Discuss: Sherlock Abominable Fan Theories
Warning: This feature contains spoilers from the Sherlock special.
From the mystery of Moriarty, to the lingering questions about Mrs. Mary Watson, fans everywhere are talking about Sherlock: The Abominable Bride! Has the hero's nemesis truly been quelled? Was there any truth to the case of Emelia Ricoletti? What clues about the writers' future plans were dropped for fans?
We've rounded up five of the most engaging, intriguing, and entertaining theories about what's next for Sherlock.
has a twin.
The most obvious, although unlikely, solution to the central
mystery of The Abominable Bride is
that although Moriarty is dead, his twin remains. For many fans, this theory
was further proven by Sherlock’s comic assertion that, “It’s never twins!” Some
have taken this a step further, suggesting that Sherlock’s short-lived
girlfriend Janine—of similar dark hair and Irish brogue—is in fact Moriarty’s
twin sister. Her unexpected reappearance in the Sherlock special, as a member of the “Bride’s” secret society, has
fans around the world wondering: Could
it be twins?
plans to kill Sherlock.
Whether due to Sherlock’s increasingly out of control
relationship with illegal drugs, brotherly envy, or for matters of national
security—some have speculated that Mycroft plans to put an end to his younger
brother. Eagle-eyed fans noticed the one word prominently circled in Mycroft’s
notebook: “Redbeard,” the name of Sherlock’s childhood dog, who—it was revealed
in a previous episode—was put down, and who Charles Magnussen once identified
as a “pressure point” for Sherlock. Will Sherlock suffer the same fate of
is more than a man.
Although Sherlock was clear about Moriarty’s death, some
fans are wondering whether his name means something more. Just like the
imaginary phantom of The Abominable Bride,
could the name and role of “Moriarty” be taken up by anyone at any time, a
banner to be picked up by fellow sociopaths and crime enthusiasts?
is really dead, but his plan is already in motion.
Though many believe Moriarty is truly dead, it wouldn’t be
the first time that the criminal mastermind’s organizational skills have
transcended your everyday resume. Could even his death be part of a grander
plan, into which Sherlock has been playing all along?
something about Mary…
Over the years there have been plenty of clues to suggest
that Mary Watson’s past is less than pristine—Sherlock himself once identified
her as a past or present intelligence agent. Most recently, in The Abominable Bride, she took a turn as
an expert hacker, quickly gaining access to files and archives that Mycroft
assured were buried. Some fans have speculated that Mary is surely this Sherlock’s
version of the detective’s arch-enemy and Moriarty’s accomplice: Sebastian
Moran. From her uncanny intuition, to her dangerous skill set, to the simple similarity
between her maiden name (“Morstan”) and Moran—What
is Mary hiding?