Sherlock news: Spin-off links Sherlock and Watson romantically, but should they be together?

by Anna Howell
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Ever since Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle first penned the characters of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick John Watson, people have wondered if they were more than just friends.

Even in today’s Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis modern-day twist on the stories, there have been many a funny reference to the pair being a couple, with both men laughing off the insinuation.

And now, despite series 3 showing John Watson (Martin Freeman) marrying Mary Morstan (Amanda Abbington) and Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) himself getting engaged (albeit a trick), a fan funded web spin-off series id offering us a view to the ‘what if’!

The Kicktstarter project, created by producer Naomi Javor, has raised more than $13,000 to create the Web series, which offers fans a completely different perspective than the characters usual crime fighting antics.

The series, which is based on “A Finger Slip,” another piece of fan fiction created by British Tumblr user Pawtal which was first published on, will tell the story of the two men, Sherlock and Watson, as they fall in love with each other through a series of text messages sent in their teenage years.

But is this just simply using the names of these two, now iconic, characters?

Many Sherlock fans have rooted for Sherlock and Watson, or Johnlock as they are collectively known, to cross the line of friendship into couplesville, but what effect would that really have on the dynamic of the show?

We agree that to remove the continued misconception that the two friends are in fact a couple would make certain scenarios and situations less light-hearted and comical, which is needed in such a hard-hitting detective series, but has the show ever really been about love or sex?


The answer is no! Sherlock is a detective series, its brilliance stemmed from the deductive mastermind of Sherlock to solve crimes and fight off the bad guys. To add this new level to the show, which for an hour and a half an episode already has us completely mesmerised, and at times a little lost, could be a big overkill as far as the ingenious storylines are concerned.

We aren’t saying they shouldn’t be in a homosexual relationship, with each other or anyone else for that matter, we just feel that the focus of the show and the characters should remain based on their ability to solve puzzles and crimes the way they do so well.

And besides, if Conan Doyle had wanted anything other than misunderstanding and misplaced insinuations regarding their relationship, wouldn’t he have written it in?

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