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twotwoonebeemine replied to your post: I was struck by the most random of ins…

Yay but—sad+dogs? :-/ I don’t know what my feelings are doing…

I apologize in advance ;( It has a bittersweetness at the end though?

I was struck by the most random of inspirations and wrote out the script/panel plans for a short doglock comic.  Problem is it’s REALLY FUCKING SAD. 

norhuu:

I re-watched Sherlock. Then I got emotions. Then I had to paint something, and I was incapable of being happy at that point. 

(via bennyslegs)

221beemine:

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221beemine:

cosmoglaut:

sherlockholmeslovesjohnwatson:

penns-woods:

cosmoglaut:

porcupine-girl:

cosmoglaut:

tottallyjohnlock:

I never noticed this before, but thanks to CookiesWillCrumble for drawing attention to it!
Now what exactly is Magnussen doing on his phone? I doubt he’s checking his mail at such a crucial moment… Is it possible that he anticipated Mary would shoot Sherlock and sent out a secret message for help (since he didn’t actually pick it up to talk)?
Lastly - notice his expression when he sees Mary actually really shooting him. Now I’m not trying to defend him in any way, because he is our villain and has done enough other bad stuff…. but that expression though! Am I the only one who reads sympathy in it?

This was a truly brilliant observation. Magnussen is reaching for his phone. And Mary isn’t even paying him any attention at that moment. I like this speculation that Magnussen sent for help. He could have easily had it coded so that just a key press or something equally simple gesture would send out an alarm causing a chain of events, which could include calling the ambulance. I like this very much! (It could be that he was turning on voice recorder or something to “get the evidence”, but Mary would have realized that after incapacitating both and destroyed the phone. Ok I will stop.)
Although, I don’t read Magnussen’s expression as sympathy. It seems to be just fear. I mean if she could shoot her own friend who was also her husband’s best friend, he feared that she wouldn’t hesitate to kill him as well. That’s how it looks to me.

Yes! I didn’t have time to add a note when I first reblogged it, but I wanted to point out that this totally makes me lean toward Sherlock outright lying when he says Mary was trying to save him. CAM called the ambulance, not Mary, and Sherlock would have seen him reaching for his phone as he was shot. Sherlock wouldn’t miss a detail like that, and the writers/director wouldn’t have put it in for no reason. Right? I hope?
Why was Sherlock lying? Just to make John happy? As part of a long con against Mary? Hmmmmm…. (Also I agree that CAM is just freaked out at the bottom. He didn’t expect Mary to shoot Sherlock any more than Sherlock did.)

Oh right, Mary didn’t see but Sherlock did that Magnussen was reaching for the phone! I never could believe that he knew Mary called the ambulance. Because in the 221B confrontation, he says to John, “You didn’t find me for another five minutes.” Dear lord, how the hell would he even know that! His mind-palace!Molly tells him that he has 3 seconds of consciousness left. Are we to understand that he was conscious for five minutes after receiving a gunshot wound that would later kill him? Of course, I don’t know how gunshot wounds work (even after researching a bit about it), so maybe it’s possible to retain consciousness. In that case, why say “3 seconds of consciousness left”? Also, when John finds him, his eyes are closed. So I think he was unconscious quickly. In which case, I just don’t trust him saying that Mary called the ambulance or that John found him 5 minutes after the shooting.
Of course. We keep hoping all these are clues. We did that with Reichenbach. And eventually really few of them were resolved. So it could be that we are supposed to just suspend our disbelief and accept that yes, Sherlock saw what happened after he was shot, or that he was conscious. Which mean, speculating about why Sherlock lied makes sense only if we stick to our readings. If not… well.

Further speculation about HLV which illustrates how Mary Morstan is the Reichenbach puzzle of series 3.

OMG!! This is from my meta!! I am so happy that it’s actually out there!! (I’m cookieswillcrumble… HI!!!) 
I just want to point one thing out that will cement this theory once and for all. 
This shot (where CAM is reaching for the phone) was in 3 different takes of the same scene. (too lazy to add screenshots here but you can see them in this chapter)
The first was when Sherlock was actually shot by Mary.
The second was when Sherlock explained to John that Mary could have gone for a head shot.
The third was when Sherlock told John what happened, including Mary calling the ambulance. (another extra point here is that when we see Mary exit the room, in this scenario, Sherlock was not on the ground where he would have been lying dying. I wonder if this is also relevant in some way)
In all three, we see CAM reaching for the phone. This was not a continuation error. This was a deliberate film making decision. They wanted this included in the final cut. Wasn’t there a comment floating around that one of the directors said: “If you blinked then you missed it”? I wonder if this is what he meant. (I am not sure in what context that comment was made but it bugs me to this day). 

Since we discussed above that Sherlock would have seen Magnussen reaching for his phone, here is the proof.

Look where Sherlock is looking and look in the mirror what Magnussen is doing. As CAM is reaching for the phone, Sherlock glances at him, and starts saying, “Whatever he’s got on you, I can help.” So not only Magnussen was reaching for his phone, Sherlock most definitely knew it.

Re the comment above that it was thought lots of things were clues for Reichenbach but weren’t: some were correct clues, though. The rubber ball, John being told to stay in one place, a person who resembled Sherlock, Molly’s involvement, all were clues that were confirmed in TEH.
Three different shots of the same gesture in a scene seals it for me, that means they wanted to be sure it would be in there and noticed, they would have ensured it was captured in every take—that the audience would eventually notice that it was probably Mags who called the police . Also, it gives that mirror something to do besides being a giant Symbol of Symbolism—we see Magnussen reaching for the phone, but so does Mary. Sherlock knows Mags called the ambulance, and Mary knows Sherlock knows. So she knows he’s lying in 221B as well when he says he tells John it was Mary who called. And he knows she knows he’s lying because he knows there was a mirror there. Oh the tangled web. So now Mary and Sherlock know that they’re both keeping this info from John.  Once again a huge subterfuge to keep John in the dark. Oh, John. You wanted things to happen to you. Never live in interesting times. This isn’t just like Sherlock faking his suicide to John, this is like Sherlock and Moriarty both agreeing to not tell anyone about their faked suicides, just standing there up on the roof going “what if we just tell everyone we’re both dead?” Maybe Sheriarty Girl was right after all.
(Of course Sherlock wouldn’t have to lie about it if he hadn’t led Mary and John to the Empty House to have a huge dramatic showdown about it geez Sherl you’re such a drama queen. Ever hear of texting?)
This leads me to the thought, so Sherlock told John to stay with Mary, dismissing his own murder under the basis that while Sherlock recovered in hospital John would at least be safe with a wife who would shoot anyone who came near them. Did he think he would ever have the chance to tell John the truth, perhaps after going to Appledore to get the materials? But why bother with Appledore if he was going to tell him eventually? If he was going to get rid of the non-existent blackmail materials to protect John, Mary, and Baby…like…okay so he doesn’t want to tell the truth that Mary actually shot to kill. Why not? Why lie about it, basically? Because he knows John wouldn’t forgive her if she had? Surely Sherlock could convince him it’s somehow acceptable, if he’s convinced himself. What purpose does the lie serve, basically? If he’s forgiven Mary, thinks it’s okay that she did what she did, then why not just tell John what happened; if he hasn’t forgiven Mary/doesn’t trust her then why go to Appledore? For the sake of the baby? My head hurts.

I don’t think setting things up for John to keep Mary around has as much to do with gratifying John’s desire for his wife as we are being led to think. I’m wondering if this is Sherlock needing to keep Mary in place with John so that she can be kept under surveillance. If John rejects her, where will she go? She’s been clever in setting up the Mary Morstan identity (not clever enough to escape CAM, but perhaps if he weren’t looking for a Holmesian pressure point she might have dodged his active interest) and who’s to say they could track her into the next one? 
Why would Sherlock need to keep her close? Who, in the words of the old saying, do we need to keep closer than our friends but our enemies? If she’s a player on Team Moriarty, Sherlock might well know this (Mycroft has resources and they’ve certainly been at this Great Game for a few years now). This absolutely would feed into the whole Empty House/Moran story again: as others have noted, we’ve not seen that aspect of the canon played out and it feels as though it’s still hanging over the show, canon-interruptus. 
So that’s plenty of motive for Sherlock and could explain why he’s ramming Mary down John’s throat so duplicitously. He’s got to keep John really off-balance in his anger to keep him from asking exactly the questions we are, and so that suggests that Sherlock absolutely knows the whole story is bogus. As does Mary’s total silence.
As for CAM calling the shooting in, I don’t see sympathy on his face; I see terror that this stupid assassin has just broken his chain of pressure points to Mycroft, his real target. Given how few ways there are to get to Mycroft, that’s a real blow to his plans. I’m surprised he wasn’t over there arguing with John about doing CPR on Sherlock himself. 

