With last night’s airing of The Final Problem, we may have seen the end of Sherlock. Not Sherlock Holmes, there will always be another version of the legendary detective. But our last chance to see Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the Baker Street Boys. Hopefully not, a lot of people enjoy the show, myself included, and the actors are willing to come back. But that remains to be seen.
The show wrapped up the outstanding plot lines and even came full circle on Greg Lestrade’s (Rupert Graves) line from season one about someday Sherlock could be a good man. We got to see Sherlock’s parents again (played by Cumberbatch’s parents) and we got a nice flashback with Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott).
The one person we didn’t get a nod to was The Woman / Irene Adler (Lara Pulver). When asked about the connection between Sherlock and Irene, Steven Moffat told EW.com:
I have no reason to suppose that Sherlock is not telling the truth, that he loves ignoring her texts. There was no new information there. We always known he rescued her and she wasn’t really dead. And if you paid attention you’d have known they’ve remained slightly in touch because there’s a rose — when he’s injured — there’s a single rose in the room. If you think about it, he saves her life, they must have escaped together, obviously there’s some form of contact.
But was there no nod to Irene? In the final montage, with the voice over by Mary (Amanda Abbington), Sherlock sends a text that simple says: “You know where to find me. -SH” Now, to me that was a message to Irene. They communicate through text and no one else would make sense for him to be texting as part of the montage. And if it is to her, then he’s taking John’s advice from the previous episode when he tells Sherlock not to waste time.
The Sherlock we get at the end of the episode has embraced his emotions and his human side. Maybe he decided to embrace the feelings he has for the Woman.
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