Pain. Heartbreak. Loss. Death.
Mary as bride killed Sherlock’s heart. Yep.
Never realized until I read the amazing comment by sherlockedaspergirl on this post that it goes way deeper than that. Before he finds Redbeard, Sherlock was looking for John to calm himself down…and found Mary in his way. In her wedding dress, with a gun. And it’s proof that he’s already lost all hope: John is hers, now. Even in his mind palace, she stands between them.
thats a really depressing thought.
i never like to think all hope is lost and while Sherlock feels he has to give up John because he chose someone else i think he’s not thinking big enough.
Sherlock’s line at the end of the series “the game is never over” shows us that Sherlock doesn’t give up. John is on Mary’s arm but as long as Sherlock loves John and (in my opinion) John loves Sherlock it’s never over. Sherlock’s return shows up that. things between them have just begun.
there was a meta a read recently that pointed out as Sherlock’s plan leaves Mary is holding onto John’s arm but as it turns around John is standing apart upright looking into the distance. John is looking to Sherlock not to Mary.
i don’t think Sherlock’s lost yet folks.