He makes me feel alive. When I’m with him it feels like we could save the world. I feel indestructible. I am dazzled by his brilliance. He’s a drug. I am addicted to what we are. I am addicted to him.
John ‘I’m-Not-Gay’ Watson about being around Sherlock Holmes in every post about solving cases with Sherlock Holmes on his blog dedicated to Sherlock Holmes. (via saidsherlocktojohn)


never forget that in ‘sherlock: the network’ sherlock made john go to a bunch of strip clubs and the only one john stayed at was the gay one and on top of that he had a drink there which is interesting considering the subtext of john drinking whenever he doesn’t want to confront his feelings


do u ever feel like tjlc punched u in the face with how real it is.. like u know how real it is but then… fuck its so real….

"Mrs. Turner next door’s got married ones."



Huh.  That’s weird.  Almost like they’re trying to tell us something.

a pop psychology interpretation of Magnussen’s words


Magnussen establishes that Sherlock’s pressure point was never the drugs because, ‘you wouldn’t care if that was exposed’.   ‘But, look how you care about John Watson’.  His implication is that Sherlock would care if his feelings for John were exposed.

In the TGG pool scene John is concerned that, ‘people might talk’, and Sherlock says, ‘they do little else’.  He shows indifference to public opinion regarding rumours of the being a couple.  

He further shows indifference to public opinion in TRF when John is worried that people might think he’s a fraud.  ’You’d care if they thought you were stupid or wrong’, “No, that would just make them stupid or wrong”.

So where does that leave us?  Is Sherlock afraid of exposure or indifferent to it?

On the level of reality where this is Magnussen knowing that Sherlock is gay and in love with John Watson, I don’t think that the issue of exposure is about the public: I think it’s about John.  It’s about Mary’s sing songy, ‘You don’t tell John’, which in the indicative instead of the imperative just describes his situation: he doesn’t tell John.  He confirms this in the tarmac scene: there’s something he’s never told him.

In this context, it struck me when Magnussen reveals that his mind palace is the Appledore vaults, while Sherlock and John are in front of him on either side.  He is, on a level that only Sherlock understands, threatening to expose Sherlock to John.  They’re symbolically facing the truth, together and yet Sherlock is still not ready.

When Magnussen says, ‘because knowing is owning’, Sherlock makes a very pained face, like he knows that Magnussen’s got him in a corner.

But, Magnussen’s phrasing has always struck me, ‘knowing is owning’.  It made me think of when Dr Phil et al will say, ‘you need to own this!’.  Owning, in that context, meaning, ‘to face, to assume, to publicly acknowledge and take responsibility for’.  

This is what Sherlock needs to do but he’s not prepared to do it.  Magnussen has his secret and he’s not yet ready to have that be exposed to John.

Of course, Sherlock wouldn’t kill a man just to hide this secret, that would go against his strong moral principle but since he’s got leverage on Mary and therefore John, then he feels like he must to protect him.  

But, in the scene where the Appledore vaults are revealed I think that a subtler exchange may be occurring between Magnussen and Sherlock.  Of maybe just between Moffat and us.


What an interesting concept.


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when you google it like, knows?

Mark: [In the book] Dr Watson faints when he sees Sherlock.That’s what we’re told.
Steven: Or at any rate, a grey mist rolls before his eyes, and the next thing he knows, his collar is undone and there’s the taste of brandy on his lips. I think what in fact happened…

Mark and Steven discuss The Return of Sherlock Holmes [x]

They love each other, but not in a sexual way… Series four, series four.
Mark Gatiss in 2011 - when we only had Sherlock Series 1, btw (x)

if it’s really series 4 and not series 5, and if they knew it would be series 4 at that time… I will die laughing