**1/2 Hello Steph! There is a thing that I haven't seen anyone mentionig, but it still hunts me. In TST, where john and mary get simultaneusly two messages from Sherlock, three bizzare things happen. One, they seem to convey different meaning, Mary's looking somewhat like a challenge, or a threat. Two, the "you go, no you go" is way to extended, and John is acting strangely, considering he is the one who should "come immediatelly" and Mary the one who should be protected? But that is not all.
**2/2 The third, and weirdest thing is that after that oh-so-dragged scene, we see Mary leaving without being told THE ADDRESS. I have watched the couch scene a lot of times and while John may have seen Mary’s message, Mary hasn’t seen John’s. SO, HOW DOES SHE KNOW WHERE TO GO? And why John does inform (Lestrade?) after his -belated- departure? Isn’t there an emergency? Why is that scene even shown, but for us to wonder the previous scene’s fuckiness? Am I wrong? Have i neglected something?
all that seems like an elaborate trap for mary to me, but i can be wrong
I’m assuming you wanted anonymous since you turned it on for two of the three parts, LOL, and assuming that last bit is part of this ask, since it was immediately above these two parts.
Okay, so yeah, I’ve seen discussion about this scene in the past and at how weird it is because Sherlock is cryptic with Mary, and not John. GIVEN that I believe in a John’s Alibi Theory, I think that this is a detail that they had to fit their story around – text messages ARE admissible evidence, and in an episode so heavily focusing on the texting aspect, I think that is a clue that all of the texts actually ARE real. No matter how “nice” they make Mary in their “story”, John and Mary’s texts still remain, so they have to somehow work that cryptic text into their narrative. I think it’s deliberately cryptic because the real text IS cryptic, and YES, I think it was a trap for Mary. That WHOLE aquarium scene seems – pardon the pun – FISHY to me: Lestrade, Mycroft and John just pop out of no where, Mary’s miraculous change in he physics, the peekaboo cops… nothing seems right. I do believe it’s an altered narrative, being told and possibly retold (with the repeating-but-slightly-different scenes) as an explanation to take the blame away from John for killing Mary.
Do I think she’s dead? Maybe yes, maybe no? I don’t know right now. I’m leaning mostly to YES, but the posthumous DVD’s and the phoney-as-fuck shooting are what’s throwing me off. I’m starting to wonder if John and Sherlock somehow / some reason took the TD-12 drugs which caused John to hallucinate and Sherlock to start overdosing again. I don’t know. Regardless, YES, I do think that the aquarium is a staged and doctored event, and that the ambiguous text from Sherlock to Mary is a clue that she is still the villain that we knew her to be.