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WHO LET BENEDICT ATTEND THE OSCARS WITHOUT SUPERVISION HES A 5 YEAR OLD
You fucking goofball
Inside his head, Sherlock is an ordinary man. He’s slow, hopeful, and confused. He cries. He feels panic, sadness, love, determination, and despair. He wants things he can’t have. He tries to accomplish things he isn’t sure he can. Inside his head, he isn’t trying to impress anyone. He’s only given orders, told things as if they’re obvious, pushed around, slapped, mocked, and abandoned. He is ordinary the way other ordinary people are.
You could say this is his deepest self, but I think there are probably more levels down to go. This is just functional self, the self that he knows very well. It’s just under the surface. It’s the self he is inside his head all the time, the one who gets it wrong at first, who is constantly being interrogated and lectured to by his more rational sides, his knowledgable and unemotional sides. This inner Sherlock is not a sociopath or a genius. This is the Sherlock who is a product of his fiercely loving mother and easy-going and affectionate father. This is the Sherlock who falls in love.
Sometimes I imagine there’s a conversation the whole story is building up to. From the very start Sherlock announces that he’s a sociopath. He hides behind that label all the time, and John believes it. John loves Sherlock so much that he has accepted Sherlock as he is, as a creature with shallow affect, no empathy, and a need for constant external stimulation to stave off the inevitable boredom that comes from a world without the colour of emotional meaning. John has accepted these things as an unfortunate but integral part of him. But John is wrong about Sherlock.
So I try to imagine that conversation. It would be nice to think that, at some point, maybe as a kind of subtextual climax, Sherlock would tell John the truth. That he’s a fake.
A statement like that rings a bad bell for John, I would imagine. Not this again. But no: he’s not a fake genius. The cases aren’t fake. The reasoning certainly isn’t. But he’s not a sociopath. His affect is anything but shallow. He feels everything, and it hurts.
Sorry to disappoint you, John. Not extraordinary after all. Just ordinary, like everyone else.
He loves you, John. You keep him right, but his love for you skews his perspective. You keep him right, and you break him at the same time.
umm Is there an original source…?
Their masks just drop. The instant Mary turns away, both their expressions change completely. For a fleeting moment, you can see their real feelings behind those fake smiles and empty promises. Bitterness, disgust, mistrust.
I see two people playing one another. And what’s more, I think they both know it. Sherlock tried to lull Mary into a false sense of security with his “surgery” explanation. For whatever reason, he needed John to trust Mary, to stay with her, it was vital John stay just where I put him. But that doesn’t mean Sherlock trusts Mary. It means he needs Mary to think she’s gotten what she wants. He needs her to think she’s in control.
But Mary knows what he’s doing. I’m not John, I can tell when you’re fibbing. Mary quietly sat back and allowed Sherlock to “deduce” her, explain how she saved him by phoning the ambulance…not only does she never once offer a single piece of information herself, she never even confirms or denies what Sherlock says. She sits there, blankly, taking it in and calculating how best to use what he’s giving her to work with.
Give Mary my love. Tell her she’s safe now.
I was so upset by that line initially. After all that, why did Sherlock want John to think he shot Magnussen for Mary? That he sacrificed his own life and became a murderer just for her? Then I realized…it’s not that he wants John to think that. It’s that he needs Mary to believe it.
The giant gap of time between the Great Watson Domestic at 221B and Christmas makes it so difficult to really come up with a solid theory as to what everyone’s motives were in the end. Here’s what we do know:
1. Mary and John weren’t speaking during those months. (She says so.) It’s very plausible they weren’t living together.
2. Therefore it’s also plausible John temporarily returned to 221B. (Remember when he realized Sherlock had moved his chair back? “Mrs. Hudson, why does Sherlock think I’ll be moving back in?” Sherlock didn’t expect them to clear things up that evening. He knew John would need some time.)
3. Sherlock wasn’t twiddling his thumbs during those months. Whatever his plans were with Mary, he was preparing.
4. Sherlock learned from Reichenbach that protecting John is one thing, but lying to him is another. He isn’t going to do that again, not if he can help it. He shared his plans with John, at least to some extent. (Sherlock usually withholds a few steps. John’s used to that by now.)
