#His Face Always Gets Me #Like He Just Realized How He Makes Molly Feel. #How She Has Even Started To Think That She Doesn’t Count. #This Scene Is Completely Amazing. #Breathtaking.
It’s so well acted…
Can I be a wet blanket here?
I think the idea was for us to think that^ at this scene. Reinforced by the emotionally loaded “What do you need? -You” further into this episode. But I think this is bait (I won’t go into how there are so many forced intentions for the viewer to lay eyes on Sherlock+anyonebutJohn in this series, but I will say this:)
I think this is Sherlock’s face while he realizes “you are right, you don’t count. I don’t think you do. SO… Moriarty wouldn’t think you count either.” And that’s the exact moment when Sherlock plans his face-to-face with Moriarty on the roof of the hospital. If Moriarty had thought Molly counted, he would have added her to the list of Sherlock’s friends and there would have been a fourth sniper. But he didn’t, because Molly is actually right when she says she doesnt’ count. Paradoxically, the exact moment she says so, she becomes the most important piece of the Sherlock’s plan for defeating Moriarty and surviving it. (How he did that is another story and I genuinely have NO IDEA what they’ll come up with. But I’m sure Molly was very much important in that plan)
Less romantic, I know, but I think the reason why Sherlock was “sad” as Molly says is because he hadn’t yet figure out the whole fake-my-own-death plan.
I disagree completely with the wet blanket, and here’s why:
On the roof, Sherlock wasn’t exhaustingly listing the people he cares about for Moriarty, the archenemy who is right in the middle of threatening to kill everyone Sherlock has ever loved. He wasn’t tipping his hand; he was listing them one by one, most obvious to least obvious, to see when Moriarty would cut him off and declare triumphantly that he had gunmen on all of them. Moriarty cut him off before he got to Molly, which means that the plan is still secret and no one’s coming for her. Remember that Moriarty has only ever seen Sherlock interact with Molly that one time in the lab when he was “Jim from IT.”
But when Sherlock was on the phone with John, listing off all the people he wants John to tell that he’s a fake [in order to protect them], he added Molly to the list when it counted.
It’s only Moriarty who thinks Molly doesn’t count.