"Can’t two guys just have a close, platonic love/friendship?"
I’m so sick of hearing this question. As if books, shows, and films are flooded with homosexual relationships and why can’t we just have a male friendship story for once, when in reality we live in a world of bromances and queerbaiting and it’s about time someone did something different.
I’m not saying Johnlock is definitely endgame. Personally, I believe/hope it is, but I can’t predict what the writers will do. But if you think the idea of these two characters realizing that they have romantic and/or sexual feelings for one another is a joke, we have a serious problem.
Let’s recap where we are here at the start of His Last Vow. Sherlock and John have acknowledged that they are one another’s best friends, and that they love one another. Up until the wedding, they had several months of solving cases together. Sherlock had his best friend and blogger. John had his best friend, all the crime and danger a growing boy needs, and he was engaged to the woman he loved. Things couldn’t have been better for either of them.
Yet Sherlock leaves the reception early and they don’t speak for a month.
So here’s John, lying in bed with his pregnant wife, dreaming of the war he misses (the exact dream he had in the pilot, this is called regression). And then the war fades, and Sherlock walks into his head. Ask him if he wants to see some more. Oh god, yes. (I know I know, he’s talking about “the game.” Good thing subtext isn’t a thing that exists and writers aren’t well aware of how and when they use it.)
John throws off his wife’s hand off and sits up, Sherlock’s face still clear in his mind.
John loves Mary. John is happy they are expecting a baby. John hasn’t seen his best friend in a few weeks (I’m not counting the honeymoon, it’s not like he expected to spend time with him then). So could someone please tell me how to interpret this scene in any way other than John needs/wants something from Sherlock that he is not getting. Could someone please tell me how this opening scene is indicative of a strong platonic friendship.
Because I’ve got news for you. Sherlock and John’s superstrong friendship was established loud and clear in TSoT, to the audience and to one another. Up until Sherlock makes his vow during the reception, that episode showed us two characters with everything they could want. Sherlock has friends now, and a best friend to solve crimes with. John has Sherlock back, and after all his failed relationships back in season one, he’s marrying a fantastic woman that gets along great with Sherlock (and that’s certainly a first).
But neither are happy at the start of HLV. And there are no more relationship revelations for these two to have except for THE one.
I find it funny that I get anon hate on my johnlock metas saying I’m “trying too hard” or coming up with “tortured metaphors” when I’d have to work so, so much harder to come up with any other interpretation of this show.
Also wanted to point out that, in real life (or at least in my case), when you’ve just woke up and still can “see” something you were just dreaming about, it’s mostly because you don’t want the dream to fade away so quickly. You somehow want to keep dreaming. I know, maybe i’m reaching, or maybe this just happens to me and my dreams, but that “The game is ON” after John is awake… That’s something.