It also includes some Cabin Pressure, Avengers, Elementary, and Merlin as well as inspiration, creativity, humor, and randomness.
one day, some band will call themselves Reichencrack and their hardcore fans will look up their tag on tumblr and come across our posts and be like “who are all these crazy people”
^ I look forward to the day.
Okay, this may come as a bit of a shock to you, but hear me out.
Molly is obviously a fairy (like Tinkerbell) and when Sherlock went to her for help it was to get some Pixie Dust. Sherlock uses this dust to arrest his fall.
Moriarty’s statement “Falling is just like flying…” was the hint Moffat was telling us about. Sherlock doesn’t fall. He flies.
Obviously Sherlock’s “Like a fairy!” comment in Hounds was blatant foreshadowing.
And the play on Fairy Tales and stories only reinforces this. Molly, as I’ve already mentioned, is Tinkerbell. Sherlock is Peter Pan and John, clearly, is his Wendy. Sherlock’s homeless network are his lost boys. And (I hope you’ve caught on by now) Moriarty is Captain Hook. It’s just another children’s tale.
If you remember, in the climax of Peter Pan, when Peter and Hook are fighting, the former fakes a fall off the ship (but naturally doesn’t fall because he merely flies to safety once out of sight). Sherlock does the same thing when he jumps off St. Barts.
The key to all this lies in the pixie dust (yes, the pixie dust is the elusive thing everyone wants from Sherlock) and the key to Sherlock’s fall is Molly. The evidence is right under our noses and I can’t believe you guys haven’t see it before now.
There be spoilers ahead.
Basically this is a collection of moments which people believe to be THE out of character moment for Sherlock. (I don’t claim these to be mine, some are shamelessly stolen from the intelligent minds that make up the Sherlock fandom, while a few did sprout from my brain like Athena from Zeus).
I propose to rule of the impossible so whatever remains, however improbable, must be true.
(In no particular order)
Sherlock not checking to make sure JM was really dead - he had already observed it; this is Sherlock we’re talking about he doesn’t need to double check
Crying - SH has cried before (in The Great Game and HoB)
Calling, not texting Watson - how else was he to get John in the specific place and leave his note and cry over the phone to fool John
Making tea for Moriarty - SH has made coffee before… Not really out of character.
5) Talk to Molly (“You do count”)
Was tricked by Moriarty’s code/didn’t translate the binary before he met with Moriarty on the roof of St Barts. Or at least he acted as if he hadn’t. I think he figured this out; the crossing out of this point is based on the assumption Sherlock already figured this out and was just playing Moriarty.
7) Didn’t notice his cab driver was his arch nemesis - Maybe he did and was, once again, just playing Moriarty.
Begs (for privacy) - Sherlock (in SiB) says please to John when trying to find his cigarettes; he’s begged before.
Dropping his phone - Phones are easily tracked, SH can’t really go about carrying around his phone if he’s trying to be dead.
10) Taking a cab without John
11) Sherlock yelling at Kitty’s house at Rich Brooks “STOP IT STOP IT NOW!”
He calls for Anderson - Well Anderson is the head of forensics and he has got a job to do, Sherlock isn’t going to prevent Anderson doing his job especially when he needs that job done.
13) Sherlock loosing his cool after Jim shoots himself. - does he panic? I’m inclined to think that he doesn’t
Sherlock playing with a bouncy ball - See pulse-stopping ball-in-armpit trick; the crossing out of this point is based in the assumption Sherlock had a use for the ball (namely in faking his death) and wasn’t merely playing with it. I feel him bouncing it is more a clue and less him being out of character.
Not dashing off to Mrs. Hudson - I feel like he knew and set this up to get John out of the way (John is removed from the scene in the book, too). The crossing out of this point is based on the assumption that Sherlock arranged for the call.
16) The “I have something to return to you.” text - What did he have to return? There was no key
17) "It is a game, Lestrade, and not one I’m willing to play." - Since when does Sherlock refuse to play the game? He risked his life to play the cabbie’s game in ASiP.
18) Shaking the assassian’s hand - Rather odd
19) Hyperventilating after Moriarty killed himself - Sherlock always keeps his cool. But not here, it would seem.
Did I miss something that you feel was Sherlock out of character? Should something be crossed off? Do tell!
Let the deductions of deadness begin.
Arguments that he isn’t dead:
1) He’s Jim Freaking Moriarty. How can he die?
2) Yes we saw him shoot himself in the head but we also saw Sherlock “die” and that clearly didn’t happen.
3) The newspaper shouting Suicide of Fraud Detective failed to mention anything about Richard Brooks being found dead.
4) There would have been a heck of a lot more blood/brain.
Arguments that he is:
1) He shot himself in the head!
2) It’s possible he was taken away after shooting himself in the head, hence no body/headline.
3) He dies in the book. (‘Tis canon)
4) It would appear Andrew Scott isn’t coming back in the next season. If anything, this seems to be the greatest reason Moriarty’s dead. (Quote from him: “I have had an absolute blast. He is an extraordinary character to play. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to do it.”)
5) There wasn’t that much blood/brain because the sensors wouldn’t allow it, says Moffat. (Thanks to dodecaheadron for this point.)
So is he dead or alive? Personally, I feel that the evidence points to him being dead (namely because of points 3 and 4). What do you think?