I’ll be dead before the day is done.
The police are treating Sherlock roughly, as if they just caught him in the act. They don’t need to handcuff him, because he intends to go with them willingly. He put on his scarf and his coat; he intends to go quietly. But they cuff him and haul him out anyway, with contempt. That is more than John can bear. It’s unjust.
John wants to see a warrant, for one. At least a warrant. He demands that they treat Sherlock with respect. After everything Sherlock has done for them: all the cases he’s solved for free, after all the good he’s done, this is how they treat him, in the end. The way they wing him around so that he stumbles; I wonder if that’s the point where John starts to seriously lose his temper. Sherlock is a strange creature, but he is, if nothing else, dignified, and the police are not allowing him any dignity at all. They are deliberately humiliating him.
Given John’s fundamentally moral nature, his inclination to defend the people he loves at any cost, the injustice of this arrest, and the willful humiliation of someone he admires while he is helpess to prevent it, it’s no wonder he ends up resorting to righteous violence.
Righteous violence is kind of John’s thing.
3 months ago on February 11, 2013 at 09:56pm with 13,238 notes
Falling’s just like flying, except there’s a more permanent destination.
Guys, in the Reichenbach Fall, Moriarty is wearing a tie pin of a FOX.
And in the book, Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Also mentioned in the Reichenbach Fall) there is a story about a FOX who FAKES HIS OWN DEATH.
Is this a clue about Sherlock’s fake death?? Or did Moriarty actually die??
Alright everybody, this post has been itching at my brain for a while now. There is a Grimm Fairytale where a Fox fakes his own death, called “The Wedding of Mrs. Fox.” The fairytale follows an Old Mr. Fox who believes his wife Mrs. Fox is unfaithful, and to prove his point, pretends to be dead in order to catch her cheating. I have no clue what this fucking story’s moral is, aside from the fact that Mr. Fox is a COMPLETE asshole and deserves to stay dead for putting his wife through all that bullshit, but dick-ness aside you REALLY have to stretch your imagination to try and make it allegorically link with Jim Moriarty and the Reichenbach Fall at all.
So I did some searching, and found a Greek fable known as “The Fox and (DRUMROLL PLEASE) The Hedgehog” which is the inspiration for the Grimm Fairytale known as “The Fox and the Cat.” This fable contrasts the fate of the proud and self-proclaimed clever Fox who has many tricks at its disposal against the self-assured and humble Hedgehog who has but one simple trick. The overlying moral throughout these variants is having one simple trick proves more effective than having many tricks.
The Fox and The Hedgehog team up to steal grapes from a farmer’s vineyard. The first time they go, The Fox gets caught in a trap, and The Hedgehog tells the frantic Fox to play dead. When The Farmer approached the Fox, he believed it dead and removed it from the trap. For a second time The Fox and The Hedgehog visits the vineyard to eat grapes. This time, The Hedgehog is snared. The Hedgehog calls out to the Fox, pleading that it come with its “bag of tricks” and free him from the trap, which The Fox claims to have dropped. Stalling, The Hedgehog asks to be forgiven for it’s sins, then hugged, and then finally kissed by The Fox. The Fox abides to all three of these, and with the kiss, The Hedgehog bites down on The Fox’s tongue, and holds The Fox there until The Farmer comes along, who laughs, kills The Fox, and frees The Hedgehog.
I personally see these connections as something like this:
The Fox = Jim Moriarty.
The Hedgehog = Sherlock Holmes.
The Farmer = Mycroft Holmes.
There is a Greek Proverb that states: “The Fox knows many little things, but The Hedgehog knows one big thing.”
That “one big thing”?
Sherlock knew of Moriarty’s cleverness. He knew of his many tricks just as The Hedgehog knew of The Fox’s. Sherlock knew the only way to win against Moriarty was to make sure Moriarty died. Now, I’m not saying that Sherlock wasn’t surprised at Moriarty for pulling the gun on himself, but I do believe that to some extent Sherlock was contemplating coaxing Moriarty into some form of demise.
After all, Sherlock is never show “deducing” Moriarty in the standard textual manner he deduces everybody else, and in the scene where Moriarty postulates The Final Problem in Sherlock’s flat, you can bet your best fucking cow that Sherlock was deducing the SHIT out of Moriarty. It’s subtle, but Sherlock shows us that he knows Moriarty is left handed, as he purposefully passes Moriarty his tea fashioned for a right-handed person out of spite.
That definitely means that Sherlock knows something about Moriarty that the writers do not want the audience to know that he knows. WE all know he’s crazy—WE all know Moriarty feels so fatally bonded and kindred to Sherlock that this could only end in death and destruction. The real mystery was WHAT Sherlock knew. Sherlock knew Moriarty was a fatalist—he wanted to die, but it had to be done poetically—artfully, if you will. Moriarty does mean “To die is an art” after all, do you think Sherlock wouldn’t correlate that? Do you think Sherlock wouldn’t say “Isn’t it OBVIOUS” dryly, sarcastically, in that beautiful baritone voice of his?
