Only child. Linguist. Clever. Part time nurse. Guardian. Shortsighted. Cat lover. Lib Dem. Disillusioned. Bakes own bread. Romantic. Appendix scar. Secret tattoo. Size 12.
Everyone makes her out to be like… evil or something. She did some bad stuff. It was her job to do bad stuff. Now she bakes her own bread. Because she’s disillusioned with her former line of work. She’s a guardian figure.
"Her name was Riley." [See Higher Res version on DeviantArt here.]
All her nights were full of song, and by day she prayed for silence.
[the (world’s only) consulting detective + the soldier + the orphan]↳ I was so alone and I owe you so much.
I think people forget that Sherlock didn’t just shoot Magnussen for John. True, John was facing possible public exposure and jail time. But Sherlock’s primary goal was to save Mary from her identity getting out and risking her personal safety. That’s why he’s at Appledore in the first place….
I absolutely agree. This also brings to mind when Sherlock is talking with Mycroft outside of their parents house and Mycroft asks why he hates Magnussen so much. Sherlock replies, rather defensively, with “Because he attacks people who are different and preys on their secrets, why don’t you?”
I think this is really important in terms of Sherlock’s character development in this series. As it was also reflected in the “Deduce-Off” between Sherlock & Mycroft in TEH, Sherlock seems to have embraced the fact that he’s different rather than using it to isolate himself from others.
I think this also explains why he’s so defensive of Mary as well. Obviously, he cares for her because she’s a lovely person and they have a close friendship. But I also think that he understands her on some level. He was upset when he learned about her true identity, of course, but deep down I think he respected Mary to some extent because he understands what it’s like to be different, and more importantly, he admires it. He also knows what it’s like to come under scrutiny of the media after Reichenbach, and he desperately wanted to prevent Mary from going through that as well.
I think this brings into a light an interesting parallel between TEH and HLV. Particularly the scene in which Sherlock is explaining his fake death in the cafe, and the scene in which Mary sits down as the “client” for John and Sherlock.
In TEH, John is furious with Sherlock for keeping a secret from him. Mary is completely on John’s side but is sort of trying to help Sherlock out a bit.
In HLV, John is furious with Mary for lying to him, and Sherlock remains by John’s side, but I really believe that Sherlock empathized with Mary on some level.
Basically, these two have an amazingly written relationship that contains a ton of depth and development, which is pretty rare to see between a male character, and a woman character who is a love interest of another male on the show in television. It’s so sad that the fandom tries to protest anything positive about Sherlock and Mary’s relationship, because it’s just so interesting and beautiful and truly deserves to be admired.
amanda abbington as mary morstan/watson being utterly adorable
And I’m sure it won’t be the last time we hear the name Irene Adler. In fact, I’m pretty certain he’s getting texts from her. It’s funny, in the time I’ve known him, I’ve never seen him take the slightest interest in a woman but this one… She’s got to him. x