5. “These are prepared words, Mary. I’ve chosen these words with care." There’s no wasted dialogue on this show. John says this for a reason. I believe that, for whatever reasons, Sherlock helped him choose these words. Sherlock needed Mary to believe John was going to stay with her. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that was John’s intention. All I’m saying is, at this point in time, John is telling Mary he wants to work it out, and Sherlock knows that’s what he’s doing. Therefore this is part of Sherlock’s plan.
And personally, I don’t think he ultimately intended for John to stay with Mary, nor do I think John intends to. I truly believe Sherlock knows Mary didn’t perform surgery – that the reason she took a shot that was a probable, but not definite, kill was the nature of her paradoxical relationship with John. She will do anything not to lose John, but she needs the challenge of having to fight for him or she’ll get bored.
Sherlock knows the Watsons are doomed. Very likely John knows it too. I believe Sherlock intended on getting Magnussen’s files on Mary for the sake of John’s safety – removing any leverage Magnussen would have over Mary, and therefore John (the whole pressure point thing). And after that…who knows. But it was never going to be domestic bliss for the Watsons.
That’s why Sherlock’s decision to shoot Magnussen is so intensely heartbreaking. He realizes he’s made a huge mistake – there are no files to get. The only way to truly protect John is to become a murderer, essentially sacrifice his own life. So just like Reichenbach, Sherlock is put in a position where he had to make a huge sacrifice for John without telling him why. It’s too late to do anything else. Killing Magnussen means Mary will be safe, therefore John will be safe…but only if Mary is still convinced of Sherlock’s charade. And that, unfortunately, means convincing John, too.
I really believe that once Sherlock escapes the hospital, he has a long-term plan for how to handle Mary. But it went horribly wrong. Which is why, in this moment when they say goodbye at the plane, we briefly see his mask drop. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. She wasn’t supposed to win.
And that’s also why John seems so off during the goodbye at the plane. Things went wrong at Appledore, but John simply can’t accept that it’s truly over. He’s waiting for one more miracle, anything. Sherlock doesn’t always fill John in on every step of his plans, and John’s used to this. He’s come to expect it. He can’t ask, not with Mary and Mycroft there, he just has to trust. So he does. He shakes Sherlock’s hand silently, watches him board the plane. Watches the plane take off. Starts to wonder if maybe he was wrong. Maybe there was no trick after all. It really is over. And then….miss me?
One more miracle.
without background music.
please don’t take it without my permission.
Never realized how much music lends gravity to this scene even though it’s pretty intense all on its own.
I am calling it now. I still think the baby is David’s. There was no baby in the canon and John is hardly the settling down, domesticated type. It was written in as a plot device. David was written in as a plot device.
All these little deviations from the “John married a boring woman who died off camera” were deliberate changes influenced only by the endgame goals of Moftiss.
- Mary is a fake name, a fake person that has only existed for 5 years.
- A large chunk of that time she dated David. 2 years under that false name, she was with this man.
- Their breakup was unwanted by one or both parties as they are both still very close friends.
- David obviously still has feelings for her as Sherlock points out. He is also posed as a threat to come between John and Mary.
- Mary still cares about David as you can tell by her greeting at the wedding. She is very touchy and beaming with smiles though David tries to dodge her as he now knows Sherlock is watching him. Her face looks confused and hurt as he pulls back. Her hands don’t even move and she has to shake her head to clear it before speaking again.
- Sherlock implies that Mary still emotionally confides in David with his line “You have offered to be her shoulder to cry on no less than three occasions.” This also insinuates she is not confiding in John and is turning to David instead.
- Mary plays both Sherlock and John separately saying “run him” to the other. She is being very clever as we learn later in HLV she was most likely buying herself alone time. But to meet with CAM? Or is it to meet with someone else?
- The baby announcement leaves Mary looking stricken, terrified and as she says, “panicking”
- Lucky for her that David and John look so similar…
My theory is that David and Mary were happy. But for some reason she was forced to break up with him (maybe Moriarty assigned her to get close to John post-RF) and neither of them has really moved on.
Obviously it’s just a theory. But I think David was introduced to us for a reason, even if it was very brief.
[For David’s little scene see: 9:17 mark in TSoT.]
If the baby is David’s it could actually provide an out for both Mary and John to have happy endings and no one needs to die in labor or be orphaned. Granted the emotional and physical betrayal would sting, but I think an affair would just be a drop in the bucket after shooting-my-best-friend-dead.
Hmm. Interesting theory.