I'm 23, from Chilito Culiao, Southamerica, and I'm an obsessive person. I like to write homoerotism, and my fave tvshow is "Sherlock". I ship Johnlock in a painfully hard way since "The Sign of Three" and I think "Sherlock" is the sorcerer's stone of TV. HELLO, WOLRD!
We see with Irene that john thinks Sherlock is attracted to her. Sherlock is clearly not, but that is the immediate assumption. Why? Because in our society we are “straight until proven otherwise.” Now, we see John get jealous, why? Because he thinks Sherlock could never be his, because he is a) attracted to a gorgeous woman and b) straight. This is, of course, not true. However, that is the immediate assumption. That pulls them apart. (As I explained yesterday in this post, why would John come out if he’s not going to be with Sherlock.)
We see it again when John gets married. The assumption is that he is straight, because he is marrying a woman. This is not true. The character has been coded as bisexual, but the audience, and most (if not all) characters will assume that John is straight. This is also why John relaxes more about his sexuality in s3. Because people will assume he is straight. His marriage also (temporarily) pulls them apart. Again, this is another temporary barrier placed by heterosexuality.
We see it again in HLV, with Janine. John finds her coming out of the bedroom. He believes Sherlock slept with her. We know for a fact he didn’t. (She says it himself) We know for a fact that he doesn’t want to (I spoke about that in this meta.) but the immediate assumption is that Sherlock slept with her. The immediate assumption is that sherlock is straight. Again, this pulls them apart.
So, you see, they are pulled apart because of heterosexual barriers.
I still think that this is the most precious thing in The Sign of Three, because the writers’ played with our dumb minds, except of course, with some meta’s writers that I profoundly admire because they found the secret of this scene, even when the truth is so obvious, as with Sherlocks deductions. You see but don’t observe.
John is not John here. He’s an imaginary John in Sherlock’s mind, one perfect and imaginary John, beautiful and flawless as Sherlock sees him every day. But we, as viewers, thought this was the actual John, so we thought in our personal interpretation something also very beautiful in this scene, even when it wasn’t the right thing: John entering in Sherlock’s Mind Palace, like a song in a dream, like when you’re sleeping and the sound of a song that is playing in the real world enters in your dream and makes wonderful things to our dream’s background.
Even when John entering Sherlock’s Mind Palace wasn’t the right interpretation, it was beautiful and significant, and we embraced it.
So, there’s a double meaning, and both meanings guide us to Sherlock’s love for John. The importance of John in Sherlock’s life.
Maybe the change in Sherlock’s character during S3, and some fans unease with this, can be explained by the fact that S3 Sherlock was a man realising he was in love. He screws things up in TEH, he realises he is in love in TSoT and by HLV he is totally given over to his emotions, to the exclusion of logic.
Let’s face it love makes us act differently, we become; self sacrificing martyrs, stalkers, idiots, door mats, suspicious and paranoid, happily idiotic fools, high as kites, depressives. Our concentration is effected, our priorities shift, our focus is lax, and the people that know us often don’t recognise us or are astounded by the change in us. Love is wonderful and terrible.
This maybe Sherlock’s first, albeit late, but first, time to fall in love. And it does effect his work, his abilities. He is changed. But all he needs is his John to reciprocate those feelings. After a wild, heady, honeymoon period, the Sherlock we all seem to want back; the genius, the best mind in the room, the logical crime solver will be back. And better for the experience.
After some months since Sherlock was almost sent out of England, John, Mary and Sherlock are in a family meeting, where Sherlock meets John’s family, cousins, ancles, aunts and grandparents. Harry is not there, as always.
They are all there, and one of John’s cousins goes to Sherlock and talks with him, even when Sherlock shows signs of his desire to not talk with anyone. He has been a bit depressed since he killed Magnussen, a bit down and silent. And more important: resigned.
And happens what always happen. John’s cousin starts to talk about the rumors of them two being a couple, Sherlock and John. While, the Doctor hears from the door a bit annoyed and frustrated,
"So, you had something?" asks the cousin, "I know John is married now, but… pff, whatever. So, you were together?"
"No" says Sherlock, "We were never together."
Sherlock, who never said anything against the rumors, not complaining even, has said “No” for the first time, and the sadness that has been dominating him emerges on his face. John looks at him, petrified, while his cousin talks words he’s not listening.