Now, we all know that the modern day Sherlock series does not always follow the original works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the letter, but there does seem to be one massive fact staring us in the face if it does follow the novels in the next series. Mary Morstan will die.
Ever since Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat brought the iconic London sleuth back to life, and handed him a mobile phone, there have been several links back to the original Sherlock Holmes works of literature.
As we reported earlier this year, Gatiss and Moffat love taking inspiration from the source material, so we really can’t see them missing out a massive thing like killing off Watson’s new wife.
Fans were introduced to Mary Morstan, played by real life Watson’s real life partner Amanda Abbington, last series as Watson (Martin Freeman) prepared to marry her.
Of course she was not without her secrets, as we soon discovered when she tried to kill our hero Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch), so we can’t see her death upsetting too many fans out there, especially the Cumberbitches.
If you look at the original character from the Conan Doyle books, Mary Morstan is faded into the background of the story, only being mentioned in passing between Watson and Sherlock in “The Adventure of the Crooked Man” before simply being declared dead in “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder” , so those are two adaptations we really must keep an eye out for.
One person who probably hopes she doesn’t die is Martin Freeman, who plays Watson and who is in a long term relationship, off-screen, with Abbington, but according to him it’s not looking good for her. He told The Telegraph:
“While we play fast and loose with the original stories, we generally follow the trajectory of what Conan Doyle did. [Watson] gets married, and then Mary dies — so at some point presumably she’ll die.”
But as we know, death does not always mean gone forever in Sherlock (miss me?) and that may work in Mary’s favour, as Freeman cryptically stated that she would be in the show “for the foreseeable future.”
Do you think that Mary should die like the book depicts, or would you prefer that detail to be overlooked?
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