I never saw sympathy either: I think he’s either scared he’s going to get shot himself (not an unreasonable fear) or as you say, fear that Mary will interrupt the chain to Mycroft.
I don’t really think Sherlock’s interested in maintaining John’s marriage for John’s happiness after Mary’s reveal, either; but he might be interested in allowing John to choose what makes him happy (maybe…?). Mostly I think you’re right, that he’s playing a long game here keeping Mary close for reasons to do with Moriarty. But if he’s doing that, what’s the point of keeping John out of the loop? He could keep Mary safe while letting John in on it. Surely the emotional fallout from Reichenbach would have taught him that. Does Sherlock think if John knew the whole truth about her, he’d be unable to keep up the lie with Mary, play along, because he might let the cat out of the bag?
Think I just answered my own question…poor John though. Poor Sherlock too, if/when this shitstorm comes down in S4. John’s going to be hella pissed again.

Really excellent observations, and it gives me a lot of hope! This would be my ideal turnout for S4, and so far this is the best solid, content based evidence that it might be the case.  Everyone’s written great speculative meta’s on how Mary’ web is tied up with Moriarty, but so far they’ve been based more on “How can we make this work, because…well, they can’t possibly expect us to buy that explanation and surely they are better writers than that? Right? Right???” But this gives us an actual moment of content to base our questioning of Sherlock’s “surgery” explanation off of.  You definitely have to wonder what John’s roll is if this turns out to be true.  My hope would be Sherlock actually let him in the loop this time, and did learn from his Reichenbach mistakes.  While people often need to make the same mistake more than once to really learn the lesson, it can be a bit redundant in fiction.  It would be a great character moment if Sherlock DID let John in the loop this time, and John can prove he actually can keep the cat in the bag thank you very much.  
I will say the writers thus far have not had very complicated plots, which I don’t mean negatively; only that once the mysteries have been resolved there are generally a few simple but small clues that tie it all together.   This COULD do that depending on how they explain it?  But the whole “Sherlock saw him call, but Mary also saw him call in the mirror so when Sherlock lies Mary knows he’s lying but Mary doesn’t know that John knows he’s lying or does he????” doesn’t really feel like the writers style to me?  But obviously I’m not an expert so we will see. 221beemine:

salsify:

221beemine:

cosmoglaut:

sherlockholmeslovesjohnwatson:

penns-woods:

cosmoglaut:

porcupine-girl:

cosmoglaut:

tottallyjohnlock:

I never noticed this before, but thanks to CookiesWillCrumble for drawing attention to it!
Now what exactly is Magnussen doing on his phone? I doubt he’s checking his mail at such a crucial moment… Is it possible that he anticipated Mary would shoot Sherlock and sent out a secret message for help (since he didn’t actually pick it up to talk)?
Lastly - notice his expression when he sees Mary actually really shooting him. Now I’m not trying to defend him in any way, because he is our villain and has done enough other bad stuff…. but that expression though! Am I the only one who reads sympathy in it?

This was a truly brilliant observation. Magnussen is reaching for his phone. And Mary isn’t even paying him any attention at that moment. I like this speculation that Magnussen sent for help. He could have easily had it coded so that just a key press or something equally simple gesture would send out an alarm causing a chain of events, which could include calling the ambulance. I like this very much! (It could be that he was turning on voice recorder or something to “get the evidence”, but Mary would have realized that after incapacitating both and destroyed the phone. Ok I will stop.)
Although, I don’t read Magnussen’s expression as sympathy. It seems to be just fear. I mean if she could shoot her own friend who was also her husband’s best friend, he feared that she wouldn’t hesitate to kill him as well. That’s how it looks to me.

Yes! I didn’t have time to add a note when I first reblogged it, but I wanted to point out that this totally makes me lean toward Sherlock outright lying when he says Mary was trying to save him. CAM called the ambulance, not Mary, and Sherlock would have seen him reaching for his phone as he was shot. Sherlock wouldn’t miss a detail like that, and the writers/director wouldn’t have put it in for no reason. Right? I hope?
Why was Sherlock lying? Just to make John happy? As part of a long con against Mary? Hmmmmm…. (Also I agree that CAM is just freaked out at the bottom. He didn’t expect Mary to shoot Sherlock any more than Sherlock did.)

Oh right, Mary didn’t see but Sherlock did that Magnussen was reaching for the phone! I never could believe that he knew Mary called the ambulance. Because in the 221B confrontation, he says to John, “You didn’t find me for another five minutes.” Dear lord, how the hell would he even know that! His mind-palace!Molly tells him that he has 3 seconds of consciousness left. Are we to understand that he was conscious for five minutes after receiving a gunshot wound that would later kill him? Of course, I don’t know how gunshot wounds work (even after researching a bit about it), so maybe it’s possible to retain consciousness. In that case, why say “3 seconds of consciousness left”? Also, when John finds him, his eyes are closed. So I think he was unconscious quickly. In which case, I just don’t trust him saying that Mary called the ambulance or that John found him 5 minutes after the shooting.
Of course. We keep hoping all these are clues. We did that with Reichenbach. And eventually really few of them were resolved. So it could be that we are supposed to just suspend our disbelief and accept that yes, Sherlock saw what happened after he was shot, or that he was conscious. Which mean, speculating about why Sherlock lied makes sense only if we stick to our readings. If not… well.

Further speculation about HLV which illustrates how Mary Morstan is the Reichenbach puzzle of series 3.

OMG!! This is from my meta!! I am so happy that it’s actually out there!! (I’m cookieswillcrumble… HI!!!) 
I just want to point one thing out that will cement this theory once and for all. 
This shot (where CAM is reaching for the phone) was in 3 different takes of the same scene. (too lazy to add screenshots here but you can see them in this chapter)
The first was when Sherlock was actually shot by Mary.
The second was when Sherlock explained to John that Mary could have gone for a head shot.
The third was when Sherlock told John what happened, including Mary calling the ambulance. (another extra point here is that when we see Mary exit the room, in this scenario, Sherlock was not on the ground where he would have been lying dying. I wonder if this is also relevant in some way)
In all three, we see CAM reaching for the phone. This was not a continuation error. This was a deliberate film making decision. They wanted this included in the final cut. Wasn’t there a comment floating around that one of the directors said: “If you blinked then you missed it”? I wonder if this is what he meant. (I am not sure in what context that comment was made but it bugs me to this day). 

Since we discussed above that Sherlock would have seen Magnussen reaching for his phone, here is the proof.

Look where Sherlock is looking and look in the mirror what Magnussen is doing. As CAM is reaching for the phone, Sherlock glances at him, and starts saying, “Whatever he’s got on you, I can help.” So not only Magnussen was reaching for his phone, Sherlock most definitely knew it.

