SPOILER WARNING FOR “THE FINAL PROBLEM”
Molly Hooper’s many fans were left heartbroken by an emotional scene in Sunday’s Sherlock‘s season finale “The Final Problem”. As part of Eurus’ twisted games, she makes Sherlock force Molly to admit her love for him or else she will kill her (it turns out to be a bluff). The perky pathologist is clearly left devastated by the admission, but we didn’t get a scene examining the fallout of that moment.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, writer Steven Moffat explained that he didn’t think such a scene was needed as it was clear that she would get over it:
“She gets over it! Surely at a certain point you have to figure out that after Sherlock escapes tells her, ‘I’m really sorry about that, it was a code, I thought your flat was about to blow up.’ And she says, ‘Oh well that’s okay then, you bastard.’ And then they go back to normal, that’s what people do.
“I can’t see why you’d have to play that out. She forgives him, of course, and our newly grown-up Sherlock is more careful with her feelings in the future. In the end of that scene, she’s a bit wounded by it all, but he’s absolutely devastated. He smashes up the coffin, he’s in pieces, he’s more upset than she is, and that’s a huge step in Sherlock’s development.
“The question is: Did Sherlock survive that scene? She probably had a drink and went and shagged someone, I dunno. Molly was fine.”
The comments were met with some hostile comments from fans, who thought that Moffat was misunderstanding his own character.
The controversy reached Molly herself Louise Brealey, who responded to the comments on Twitter. She made it clear that she did not agree with Moffat, but accepted that they had differing opinions.
Brealey had previously tweeted in defense of Molly still being in love with Sherlock, after seven years of the show – something that many fans had also reacted negatively too.
Who do you agree with about the fallout of the Molly scene? Do you think Molly should have moved on from Sherlock? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!