olivia-in-the-tardis asked: Hello! I absolutely love your M-theory! I thought it was brilliant! I have an observation that I would like your opinion on: in ASiB, the same music plays when Mycroft receives the text from Moriarty in the scene that the driver sees the hiker killed just after he shows up in 221B. What do you make of that?
I planned to cover this in the S&S entry for A Scandal in Belgravia, but I’ll do it now…
It’s EXTREME heartbreak music. And because it’s so extreme, it’s used sparingly: we only ever hear it three times, iirc:
1. the hiker deduction (this is the big thing)
2. Mycroft being devastated by Moriarty’s text
3. Sherlock’s epiphany that it’s about to be “too late” when he drops his champagne glass before toasting John’s marriage (sound here)
So what about that hiker, eh? What could that possibly do with heartbreak? Well, we know it’s got something to do with something important because a lot of time is spent on it and it has NO relevance to the plot of ASiB.
It’s actually my favorite subtext in the show, because it’s a tricky one: it’s BEAUTIFULLY constructed and terribly clever. The hiker and the client who sees the hiker are both mirrors for John, but separate parts of him. I’ll set up why each is a mirror, and then explain what’s going on in the scene.
Then for the hell of it, I’ll tell you John’s other mirror in the episode, because it’s a quick one. This is pretty long (pictures and videos, too), so here’s a cut:
Anonymous asked: Sorry, but how is a future Molly/Lestrade relationship being implied?
Real quick, since I don’t really care about Mollstrade lol:
In A Scandal in Belgravia, at Christmas Lestrade looks at Molly like HOLY FUCK in her dress and everything. In The Empty Hearse he asks Molly if things are serious with Tom, like he’s interested in her. During The Sign of Three we randomly see Lestrade visit Molly at the lab, where they talk about Sherlock. During the wedding, Lestrade is sitting next to Molly, who isn’t too fond of the guy on the other side of her (Tom).
Then we know Molly is going to need to find someone sufficiently Sherlock-ish, but without the whole gay sociopath thing going on. That’s pretty much Lestrade: dresses similarly (not the coat/scarf, the jackets and button-ups which represent Sherlock out of his uniform), solves cases for a living, cares about justice, yadda yadda. Sherlock and Lestrade are used as mirrors of one another every now and then, like during the drugs bust when they compare nicotine patches.
Mollstrade is the only thing other than Johnlock I’m pretty sure is going to become canon so I wish I could feel much of anything about it other than “oh that’s nice.”