Sunday, July 21, 2013

‘Sherlock’ series 3, episode 3 title revealed! What does ‘His Last Vow’ mean?

By Jaclyn Brett at 11:50 pm, July 20, 2013
Reviewed by Lexxie Ehrenkaufer

Episode of Series 3: “His Last Vow.”

The announcement did not fail to live up to the precedent set by Sherlock; it’s mysterious, it’s clever, and it’s just enough to get fans excited. And as a fan of both the show and the original stories, I have my own ideas as to what this could mean.

(Note: for those who don’t know-and don’t want to know- the contents of the Doyle stories, spoilers lie ahead. Read at your own risk)

We know the episode doesn’t have anything to do with Sherlock re-entering John’s life. Mark Gatiss, co-creator and writer, said he wants to get that over with by the second episode. So what is it? We can look to the contents of the recent Comic-Con panel to get a better idea.

It’s been affirmed that John will be married in the upcoming series. (Sorry, Johnlock fans, Mary Morstan will be the one walking down the aisle). The “wedding” hint for the episode, as well as the novel it’s based on, “The Sign of Four,” where book Watson meets his future wife, were pretty strong hints if you looked for them. But the SDCC Sherlock panel really topped it off: Steven Moffat himself confirmed it to an audience of 5,000 fans, and showed a clip from the series that proved it beyond any fans doubt.

All in all, it’s been a pretty obvious route. But then we get this game-changer: “His Last Vow.” Now, this could mean a variety of things, but I’ve been to enough weddings to connect the dots-and to remember the last of the wedding vows. “’til death do us part”.

Ooh. Not good.

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