Re the comment above that it was thought lots of things were clues for Reichenbach but weren’t: some were correct clues, though. The rubber ball, John being told to stay in one place, a person who resembled Sherlock, Molly’s involvement, all were clues that were confirmed in TEH.
Three different shots of the same gesture in a scene seals it for me, that means they wanted to be sure it would be in there and noticed, they would have ensured it was captured in every take—that the audience would eventually notice that it was probably Mags who called the police . Also, it gives that mirror something to do besides being a giant Symbol of Symbolism—we see Magnussen reaching for the phone, but so does Mary. Sherlock knows Mags called the ambulance, and Mary knows Sherlock knows. So she knows he’s lying in 221B as well when he says he tells John it was Mary who called. And he knows she knows he’s lying because he knows there was a mirror there. Oh the tangled web. So now Mary and Sherlock know that they’re both keeping this info from John.  Once again a huge subterfuge to keep John in the dark. Oh, John. You wanted things to happen to you. Never live in interesting times. This isn’t just like Sherlock faking his suicide to John, this is like Sherlock and Moriarty both agreeing to not tell anyone about their faked suicides, just standing there up on the roof going “what if we just tell everyone we’re both dead?” Maybe Sheriarty Girl was right after all.
(Of course Sherlock wouldn’t have to lie about it if he hadn’t led Mary and John to the Empty House to have a huge dramatic showdown about it geez Sherl you’re such a drama queen. Ever hear of texting?)
This leads me to the thought, so Sherlock told John to stay with Mary, dismissing his own murder under the basis that while Sherlock recovered in hospital John would at least be safe with a wife who would shoot anyone who came near them. Did he think he would ever have the chance to tell John the truth, perhaps after going to Appledore to get the materials? But why bother with Appledore if he was going to tell him eventually? If he was going to get rid of the non-existent blackmail materials to protect John, Mary, and Baby…like…okay so he doesn’t want to tell the truth that Mary actually shot to kill. Why not? Why lie about it, basically? Because he knows John wouldn’t forgive her if she had? Surely Sherlock could convince him it’s somehow acceptable, if he’s convinced himself. What purpose does the lie serve, basically? If he’s forgiven Mary, thinks it’s okay that she did what she did, then why not just tell John what happened; if he hasn’t forgiven Mary/doesn’t trust her then why go to Appledore? For the sake of the baby? My head hurts.

I don’t think setting things up for John to keep Mary around has as much to do with gratifying John’s desire for his wife as we are being led to think. I’m wondering if this is Sherlock needing to keep Mary in place with John so that she can be kept under surveillance. If John rejects her, where will she go? She’s been clever in setting up the Mary Morstan identity (not clever enough to escape CAM, but perhaps if he weren’t looking for a Holmesian pressure point she might have dodged his active interest) and who’s to say they could track her into the next one? 
Why would Sherlock need to keep her close? Who, in the words of the old saying, do we need to keep closer than our friends but our enemies? If she’s a player on Team Moriarty, Sherlock might well know this (Mycroft has resources and they’ve certainly been at this Great Game for a few years now). This absolutely would feed into the whole Empty House/Moran story again: as others have noted, we’ve not seen that aspect of the canon played out and it feels as though it’s still hanging over the show, canon-interruptus. 
So that’s plenty of motive for Sherlock and could explain why he’s ramming Mary down John’s throat so duplicitously. He’s got to keep John really off-balance in his anger to keep him from asking exactly the questions we are, and so that suggests that Sherlock absolutely knows the whole story is bogus. As does Mary’s total silence.
As for CAM calling the shooting in, I don’t see sympathy on his face; I see terror that this stupid assassin has just broken his chain of pressure points to Mycroft, his real target. Given how few ways there are to get to Mycroft, that’s a real blow to his plans. I’m surprised he wasn’t over there arguing with John about doing CPR on Sherlock himself. 

I never saw sympathy either: I think he’s either scared he’s going to get shot himself (not an unreasonable fear) or as you say, fear that Mary will interrupt the chain to Mycroft.
I don’t really think Sherlock’s interested in maintaining John’s marriage for John’s happiness after Mary’s reveal, either; but he might be interested in allowing John to choose what makes him happy (maybe…?). Mostly I think you’re right, that he’s playing a long game here keeping Mary close for reasons to do with Moriarty. But if he’s doing that, what’s the point of keeping John out of the loop? He could keep Mary safe while letting John in on it. Surely the emotional fallout from Reichenbach would have taught him that. Does Sherlock think if John knew the whole truth about her, he’d be unable to keep up the lie with Mary, play along, because he might let the cat out of the bag?
Think I just answered my own question…poor John though. Poor Sherlock too, if/when this shitstorm comes down in S4. John’s going to be hella pissed again.

Really excellent observations, and it gives me a lot of hope! This would be my ideal turnout for S4, and so far this is the best solid, content based evidence that it might be the case.  Everyone’s written great speculative meta’s on how Mary’ web is tied up with Moriarty, but so far they’ve been based more on “How can we make this work, because…well, they can’t possibly expect us to buy that explanation and surely they are better writers than that? Right? Right???” But this gives us an actual moment of content to base our questioning of Sherlock’s “surgery” explanation off of.  You definitely have to wonder what John’s roll is if this turns out to be true.  My hope would be Sherlock actually let him in the loop this time, and did learn from his Reichenbach mistakes.  While people often need to make the same mistake more than once to really learn the lesson, it can be a bit redundant in fiction.  It would be a great character moment if Sherlock DID let John in the loop this time, and John can prove he actually can keep the cat in the bag thank you very much.  
I will say the writers thus far have not had very complicated plots, which I don’t mean negatively; only that once the mysteries have been resolved there are generally a few simple but small clues that tie it all together.   This COULD do that depending on how they explain it?  But the whole “Sherlock saw him call, but Mary also saw him call in the mirror so when Sherlock lies Mary knows he’s lying but Mary doesn’t know that John knows he’s lying or does he????” doesn’t really feel like the writers style to me?  But obviously I’m not an expert so we will see. 221beemine:

salsify:

221beemine:

cosmoglaut:

sherlockholmeslovesjohnwatson:

penns-woods:

cosmoglaut:

porcupine-girl:

cosmoglaut:

tottallyjohnlock:

I never noticed this before, but thanks to CookiesWillCrumble for drawing attention to it!
Now what exactly is Magnussen doing on his phone? I doubt he’s checking his mail at such a crucial moment… Is it possible that he anticipated Mary would shoot Sherlock and sent out a secret message for help (since he didn’t actually pick it up to talk)?
Lastly - notice his expression when he sees Mary actually really shooting him. Now I’m not trying to defend him in any way, because he is our villain and has done enough other bad stuff…. but that expression though! Am I the only one who reads sympathy in it?

This was a truly brilliant observation. Magnussen is reaching for his phone. And Mary isn’t even paying him any attention at that moment. I like this speculation that Magnussen sent for help. He could have easily had it coded so that just a key press or something equally simple gesture would send out an alarm causing a chain of events, which could include calling the ambulance. I like this very much! (It could be that he was turning on voice recorder or something to “get the evidence”, but Mary would have realized that after incapacitating both and destroyed the phone. Ok I will stop.)
Although, I don’t read Magnussen’s expression as sympathy. It seems to be just fear. I mean if she could shoot her own friend who was also her husband’s best friend, he feared that she wouldn’t hesitate to kill him as well. That’s how it looks to me.

Yes! I didn’t have time to add a note when I first reblogged it, but I wanted to point out that this totally makes me lean toward Sherlock outright lying when he says Mary was trying to save him. CAM called the ambulance, not Mary, and Sherlock would have seen him reaching for his phone as he was shot. Sherlock wouldn’t miss a detail like that, and the writers/director wouldn’t have put it in for no reason. Right? I hope?
Why was Sherlock lying? Just to make John happy? As part of a long con against Mary? Hmmmmm…. (Also I agree that CAM is just freaked out at the bottom. He didn’t expect Mary to shoot Sherlock any more than Sherlock did.)

Oh right, Mary didn’t see but Sherlock did that Magnussen was reaching for the phone! I never could believe that he knew Mary called the ambulance. Because in the 221B confrontation, he says to John, “You didn’t find me for another five minutes.” Dear lord, how the hell would he even know that! His mind-palace!Molly tells him that he has 3 seconds of consciousness left. Are we to understand that he was conscious for five minutes after receiving a gunshot wound that would later kill him? Of course, I don’t know how gunshot wounds work (even after researching a bit about it), so maybe it’s possible to retain consciousness. In that case, why say “3 seconds of consciousness left”? Also, when John finds him, his eyes are closed. So I think he was unconscious quickly. In which case, I just don’t trust him saying that Mary called the ambulance or that John found him 5 minutes after the shooting.
Of course. We keep hoping all these are clues. We did that with Reichenbach. And eventually really few of them were resolved. So it could be that we are supposed to just suspend our disbelief and accept that yes, Sherlock saw what happened after he was shot, or that he was conscious. Which mean, speculating about why Sherlock lied makes sense only if we stick to our readings. If not… well.

