You know, that’s not the first time Sherlock’s looked really upset and then later claimed that he was just manipulating John. He always tells John he didn’t mean it. And even in ACD canon, ”The stage lost a great actor” when Sherlock Holmes became a detective, because to Sherlock Holmes “all emotions…were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind”.
But then this reminds me that that’s just Watson’s side of the story. That’s who HE says Holmes is. And then this is, in my mind, a brilliant interpretation of ACD canon. Because BBC’s SH isn’t a first person narrative and this is Sherlock’s story too, not just Watson’s biased view. And I think, what we see here… is Holmes trying to be the man Watson believes him to be, the man SHERLOCK thinks John was enamored by at their first meeting. Because JOHN’S the one who doesn’t do emotions, he says so himself.
But it’s not quite the truth, is it? He’s not so unaffected, I don’t think. Because the last time Sherlock looked that upset, the last time he justified it as manipulating John…John couldn’t even see his face.
(Source: painlock, via bbcssherlock)