okay we have all seriously overlooked the way anthea looks at mycroft when sherlock says “and what about john watson?”
I was actually just thinking this this morning.
It’s the fact she ACTUALLY HAS A FILE ON HAND ABOUT JOHN to hand right to Sherlock that amuses me.
The file isn’t about the terrorist threat they were talking about (though the dialogue beforehand makes you THINK it is). No, the file is ABOUT JOHN. SHE HAS NO OTHER FILE ON HER. The folder she holds in this pic is the one she hands to Sherlock.
Like they KNEW it would be the only thing he would truly be focussed on, so WOOP here you are, he’s okay, now get focussed please.
Everyone knows Sherlock is / has been pining except for Sherlock and John.
A Study in Subtext - His Last Vow
This is your heart … and you should never let it rule your head.
Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes attend regular-people school for one year as children.
Great shenanigans ensue.
Do not use without my permission.
I THINK HE’S POSSESSED??
liz i love you
The writers have lied about a LOT of things (they claimed they would never explore Sherlock’s drug habit, that they’d never look into his childhood and that Moriarty was definitely dead, to name three of the biggest pre-series 3 lies). Then there is the fact that Mark Gatiss once said ‘I think it often kills things to talk about them too soon’, plus all of these quotes from Moffat:
‘Anything is possible. But we do our best to surprise you with a combination of lies and deceit. So, we’re never going to tell you what we’re going to do.’ [x]
‘Because I’ve always given this grand commitment to telling the truth! You don’t know what’s going on there. You don’t know what’s going on there. We know what’s going on there but we’re not telling you…for bloody ages!’ [x]
'It changes the experience of writing if I give too much away.
Right now, I’ve got an idea for the ending which I’m extremely excited about, but I don’t wanna say it out loud.
Not because it would matter if anyone knew about it, but just because saying it out loud might spoil the magic—you might look disappointed.
So I need to cling to this idea—in fact, that’s a relevant thing to say about writing.
Before, I’ve told people things and they seem underwhelmed, so I’ve lost faith in it from that point on!
The most truthful thing I have said in this interview, about writing, is the importance of these secrets: The magic of Not Telling Anyone Yet.’ [x]
'They will be full of tremendous surprises. But they wouldn’t be surprises if I accidentally said them now, would they?' [x]
'Don’t tell them anything, or if you do, lie!' (at the series 3 premiere, on what to do if people asked for spoilers)
There’s just so much subtext (it’s beyond subtext now), and the series utilises a lot of queer coding and tropes and conventions of the romance genre, which seems a strange thing to continue for so long (and use increasingly more) if they weren’t planning to take it any further (particularly considering that they could easily have used John’s marriage to put an end to it).
Mark Gatiss has also spoken about how fond he is of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes and how he was influenced by it (more on this interview here), and how he reads him as in love with Watson, and in fact, the writer, Billy Wilder, said that he wished he had had the courage and ability to write him as explicitly gay. There’s certainly evidence to suggest that BBC Sherlock is gay, and that John is bi.
In that first interview, he also spoke about wanting to see ‘a big detective show where the first half hour was this man at work and he’s a maverick and all the usual things and then he went home and his boyfriend says “Are you alright?”’ There’s also the fact that the commissioner, Ben Stephenson, is gay and has spoken about desperately wanting to commission more queer dramas, and the BBC’s 2009 LGB research commission delves into this in more depth.
I also think that, from a narrative perspective, we can expect Mary and the baby to go in series 4 (and I think that she will take the role of antagonist in some way, shape or form, even if she ultimately chooses to protect John).
I also spoke about why I don’t think it would compromise their relationship here, why I don’t think it would compromise the integrity of the programme here, & why I don’t think viewership figures would be an issue here (see also section 2 here).
As hopeful as I wish I could be that all of those things be true, the fact remains that as soon as Steven Moffat reaches the ultimatum for his women characters, which is motherhood, I don’t see him pulling them out of that role anytime soon.
Also, I think they and the BBC are too cowardly to do it.
Also, Amy Pond kind of very much WAS pulled out of the motherhood role by having an overcomplicated arc write her child completely out of her care.
I totally agree wsswatson, it’s very clear now where this show is heading.
You can’t tell me they didn’t pose him that way on purpose. You just can’t.
Next time we see this, it’s gonna be against Mary, “You will never hurt him again.”
I will never get over how kissable John’s lips look when Sherlock is deducing him at Irene’s flat in ASiB.