Further speculation about HLV which illustrates how Mary Morstan is the Reichenbach puzzle of series 3.

OMG!! This is from my meta!! I am so happy that it’s actually out there!! (I’m cookieswillcrumble… HI!!!) 
I just want to point one thing out that will cement this theory once and for all. 
This shot (where CAM is reaching for the phone) was in 3 different takes of the same scene. (too lazy to add screenshots here but you can see them in this chapter)
The first was when Sherlock was actually shot by Mary.
The second was when Sherlock explained to John that Mary could have gone for a head shot.
The third was when Sherlock told John what happened, including Mary calling the ambulance. (another extra point here is that when we see Mary exit the room, in this scenario, Sherlock was not on the ground where he would have been lying dying. I wonder if this is also relevant in some way)
In all three, we see CAM reaching for the phone. This was not a continuation error. This was a deliberate film making decision. They wanted this included in the final cut. Wasn’t there a comment floating around that one of the directors said: “If you blinked then you missed it”? I wonder if this is what he meant. (I am not sure in what context that comment was made but it bugs me to this day). 

Since we discussed above that Sherlock would have seen Magnussen reaching for his phone, here is the proof.

Look where Sherlock is looking and look in the mirror what Magnussen is doing. As CAM is reaching for the phone, Sherlock glances at him, and starts saying, “Whatever he’s got on you, I can help.” So not only Magnussen was reaching for his phone, Sherlock most definitely knew it.

Re the comment above that it was thought lots of things were clues for Reichenbach but weren’t: some were correct clues, though. The rubber ball, John being told to stay in one place, a person who resembled Sherlock, Molly’s involvement, all were clues that were confirmed in TEH.
Three different shots of the same gesture in a scene seals it for me, that means they wanted to be sure it would be in there and noticed, they would have ensured it was captured in every take—that the audience would eventually notice that it was probably Mags who called the police . Also, it gives that mirror something to do besides being a giant Symbol of Symbolism—we see Magnussen reaching for the phone, but so does Mary. Sherlock knows Mags called the ambulance, and Mary knows Sherlock knows. So she knows he’s lying in 221B as well when he says he tells John it was Mary who called. And he knows she knows he’s lying because he knows there was a mirror there. Oh the tangled web. So now Mary and Sherlock know that they’re both keeping this info from John.  Once again a huge subterfuge to keep John in the dark. Oh, John. You wanted things to happen to you. Never live in interesting times. This isn’t just like Sherlock faking his suicide to John, this is like Sherlock and Moriarty both agreeing to not tell anyone about their faked suicides, just standing there up on the roof going “what if we just tell everyone we’re both dead?” Maybe Sheriarty Girl was right after all.
(Of course Sherlock wouldn’t have to lie about it if he hadn’t led Mary and John to the Empty House to have a huge dramatic showdown about it geez Sherl you’re such a drama queen. Ever hear of texting?)
This leads me to the thought, so Sherlock told John to stay with Mary, dismissing his own murder under the basis that while Sherlock recovered in hospital John would at least be safe with a wife who would shoot anyone who came near them. Did he think he would ever have the chance to tell John the truth, perhaps after going to Appledore to get the materials? But why bother with Appledore if he was going to tell him eventually? If he was going to get rid of the non-existent blackmail materials to protect John, Mary, and Baby…like…okay so he doesn’t want to tell the truth that Mary actually shot to kill. Why not? Why lie about it, basically? Because he knows John wouldn’t forgive her if she had? Surely Sherlock could convince him it’s somehow acceptable, if he’s convinced himself. What purpose does the lie serve, basically? If he’s forgiven Mary, thinks it’s okay that she did what she did, then why not just tell John what happened; if he hasn’t forgiven Mary/doesn’t trust her then why go to Appledore? For the sake of the baby? My head hurts.

I don’t think setting things up for John to keep Mary around has as much to do with gratifying John’s desire for his wife as we are being led to think. I’m wondering if this is Sherlock needing to keep Mary in place with John so that she can be kept under surveillance. If John rejects her, where will she go? She’s been clever in setting up the Mary Morstan identity (not clever enough to escape CAM, but perhaps if he weren’t looking for a Holmesian pressure point she might have dodged his active interest) and who’s to say they could track her into the next one? 
Why would Sherlock need to keep her close? Who, in the words of the old saying, do we need to keep closer than our friends but our enemies? If she’s a player on Team Moriarty, Sherlock might well know this (Mycroft has resources and they’ve certainly been at this Great Game for a few years now). This absolutely would feed into the whole Empty House/Moran story again: as others have noted, we’ve not seen that aspect of the canon played out and it feels as though it’s still hanging over the show, canon-interruptus. 
So that’s plenty of motive for Sherlock and could explain why he’s ramming Mary down John’s throat so duplicitously. He’s got to keep John really off-balance in his anger to keep him from asking exactly the questions we are, and so that suggests that Sherlock absolutely knows the whole story is bogus. As does Mary’s total silence.
As for CAM calling the shooting in, I don’t see sympathy on his face; I see terror that this stupid assassin has just broken his chain of pressure points to Mycroft, his real target. Given how few ways there are to get to Mycroft, that’s a real blow to his plans. I’m surprised he wasn’t over there arguing with John about doing CPR on Sherlock himself. 

I never saw sympathy either: I think he’s either scared he’s going to get shot himself (not an unreasonable fear) or as you say, fear that Mary will interrupt the chain to Mycroft.
I don’t really think Sherlock’s interested in maintaining John’s marriage for John’s happiness after Mary’s reveal, either; but he might be interested in allowing John to choose what makes him happy (maybe…?). Mostly I think you’re right, that he’s playing a long game here keeping Mary close for reasons to do with Moriarty. But if he’s doing that, what’s the point of keeping John out of the loop? He could keep Mary safe while letting John in on it. Surely the emotional fallout from Reichenbach would have taught him that. Does Sherlock think if John knew the whole truth about her, he’d be unable to keep up the lie with Mary, play along, because he might let the cat out of the bag?
Think I just answered my own question…poor John though. Poor Sherlock too, if/when this shitstorm comes down in S4. John’s going to be hella pissed again.

Really excellent observations, and it gives me a lot of hope! This would be my ideal turnout for S4, and so far this is the best solid, content based evidence that it might be the case.  Everyone’s written great speculative meta’s on how Mary’ web is tied up with Moriarty, but so far they’ve been based more on “How can we make this work, because…well, they can’t possibly expect us to buy that explanation and surely they are better writers than that? Right? Right???” But this gives us an actual moment of content to base our questioning of Sherlock’s “surgery” explanation off of.  You definitely have to wonder what John’s roll is if this turns out to be true.  My hope would be Sherlock actually let him in the loop this time, and did learn from his Reichenbach mistakes.  While people often need to make the same mistake more than once to really learn the lesson, it can be a bit redundant in fiction.  It would be a great character moment if Sherlock DID let John in the loop this time, and John can prove he actually can keep the cat in the bag thank you very much.  
I will say the writers thus far have not had very complicated plots, which I don’t mean negatively; only that once the mysteries have been resolved there are generally a few simple but small clues that tie it all together.   This COULD do that depending on how they explain it?  But the whole “Sherlock saw him call, but Mary also saw him call in the mirror so when Sherlock lies Mary knows he’s lying but Mary doesn’t know that John knows he’s lying or does he????” doesn’t really feel like the writers style to me?  But obviously I’m not an expert so we will see. 221beemine:

salsify:

221beemine:

cosmoglaut:

sherlockholmeslovesjohnwatson:

penns-woods:

cosmoglaut:

porcupine-girl:

cosmoglaut:

tottallyjohnlock:

I never noticed this before, but thanks to CookiesWillCrumble for drawing attention to it!
Now what exactly is Magnussen doing on his phone? I doubt he’s checking his mail at such a crucial moment… Is it possible that he anticipated Mary would shoot Sherlock and sent out a secret message for help (since he didn’t actually pick it up to talk)?
Lastly - notice his expression when he sees Mary actually really shooting him. Now I’m not trying to defend him in any way, because he is our villain and has done enough other bad stuff…. but that expression though! Am I the only one who reads sympathy in it?