So Sherlock had to give Moriarty an artful death. I do not think that Sherlock was exactly expecting Moriarty to blow himself away at the time and place that he did, but I do believe that Sherlock was trying many different methods to see what struck a chord to make Moriarty react. Sherlock:
A. Feigned stupidity by allowing Moriarty to believe he had outsmarted Sherlock (As if Sherlock could decode the: “There is no code” Binary. He patted the rhythm anyways, for Moriarty, to make him think Sherlock he had outfoxed Sherlock.)
B. Threatened Moriarty by dangling him over the ledge.
C. Related to Moriarty in a devilish/angel way.
D. And finally, continued to play the game with Moriarty by laughing and stating that he didn’t have to die “As long as I’ve got you.” Meaning, as long as Moriarty was alive, Sherlock could find out how to call off the assassins.
Moriarty, not wanting to lose, kills himself, which makes it SIGNIFICANTLY EASIER for Sherlock to fake his own death. Moriarty, The Fox, was tricked into dying by Sherlock, The Hedgehog, who feigned dying. Now how Mycroft Holmes, The Farmer, comes in a very shadowy manner to pull Sherlock from “death” and free him from danger. We all know Mycroft is an intelligent and far-reaching man—part of the British Government and dabbles in many other secretive matters.
It would be no stretch of the imagination to think that Mycroft (who did not so much as grimace upon reading of his beloved brother’s suicide) had some involvement in the cover up and help his brother “die”. Moriarty’s death was mutually beneficial for the Holmes brothers, so why not just this one time collaborate?
Now both The Hedgehog and The Farmer are freed from the tricksy burden of The Fox.
Never fucking thought about that we never saw Sherlock’s deductions of Moriarty. OH MAN OH MAN
Just adding in that Mycroft fits in even better as the farmer when one considers that he’ll be funding Sherlock’s hunt while he’s in hiding, as well as paying the rent on Baker Street. He’s in on this whole thing.
Which leads me to consider what Sherlock said when he was cuffed to John, about this not being time for a big fraternal reconciliation. I wonder how much of his plan Sherlock had formulated by that point, and whether he’d already let Mycroft in on it.
Not to mention the apology Mycroft gives John at the Diogenes Club. Depending on how much he knew at that point, he could have been apologizing for very different things, and to John rather than his brother.
I’d do anything to make you stay
“I will fecking kill you all in your sleep”
Because I owe you a fall, Sherlock. I. Owe. You.
Hey, Sherlockians—want to play a game? A slightly nutty and obsessive but who are we kidding, that’s what we’re here for game?
It’s been a week since The Reichenbach Fall aired. Fans have nearly wrung the episode dry looking for clues and hints about how Sherlock survived. There are a billion theory fragments out there, but they still need to be put together.
Are you brave enough to try? If so, let’s hear your complete theory of what happened from the beginning to the end of Sherlock’s plan to cheat death.
- Make it as complete as you can. Try not to cheat and leave big gaps in the theory. Even if it means filling holes with things like Sherlock sliding down the neck of a feral giraffe.
- The point isn’t to be right, but rather to just be fearless and go for it. So don’t be wishy-washy. Instead of saying “and then this happened, or maybe this, or possibly that” just choose your favorite alternative and act like it’s the definitive truth.
- You can write your theory, draw it, use screenshots, act it out with puppets… anything that makes you happy.
- Tag your theory post with #REICHENBACH A TO Z so the rest of us can find it.
If I am going to ask people to do silly things, naturally I know I must be willing to go first. So you’ll find my best attempt at replicating my current Reichenbach headcanon in the photoset above. Some of the points are based on what I think is solid logic. Others are probably more about what I wish was true. And I expect even in a best-case scenario there’s quite a lot wrong or missing, because that’s just how these things go. But I did my best to follow my own rule and treat every point of the theory as if it were definitely correct.
Some of my ideas are… non-standard… so here’s a reference list of other posts and reblogs from my Tumblr which explain some of the sub-theories more fully:
- The homeless network was on the scene, and the person by the bench was in on it.
- Sherlock’s plan was literally a series of magic tricks.
- The Pink Suitcase Theory: A laundry bin was used to catch Sherlock. There is also a follow-up post in which it I discussed how it could just as easily have been a rubbish bin—or maybe even some other object if you can think of a good reason.
- If you haven’t seen fandom’s discussion of why distance and physics make it impossible for Sherlock to have landed in the truck itself, you should check it out.
- The guy on the bike hit John on purpose. That post also explains why I call him the BMX Bandit. (Hint: No one stopped me. Also, Sherlock is now Angel Summoner and together they fight crime. You know it makes sense.)
- Sherlock’s out-of-character moment was intentionally hyperventilating on the roof.
- Sherlock used the rubber ball he was playing with in the lab to stop the pulse in his arm.
- At the last moment, Sherlock switched places with an accomplice—that wasn’t him being taken into St. Bart’s.
- I am strangely obsessed with the red phone box, but it does kind of make sense as the only place to hide temporarily in that setting.
- I tend to think Molly’s role in the plan was less of a crazy ninja accomplice and more of a mortician. Since she’s a mortician and all. Note that this does not reduce her awesomeness.
So that’s what I think happened. For now. Until somebody else plays the game and convinces me otherwise.
Or if nobody else wants to play, I’ll just stand over here feeling