Anonymous said: Why didn't we get more about what Sherlock was up to between the fall and TEH? There seem to be very little emotional or psychic repercussions for him being captured and tortured. (And who knows what else happened during that time? That's the little five minute bit we saw!) Whereas, John suffers PTSD from a war the audience gets only glimpses of in dreams.
One of the most frustrating things about s3 for me was that John (as far as we know) never found out Sherlock was tortured. He never found out that when Sherlock endured John attacking him not once, not twice, but three times in TEH, Sherlock had fresh wounds under that suit.
The thing that kills me is that this is something they could help one another with. Now Sherlock has a taste of what being a soldier was like and why John sees a therapist. And if John found out Sherlock was suffering from the same thing, well, they could relate to one another on a whole new level. Maybe they could actually help each other…what’s that word?…oh. Heal.
Another thing I wonder is whether those clips we see of Sherlock in MHR are supposed to be real, or just Anderson’s imagination. Sitting on the Treploff jury, etc. I mean, Anderson was right about him coming back, and many of those little scenarios were canon tributes, so I kind of think they’re supposed to be true? Which means Sherlock wasn’t enduring torture or shitty conditions the entire two years. (Not that I’m dismissing what he went through – the length of time of an incident has no relevance to whether or not someone will suffer PTSD from it. Just curious about what the two years were like as a whole.)
And here’s where things get really fucked up. The writers have been very conscious about how they present John’s post-war mental state, starting with the hand tremor and nightmares in the pilot, the curing of his limp, and reminders of when he is and is not in therapy. Then they show us Sherlock being tortured, Sherlock obviously stiff and in pain when he’s talking to Mycroft (beginning of TEH in Mycroft’s office), Sherlock hearing John’s sharp, disapproving voice in his head while he’s trying to solve a case and talking out loud to that voice – to me, that’s not just about missing John, it’s a deeper issue – and then…he gets shot.
So if Sherlock didn’t have PTSD or any other psychological issues after being tortured, er…getting shot would probably do it, right? Especially getting shot by someone he trusted? And if he did have those issues, surely getting shot would, you know, exacerbate that just a bit?
In the empty house confrontation, I feel like he’s on autopilot, fixated on keeping John safe and figuring out what’s going on. After the 221B domestic, when he returns to the hospital, I wonder if PTSD symptoms surfaced. In the canteen scene with Cam, Sherlock is very careful, quiet, still. Not just physically (that’s to be expected in his condition) but the way he speaks is very measured. Ditto Christmas and Appledore – he’s physically healed, but his demeanor is so subdued.
I guess what I’m saying is that I feel like someone who went through this
and then went through this
and then did this
and faced THIS?
like…there is no coming out of that without some psychological damage.
Maybe we’ll see that in the special/s4. Maybe the special will start out like the pilot, only with Sherlock sitting in Ella’s office. Deducing random shit about her because he doesn’t want to talk about what he’s feeling. Reading “trust issues” upside down.