6 Clues and Questions Hidden in the Sherlock Series Four Trailer #2


This weekend brought our second full-length trailer for the upcoming Sherlock Series Four. And you could say it had a big effect on the fandom (and the award for biggest understatement goes to…). Read on for our breakdown of the trailer, as we try and pry some out some clues about the new series from it. Warning: we do pretty deep into what we think is the finale. So, if we are right, there may be big spoilers ahead.

First, here’s the trailer, in case you haven’t seen it yet.


The Burning Building


After an artsy opening shot which switches focus between John and Sherlock, things cut to Mycroft standing in front of a burning house. Ladies and gentlemen, start your questions…

Whose house is this? At first I thought that it was the Holmes family home, but when you compare the two buildings you can see, that they aren’t similar at all.


So if it’s not the Holmes family, then whose is it? Is it Mycroft’s house? If it is, then who set it on fire? Mycroft himself? But why would he do this?

If we take the “evidence” we have right now, so pretty much only the dialogue and the recent episodes and the rumours of Season 4, we could assume that it was Mycroft who has set this building on fire. When you take a closer look at it, it looks kind of abandoned. Maybe it’s the house of Sherrinford, the third Holmes brother who is supposed to appear in Season 4, which sort of makes sense with what we know about Sherrinford. “You know what happened to the other one?” Mycroft said. Clearly, something bad happened to him. Was he caught in a fire, maybe?




11 thoughts on “6 Clues and Questions Hidden in the Sherlock Series Four Trailer #2

    • The problem is, we don’t know in which order the scenes actually appear and the subtext and so on. It is also possible, that it is about Sherrinford. Rumours based on ACD’s novels say that Sherlock had to shoot Mycroft to save John, but we will see 🙂


  1. Of course, while it is not talked about much in today’s society, there is the chance that Sherlock “loves” John in the platonic sense. It is possible to love a friend without sex being involved and that is definitely how it comes across in the original series. Moffat has done a fantastic job with modernizing the stories WITHOUT changing the inherent nature of the characters.

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      • In your article, “heading into Johnlock territory.” Fans on tumblr have come up with about a half-dozen scenarios about why Sherlock says “I love you,” and none of them have to do with romantic love – for anyone. I was hoping there would be a bit more creativity about that bombshell in this article.

        And btw, Louise Breally has confirmed that they are both her hands in the shot of Molly with the phone.


      • Yes, there are non Johnlock as well as Johnlock theories, I am aware of that, but in earlier episodes were as well a lot of things that pointed out to Johnlock (Rainbows etc.).
        Besides I am a Johnlock shipper so I concentrated on it. But if you want me to stay more neutral, of course I understand that and will also put focus on other theories, thank you for your feedback 🙂



  2. Just a couple of thoughts… First, Sherlock’s revelation of “I love you” might simply be the answer to the question posed and pertaining to the mystery in general. It may not be an actual declaration of his love for John, Mycroft, or whomever else he may supposedly be seeing or thinking about (Molly? Irene? Sherrinford?). Second, consider if the clips shown in the video are out of order from the episode. What if (gotta love those “what ifs”!) John taking the gun from Sherlock’s hand occurs AFTER the detective’s emotional “breakdown” per se, if indeed it indicates that he’s unable to make the choice to shoot anyone in the room (especially if he were forced to choose between killing Mycroft or John as some have indicated). What if, then, John has chosen to make a sacrifice and take that burden of responsibility / blame from Sherlock and shoots… himself? Mycroft? What angst and fodder for fanfic that could be the catalyst for! Again, just some thoughts!


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