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Two types of criminals:

"He [Magnussen] is a businessman – he’s not a mad chaotic villain, not like the award-winning performance Andrew Scott gave as Moriarty. He is something of great calm and measure that has a depth to it which is an even bigger challenge than the chaos of Moriarty. He is so measured and precise – he is like a shark, a terrifyingly perfect predator of our age."  - Benedict Cumberbatch


Because Moriarty’s a man you can hit. Magnussen owns you, he owns everyone, and we can’t protest or he’ll give us worse than hell on Earth. Moriarty’s more of the villain we’re used to seeing, with perks.


Anonymous asked:

The skeleton is male, forty to fifty... that describes John. Not sure what, if anything, to draw from that.


Oh FFS, you’re right. 

I mentioned this Jack the Ripper thing in my TEH meta. A serial killer who targeted prostitutes and whose “work” (aka the manner in which he mutilated him) led many to suspect he was a doctor. Male, forty to fifty. And…

I don’t even want to make a parallel to John, because – creepy. But the skeleton does turn out to be a fake. And now I’m looking at Sherlock’s deductions and, well…I don’t know. Let’s have fun with this. I’m going to freewrite, meaning if I think of a single reference or connection, no matter how outlandish, I’m writing it down.


Here’s our first view of the skeleton, hidden deep underground and lit by harsh, unnatural lights.


Seated with an empty glass wine goblet and decanter, a writing utensil in his hand and an open notebook on the table. Writing about everything that happens to you will honestly help you. Nothing happens to me…

ETA: salsify said: Wine goblet & decanter = drink a toast, the celebration of the engagement @ 221B and then the wedding toast: dead/not-dead, beginnings, seeming ends.


Sherlock pulls out his tools of the trade, literally mirroring the writing utensil in the skeleton’s hand. I’d be lost without my blogger.

(A minute or so later, we see this mirror again. Creepily, Molly (who is standing in for John) is positioned in a way so that it kind of looks like her hand.)




"The corpse is six months old."

Six months old. At this point in the episode, what else is six months old? John’s relationship with Mary. Six months of bristly kisses for me… Bristly kisses because of that mustache, the one that wasn’t working for John. (The mustache that we associate with Canon-Watson. (I prefer my doctors clean-shaven.))



"It’s dressed in a shoddy Victorian outfit from a museum."

Victorian times, when Canon-Watson and Canon-Holmes lived. But that’s antiquated, it’s old, it belongs in a museum, I can’t be seen walking around with an old man. John’s shaved that mustache off. Canon-Watson is gone. 




"It’s been displayed on a dummy for many years in a case facing south-east judging from the fading of the fabric."

Displayed on a dummy in a case, what you’ve been seeing for many years isn’t real, it’s a fake. It’s faded because it faces southeast, the sunrise (new day, new beginnings? (the east wind is coming to get you)).

ETA: Thanks to singularcoincidence for pointing out that John’s chair faces east.



"It was sold off in a fire-damage sale a week ago."

Sherlock returned to London about a week ago. He returned to John about a week ago. And tonight there’s going to be a little fire damage.


Pine? Spruce? Cedar? So many tree references. The wallpaper outside the entrance to Jack’s hideout is even covered in trees. Jack is hidden in trees.


In “The Empty House,” Holmes disguises himself as a crippled old man, and Watson runs into him and knocks a book called THE ORIGIN OF TREE WORSHIP out of his hands. It’s referenced in John’s scene with the old man he thinks is Sherlock in disguise, who offers him a porn DVD called TREE WORSHIPPERS (which John declines).

Pine? Cedar? Also used in a bonfire later this episode. John is hidden in trees.


Mothballs were recently used to preserve the clothing from damage while being “stored” down here.


Carbon particulate, aka black carbon, aka soot.


Pine, cedar, trees, soot, fire damage, Jack, John, hidden in trees. So…foreshadowing much?


And this moment right here, when Sherlock pulls John out of the fire – it’s the first time he sees John sans mustache, or Not Gay Canon!John, if you will.



Canon JohnJack, in his Victorian suit with his old-fashioned writing utensils, is dead. John Watson? Not dead. Not canon. New beginning.

(ps - freewriting is fun)

(pps - there’s a lot more to analyze here – any takers?)





John has a depression linked eating disorder. In the opening of Pink, after John wakes up, his breakfast consists of an apple that he doesn’t eat. This is very common in PTSD, especially those who have suicidal thoughts and tendencies, which we know John does. It’s not that they are actively starving themselves, it’s that they just don’t see the point eating, as an effort to stay alive. 

When he meets Sherlock, John eats dinner as if he is starving. He digs into his food, talks with his mouth full, as if it is the first full meal he has had in months. Which is entirely likely, since John has been home for several months at that point. Again, this is very typical of people who have been suffering this type of eating disorder, and find that they are no longer as painfully depressed. 

Sherlock even goes so far as to point out that after moving in together, John puts on an average of a pound a week in weight. John brushes it off as being normal. He doesn’t deny it, he just points out that he is eating more than one meal a day. This implies that he wasn’t eating this often before he limped into Sherlock’s life. 

This makes Sherlock’s insistence that John eat even more powerful. He goes so far as to halt an investigation on more than one occasion, to make sure John gets a meal into him. A well-fed John is a happy John, not because he is full, but because it proves that he is happy enough to actually eat. 

Sits down

closes laptop

puts head on table

bursts into tears

(Source: johnlockedness)

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