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My Sherlock ending theory

Just a quick post this, but after rewatching it I think I’ve figured this “how did Sherlock do it?” thing.

When Sherlock first looks over the edge and asks “for a moment by myself”, there’s a bus parked alongside the hospital. After a minute or so, and next time we look down, there’s a lorry full of bin bags there. He was obviously stalling.
Also, he wanted Watson to stand in a specific place where he knew that he could see him on the roof, but not on the ground, as he directed him exactly to the spot where he was standing and told him to “keep your eyes on me” (probably so he didn’t see the bait and switch that I’m about to talk about).

Now, look at when he jumps. WAY too far from the building considering where he is supposed to have landed (also, jumping forwards, despite the body being side on), and as we pan to the body, the lorry is driving away, I suspect with his body in it.

So, who is on the ground then? Well, his double. His double being the guy that Moriarty used to kidnap the children, hence the being scared of his face despite “never meeting him before”. I’m assuming a double as opposed to a mask at this point, as I expect a mask to be too loose of a plot line. That said, in the last episode, “The Hounds of Baskerville”, whilst in the Baskerville facility, “human cloning” was mentioned. Could be a bit tenuous, but you never know.
He went to Molly just before the end so that he could ask her a favour so that she could perform the autopsy and “verify” his death, even though it didn’t occur.

That’s what I think anyway.

UPDATE: Also, I just realised that he was being buried in a Churchyard at the end. You can’t bury suicides in a Churchyard.

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When I was young I dreamt of being a musician, but that didn't quite work out. Then I wanted to be an architect, then an artist, then a software designer, and most recently, a musician again. Somehow, as I approach the dreaded 3-0, I've managed to forge a life where I get paid to sing amplified nonsense at people and teaching others to do the same. It's awesome. This blog is a glimpse into my somewhat broken mind. Be afraid.

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20 thoughts on “My Sherlock ending theory

  1. except we quite clearly see a shot of sherlock landing on the pavement…

    Posted by Chris Scott | January 16, 2012, 12:32 am
  2. Brilliant! I was utterly bemused by the ending, but I think you might have cracked it. Thank you!

    Posted by Nicola | January 16, 2012, 10:04 am
  3. Good theory, but when & why did the double jump to his death ? We only saw 1 jumper and Sherlock was alone on the roof edge.

    Posted by Martin | January 16, 2012, 11:20 am
    • I expect the ‘double’ didn’t jump. I reckon he was in the lorry and pushed out of there (already dead). I expect that it was organised to be there, hence knowing that if he waited, it would arrive.

      Posted by Andy Valentine | January 16, 2012, 12:13 pm
    • I think there is two possible explanations; there was already the body of the double in the refuse truck, which is strategically placed on the pavement out of John Watson’s view, with the help of Sherlock’s homeless network. Or, Molly has placed the double on the pavement, whether this is done by physical lifting or pushing the body out of a lower window, which John Watson can not see? Plausible?

      Posted by Dip and Chip | January 23, 2012, 9:42 pm
  4. me thinks that the drug from the second ep could play a part :) because then he could have done anything! but we saw it as Watson saw it :)

    Posted by andrew | January 16, 2012, 7:09 pm
    • I’ve seen this idea about the Baskerville hallucination drug kicking around. Would it act that quickly though? Hard to tell on that one.

      Posted by Andy Valentine | January 16, 2012, 7:23 pm
      • The drug thing wouldn’t work since the killers would need to be hallucinating too right?

        Posted by Jess | January 16, 2012, 8:56 pm
      • This is true.
        The assassin that was following Watson (presumably the one that saw Sherlock ‘die’) would have had to see a corpse that he believed was Sherlock in order to call off the other two (again, I’m presuming that he did). A body switch would have had to have been pretty instantaneous in order to make sure he didn’t see it.

        Posted by Andy Valentine | January 16, 2012, 10:49 pm
  5. With regards to the “human cloning”, is that not how the dominatrix faked her own death too?

    Posted by Luke jones | January 17, 2012, 11:30 am
  6. I’m surprised no one mentioned John seemingly getting hit over the head by the cyclist before he saw Sherlock’s corpse.

    John saw “Sherlock” jump, then panicked and got crashed into by the cyclist (whether on purpose I’m not sure: was he another assassin perhaps?), seemingly thumping his head. When John got up the screen was wavy, blurry and distorted.

    That means it’s entirely possible he had a concussion – something easily able to distort someone’s perception of things.

    My personal theory is that Sherlock somehow dropped Moriarty’s corpse from the roof (he died of a head wound, remember) and John (in his panicked and concussed state) saw “Sherlock” dead on the pavement. The body was whisked into the ambulance very quickly as well.

    Clearly the coroner lady was told to falsify his death, perhaps by having another body buried in Sherlock’s place.

