Can you believe it…neither can I. The third season of Sherlock kicked off with a bang on New Year ’s Day and managed to throw all of us back into the world of the legendary deductionist. A surprise reunion, a terrorist attack and a couple of bizarre facial hair, let’s take a look at The Empty Hearse.
We’re nearing the end of this article, so we have to talk about the terrorist threat. As mentioned, this episode was more a character piece dealing with how the various people reacted to Sherlock being alive. Some were overjoyed (Lestrade and Anderson), others shrieked in terror (Ms. Hudson) and some physically attacked people multiple times. An underground terrorist group planning to blow up part of London is a valid excuse for Sherlock’s return, but as evidenced in the story, it took a backseat with lack of focus and finding of clues and the emotion coursing through the episode. This all culminated in a lovely little scene on a train with a bomb and no time to escape the blast radius – perfect time to talk. This atmosphere is what is used to finally have these two friends sort out their differences and it is here that you see how sorry Sherlock is for lying and hurting John these last two years. It is also here that we finally get an explanation of how Sherlock survived. Let’s have a look.