BBC’s Sherlock contained a list of amazing characters during their 4 seasons, all of which changed a lot during the show. From Benedict Cumberbatch’s memorable portrayal of Sherlock Holmes to Andrew Scott’s portrayal of the infamous Moriarty, the characters were complex and intriguing in equal numbers.
While some of the characters from Sherlock, such as John and Molly, started quite differently from the characters they would grow to be, the first and last line of each character encompassed their growth throughout the series, and these quotes are still definitive years after the last paragraph.
First: “Just In, 67, Natural Causes.”
Last: “I love you.”
Molly was a shy but practical character who had an infamous love for Sherlock himself. In the beginning, Molly usually only showed up when she was at the morgue, as her first line in the series suggests. Her dedication to her job meant that despite her timid behavior, she was very pragmatic and unaffected by death, and therefore later became very dependent on other characters.
At the end of Sherlock, Molly had on more than one occasion proved that she would not be defined by her feelings for Sherlock, and she tried her best to get on with her life. But as part of the Euros’ evil plan to mentally torture her brother, Molly was forced to tell Sherlock her feelings. The moment was devastating to watch, but Molly’s admission of her love was not just heartbreaking – it also showed her strength in finally being able to confront what she had been hiding for so long, and her words ultimately showed Sherlock, how strong she was.
First: “Sherlock, hey!”
Last: “The kettle is over there.”
Mrs. Hudson was one of the most beloved characters on Sherlock with good reason. Throughout the series, she was always there for Sherlock and John, but was ready to cut them down in size if she felt they were doing the wrong thing. While her first line was pretty simple, her last line embraced her character perfectly.
Told to Mycroft in “The Final Problem,” Mrs. Hudson’s line was in response to her asking if he wanted a cup of tea, which was an integral part of her personality throughout the series. Mrs. Hudson, however, strongly disliked Sherlock’s brother, and instead of her branded supply of tea, she instead effectively asked him to make one for herself. Her last words, which were frightening yet comical, were an amazing representation of her character.
First: “Well, they all took the same poison …”
Last: “No, he’s better than that. He’s a good one.”
Greg was often portrayed as a bubbly and cynical detective who resented having to rely on Sherlock’s help as it made him feel inferior in his job. However, he showed appreciation for Sherlock’s abilities to deduction, even though he did not always understand them – as his first line in the series illustrates, which showed him trying to understand the matter at hand with little success.
But his last words represented the change in his mindset. Said to an officer after the rescue of John and Sherlock in “The Final Problem,” Greg’s words were a call back to an earlier statement he had given Sherlock, in which he clarified that Sherlock would never become a “good” man. When the officer he spoke to called Sherlock “fantastic,” Greg corrected him with this line, and it was a touching tribute to how far both men had come.
First: “Sorry it took so long.”
Last: “When all else fails … There are two men sitting and arguing in a spooky apartment. As if they’ve always been there and always will. The best and smartest men I’ve ever known. My Baker Street Boys. Sherlock Holmes And Dr. Watson. “
Mary had one of the most shocking character developments on Sherlock when she was introduced to the series 3 show as John’s unsuspecting but friendly girlfriend, only to be revealed that she was an assassin living under a false name. Her first line was told to John, moments before it was revealed that Sherlock was still alive, and it was a rather non-descriptive introduction to her character.
But by the end of the series, Mary was one of the best characters on Sherlock. Despite her tragic death in “The Six Thatchers”, Mary’s last words came in the last episode of the show, in a recording back to John and Sherlock. Mary’s words were part of the concluding voice of the entire series and were a touching reminder that no matter what happened, the world had Sherlock and John, and they would always like each other in the same way.
First: “Make room, John.”
Last: “She has gone beyond our sight. There are no words that can reach her now.”
Introduced in the very first episode, “A Study in Pink,” Mycroft’s first words immediately characterized him as Sherlock’s schematic and intelligent older brother. When he tried to get John to spy on Sherlock for him, it was clear that Mycroft was a character who did not care much for the opinions or feelings of others, especially if they got in the way of his job.
At the end of Sherlock, Mycroft seemed to relax a bit in his behavior, as the situation with the Euro forced him to ironically turn to Sherlock and John for help. Mycroft’s last words saw him uncharacteristically admit his own failures when he told his mother that his sister was impossible to save. His last line was a humiliating moment for his character, as it similarly condemned the amount of power he had been portrayed to have, but also humanized him.
First: “Oh, sorry. I did not …”
Last: “And here we are at the end of the line. Holmes kills Holmes. This is where I get off.”
Moriarty’s first words played an intelligent façade from the very beginning and were part of his cunning as Molly’s new girlfriend. His first line was retrospectively indicative of his dizzying personality as he played the role of Molly’s clumsy and unsuspecting boyfriend in an excellent way, well concealing his identity as a criminal brain.
Like Mary, Moriarty’s last words in the series came long after his death, recorded in line with Eurus’ takeover of Sherrinford, the prison in which she had been placed. welcomed the fact that Sherlock and Mycroft were ready to die at each other’s hands and carried out his metaphor of being a train conductor with eerie results that suited his character.
First: “Yes, well. Very good.”
Last: “Yeah, I think you better get around here.”
John wore one of the best character bows Sherlock, when he started the series as a man haunted by war with no idea what direction his life was going in, but ended it as the complete opposite. His introduction took place in a therapy session as he tried to heal from the trauma of his recent experiences, and the tone of his voice contradicts how firm he was.
In the time between his first and last retorts, John grew massively as a character as he found his purpose in life working side by side with Sherlock, and he became a husband and a father. Despite the pain he endured, such as losing his wife, he learned at the end of the show to be more open to others and accept their help instead of wallowing in his loneliness. His last line was to Sherlock, and while he was subtle, he showed that he reached out to his friend so they could both see Mary’s last goodbye together.
First: “How fresh?”
Last: “He did his best.”
Sherlock was known for being heartless from time to time, and his first line in the series showed how cavalier he was in dealing with death when he treated it as something to pick up clues from and nothing more. His ignorant but admittedly practical attitude got him into trouble many times, but also allowed him to see things that others could not.
But by the end of the series, it was clear that his often rude and rigid ways had become softer after all he had endured. When Eurus was again safely trapped, Sherlock listened while his parents admonished Mycroft to keep her secret and then play a role in her escape. In a rare moment of camaraderie for Sherlock, he defended his brother. Given the usual state of the brother’s relationship, Sherlock’s last quote showed how far his character had come, and his quiet defense was a testament to his own personal growth.
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