This was a truly brilliant observation. Magnussen is reaching for his phone. And Mary isn’t even paying him any attention at that moment. I like this speculation that Magnussen sent for help. He could have easily had it coded so that just a key press or something equally simple gesture would send out an alarm causing a chain of events, which could include calling the ambulance. I like this very much! (It could be that he was turning on voice recorder or something to “get the evidence”, but Mary would have realized that after incapacitating both and destroyed the phone. Ok I will stop.)
Although, I don’t read Magnussen’s expression as sympathy. It seems to be just fear. I mean if she could shoot her own friend who was also her husband’s best friend, he feared that she wouldn’t hesitate to kill him as well. That’s how it looks to me.

Yes! I didn’t have time to add a note when I first reblogged it, but I wanted to point out that this totally makes me lean toward Sherlock outright lying when he says Mary was trying to save him. CAM called the ambulance, not Mary, and Sherlock would have seen him reaching for his phone as he was shot. Sherlock wouldn’t miss a detail like that, and the writers/director wouldn’t have put it in for no reason. Right? I hope?
Why was Sherlock lying? Just to make John happy? As part of a long con against Mary? Hmmmmm…. (Also I agree that CAM is just freaked out at the bottom. He didn’t expect Mary to shoot Sherlock any more than Sherlock did.)

Oh right, Mary didn’t see but Sherlock did that Magnussen was reaching for the phone! I never could believe that he knew Mary called the ambulance. Because in the 221B confrontation, he says to John, “You didn’t find me for another five minutes.” Dear lord, how the hell would he even know that! His mind-palace!Molly tells him that he has 3 seconds of consciousness left. Are we to understand that he was conscious for five minutes after receiving a gunshot wound that would later kill him? Of course, I don’t know how gunshot wounds work (even after researching a bit about it), so maybe it’s possible to retain consciousness. In that case, why say “3 seconds of consciousness left”? Also, when John finds him, his eyes are closed. So I think he was unconscious quickly. In which case, I just don’t trust him saying that Mary called the ambulance or that John found him 5 minutes after the shooting.
Of course. We keep hoping all these are clues. We did that with Reichenbach. And eventually really few of them were resolved. So it could be that we are supposed to just suspend our disbelief and accept that yes, Sherlock saw what happened after he was shot, or that he was conscious. Which mean, speculating about why Sherlock lied makes sense only if we stick to our readings. If not… well.

Further speculation about HLV which illustrates how Mary Morstan is the Reichenbach puzzle of series 3.

OMG!! This is from my meta!! I am so happy that it’s actually out there!! (I’m cookieswillcrumble… HI!!!) 
I just want to point one thing out that will cement this theory once and for all. 
This shot (where CAM is reaching for the phone) was in 3 different takes of the same scene. (too lazy to add screenshots here but you can see them in this chapter)
The first was when Sherlock was actually shot by Mary.
The second was when Sherlock explained to John that Mary could have gone for a head shot.
The third was when Sherlock told John what happened, including Mary calling the ambulance. (another extra point here is that when we see Mary exit the room, in this scenario, Sherlock was not on the ground where he would have been lying dying. I wonder if this is also relevant in some way)
In all three, we see CAM reaching for the phone. This was not a continuation error. This was a deliberate film making decision. They wanted this included in the final cut. Wasn’t there a comment floating around that one of the directors said: “If you blinked then you missed it”? I wonder if this is what he meant. (I am not sure in what context that comment was made but it bugs me to this day). 

Since we discussed above that Sherlock would have seen Magnussen reaching for his phone, here is the proof.

Look where Sherlock is looking and look in the mirror what Magnussen is doing. As CAM is reaching for the phone, Sherlock glances at him, and starts saying, “Whatever he’s got on you, I can help.” So not only Magnussen was reaching for his phone, Sherlock most definitely knew it.

Re the comment above that it was thought lots of things were clues for Reichenbach but weren’t: some were correct clues, though. The rubber ball, John being told to stay in one place, a person who resembled Sherlock, Molly’s involvement, all were clues that were confirmed in TEH.
Three different shots of the same gesture in a scene seals it for me, that means they wanted to be sure it would be in there and noticed, they would have ensured it was captured in every take—that the audience would eventually notice that it was probably Mags who called the police . Also, it gives that mirror something to do besides being a giant Symbol of Symbolism—we see Magnussen reaching for the phone, but so does Mary. Sherlock knows Mags called the ambulance, and Mary knows Sherlock knows. So she knows he’s lying in 221B as well when he says he tells John it was Mary who called. And he knows she knows he’s lying because he knows there was a mirror there. Oh the tangled web. So now Mary and Sherlock know that they’re both keeping this info from John.  Once again a huge subterfuge to keep John in the dark. Oh, John. You wanted things to happen to you. Never live in interesting times. This isn’t just like Sherlock faking his suicide to John, this is like Sherlock and Moriarty both agreeing to not tell anyone about their faked suicides, just standing there up on the roof going “what if we just tell everyone we’re both dead?” Maybe Sheriarty Girl was right after all.
(Of course Sherlock wouldn’t have to lie about it if he hadn’t led Mary and John to the Empty House to have a huge dramatic showdown about it geez Sherl you’re such a drama queen. Ever hear of texting?)
This leads me to the thought, so Sherlock told John to stay with Mary, dismissing his own murder under the basis that while Sherlock recovered in hospital John would at least be safe with a wife who would shoot anyone who came near them. Did he think he would ever have the chance to tell John the truth, perhaps after going to Appledore to get the materials? But why bother with Appledore if he was going to tell him eventually? If he was going to get rid of the non-existent blackmail materials to protect John, Mary, and Baby…like…okay so he doesn’t want to tell the truth that Mary actually shot to kill. Why not? Why lie about it, basically? Because he knows John wouldn’t forgive her if she had? Surely Sherlock could convince him it’s somehow acceptable, if he’s convinced himself. What purpose does the lie serve, basically? If he’s forgiven Mary, thinks it’s okay that she did what she did, then why not just tell John what happened; if he hasn’t forgiven Mary/doesn’t trust her then why go to Appledore? For the sake of the baby? My head hurts.

I don’t think setting things up for John to keep Mary around has as much to do with gratifying John’s desire for his wife as we are being led to think. I’m wondering if this is Sherlock needing to keep Mary in place with John so that she can be kept under surveillance. If John rejects her, where will she go? She’s been clever in setting up the Mary Morstan identity (not clever enough to escape CAM, but perhaps if he weren’t looking for a Holmesian pressure point she might have dodged his active interest) and who’s to say they could track her into the next one? 
Why would Sherlock need to keep her close? Who, in the words of the old saying, do we need to keep closer than our friends but our enemies? If she’s a player on Team Moriarty, Sherlock might well know this (Mycroft has resources and they’ve certainly been at this Great Game for a few years now). This absolutely would feed into the whole Empty House/Moran story again: as others have noted, we’ve not seen that aspect of the canon played out and it feels as though it’s still hanging over the show, canon-interruptus. 
So that’s plenty of motive for Sherlock and could explain why he’s ramming Mary down John’s throat so duplicitously. He’s got to keep John really off-balance in his anger to keep him from asking exactly the questions we are, and so that suggests that Sherlock absolutely knows the whole story is bogus. As does Mary’s total silence.
As for CAM calling the shooting in, I don’t see sympathy on his face; I see terror that this stupid assassin has just broken his chain of pressure points to Mycroft, his real target. Given how few ways there are to get to Mycroft, that’s a real blow to his plans. I’m surprised he wasn’t over there arguing with John about doing CPR on Sherlock himself. 

