I have to say that the season finale was by far the best in terms of acting(!), staging (production design), story development, editing cinematography among other elements. I hope next year during award season they take notice because the actors deserve it. I hope Cumberbatch gets at least a BAFTA but I won’t hold my breath, he seems like the Leo Dicaprio of Britain.
My favorite scene(s) was during the moments when Sherlock was in his mind palace after being shot. Those moments are a perfect blend of camera shots, lighting, color correction, sound design, music, acting, and staging. Re-watched this episode a couple of times and will probably watch the series (1-3) just to get my Sherlock fixes and to come up with theories; some will seem random and weird. My main theory is Moriarty is still dead. From that theory I have three ideas on how his organization could still functioning:
- Moran was promoted to run Moriarty’s organization. He was in the stories and was Moriarty’s right-hand man. It would be a logical next step.
- Moriarty knew he was going to die and set his organization/people to run without him. There have been plenty of real stories about this. EX. the woman who died of cancer had a friend send a letter to a radio station only after the woman’s husband found love again. SO, Moriarty is alive in the hearts and minds of the people in his Organization.
- Dear Older Brother Mycroft could have faked it to save his little Brother. I admit I was reading some reviews and I thought this one was pretty good. Mycroft loves his little brother and considering he suggested his brother get sent off on a mission that he would die from then why not fool people into believing the infamous Moriarty is back.
I’m fully aware that my first two ideas wouldn’t work because Sherlock said he dismantled Moriarty’s organization but remember that Sherlock was trying to fool Moriarty so its only fair that Moriarty fool Sherlock.
To be honest I hope Moriarty is really alive. He was the perfect kind of evil, the kind that wasn’t afraid to die. To me that is something to fear. Magnussen was creepy but I didn’t fear him. He was terrified at gun point. Moriarty was the right kind of crazy, which meant he could control anyone or anything because he had no fear.
We’ll all have to wait to find out what will happen. I’m happy that they will be writing a fourth and fifth series. It sounds like they will end on the fifth but I’m sure they won’t go any higher than a sixth. Based on their turn around the fourth, fifth, and possibly sixth will come out the 2016, 2018, 2020 respectively. That’s a good run for any show. You have to end a series at its highest instead of letting it slowly die. I like the creators because they seem more concerned with story and character development than making as much money as possible from the series. My examples are House and Monk. Both characters were influenced by Sherlock and both series went on and on till someone pulled the plug. I don’t believe the creators intend to do that. They have Doctor Who but even that will probably end in a few years (I’m thinking before the final series of Sherlock). I could be wrong but I hope they do it that way.
Check out the interview with Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue: http://collider.com/sherlock-season-4-5steven-moffat-sue-vertue-interview/
And this one with just Moffat: