Titlescreen of the episode showing Turner’s 1804 painting of the Reichenbach Bach fake book pdf. The episode deals with Moriarty’s attempt to undermine the public’s view of Sherlock and drive him to suicide. BBC One HD on 15 January 2012. 78 million viewers, and critical reaction to the episode was positive.
After the episode was aired, there was also much online and media speculation, which focused on Sherlock’s death. Holmes and Moriarty supposedly fall to their deaths in the original story. John Watson is in his first meeting with his therapist after eighteen months. Struggling to explain his visit, he eventually chokes out the words, “My best friend, Sherlock Holmes, is dead.
Before smashing the Crown Jewels’ case, he writes the words “Get Sherlock” on the outside, to be seen by the security cameras. He then allows himself to be caught by the police wearing the jewels and sitting on the throne. Sherlock is called to testify at Moriarty’s trial. Sherlock explains that Moriarty is a criminal mastermind. Moriarty has threatened the families of the jurors. After being acquitted, Moriarty visits Sherlock and tells him, “I owe you”.
Meanwhile, John is summoned to see Mycroft, who explains that some professional assassins have moved into flats on Baker Street and asks him to watch out for Sherlock. Sherlock and John investigate the kidnapping of the children of the British Ambassador to the U. Rufus Bruhl, part of a plot by Moriarty to make others suspect that Sherlock has been staging all his cases himself. He has traumatised the girl so she is terrified of Sherlock when seeing him, causing Sergeant Donovan to suspect Sherlock. A reluctant Lestrade is forced to arrest Sherlock, but Sherlock escapes with John handcuffed to him as his ‘hostage’. They realise Moriarty’s “Get Sherlock” has convinced the criminal underworld that Moriarty has given Sherlock the computer code he used to pull off his triple heist, a code that can bypass all security systems. Sherlock and John break into the house of a journalist, Kitty Riley, poised to publish an exposé on Sherlock.
Sherlock supposedly paid to pose as a master criminal. Now a wanted man with his media image on the verge of plummeting, Sherlock launches a final gambit. There he reveals his vulnerability to Molly, confirming her earlier “deduction” that he was “not okay”, that he’s going to die and asks her if she’s willing to help, telling her that he “needs her”. Mycroft and learns that Mycroft divulged Sherlock’s personal information during interrogations of Moriarty. Meanwhile, Sherlock deduces that the anti-security program was encoded in the tapping of Moriarty’s fingers during his earlier visit.
John finds Sherlock at the St. Bartholomew’s lab but leaves after hearing Mrs. Sherlock texts Moriarty, who meets him on the roof of the hospital to resolve what the criminal calls their “final problem”. Sherlock claims that, with the code, he can erase Richard Brook electronically. Moriarty’s assassins will kill John, Mrs. Sherlock realises that Moriarty has a fail-safe and can call the killings off. Sherlock are alike, Moriarty tells Sherlock “As long as I am alive, you can save your friends,” then commits suicide by shooting himself in the mouth, thereby denying Sherlock knowledge of the abort codes and the ability to prove that Moriarty does exist.
With no way to use the fail-safe, Sherlock calls John, who is rushing back from 221B Baker Street after realising the report about Mrs. Sherlock swan-dives off the roof of St. Bartholomew as John looks on terrified from the street, thereby ensuring that Moriarty’s true identity dies with him. After being knocked to the ground by a cyclist, John stumbles over to watch, grief-stricken, as Sherlock’s bloody body is carried away by hospital staff.
The episode returns to John’s therapy session, where he is unable to open up. Later, John visits Sherlock’s grave with Mrs. There, he reaffirms his faith in Sherlock and begs him not to be dead. As he walks away, Sherlock looks on from the shadows, out of John’s sight, before also walking away. Holmes and Moriarty square off. Watson’s leaving Holmes to attend to Mrs Hudson mirrors his return to the inn in the original story, in order to attend to a dying Englishwoman.
Final consolidated ratings rose to 9. As with the preceding two episodes in the second series, critical reaction to the episode was largely positive. Cumberbatch’s and Freeman’s performances “moving at times”. Cumberbatch was “riding the wave of what has been a triumph”. Moffat and his colleagues have written themselves into a hell of a hole with regards to the next series. If they don’t explain, there may be riots. 10, calling it “The grandstanding conclusion to the brilliant BBC series, packed to the rafters with smart dialogue, audacious plotting, stylish direction and some truly wonderful performances.