I never saw sympathy either: I think he’s either scared he’s going to get shot himself (not an unreasonable fear) or as you say, fear that Mary will interrupt the chain to Mycroft.
I don’t really think Sherlock’s interested in maintaining John’s marriage for John’s happiness after Mary’s reveal, either; but he might be interested in allowing John to choose what makes him happy (maybe…?). Mostly I think you’re right, that he’s playing a long game here keeping Mary close for reasons to do with Moriarty. But if he’s doing that, what’s the point of keeping John out of the loop? He could keep Mary safe while letting John in on it. Surely the emotional fallout from Reichenbach would have taught him that. Does Sherlock think if John knew the whole truth about her, he’d be unable to keep up the lie with Mary, play along, because he might let the cat out of the bag?
Think I just answered my own question…poor John though. Poor Sherlock too, if/when this shitstorm comes down in S4. John’s going to be hella pissed again.

Really excellent observations, and it gives me a lot of hope! This would be my ideal turnout for S4, and so far this is the best solid, content based evidence that it might be the case.  Everyone’s written great speculative meta’s on how Mary’ web is tied up with Moriarty, but so far they’ve been based more on “How can we make this work, because…well, they can’t possibly expect us to buy that explanation and surely they are better writers than that? Right? Right???” But this gives us an actual moment of content to base our questioning of Sherlock’s “surgery” explanation off of.  You definitely have to wonder what John’s roll is if this turns out to be true.  My hope would be Sherlock actually let him in the loop this time, and did learn from his Reichenbach mistakes.  While people often need to make the same mistake more than once to really learn the lesson, it can be a bit redundant in fiction.  It would be a great character moment if Sherlock DID let John in the loop this time, and John can prove he actually can keep the cat in the bag thank you very much.  
I will say the writers thus far have not had very complicated plots, which I don’t mean negatively; only that once the mysteries have been resolved there are generally a few simple but small clues that tie it all together.   This COULD do that depending on how they explain it?  But the whole “Sherlock saw him call, but Mary also saw him call in the mirror so when Sherlock lies Mary knows he’s lying but Mary doesn’t know that John knows he’s lying or does he????” doesn’t really feel like the writers style to me?  But obviously I’m not an expert so we will see. 221beemine:

salsify:

221beemine:

cosmoglaut:

sherlockholmeslovesjohnwatson:

penns-woods:

cosmoglaut:

porcupine-girl:

cosmoglaut:

tottallyjohnlock:

I never noticed this before, but thanks to CookiesWillCrumble for drawing attention to it!
Now what exactly is Magnussen doing on his phone? I doubt he’s checking his mail at such a crucial moment… Is it possible that he anticipated Mary would shoot Sherlock and sent out a secret message for help (since he didn’t actually pick it up to talk)?
Lastly - notice his expression when he sees Mary actually really shooting him. Now I’m not trying to defend him in any way, because he is our villain and has done enough other bad stuff…. but that expression though! Am I the only one who reads sympathy in it?

This was a truly brilliant observation. Magnussen is reaching for his phone. And Mary isn’t even paying him any attention at that moment. I like this speculation that Magnussen sent for help. He could have easily had it coded so that just a key press or something equally simple gesture would send out an alarm causing a chain of events, which could include calling the ambulance. I like this very much! (It could be that he was turning on voice recorder or something to “get the evidence”, but Mary would have realized that after incapacitating both and destroyed the phone. Ok I will stop.)
Although, I don’t read Magnussen’s expression as sympathy. It seems to be just fear. I mean if she could shoot her own friend who was also her husband’s best friend, he feared that she wouldn’t hesitate to kill him as well. That’s how it looks to me.

Yes! I didn’t have time to add a note when I first reblogged it, but I wanted to point out that this totally makes me lean toward Sherlock outright lying when he says Mary was trying to save him. CAM called the ambulance, not Mary, and Sherlock would have seen him reaching for his phone as he was shot. Sherlock wouldn’t miss a detail like that, and the writers/director wouldn’t have put it in for no reason. Right? I hope?
Why was Sherlock lying? Just to make John happy? As part of a long con against Mary? Hmmmmm…. (Also I agree that CAM is just freaked out at the bottom. He didn’t expect Mary to shoot Sherlock any more than Sherlock did.)

Oh right, Mary didn’t see but Sherlock did that Magnussen was reaching for the phone! I never could believe that he knew Mary called the ambulance. Because in the 221B confrontation, he says to John, “You didn’t find me for another five minutes.” Dear lord, how the hell would he even know that! His mind-palace!Molly tells him that he has 3 seconds of consciousness left. Are we to understand that he was conscious for five minutes after receiving a gunshot wound that would later kill him? Of course, I don’t know how gunshot wounds work (even after researching a bit about it), so maybe it’s possible to retain consciousness. In that case, why say “3 seconds of consciousness left”? Also, when John finds him, his eyes are closed. So I think he was unconscious quickly. In which case, I just don’t trust him saying that Mary called the ambulance or that John found him 5 minutes after the shooting.
Of course. We keep hoping all these are clues. We did that with Reichenbach. And eventually really few of them were resolved. So it could be that we are supposed to just suspend our disbelief and accept that yes, Sherlock saw what happened after he was shot, or that he was conscious. Which mean, speculating about why Sherlock lied makes sense only if we stick to our readings. If not… well.

Further speculation about HLV which illustrates how Mary Morstan is the Reichenbach puzzle of series 3.

OMG!! This is from my meta!! I am so happy that it’s actually out there!! (I’m cookieswillcrumble… HI!!!) 
I just want to point one thing out that will cement this theory once and for all. 
This shot (where CAM is reaching for the phone) was in 3 different takes of the same scene. (too lazy to add screenshots here but you can see them in this chapter)
The first was when Sherlock was actually shot by Mary.
The second was when Sherlock explained to John that Mary could have gone for a head shot.
The third was when Sherlock told John what happened, including Mary calling the ambulance. (another extra point here is that when we see Mary exit the room, in this scenario, Sherlock was not on the ground where he would have been lying dying. I wonder if this is also relevant in some way)
In all three, we see CAM reaching for the phone. This was not a continuation error. This was a deliberate film making decision. They wanted this included in the final cut. Wasn’t there a comment floating around that one of the directors said: “If you blinked then you missed it”? I wonder if this is what he meant. (I am not sure in what context that comment was made but it bugs me to this day). 

Since we discussed above that Sherlock would have seen Magnussen reaching for his phone, here is the proof.

Look where Sherlock is looking and look in the mirror what Magnussen is doing. As CAM is reaching for the phone, Sherlock glances at him, and starts saying, “Whatever he’s got on you, I can help.” So not only Magnussen was reaching for his phone, Sherlock most definitely knew it.

Re the comment above that it was thought lots of things were clues for Reichenbach but weren’t: some were correct clues, though. The rubber ball, John being told to stay in one place, a person who resembled Sherlock, Molly’s involvement, all were clues that were confirmed in TEH.
Three different shots of the same gesture in a scene seals it for me, that means they wanted to be sure it would be in there and noticed, they would have ensured it was captured in every take—that the audience would eventually notice that it was probably Mags who called the police . Also, it gives that mirror something to do besides being a giant Symbol of Symbolism—we see Magnussen reaching for the phone, but so does Mary. Sherlock knows Mags called the ambulance, and Mary knows Sherlock knows. So she knows he’s lying in 221B as well when he says he tells John it was Mary who called. And he knows she knows he’s lying because he knows there was a mirror there. Oh the tangled web. So now Mary and Sherlock know that they’re both keeping this info from John.  Once again a huge subterfuge to keep John in the dark. Oh, John. You wanted things to happen to you. Never live in interesting times. This isn’t just like Sherlock faking his suicide to John, this is like Sherlock and Moriarty both agreeing to not tell anyone about their faked suicides, just standing there up on the roof going “what if we just tell everyone we’re both dead?” Maybe Sheriarty Girl was right after all.
(Of course Sherlock wouldn’t have to lie about it if he hadn’t led Mary and John to the Empty House to have a huge dramatic showdown about it geez Sherl you’re such a drama queen. Ever hear of texting?)
This leads me to the thought, so Sherlock told John to stay with Mary, dismissing his own murder under the basis that while Sherlock recovered in hospital John would at least be safe with a wife who would shoot anyone who came near them. Did he think he would ever have the chance to tell John the truth, perhaps after going to Appledore to get the materials? But why bother with Appledore if he was going to tell him eventually? If he was going to get rid of the non-existent blackmail materials to protect John, Mary, and Baby…like…okay so he doesn’t want to tell the truth that Mary actually shot to kill. Why not? Why lie about it, basically? Because he knows John wouldn’t forgive her if she had? Surely Sherlock could convince him it’s somehow acceptable, if he’s convinced himself. What purpose does the lie serve, basically? If he’s forgiven Mary, thinks it’s okay that she did what she did, then why not just tell John what happened; if he hasn’t forgiven Mary/doesn’t trust her then why go to Appledore? For the sake of the baby? My head hurts.

