John, did I do it wrong?
Did he do it fucking wrong? Ugh just kill me with a rusty spoon, and rip my eyes out. HE THOUGHT HE DID IT FUCKING WRONG!? FUCK!
I’m sobbing even today from that scene
There might be a day when I don’t reblog this scene, but that day isn’t today.
He just up and reads a love letter. Out loud. In front ot everyone. AND HE HAS NO IDEA
Reblogging again because: YES. THIS.
(Also reblogging again because it’s, like, my fave.)
It just breaks my damned heart how he automatically turns to John. John is his barometer for how he should behave, his conduit for understanding the world.
God, he’s gut-wrenching.
these two can never, ever be apart. Never
There are so many wonderful things about this scene, but one of my favourites is the demonstration of how physically affectionate John is when his guard is down.
john is an expressive and wholehearted hugger. There really can be no question about the depth of his affection when he pulls Sherlock into a hug like that, eyes squeezed shut, clinging onto him he’ll never let him go. It’s like he’s wrapping his whole body around Sherlock and surrounding him in undeniable affection. It’s a beautiful thing.
And we don’t even really get to see the whole hug, because he’s clearly not in favour of letting go when he does. He wasn’t finished with that hug in any way whatsoever. Even once Sherlock gets going with his speech again, John still has a hand on his neck. Everything in John still wants to be clinging to Sherlock. He’s still got more to (physically) say.
John is, it seems, far more comfortable speaking with his body than he is with his words. But this conversation is interrupted by Sherlock’s speech, the one John asked him to give, much like their relationship is interrupted by Sherlock’s choice to deceive John and leave at the end of The Reichenbach Fall. Whenever they reach a point of loving one another simply and completely, the plot drags them apart too soon, before that conversation, physical or otherwise, is complete. This series is affection interruptus at its finest.
I love the idea of John as physically demonstrative when he feels he’s allowed to be. Look how happy he is to hug Sherlock! LET ME LOVE YOU, that’s what his body language says. COME HERE AND LET ME LOVE YOU. NO. SHUT UP. LET ME LOVE YOU. I’M NOT DONE YET.
And thus I deduce that John is a cuddler, and a really, really good one. Since Sherlock is in desperate need of a good cuddle, this could work out very well.
The more I watch this episode the more I love it, and the more small things I notice. Out of the 3 episodes of season 3, this one scene makes me choke up every time I watch it, no matter how many times I’ve seen it! Yes, that’s right—Sherlock had no idea he had just read a love letter to a roomful of (mostly) strangers. He thought he had done something wrong when he saw everyone crying. To see John FINALLY hug Sherlock was one of the best moments in television. I felt like the barrier was finally broken, and NOW maybe they could start being honest with each other.
One thing I have always wondered about this scene is if the hug was ad libbed. I don’t exactly know what t is about it that even made me wonder that, but I find myself asking that question every time I watch this. If it is not ad libbed, did Martinand Ben come up with the idea or did the writers? I ask this because of the reaction from Sherlock/Ben. Just watch it a few times.