. I immediately thought of ASIP, when Sherlock really chooses his brain over his heart *cough*Angelo’s*cough*, but it is his heart that saves him.
But John can’t do it either, and the governor shoots himself. They then move onto what I call the Garridebs room. The walls have been painted recently, and I thought they looked like the walls in the building where they found Jennifer Wilson in ASIP. Three Garridebs are dangling outside, and a gun is the only evidence they have. Mycroft refuses to help, and so Sherlock has John look at the gun. I think, in her own sick, twisted ways, Eurus is trying to get Sherlock to realize how important John is to him, if only to use it against him. They solve the puzzle, then move onto the next room.
In the next room, there is a coffin in the middle, and that is it. Sherlock makes a string of deductions as to whom the coffin belonged.
Given the completely pointless courtesy of headroom, the coffin belongs to someone roughly 5’4”, making it more likely for it to be a woman. But he says that the courtesy of headroom is pointless, so why would Eurus order a coffin with headroom in mind, if not to throw him off? If you take away the headroom, the owner of the coffin would be roughly 5’6”. Who do we know that is 5’6”? John.
The coffin is not expensive, so the owner is most likely unmarried and distant from their extended family. That really sounds a lot like the conversation in ASIP, when Sherlock deduces John’s phone. John then adds that the coffin was most likely purchased on a lonely night on Google. We do see one google search, at night, alone, and that would be when John looks up Sherlock online. We know that John was suicidal at the time, so he may have also been looking at coffins. Add that to the fact that Mary is dead and John is still distant from his family, and it’s kind of obvious,
The owner is practical about death, given the cost of the coffin. Let’s talk about John. He is the blogger for Sherlock Holmes, and helps him solve crimes. He sees brutally murdered people all the time. But even before that, he was in the army, in Afghanistan. He probably saw a few of his friends die, and he almost died himself. He knows death is a thing that happens. He probably is very practical about death.
The owner of the coffin loves Sherlock Holmes. Do I need to explain it to you? From the very beginning, when they had met less than 24 hours before, John was ready to kill for Sherlock, to die for Sherlock, to let Sherlock save him, to die with Sherlock. Whether romantically or platonically, John Hamish Watson loves William Sherlock Scott Holmes.
After all this, it is revealed to be Molly, in a turn of events that probably disappointed casual viewers and TJLCers alike. Blah blah blah, bombs and stuff, blah blah blah, they solve it and then move on to the next room.
There is nothing in this next room, but Sherlock, John, Mycroft, a gun, and a choice. Sherlock must choose between John and Mycroft. This, for me, is the final problem. It seems like he will choose to shoot John, then Mycroft, but then he points the gun at himself instead. I could go on for hours about OOC John here, but I won’t. It’s the opposite of the first “game”. I think Eurus knew Sherlock wouldn’t shoot either John or Mycroft, but he would subconsciously make a choice, which one did he care about most. Insert the second tranquilizer of the episode, and scene change.
Sherlock wakes up in a fake room, and John wakes up in a well. Mycroft is nowhere to be seen. Insert a traumatic childhood, a song that was changed, some fake graves, and a childhood pet that wasn’t an animal. Sherlock must find John, before he drowns. Honestly, to me this is romance level stuff here, a perfect set up for a Garrideb-style love confession. Then Sherlock abandons a drowning John, who has his feet chained to the bottom, to ‘rescue’ his sister, who just tried to kill him and everyone he ever cared about. That is what I call OOC. Anyway, the chains are magically removed when a rope is thrown down, and everything is alright, or is it?
John and Sherlock receive another video from Mary. It just says a bunch or random things about John and Sherlock’s friendship, and a montage of happiness begins. Given that the last video Mary sent, she was telling Sherlock to go kill himself for John, this video is weird for me.
There is a theory going around that the gun John was shot with wasn’t a tranquilizer, and I am a believer in that. So basically, it says that this is all in John mind, which explains why it was like a horror movie. It also says that either in a special or next season, we are going to get the garridebs we wanted.
Everything I mentioned, with combined with this other theory, could symbolize that John is letting himself believe that Sherlock loves him, and cares for him, and he is letting himself love Sherlock. It’s like TAB, but with John,
Happy tin hatting, everybody!