I don’t think setting things up for John to keep Mary around has as much to do with gratifying John’s desire for his wife as we are being led to think. I’m wondering if this is Sherlock needing to keep Mary in place with John so that she can be kept under surveillance. If John rejects her, where will she go? She’s been clever in setting up the Mary Morstan identity (not clever enough to escape CAM, but perhaps if he weren’t looking for a Holmesian pressure point she might have dodged his active interest) and who’s to say they could track her into the next one? 
Why would Sherlock need to keep her close? Who, in the words of the old saying, do we need to keep closer than our friends but our enemies? If she’s a player on Team Moriarty, Sherlock might well know this (Mycroft has resources and they’ve certainly been at this Great Game for a few years now). This absolutely would feed into the whole Empty House/Moran story again: as others have noted, we’ve not seen that aspect of the canon played out and it feels as though it’s still hanging over the show, canon-interruptus. 
So that’s plenty of motive for Sherlock and could explain why he’s ramming Mary down John’s throat so duplicitously. He’s got to keep John really off-balance in his anger to keep him from asking exactly the questions we are, and so that suggests that Sherlock absolutely knows the whole story is bogus. As does Mary’s total silence.
As for CAM calling the shooting in, I don’t see sympathy on his face; I see terror that this stupid assassin has just broken his chain of pressure points to Mycroft, his real target. Given how few ways there are to get to Mycroft, that’s a real blow to his plans. I’m surprised he wasn’t over there arguing with John about doing CPR on Sherlock himself. 

I never saw sympathy either: I think he’s either scared he’s going to get shot himself (not an unreasonable fear) or as you say, fear that Mary will interrupt the chain to Mycroft.
I don’t really think Sherlock’s interested in maintaining John’s marriage for John’s happiness after Mary’s reveal, either; but he might be interested in allowing John to choose what makes him happy (maybe…?). Mostly I think you’re right, that he’s playing a long game here keeping Mary close for reasons to do with Moriarty. But if he’s doing that, what’s the point of keeping John out of the loop? He could keep Mary safe while letting John in on it. Surely the emotional fallout from Reichenbach would have taught him that. Does Sherlock think if John knew the whole truth about her, he’d be unable to keep up the lie with Mary, play along, because he might let the cat out of the bag?
Think I just answered my own question…poor John though. Poor Sherlock too, if/when this shitstorm comes down in S4. John’s going to be hella pissed again.

Really excellent observations, and it gives me a lot of hope! This would be my ideal turnout for S4, and so far this is the best solid, content based evidence that it might be the case.  Everyone’s written great speculative meta’s on how Mary’ web is tied up with Moriarty, but so far they’ve been based more on “How can we make this work, because…well, they can’t possibly expect us to buy that explanation and surely they are better writers than that? Right? Right???” But this gives us an actual moment of content to base our questioning of Sherlock’s “surgery” explanation off of.  You definitely have to wonder what John’s roll is if this turns out to be true.  My hope would be Sherlock actually let him in the loop this time, and did learn from his Reichenbach mistakes.  While people often need to make the same mistake more than once to really learn the lesson, it can be a bit redundant in fiction.  It would be a great character moment if Sherlock DID let John in the loop this time, and John can prove he actually can keep the cat in the bag thank you very much.  
I will say the writers thus far have not had very complicated plots, which I don’t mean negatively; only that once the mysteries have been resolved there are generally a few simple but small clues that tie it all together.   This COULD do that depending on how they explain it?  But the whole “Sherlock saw him call, but Mary also saw him call in the mirror so when Sherlock lies Mary knows he’s lying but Mary doesn’t know that John knows he’s lying or does he????” doesn’t really feel like the writers style to me?  But obviously I’m not an expert so we will see.

221beemine:

salsify:

221beemine:

cosmoglaut:

sherlockholmeslovesjohnwatson:

penns-woods:

cosmoglaut:

porcupine-girl:

cosmoglaut:

tottallyjohnlock:

I never noticed this before, but thanks to CookiesWillCrumble for drawing attention to it!

Now what exactly is Magnussen doing on his phone? I doubt he’s checking his mail at such a crucial moment… Is it possible that he anticipated Mary would shoot Sherlock and sent out a secret message for help (since he didn’t actually pick it up to talk)?

Lastly - notice his expression when he sees Mary actually really shooting him. Now I’m not trying to defend him in any way, because he is our villain and has done enough other bad stuff…. but that expression though! Am I the only one who reads sympathy in it?

This was a truly brilliant observation. Magnussen is reaching for his phone. And Mary isn’t even paying him any attention at that moment. I like this speculation that Magnussen sent for help. He could have easily had it coded so that just a key press or something equally simple gesture would send out an alarm causing a chain of events, which could include calling the ambulance. I like this very much! (It could be that he was turning on voice recorder or something to “get the evidence”, but Mary would have realized that after incapacitating both and destroyed the phone. Ok I will stop.)

Although, I don’t read Magnussen’s expression as sympathy. It seems to be just fear. I mean if she could shoot her own friend who was also her husband’s best friend, he feared that she wouldn’t hesitate to kill him as well. That’s how it looks to me.

Yes! I didn’t have time to add a note when I first reblogged it, but I wanted to point out that this totally makes me lean toward Sherlock outright lying when he says Mary was trying to save him. CAM called the ambulance, not Mary, and Sherlock would have seen him reaching for his phone as he was shot. Sherlock wouldn’t miss a detail like that, and the writers/director wouldn’t have put it in for no reason. Right? I hope?

Why was Sherlock lying? Just to make John happy? As part of a long con against Mary? Hmmmmm…. (Also I agree that CAM is just freaked out at the bottom. He didn’t expect Mary to shoot Sherlock any more than Sherlock did.)

Oh right, Mary didn’t see but Sherlock did that Magnussen was reaching for the phone! I never could believe that he knew Mary called the ambulance. Because in the 221B confrontation, he says to John, “You didn’t find me for another five minutes.” Dear lord, how the hell would he even know that! His mind-palace!Molly tells him that he has 3 seconds of consciousness left. Are we to understand that he was conscious for five minutes after receiving a gunshot wound that would later kill him? Of course, I don’t know how gunshot wounds work (even after researching a bit about it), so maybe it’s possible to retain consciousness. In that case, why say “3 seconds of consciousness left”? Also, when John finds him, his eyes are closed. So I think he was unconscious quickly. In which case, I just don’t trust him saying that Mary called the ambulance or that John found him 5 minutes after the shooting.

Of course. We keep hoping all these are clues. We did that with Reichenbach. And eventually really few of them were resolved. So it could be that we are supposed to just suspend our disbelief and accept that yes, Sherlock saw what happened after he was shot, or that he was conscious. Which mean, speculating about why Sherlock lied makes sense only if we stick to our readings. If not… well.

Further speculation about HLV which illustrates how Mary Morstan is the Reichenbach puzzle of series 3.

OMG!! This is from my meta!! I am so happy that it’s actually out there!! (I’m cookieswillcrumble… HI!!!) 

I just want to point one thing out that will cement this theory once and for all. 

This shot (where CAM is reaching for the phone) was in 3 different takes of the same scene. (too lazy to add screenshots here but you can see them in this chapter)

The first was when Sherlock was actually shot by Mary.

The second was when Sherlock explained to John that Mary could have gone for a head shot.

The third was when Sherlock told John what happened, including Mary calling the ambulance. (another extra point here is that when we see Mary exit the room, in this scenario, Sherlock was not on the ground where he would have been lying dying. I wonder if this is also relevant in some way)

In all three, we see CAM reaching for the phone. This was not a continuation error. This was a deliberate film making decision. They wanted this included in the final cut. Wasn’t there a comment floating around that one of the directors said: “If you blinked then you missed it”? I wonder if this is what he meant. (I am not sure in what context that comment was made but it bugs me to this day). 

