Next we see Sherlock lying on some kind of steal table. Over the top, Sherlock says: “You know why I am here.” Toby Jones’ villain then replies: “I want to hear you say it.”
This dialogue might seem familiar. Too familiar, if you ask a big part of the fandom. These were the exact same words said by John and his therapist at the beginning of ‘The Reichenbach Fall’, referring to the ‘death’ of Sherlock. Is this a sign that something terrible happens in one of the three new episodes? A death? John’s death?!
John, Is That You?
At 0:19, Sherlock gets pushed against a wall. This is the scene that has really split the fandom. Most are sure that the man in the blue suit is John, but then the opinions really do go in totally different directions. For a few, it seems like John wants to help Sherlock, and is actually pushing him brutally against the wall to bring him back to awareness – to show him that this whole story is not a game anymore, as the caption says.
Others have a much wilder theory. I’ve read from people that they think John is the secret villain of the season, because Toby Jones wears a quite similar suit elsewhere in the trailer.
Meanwhile, others are just fascinated by the flip of Sherlock’s hair in this scene…
Mycroft looks disheveled. Tie loose. Top button undone. Scary!
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I’m really hoping that the ”I love you” scene happened in his mind palace if that means he shot John.
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 🙂
“What is the worst thing you could do to your very best friends?” You are missing the obvious choice. He shoots himself!
I really don’t think so after a Season 5 has more or less been confirmed.
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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So disappointing that it all devolves to johnlock. Yet again.
Do you mean in my article or in the show itself?
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 🙂
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!