ok so i think Harry being absent from the wedding is actually more important than just a throw-away “she fell off the wagon” excuse can explain. i think something has happened to her, something very bad, and in his efforts to get her back, John will be fatally wounded, 3 Garridebs style.
Honestly I expect Moriarty has done, or will do, something with her. ‘Cause he knows her from John’s blog, and my theory is that Moriarty supplied CAM with John’s pressure points: Mary, and Harry. So he knows he can use Harry as a pressure point.
I am actually, literally, one hundred percent, totally in love with mild-lunacy. I mean, not a lit bit. Mild-lunacy is the new Martin Freeman for me. No kidding.
Not to mention the fact that Sherlock, I’m sorry, is socially awkward as fuck. He very probably has some low form of autism anyway (and evidence suggests ACD based him off someone with autism, before the thing was diagnosed by psychology and given a name).
In addition to which, you need to consider communication styles. The UK are pretty high context, which means they do not spoon-feed, they imply, and expect their conversation partners to implicitly understand them. By comparison, a low context society uses very blunt communication, they consider room for interpretation to be obscure and confusing.
In short, what OP presents is how an American without autism would talk. Sherlock could have spoken that way because he was “so gay lol”, or because of how his mind works and how his culture works. Considering that in addition to this he’s never had an interest in men, and would not live with one if men turned him on… hmmmmmm….
So yes please, OP, get that dumb shit off my dash.
I didn’t put it on your dash. I put it on my blog.
I’m pretty sure this is another instance of Tumblr culture clash; subtlety gets lost so easily when we think we know what other people are saying. But anyway, the interesting thing to me is Sherlock’s subtlety. Was it subtlety?JOHN: You don’t have a girlfriend, then?
SHERLOCK (still looking out of the window): Girlfriend? No, not really my area.
(A moment passes before he realises the possible significance of this statement.) JOHN: Oh, right. D’you have a boyfriend?
(Sherlock looks round at him sharply.)
JOHN: Which is fine, by the way.
SHERLOCK: I know it’s fine. (x)There are really three ways to look at this: a) these are two British men we’ve just met, and know little about, making indirectly-phrased small-talk; b) these are two iconic characters we know very well by now, talkingunusually directly about their feelings and outlooks on life; c) these are two characters created by Moffat and Gatiss, establishing their takes on romantic/sexual entaglements that most likely have some relevance and/or foreshadowing use for the rest of the show.
If you think they’re just these two British dudes with issues, then you may feel free to bring in references to British culture at large, psychological diagnostics in general, and heterosexual behavior in general. You may notice that ambiguity means many things in the ‘real world’, and not feel obliged to narrow down ambiguous potentials based on fictional rules, because fiction is just a reflection of how ‘real people’ act. You can’t really assume things about real people based on how they talk, although most people feel free to speculate on Sherlock’s potential psychiatric issues (which frequently involves generalization, speculation and projection) a lot more freely than on his sexuality. Further, it is a fact that ‘coming out’ is a fraught process, and one that requires some hoops to be jumped through. It is supposed to be explicit and direct, or you’re assumed straight. Asexuality easily becomes derailed in the ‘real world reading’, because it is essentially read as ‘non-queer’ by default; ambiguity is naturally weighed towards heteronormative options (note: Irene is still a romantic option here, with ‘sapiosexuality’ used to connote heteroromantic desires).
If you think they’re just two characters (that we have three seasons-worth of information on now), you may notice that girlfriends being ‘not really my area’ is the most Sherlock ever says about his sexuality for essentially three seasons, and so it gains near-equivalent weight to saying he’s not interested in women. Especially given Sherlock’s behavior with Irene and Janine, in the context of the rest of the show, this isn’t actually all that ambiguous. If you think about the show, you realize that Sherlock never denies being a couple with John (even in that exact scene, with Angelo), and this is a trend that continues indefinitely. You also realize that he is no longer married to his work as of Series 3 and ‘The Sign of Three’, where he actively preferred organizing John’s wedding to doing anything else, apparently. You may also hear a mirror of Sherlock saying ‘I know it’s fine’ with his conversation with Mycroft in ‘The Empty Hearse’— ‘why would anyone mind?’ Being ambiguously different is important to Sherlock, and he reiterates this in a scene where he tells Mycroft that being alone because of that is unnecessary, and he prefers not to be.