Anonymous asked:

About Mycroft letting Moriarty go... I though Mycroft would have wanted to keep a close eye on Moriarty and see if he can find the kind the key by watching his actions closely, since it became clear he wasn't actually going to share any actual information.

Even though I was clearly just figuring it out as I wrote the answer to that question, I am now quite firmly convinced that Jim was primarily the one manipulating the situation.

Remember this part of Scandal?

Irene: Jim Moriarty sends his love.

Mycroft: Yes, he’s been in touch. Seems desperate for my attention, which I’m sure can be arranged.

Jim had been working on the final problem for a long time.

Jim used the “jumbo jet” text as part of the effort to get Mycroft’s attention. He made up the key code and baited Mycroft into abducting him because of it. Then he manipulated Mycroft into giving him Sherlock’s life story. There’s no way Jim was going into that situation with the possibility of being held indefinitely, so he must’ve had arrangements in place to trigger his release once he had what he needed.

I continue to think of things at the very moment I’m writing this, so I may be completely off-base about this next part. But let’s just go for it…

Mycroft said they’d interrogated Jim for weeks after abducting him. We know Jim was released at the end of Hounds. The events seen in Hounds took place over the course of only a few days, so we can backtrack and say that when Sherlock and John were in 221B at the start of the episode that was just a few days before Mycroft let Jim go.

What happened when Sherlock and John were in 221B during Hounds? Sherlock was freaking out about needing a new case, and making John check all the papers for anything interesting.

Sherlock saying “Nothing of importance?” right after John mentioned the the cabinet reshuffle made me think OMG THAT’S TOTALLY GONNA BE IMPORTANT. But then it didn’t seem like anything came of it, so I figured it was nothing.

And maybe it is still nothing.

Or maybe that cabinet reshuffle was somehow due to Jim’s manipulations, and it’s what led to his release within a matter of days.

Because while I’m sure you’re right that Mycroft would’ve kept an eye on Jim after releasing him, Anon, he was also very clearly concerned about his brother’s safety. And with good reason—Jim had scratched Sherlock’s name all over the holding cell. He even scratched it backwards into the one-way mirror so that it would read correctly for Mycroft on the other side. Jim was basically saying, “Hey, you—I’m going to kill your brother.”

If the decision had actually been up to Mycroft, I don’t think he would’ve picked that particular day to let Jim go, do you?

Jim had the whole thing worked out, he’d gotten what he’d needed, and now it was time for him to move on and get ready for the next phase of the plan.

And speaking of that phase… Remember what it was? Jim wrote “Get Sherlock” backwards on the glass at the Tower of London.

It was like what he had done with the one-way mirror in the holding cell. Except in the Tower, Jim had some kind of paint pen to write with. We never did figure out how Jim had managed to scratch Sherlock’s name into the glass in the holding cell, because we didn’t see anything in that room he could’ve used to do it.

But remember what else Jim had in the Tower?

A diamond. A diamond that would be tiny enough to hide on Jim’s person when he was in the cell. A diamond that would’ve been quite capable of scratching that one-way mirror glass.

If Jim had the diamond with him in the holding cell just for the sake of being able to scratch out a message to Mycroft before he left, to me that just strengthens the idea that the entire abduction was part of Jim’s plan and that he already knew what the next phase would be.

Like I said, Jim had been working on the final problem for a long time.

But do you see what’s hanging over us now? The possibility that’s out there?

Sherlock: So how are you going to do it? Burn me?

Jim: Ah, that’s the problem, the final problem. Have you worked out what it is yet? What’s the final problem? I did tell you… but did you listen?

Jim: Well… here we are at last. You and me, Sherlock. And our problem—the final problem. Staying alive!

"Stayin’ Alive" was the big clue that Jim gave Sherlock to tell him what the final problem was. All the way back at the swimming pool, his phone rang and that was his ringtone. But how could that have been a clue for Sherlock if Jim didn’t know it would happen?

Well, the person who called him was Irene.

So now we’re looping all the way back around to where I started this post—the conversation between Irene and Mycroft from Scandal:

Irene: Jim Moriarty sends his love.

Mycroft: Yes, he’s been in touch. Seems desperate for my attention, which I’m sure can be arranged.

Irene: I had all this stuff and never knew what to do with it. Thank God for the consultant criminal. Gave me a lot of advice about how to play the Holmes boys. Do you know what he calls you? The Ice Man… and the Virgin. Didn’t even ask for anything, he just likes to cause trouble—that’s my kind of man.

Irene had all this stuff, and didn’t know what to do with it. But then somehow she suddenly got the phone number of this consulting criminal, who knew exactly how to help her out. He didn’t even ask for anything in return.

What if Jim didn’t ask for anything in return because he was actually getting exactly what he needed from Irene without her ever knowing? Something to play each of the Holmes boys. The information about the jumbo jet to catch Mycroft’s attention. And even before that, even before she’d ever spoken a word to him, the phone call at exactly the right moment to give Sherlock the “Stayin’ Alive” clue.

When Irene called Jim, she had a client waiting. Doesn’t seem like the time she would’ve been on the internet looking up “consulting criminal” and stumbled across Jim’s phone number.

So what if Jim had actually arranged for Irene, who he already knew would want to call him, to get his phone number at exactly the right moment. She called, his phone rang, and then this happened:

Jim: Sorry… Wrong day to die.

Sherlock: Oh. Did you get a better offer?

Jim: You’ll be hearing from me, Sherlock.

And then Jim left. But it wasn’t because he got a better offer. It was because he had planned the whole thing. This was how it was always meant to go.

You guys.

The problem.

The final problem.

It was the final problem of The Great Game.






I guarantee you I did not know where I would end up when I started this post. I thought I was writing a paragraph-long answer to a question. This has basically been pure train of thought. Probably the closest I will ever be able to get to a real-time demonstration of what happens when I come up with a theory.

Of course, that also means maybe I will wake up tomorrow morning and realize everything I’ve just typed was complete gibberish.

But if not… If somehow this still makes sense tomorrow… BOOM. My mind is blown. It is so blown.

I think I’m done answering asks for tonight.

I think I need to go lie down.

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    Great Show , BOOM , my mind is blown :D
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    Very compelling theory tries to convince me how Moriarty might still be alive but it’s gonna take a lot more convincing...
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