Anonymous said: I was rewatching Sherlock when it hit me that we always see John in bed when he's upset, having a nightmare or something like that. They use little scenes of him uncomfortable in bed to tell us about him and his mental state. Wouldn't it be sweet that after everything we had a scene of him sleeping peacefully for once? Maybe next to someone he loves? The closest we've got to that is the staircase nap at the stag do.
I really think we’re gonna get that scene, tbh.
The show has visually set up for it since day one.
This show basically loves the over-the-bed shot and shots that are reminiscent of over-the-bed shots. And there’s a definite progression of how this shot is used throughout the show.
We start in ASiP with a literal over-the-bed shot, and we see John in bed alone (and of course this bed is small, so he has nowhere to lie except for in the middle, but his room is arranged so that his bedside table is on the left… just hold onto that thought):
And then later in ASiP, we get John and Sherlock (and continue to note for later, John on the left and Sherlock on the right) in a pose reminiscent of an over-the-bed shot (and happy and laughing and breathing hard, almost like it’s, well… post-coital):
Fast forward to series 2, and ASiB. Episode 1.1 was when we saw John alone in bed, and 2.1 is when we see Sherlock alone in bed just before he wakes up calling for John (in the shot, Sherlock is in the center of the bed, but shortly after this in the scene we see that Sherlock’s room is arranged so that his bedside table is on the right… just keep on holding that thought for now):
That’s all we get for series 2. So moving on to series 3, which is a veritable goldmine in so many ways… We start off post-reunion with John lying in bed next to Mary (John on the left, Mary on the right) while he’s presumably being kept awake by his emotional turmoil over Sherlock’s return:
Moving right along to TSoT, we have another figurative over-the-bed shot of John and Sherlock together (John on the left, Sherlock on the right, are we seeing a pattern here):
And then finally, for our final specimen, we have John and Mary again in HLV, while John is dreaming of Sherlock while lying next to his wife (each in their customary places, of course, with John on the left and his partner on the right):
So basically what I take away from this is:
- John and Sherlock are already established as each having a “side of the bed” and they just happen to be complementary sides
- In s3, the shot of John and Sherlock lying together on the stairs, sandwiched in between two episodes of John and Mary lying together in the same relative positions, visually draws the connection of exactly what kind of relationship John and Sherlock have (hint: it’s not platonic and Sherlock is the other spouse)
- There’s a certain progression to the shots, and pretty much the only thing we haven’t gotten is John and Sherlock literally lying in bed together
We gonna see these two little shits lying in bed together.