I watched the actual video of Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Andrew Scott giving out the three words, and afterwards Moff said something like ‘if you know the canon stories’ and if you know ‘what came before’, you should be able to figure it out. Well, I suppose by ‘what came before’, he meant the S2 words, didn’t he?
In that case, it is probably a pretty safe bet that:
The S3 words, like the S2 words, will be:
- based (taken from) canon stories
- respective words are central to the storyline
- central to the character of Sherlock Holmes : Steven Moffat said each S2 ep is a lesson for Sherlock: as he learns, in that order, about love, fear and death.
1. Sherlock might learn in this season what it’s like to be betrayed (rat), do a little bit of deceit himself (wedding - yes I am thinking of that particular canon episode); and finally learn humility (bow)?
2. But I’m still not discounting the fact that, if the S2 hints were about Sherlock, the S3 words might be about John, as we see different sides of him. The same sides as Sherlock’s ‘initiation’ in S2? Rat - equivalent to Sherlock’s Hound - fear? Wedding - equivalent to Sherlock’s Woman - love? (to) Bow - equivalent to Sherlock’s (to) Fall - death?
(This will be a short entry)
Let’s skip the definition, shall we? I think we all know what a wedding is. And while Shakespeare was known to say ‘let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments’; I believe this word will not refer to any chaste union of ideas and the like, but to an actual marriage between two people, if I may hazard to guess, male and female. (Unless the episode takes place in Scandinavia, in which case, I may have to reconsider).
Okay, enough of that.
Other possible canon candidates except the obvious John Watson - Mary Morstan wedding:
1. A Case of Identity: clever little story, a wedding is planned, but it does not take place. I don’t see it as a likely candidate as a ‘feature story’, maybe elements of it?
2. The Noble Bachelor: this whole story revolves around a wedding, so I see it as a very likely candidate.
3. Solitary Cyclist (am I the only one who thinks this story is sort of boring?)
4. Charles Augustus Milverton - Oh yeah. If Milverton is not the rat, then I see a strong possibility to have elements of this story in the second episode. The wedding theme is very heavy: lots of weddings cancelled by the meany blackmailer spilling the beans on his victims and ruining many a wedding day, the client whom Holmes (or better yet, the black-veiled woman) saves also has a wedding planned. Besides which, in this episode Holmes himself decides to play the interested party and becomes engaged to Milverton’s housemaid to gather information. Engagements are sort of passé in this day and age so they might just get Sherlock to propose marriage to someone just to gather information. Granada played out this episode as sort of tragic, including Holmes’ little trick of which he was not very proud himself; I’m guessing the BBC team will make something funny out of it, if they choose to do it.
5. The Illustrious Client - is a favourite of mine and there’s also some elements of lighthearted fun which appeal to the BBC team.
6. Speckled Band: in the BBC Sherlock universe, this story was already done and written up as a case on John’s Blog as ‘The Speckled Blonde’; highly unlikely they’ll return to it. Plus the wedding reference is rather insignificant compared to the rest mentioned above.
Well, this entry was a bit much too speculative and rushed, but I am much more concerned with the last entry, ‘Bow’.
To be continued.
Any preferences of your own for the ‘wedding’ episode?