    Posted by Matt | January 17, 2012, 1:22 pm
    • The only thing is, Watson saw Holmes jump – or at least leave the roof – as Sherlock had demanded that he “didn’t take his eyes off him”; which as I said I felt was some form of misdirection for what was going on down on the street below.

      I guess we’re going to have to wait until series 3 to figure this one out for sure…

      Posted by Andy Valentine | January 17, 2012, 4:33 pm
  7. Actually, rewatched it a few times myself. And have to agree that there is a lot things fishy there. Sherlock definitely chose that position for Watson due to the specific angle it gave him. It might even be that the scene was set up there, and Sherlock didn’t want John to c that. Additionally, Sherlock fell differently, than the body was positioned -> he was falling parallel to the ground and at a 90degree angle towards the building, while the body was laying parallel to the building. Finally, the previously empty street was filled with the crowd AND the necessary medical crew waaaaay too fast, despite Sherlock jumping off a hospital. One needs a whole crew for that. That also could include the biker boy knocking down, mayb even drugging John.
    I think it was staged by Microft. Fabricating one death for someone, who made whole planes of dead ppl disappear is past lunch joke. Molly acted as a messanger, while Sherlock was the brain of operations. I doubt that Sherlock didn’t see the suicide option. I think this is exactly why he chose the hospital roof as a meeting place, cause he knew, he’d have to “die”.
    I also think there was no double – would b too complicated with the cloning. I think it was Sherlock himself, possibly falling into the truck and jumping out of it, or falling on smth that would soften the fall.
    Thing to debate about:
    1. After Moriarty shot himself, Sherlock panicked for a bit before stepping on the ledge. Could b, because he didn’t expect such resolution.
    2. If one would b falling INTO the truck the was Holmes did, he’d be cut in half by the barriers installed on the truck, while
    3. He’d need an assistance to get rid of whatever was softening the fall. Theoretically, i could’ve been done by ppl that came by.
    4. John felt the pulse, thus establishing that Sherlock is, in fact dead. After such a jump anyone’s heart would b racing like Shumacher on F1, and to slow down the pulse and the heartbeat in such a short timeframe would b particularly hard… Plus the blood makeup could also take some..
    5. One more minor point to that – the killer saw the same thing that Watson did, as he was watching from somewhere across. But, theoretically, he could be anywhere, observing. So if any switch or other mingling happened, he could, theoretically, see it all.

    That’s just as far as my mind goes so far..

    Posted by Aleksander | January 18, 2012, 9:12 am
  8. Oh but there was no crowd, only members of Holmes’ extensive ‘homeless network’. This is to say, they were stooges.

    Maybe.

    Posted by I have no Holme | January 21, 2012, 2:24 am
  9. Regarding the pulse, I think we saw Sherlock with a squash ball earlier in the episode, and it’s a fairly well known plot device (if not actual fact) that a squash ball placed in the armpit (with the arm pressed against it) will temporarily slow down or stop the blood flow in the arm, such that a pulse can’t be felt in the wrist.

    Posted by Rich | January 30, 2012, 2:52 am
  10. But he knew that Moriarty was going to commit suicide? It seems like he freak the fuck out when Moriarty suicided

    Posted by Said Gómez Zerreitug | July 13, 2012, 7:35 am
  11. Ok-IMO the ‘out of character’ clue that the writers were talking about is Sherlock getting stressed out. He puts his hand behind his head into his collar, just after Moriarty shoots himself, and just before he jumps. The back of his neck is where the blood is coming out of the body on the ground, from under his collar. Beforehand, he asks Molly for something. What?
    I reckon it was blood. She could get some easily, she has a healthy supply of dead bodies. It’s blood in some kind of breakable container, like a small, tight balloon, but not a balloon-the noise it would make is too loud. He somehow predicts that Moriarty is ‘Prepared to do anything’ to beat Sherlock, so he makes Moriarty kill himself by saying that, as long as Moriarty is around, Sherlock doesn’t have to lose. Moriarty is tricked into killing himself in this way. Then, with Moriarty out of the way, he plants the blood capsule in his collar, and uses the ball-in-the-armpit trick everyone’s talking about. He jumps into the garbage lorry Molly or some other accomplice (Mycroft? Homeless network?) has put there, and either the shock of the jolt bursts the capsule, or he just climbs out really fast and slams to the ground, breaking the capsule. Meanwhile, the accomplice (male, so not Molly actually…) delays John. When people get to Sherlock, he is lying on the ground with no pulse (due to ball-in-armpit) and blood all over his neck (due to blood capsule). Seeing no pulse, the ambulance people take him to the morgue, I guess. Maybe Molly has a hand in this. Then Mycroft sneaks the Sherlock-body out the same way as he did all of the bodies on the airoplane. Again, it is possible Molly helps in some way.
    The medical team arrives too fast-Mycroft’s influence?
    Also, the lorry could drive away just so that no-one guesses – not because it’s containing Sherlock’s body.

    Posted by ellia | November 30, 2012, 5:08 pm

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