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

“I Love You.”


“What is the worst thing you could do to your very best friends? Tell them your darkest secret.”

*Inception boom*

“I love you.”

I think this was the moment that hit every fan hard. The final moment of the trailer is so meaningful and important for the series and we all went crazy. Yes, you too. I know you did!

First, let’s remind ourselves of what Sherlock has always said: that “emotions are a chemical defect found on the losing side.” What would cause him to admit that he loves someone? Well, if he had to shoot either his brother or his best friend, that would probably do it…

So which one is he talking to? Personally, I think it is to both of them. As a final farewell to the one he is about to shoot and the true reason for why he is not about to shoot the other.

Yes, guys, we might be heading into Johnlock territory here.

The evidence that Moffat and Gatiss are planning to put Sherlock and John together has been building for a while. For instance, in ‘His Last Vow’ when Sherlock told John: “There is something I’ve always wanted to tell you but I never did.” In the end, he joked that Sherlock “was actually a girl’s name” but we know that’s not what he really intended to say.

It looks like, when faced with another, more permanent, parting, Sherlock finally admits that, yes, he is in love with John Hamish Watson.

But let’s go back to that scene where Sherlock is crying with the gun in his hand. Notice that Mycroft is still behind him but John is not. You don’t think this means… You don’t think he shot… John, do you?

God, I really hope that he was talking to John and that both of them somehow manage to get out of there.


I’ve only listed the things that appeared important to me.
Did you miss something in my list? What do you think of my thoughts? Please let me know in the comments down below!


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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