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I like RadioTime's theory:

 

Sadly, Gatiss is staying tight-lipped about that but he did point out that as the duo leap from Rathbone Place into their futures "we don't know if they made that last step".

 

Maybe those final words were simply "Aaaarrgh!"

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I'm theorizing it's the Victorian Holmes and Watson talking about their latest theories of the future.

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I don't remember reading this before! Someone who actually liked TFP interviewing Moffat, and Moffat giving less evasive answers than usual. Mostly about Eurus and how they came up with her character.

www.vulture.com/2017/01/sherlock-showrunner-steven-moffat-the-final-problem.html

I remember that last bit though, so maybe I have read it.

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31 minutes ago, Arcadia said:

I don't remember reading this before! Someone who actually liked TFP interviewing Moffat, and Moffat giving less evasive answers than usual. Mostly about Eurus and how they came up with her character.

www.vulture.com/2017/01/sherlock-showrunner-steven-moffat-the-final-problem.html

I remember that last bit though, so maybe I have read it.

It's a good interview, I don't think that I had read this before.

Reading Moffat's reasoning behind Mycroft giving Eurus the time with Moriarty, and the governor's actions and mistakes... I feel like now time has passed I am actually at peace with all of that. It irked me at the time, but really it makes sense because intelligent people often do make big mistakes mostly through arrogance.

Off topic but I now feel totally different about how Sherlock ended because my former favourite The X files came back and had a truly terrible (for me) ending. I can now see in contrast to that, at least Sherlock's ending, if that is what it was, kept people mostly in character and made sense. So Sherlock's ending, in hindsight, is possibly better than I thought, because I can see the virtue in the writers having freedom and even doing things I don't agree with, if they at least for the most part do it well.

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6 hours ago, Arcadia said:

I don't remember reading this before! Someone who actually liked TFP interviewing Moffat, and Moffat giving less evasive answers than usual. Mostly about Eurus and how they came up with her character.

www.vulture.com/2017/01/sherlock-showrunner-steven-moffat-the-final-problem.html

I remember that last bit though, so maybe I have read it.

I don't remember it either. Thanks!

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Yes, I think I'm slowly reconciling myself to S4 as well. For me it wasn't the ending that bothered me so much, but what came before it. But it's true, I think they kept everyone largely in character. And I appreciated the article because for once they ... well, Moffat ... wasn't being defensive. And of course I like that he confirms what I've thought all along :D ... that they've been showing us how Sherlock learns empathy, kindness etc. can be a strength too, not just intelligence. Neat.

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Yes, the moral at the heart of it all is sound, and it says something important about who Sherlock is, his relationships and what his personal focus is and will be, which is a fairly nice note to leave things on. I may have finally learned not to attach myself so much to the way I want a series to resolve things, but to appreciate the journey they took us on! Which for the most part, was pretty great really.

It may be that I'm forgetting several elements I really hated, but I'm beginning to think if I go back and re-watch I'll be able to enjoy most of it. Six Thatchers might be a problem, but I've actually got episodes that largely aren't my bag in most of the seasons. The fact TFP is about things like family, where Sherlock and his siblings came from and what his values now are, in light of his experiences through the show, makes it a pretty satisfactory finale . It's almost impossible to make a finale that will please everyone anyway, so I think I'll be happy with one that leaves characters largely unscathed and perhaps slightly improved.

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Well, now we know how to get honest, interesting answers from Steven Moffat:  Ask nicely.  Gee, who'da thunk it?  :P

I agree with y'all, hearing their rationales for TFP helps it make more sense to me.  Mostly, though, I'm even more looking forward to S5.

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I hadn't read this interview. It is always nice to learn about Moftiss' perception of the character of Sherlock Holmes both in the show and in interviews. As you know, I've always liked TFP very much. However, I think SM is very kind here regarding Mycroft's choices, and a little severe towards the governor. In this series 4 Mycroft seemed to me so much short-sighted in his bargainings with evil, even if he did it for a greater good! The governor, as a scientist, couldn't resist a minimal chat with Euros and thus somehow did his job...Well, I really can't blame SM for defending one of his main characters, who moreover happens to be my favourite one!

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On 4/22/2018 at 3:26 PM, Arcadia said:

I don't remember reading this before! Someone who actually liked TFP interviewing Moffat, and Moffat giving less evasive answers than usual. Mostly about Eurus and how they came up with her character.

www.vulture.com/2017/01/sherlock-showrunner-steven-moffat-the-final-problem.html

I remember that last bit though, so maybe I have read it.

Thank you. That was a great read and really enjoyable. Now I want to go and watch some Sherlock again. 

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Did they film the episodes in airing order?  If not, they could have trimmed it off.

I hadn't noticed that at all.

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I don't have a comment about the interview with Sian; I'm just excited to have had an actual Alex the Dabbler sighting!  He should show his handsome green head around here more often.

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13 minutes ago, Hikari said:

I'm just excited to have had an actual Alex the Dabbler sighting! 

Oh, right -- Alex had become sort of a myth by the time you joined, hadn't he?  I agree, it'd be nice to see him around here a little more often.

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5 hours ago, Carol the Dabbler said:

Oh, right -- Alex had become sort of a myth by the time you joined, hadn't he?  I agree, it'd be nice to see him around here a little more often.

Carol,

Your husband’s escaped!😃

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