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Been thinking about Reichenbach, and how everyone keeps saying Martin Freeman will utterly break our hearts in it.

So John sees Sherlock fall. Or maybe he doesn't. Either way, he sees Sherlock injured, and claws his way through a crowd to try and help him. Only Mycroft's men (or the paramedics) keep him back. Of course they do: probably because Sherlock isn't really dead and John needs to think that he is. But I'm banking on an additional 'insult to injury' moment where someone - Mycroft, probably - reminds John that although he may be a doctor, he is no longer a qualified trauma surgeon: a bullet in Afghanistan saw to that.

"You can't help him, Doctor Watson. Leave him to those who can."

So John is left standing alone, helpless, unable to save his friend.

For this moment alone - if it happens - Sherlock will deserve that mighty roundhouse to the jaw that all of fandom wants John to give him when he comes back.

EDIT: Possible alternative ending: they've certainly set up the possibility for Sherlock faking his own death in Scandal and Hounds - we've seen that even Mycroft's experts can misidentify a corpse by cleverly faked DNA, and certain drugs can make people see what they expect to see rather than what's there (like, perhaps, someone mortally injured after falling off a building).

But what if, instead of "killing" Sherlock off, the writers decide to end s2 with him injured and in a coma, with possible brain damage from the fall? That would certainly flummox the hardcore Sherlockians who thought they knew how this story ended, plus add a very real uncertainty to s3...can Sherlock really come back from this Fall? Will he still be the same supergenius as before...and if not, what then?

(Also, it'd be a great opportunity to work in some themes from "The Adventure of the Dying Detective", one of my very favourite canon stories...only Sherlock could be faking brain damage instead of a tropical illness, and tricking John into believing he was really impaired, all for the sake of a case. John might even struggle with whether or not to have Sherlock sectioned before the truth finally comes out. Lovely, tasty angst; nummy nummy.) :)

EDIT THE SECONDE: Also also, my prediction for when Sherlock does come back, if they stick to the "faking his own death" scenario:

SHERLOCK: Ta-da! Hello John, it's me, hooray!
JOHN: *punch inna face*
JOHN'S NEW WIFE: Ooh. Hello there. Who's the funny man on the floor, darling?

Because if they're going to introduce a Mrs. Watson, as Moffat keeps threatening to do, then that would really be the most logical time and place to do it. And, to my mind, an even better comeuppance for Sherlock than getting punched in the face...can you imagine the epic sulk? "Mycroft, why didn't you TELL me?? Him being grief-stricken I could have dealt with, or even morbidly depressed; but MARRIED?? This is intolerable!!"


Date: 2012-01-12 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trekphan.livejournal.com
Of course we won't know for sure until the day of and there's always room for a plot twist in the land of Mofftiss, but I really think you're on the right track. If Mycroft is there, he'll use words to restrain John rather than force. He's just that kind of guy.

The image of a helpless John just standing there is really powerful. I'm getting a little upset just thinking about it.

Date: 2012-01-12 06:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qthebadwolf.livejournal.com
Indeed. He'd be standing there terrified and desperate to help, but hating himself for his injury and his own helplessness. "BAFTA" doesn't even begin to cover it.

Btw, added some thoughts to the post that I forgot to include earlier...

Date: 2012-01-12 07:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trekphan.livejournal.com
Good points about the drugs and misidentified bodies. We already know they like to drop hints. (This is partially Moffat, after all.) We had the Moriarty hints dropped in series 1 and I wouldn't be surprised if there have been subtle hints in this series too.

I like the idea of Sherlock being in a coma and possibly brain damaged. Definitely a twist.

I also like your theory for a Mrs. Watson being slipped in between series 2 and 3. I can't picture this Sherlock going to John's wedding like in Richie!Holmes.

You are really good at coming up with theories that make sense. I'm just over here, twiddling my thumbs, hoping I figure something out thirty seconds before it happens. :)

Date: 2012-01-12 07:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qthebadwolf.livejournal.com
It often makes me wish for plots that never happen, but I suppose that's what fanfic is for.

And while we're at it, here's another: I wonder what would happen if, in this version, Mycroft wasn't actually in on Sherlock's plans? Can you imagine his reaction to seeing his little baby brother alive again for the first time? WANT.

Date: 2012-01-12 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trekphan.livejournal.com
All I can think of is him rolling his eyes like in Hounds. :)

>> incoming text
"I'm not dead. SH"

*major eye rolling*


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