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Sherlock Fans React to Big Twist of Season 4’s ‘The Lying Detective’

Villain Culverton Smith crashes the second episode

by | January 8, 2017 | Comments

Culverton Smith (TOBY JONES), Sherlock Holmes (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH) in Sherlock (Photo courtesy of Ollie Upton/Hartswood Films & MASTERPIECE)

Fans ❤ Sherlock and the cereal killer (it’s funny ’cause it’s true). The killer in question is wealthy psychopath Culverton Smith introduced in episode two of Sherlock season 4 on Sunday night — and played with relish by guest star Toby Jones.

And fans ate it up.

Warning: Stop reading if you have not watched the episode — spoilers ahead!


Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) is apparently having a breakdown. After a particularly damaging drug binge, he’s got only maybe weeks to live, according to faithful Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey).

He’s also accusing a philanthropist of being a serial killer.


Turns out this perverse philanthropist has an admiration for the work of Dr. H.H. Holmes (no relation), the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair serial killer (and subject of the excellent New York Times bestselling non-fiction book “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson).


Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs) wins the episode, telling Mycroft (Mark Gatiss), “Get out of my house, you reptile.” Buuuurrrrrn. Who knew it was possible to feel sorry for Mycroft?


But it turned out Mary — so glad you’re still with us in spirit, Amanda Abbington — told Sherlock to put himself in harm’s way to save John Watson (Martin Freeman). “Go to hell, Sherlock,” she said. “Go right into hell and make it look like you mean it,” she said. “Go and pick a fight with a bad guy,” she said. It would bring John running. And it did.

John Watson (MARTIN FREEMAN) in Sherlock season 4 (Hartswood Films & MASTERPIECE)

 

“Give Martin all the awards, he blew me away this episode…” said Lauryn on Tumblr.


But we haven’t been paying attention. John Watson’s bus “affair,” his therapist, and Sherlock’s mysterious visitor are all the same person: a third Holmes sibling, Euros (Sian Brooke) — it’s Greek, meaning “east wind.”

And the crowd goes wild!

Radio Times has a great discussion of the significance of “east wind” — Euros was a god in Greek mythology — including season 3 references and going back to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original writings.

“The scene where Euros finally unveils herself, we’ve been sitting on that since we sat talking about it on the production bus… when we were shooting His Last Vow,” Moffat revealed following a screening of the episode, the news outlet reported. “We’ve been talking about it ever since then, so it’s kind of weird that in few hours time we won’t have to kill people to keep the secret.”


Euros responds to Watson’s shock: “It’s making a funny face. I think I’ll put a hole in it.”

Whatever could happen next? Head to the comments to tell us what you think the season finale holds.

Sherlock on Masterpiece airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on PBS


 

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