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Think of HLV as ASIB. Think of it, not as bad writing but as brilliant writing. Because, both of those episodes are all about subversion and playing with the audience assumptions.
What’s the most likely assumption people make when they watch ASIB? That Sherlock is in love with Irene.
What’s the biggest assumption people make when they watch HLV? That John forgave Mary.
In both case there is absolutely nothing indicating that those assumptions are true, but the narrative, on the surface, makes you think they are true because it plays with your expectations. If you take a look further, though ,both of those assumptions don’t make sense.
In ASIB’s case Sherlock never, never seems to return Irene’s interest. He doesn’t flirt back, he doesn’t want to have “dinner” with her (which, as we all know at this point is a metaphor for having sex) he doesn’t even answer her texts. Like, his disinterest couldn’t be more blatant. But there are two things working against the audience seeing Sherlock’s disinterest.
1). Their expectations. If a beautiful woman shows a romantic interest in the main character therefore the main character must be into her. Even when said main character has said that girlfriends aren’t his idea, even when said main character has literally been beaten and drugged without his consent by said possible romantic interest. People will forget those facts because they have had a lifetime of watching movies and shows where it doesn’t matter the main character and the beautiful woman end up together. Well not this time.
2.) John. Every time someone equates Sherlock as being in love with Irene in ASIB (except for Mycroft’s little speech at the end, but is he even really speaking about Irene) it’s John. It’s John who asks Mrs Hudson if Sherlock ever had a girlfriend or a boyfriend, it’s John who insinuates that sherlock may be heartbroken although he says himself that “Sherlock does that anyway”, it’s John who assumes that Sherlock not answering Irene’s texts is a way to show his interest (seriously John???). ASIB isn’t about Sherlock falling in love with Irene and heroically saving her at the end, it’s about John pining after Sherlock and seeing Irene as the romantic obstacle she actually isn’t. Cue those gifs.
(credits to Jadzia)
Now, what about HLV. The main assumption, I guess, is that John forgave Mary when everything except the surface narrative indicates that HE DIDN’T. I’m only going to list a few things because we could go one forever on the subject and it has already been debated at length.
1.) It’s completely against John’s entire characterization. I once said that Mary being John’s wife and someone he loved wouldn’t make him want to forgive her but would only make the betrayal worse because she knows what he went through when Sherlock first died, she had his trust and she was willing to literally destroy John again by killing Sherlock. John wouldn’t be inclined to forgive that. As a matter of fact John wouldn’t be inclined to forgive anyone who hurt Sherlock LET ALONE SHOOT HIM.
2.) Having a forgiveness scene where the words “I forgive you” are never uttered especially when you have an other forgiveness scene in the same season where the words “I forgive you” ARE uttered. Knowing how much those writers love their parallels do you think it’s a coincidence? Not at all.
3.) The narrative deliberately reminding us AFTER Mary was supposedly “forgiven” that she’s a terrible person by having Magnussen say she’s “a bad girl” and “wicked”. Everybody thinks that Magnussen is vile, once again, it’s absolutely deliberate to make this character who we’ve seen licking someone’s face against their will and using his power in despicable ways literally saying out loud that Mary is worse than him. You’re not supposed to think that Mary is a person who made bad choices and is trying to repent. At least not if you’re willing to go further than the surface reading. You’re supposed to think that Mary is a villain and is probably going to be set as the main antagonist in s4.
Why do people think that Mary is forgiven? Mainly for the same reason that they think Sherlock is in love with Irene. They buy the apparent narrative and don’t go further.
Sherlock as a show, plays with expectations all the time, the expectations about canon, the expectations about conventional tropes, the heteronormative assumptions.
And in ASIB and HLV it isn’t different. It’s not “bad writing”. It’s brilliant writing. Both of those episodes are playing with expectations, subverting them and showing you that you have to look further. That your expectations are not what’s actually going on here. So look further.
Well that was a bit longer than initially intended.
Oh, they totally care for each other. I’ve always felt like something happened when they were younger, possibly when Mycroft went away to uni or to start his government career, leaving Sherlock alone. So some resentment grew. It’s not like Sherlock had friends. His brother had basically been it.
So it caused a bit of a rift. That’s where you get the quarreling, and the irritation, and the lack of communication or warmth. But they truly do care about each other. You see it a bit easier in Mycroft. But Sherlock does too.
That’s why, when I write them together, I can never resist giving them small moments. Moments where they’re alone, or at least off on the opposite side of a room and not having anyone else pay attention to them. These moments are perfect for being able to peek into that brotherly relationship a bit more, to see a somewhat more gentle and caring side to their relationship. I think we see evidence of just that in A Scandal in Belgravia, in the morgue. And again in His Last Vow, at Christmas. Always when they’re smoking together. Hmm…
They’re usually brief, and sometimes awkward. Because they lost that natural ability to express their caring for each other, during their separation and such. But it’s still there. And it’s one of my favorite things to read/write.
Sally/Anthea (Salthea?) FTW. I think they’re super adorable as a couple and I could totally see it. Hehe. :3 They at least have a tight friendship even if they wouldn’t be together romantically. The perfect team.
And the thought of Anthea getting a picture as cute as that, the two boys curled up and wrapped around each other on the sofa? Yes please. Cutest thing ever. I love it.
so I was thinking that mark ruffalo sounds a lot like mark buffalo, and then i decided that i obviously wasn’t going to be the only one who thought about this. so i typed ‘ruffalo the buffalo’ into google images and i found these…
i don’t know why but it made me happy
I don’t know why but it makes me happy too.
Greg was firmly planted on the sofa, watching an Arsenal game, when Mycroft got home. He smiled as he heard the door open and close, but kept sitting, for he knew the younger man would come find him anyway. Besides, the game was almost to the half and it was damn good and he didn’t really want to miss anything.
He had all but collapsed on the sofa when he got home from the Yard earlier, not even bothering to head up to the bedroom to change out of his clothes. Granted, he tugged his tie down so it was loose (he never wore bloody ties but there had been a press conference today, and it was always expected at press conferences), unbuttoning the top three buttons of his shirt, and rolling up the sleeves a bit. So overall, he was comfortable. That’s all that mattered.
He grinned up at Mycroft as he entered the room, briefcase in hand and suit jacket draped around his arm. The politician offered him a smile in return and made his way over, setting his briefcase down and draping his jacket along the back of a chair, before joining him on the sofa.