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First things first: We need to clean up that whole mess of Sherlock killing Charles Augustus Magnussen in cold blood in “His Last Vow.” Mycroft informs his government cronies that Sherlock’s role in Magnussen’s death will never leave the room, & reveals doctored surveillance footage that exonerates his brother. So Sherlock is officially “off the hook”… but the authorities vì want lớn know why he’s still expecting more tricks from a dead Moriarty. He tells them he plans to wait for Moriarty to make the next move: “I’m the target. Targets wait.”
To keep himself busy while he waits, Sherlock tells John và a pregnant Mary that he’ll go back khổng lồ solving a string of crimes lượt thích everything’s normal. And in a fun montage, we see him rattling off solutions khổng lồ awed clients, barely burning a brain cell in the process. (“It’s never twins,” he drolly informs John during one investigation.)
Then the real case arrives: At Cabinet minister David Wellsbury’s 50th birthday party, he gets a Skype gọi from his young son Charlie in Tibet. But a week later, when a drunk driver smashes into a parked car in David’s driveway, the oto explodes… và Charlie’s toàn thân is found in it. In fact, the body toàn thân had been dead for a week, John declares. “Oh, this is a good one!” Sherlock exclaims. “Is it my birthday?”
Sherlock meets with the grieving parents — but feels “a pricking in
And that might be an understatement: Sherlock finds a memory stick with the initials A.G.R.A. On it hidden inside the bust. It matches a memory stick that held all of Mary’s secrets that John destroyed. Wait… Mary’s involved in this? The burglar knows who she is and tells Sherlock to lớn “tell her she’s a dead woman walking” before escaping into the night.
Sherlock’s mind is reeling (like ours is) & he confronts Mary, showing her the memory stick. She explains she was part of an elite team of mercenary agents, along with the burglar (named A.J.), carrying out missions for whoever paid the most. The memory sticks contained all their personal information, and served as insurance so that no member could rat the rest out; A.J. Hid his in the Thatcher bust before he was captured.
Mary’s stunned lớn know A.J. Is alive — & even more stunned lớn hear he wants her dead. Sherlock offers lớn protect her as part of his godfather vows, but she doses him with sleeping powder and runs off. After writing John a, um, Dear John letter, Mary adopts a series of disguises and aliases, ending up in Morocco… but Sherlock beats her there. “How did you find me?” she asks. “I’m Sherlock Holmes,” he shrugs. That, & he stuck a tracer on the memory stick. John’s there, too, & isn’t happy that she lied khổng lồ him. But before they can get her back to lớn London, shots ring out. It’s A.J. He explains he was tortured after Mary escaped, và he always blamed “the English woman.” But cops shoot A.J. Before he can explain.
Turns out “the English woman” isn’t Mary, but Mrs. Norberry, the doddering secretary we saw in the opening scene with Mycroft and the government cronies. Sherlock tracks her down lớn the London Aquarium, and she explains how she got rich selling government secrets, using A.G.R.A. As her personal hit squad. The cops arrive lớn take her away, but first, she fires her gun at Sherlock… & Mary dives in front và takes the bullet!
John tries lớn save his wife’s life, but Mary says, “I think this is it… you made me so happy.” After apologizing khổng lồ Sherlock for shooting him that one time, Marytenderly tells John: “Being Mary Watson was the only life worth living.” & with that, she dies. John unleashes a primal wail of grief and then lashes out at Sherlock: “You made a vow!” (And if you’re not tearing up by now, you’re made of stronger stuff than we are.)
In the aftermath, we see Mrs. Norberry being led away by the cops, John solemnly walking through a graveyard, and Sherlock seeing a therapist (!). Aftersharing a nice moment with Mrs. Hudson, though, he receives a CD in the mail, with the words “Miss Me?” written on it. (Uh-oh.) But it’s not from Moriarty; it’s from Mary. In a pre-recorded video clip to be played after her death, she gives him one last case to lớn solve: “Save John Watson.” Which will be tough, since John refuses lớn see him. Sigh.
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