Since we discussed above that Sherlock would have seen Magnussen reaching for his phone, here is the proof.

Look where Sherlock is looking and look in the mirror what Magnussen is doing. As CAM is reaching for the phone, Sherlock glances at him, and starts saying, “Whatever he’s got on you, I can help.” So not only Magnussen was reaching for his phone, Sherlock most definitely knew it.

Re the comment above that it was thought lots of things were clues for Reichenbach but weren’t: some were correct clues, though. The rubber ball, John being told to stay in one place, a person who resembled Sherlock, Molly’s involvement, all were clues that were confirmed in TEH.

Three different shots of the same gesture in a scene seals it for me, that means they wanted to be sure it would be in there and noticed, they would have ensured it was captured in every take—that the audience would eventually notice that it was probably Mags who called the police . Also, it gives that mirror something to do besides being a giant Symbol of Symbolism—we see Magnussen reaching for the phone, but so does Mary. Sherlock knows Mags called the ambulance, and Mary knows Sherlock knows. So she knows he’s lying in 221B as well when he says he tells John it was Mary who called. And he knows she knows he’s lying because he knows there was a mirror there. Oh the tangled web. So now Mary and Sherlock know that they’re both keeping this info from John.  Once again a huge subterfuge to keep John in the dark. Oh, John. You wanted things to happen to you. Never live in interesting times. This isn’t just like Sherlock faking his suicide to John, this is like Sherlock and Moriarty both agreeing to not tell anyone about their faked suicides, just standing there up on the roof going “what if we just tell everyone we’re both dead?” Maybe Sheriarty Girl was right after all.

(Of course Sherlock wouldn’t have to lie about it if he hadn’t led Mary and John to the Empty House to have a huge dramatic showdown about it geez Sherl you’re such a drama queen. Ever hear of texting?)

This leads me to the thought, so Sherlock told John to stay with Mary, dismissing his own murder under the basis that while Sherlock recovered in hospital John would at least be safe with a wife who would shoot anyone who came near them. Did he think he would ever have the chance to tell John the truth, perhaps after going to Appledore to get the materials? But why bother with Appledore if he was going to tell him eventually? If he was going to get rid of the non-existent blackmail materials to protect John, Mary, and Baby…like…okay so he doesn’t want to tell the truth that Mary actually shot to kill. Why not? Why lie about it, basically? Because he knows John wouldn’t forgive her if she had? Surely Sherlock could convince him it’s somehow acceptable, if he’s convinced himself. What purpose does the lie serve, basically? If he’s forgiven Mary, thinks it’s okay that she did what she did, then why not just tell John what happened; if he hasn’t forgiven Mary/doesn’t trust her then why go to Appledore? For the sake of the baby? My head hurts.

I don’t think setting things up for John to keep Mary around has as much to do with gratifying John’s desire for his wife as we are being led to think. I’m wondering if this is Sherlock needing to keep Mary in place with John so that she can be kept under surveillance. If John rejects her, where will she go? She’s been clever in setting up the Mary Morstan identity (not clever enough to escape CAM, but perhaps if he weren’t looking for a Holmesian pressure point she might have dodged his active interest) and who’s to say they could track her into the next one? 

Why would Sherlock need to keep her close? Who, in the words of the old saying, do we need to keep closer than our friends but our enemies? If she’s a player on Team Moriarty, Sherlock might well know this (Mycroft has resources and they’ve certainly been at this Great Game for a few years now). This absolutely would feed into the whole Empty House/Moran story again: as others have noted, we’ve not seen that aspect of the canon played out and it feels as though it’s still hanging over the show, canon-interruptus

So that’s plenty of motive for Sherlock and could explain why he’s ramming Mary down John’s throat so duplicitously. He’s got to keep John really off-balance in his anger to keep him from asking exactly the questions we are, and so that suggests that Sherlock absolutely knows the whole story is bogus. As does Mary’s total silence.

As for CAM calling the shooting in, I don’t see sympathy on his face; I see terror that this stupid assassin has just broken his chain of pressure points to Mycroft, his real target. Given how few ways there are to get to Mycroft, that’s a real blow to his plans. I’m surprised he wasn’t over there arguing with John about doing CPR on Sherlock himself. 

I never saw sympathy either: I think he’s either scared he’s going to get shot himself (not an unreasonable fear) or as you say, fear that Mary will interrupt the chain to Mycroft.

I don’t really think Sherlock’s interested in maintaining John’s marriage for John’s happiness after Mary’s reveal, either; but he might be interested in allowing John to choose what makes him happy (maybe…?). Mostly I think you’re right, that he’s playing a long game here keeping Mary close for reasons to do with Moriarty. But if he’s doing that, what’s the point of keeping John out of the loop? He could keep Mary safe while letting John in on it. Surely the emotional fallout from Reichenbach would have taught him that. Does Sherlock think if John knew the whole truth about her, he’d be unable to keep up the lie with Mary, play along, because he might let the cat out of the bag?

Think I just answered my own question…poor John though. Poor Sherlock too, if/when this shitstorm comes down in S4. John’s going to be hella pissed again.

Really excellent observations, and it gives me a lot of hope! This would be my ideal turnout for S4, and so far this is the best solid, content based evidence that it might be the case.  Everyone’s written great speculative meta’s on how Mary’ web is tied up with Moriarty, but so far they’ve been based more on “How can we make this work, because…well, they can’t possibly expect us to buy that explanation and surely they are better writers than that? Right? Right???” But this gives us an actual moment of content to base our questioning of Sherlock’s “surgery” explanation off of.  You definitely have to wonder what John’s roll is if this turns out to be true.  My hope would be Sherlock actually let him in the loop this time, and did learn from his Reichenbach mistakes.  While people often need to make the same mistake more than once to really learn the lesson, it can be a bit redundant in fiction.  It would be a great character moment if Sherlock DID let John in the loop this time, and John can prove he actually can keep the cat in the bag thank you very much.  

I will say the writers thus far have not had very complicated plots, which I don’t mean negatively; only that once the mysteries have been resolved there are generally a few simple but small clues that tie it all together.   This COULD do that depending on how they explain it?  But the whole “Sherlock saw him call, but Mary also saw him call in the mirror so when Sherlock lies Mary knows he’s lying but Mary doesn’t know that John knows he’s lying or does he????” doesn’t really feel like the writers style to me?  But obviously I’m not an expert so we will see.

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Music to Picture: An Interview with Sherlock composer Michael Price

Mid0nz: So I have to ask because there’s a huge amount of people in the fandom who think that Sherlock and John should be romantically involved…

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Incredibly in depth, intelligent, and well researched interview with Michael Price.  I wish more interviews were this well constructed.  Bravo!  Go take a read everyone!

Sometimes this line of work is hard…but days like today make everything worth it.  We went in to work with a man who was hoarding pretty badly, and the situation ended up being worse than expected.  He let us take all the dogs, thankfully, and hopefully he will let someone help him as well.  One of the dogs was housed 24/7 in a rabbit hutch we had to rip the screws out of to free.  He was extremely matted and very frightened.  It’s only been a week, and he is just blossoming.  I couldn’t stop smiling today.  Yesterday he was still snarling and charging and spooky barking but today he was SO happy to see me!  He was dancing and wiggling.  When I was trying to remove his old blankets to bring him new ones he play bowed and grabbed the other side like “yeah! best game ever!”.  We tried to play a little and he is trying so hard. He’ll start and then stop like he’s wondering what just happened, that’s never happened before!  He’s still barking, but now it’s a “hey new best friend! Come over here and sit with me!”  Touch is still extremely foreign to him, and if you try it he’ll nail you, though I have no doubt he will be open to it soon (he is very curious!) but he is definitely already bonding with me.  That’s the good stuff. <3 

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Can you just imagine what it will be like for Sherlock the first time he has John in his arms, though? Being so overwhelmed by love he wouldn’t even know what to do with himself… He would be so still, eyes closed and lips parted against John’s hair, just breathing him in. Heart fit to burst with how much he completely, and utterly loves this man.

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