It's been two years since Holmes fell to his seeming death in the Season 2 finale of "Sherlock." Of course, fans saw him at the end of that episode somehow alive, but John Watson didn't know that. And so he's been grieving all that time. He also found a way to move on by falling in love.
Unfortunately, Sherlock picked the worst time -- and possibly the worst way -- to tell his old friend that he was alive. First of all, he waited two years. Two years during which he knew John was completely wrecked by his "death." Second, he revealed himself moments before Watson was about to propose to his girlfriend.
What he didn't anticipate was John's reaction. Because he doesn't really get people, he simply couldn't fathom that John would be enraged at having been lied to for so long. What followed was a sequence both poignant and hilarious as Sherlock tried to explain himself, and John viciously attacked him over and over again. After each attack, the action picked up at a new restaurant; the group presumably having gotten tossed from the previous one.
“It’s a blend of comedic acting ... A+ directing and cinematography, and deeply emotional character moments," wrote Bustle's Alanna Bennett of the scene. "One should never underestimate the power of Martin Freeman’s face, for the journey it takes throughout this scene — and throughout mere nanoseconds — is truly ridiculous, and truly astounding.”
Season 3 of "Sherlock" continues Sundays at 10 p.m. EST on PBS.
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