Mind Palace // constructed and shaped in the fashion of the first location, in which, he discovered a comradery with John Watson; the prime archetype, and ultimate tribute to that which he values the most.
Maybe this is why we don’t see John doing anything in this mind palace scene. Because he *was* the mind palace incarnate. Actually no. Not the whole mind palace.
Sherlock kept Moriarty locked deep inside a dungeon with padded walls. Because he is afraid that he is like Moriarty and doesn’t want to be. So Moriarty is straight-jacketed, chained, incarcerated in a padded cell where even screeching screams of that part his person will not be heard. Just outside of the dungeon is the building of first crime scene of John and Sherlock together. It tells us how Sherlock sees John. His salvation from his Morirarty persona. This part of the mind palace *is* John Watson incarnate. It leads him away from the insanity, the cruelty, the dehumanization of himself. (The fact that Sherlock still views himself this way saddens me.) It is also deep down in the mind palace where foundations are, where sentiments won’t roam freely in conscious mind. He has also buried deep what John means to him. And while watching the scene - and not realizing the building - I was thinking, ‘oh his mind palace is in danger of breaking’ because the scene made the building look so decrepit. How appropriate that the building looks in shambles when John is in danger.
We know that Sherlock’s mind palace has multiple facades. We have seen the ‘parliament’ kind of room where he holds court with all the women who seemingly dated a ghost. So this location is just one of the places in his mind palace.
And as he frantically climbs out of this part of mind palace, just as his heart starts beating its first beat, he sees the door of 221B. And opens his eyes.
John Watson is his salvation, his path to home, his heartbteats.
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