Sherlock fans take to Twitter to share theories on how Holmes faked his own death


'We want people to be in a frenzy of speculation': Sherlock fans take to the internet to share theories on how Holmes faked his own death

It was one of the most nail-biting television cliffhangers in recent years that left viewers on the edge of their seats.

But the drama of Sherlock Holmes's 'suicide' quickly turned into a yet-to-be solved mystery truly worthy of the world's greatest detective.

Holmes – it turned out – had actually faked his own death at the end of the third and last episode of the last series, which aired on Sunday night.

'We want people to be in a frenzy of speculation': Sherlock fans take to the internet to share theories on how Holmes faked his own death

'We want people to be in a frenzy of speculation': Sherlock fans take to the internet to share theories on how Holmes faked his own death

Cue a frenzy of internet activity as
die-hards took to the world wide web to share their thoughts and
theories on how he managed to appear dead on the ground – and then live
and kicking a few months later.

Twitter, Facebook and fan forums were swamped as a legion of armchair detectives posted their theories on the faked
death, which saw Holmes, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, throw himself
off a hospital roof in front of friend and sidekick Dr John Watson,
played by Martin Freeman in the episode entitled The Reichenbach Fall.

Dead and buried: At the end of the episode a grave marked with Sherlock's name is shown convincing viewers that the detective is dead

Dead and buried: At the end of the episode a grave marked with Sherlock's name is shown convincing viewers that the detective is dead

It can't be true: Dr Watson, played by Martin Freeman, talks to his friend's grave and tells him that he can't be dead... little knowing that he's not

It can't be true: Dr Watson, played by Martin Freeman, talks to his friend's grave and tells him that he can't be dead… little knowing that he's not

The most popular theory is that pathologist Molly Hooper, played by Louise Brearly, helped Sherlock in his mission.

Molly, who has had a crush on Sherlock
since she met him, could have helped him by faking death and post-mortem
certificates and providing a cadaver to bury as well as arranging for
the paramedics to be immediately on the scene.

You'll be seeing him again soon: Dr Watson walks away from Sherlock's grave...

You'll be seeing him again soon: Dr Watson walks away from Sherlock's grave…

...before the detective appears behind a tree by his graveside having faked his death

…before the detective appears behind a tree by his graveside having faked his death

Sherlock is seen asking Molly for help in an earlier scene when he tells her: 'I think I'm going to die'.

And the forums were alive with this
theory, with one poster saying: 'Molly, being a
coroner/pathologist/wonder lab girl, is the perfect agent for Sherlock's
plan. Aware that he will need to fake his own death, he needs to place
his faith in someone who can help him die – officially.'

Was it Moriarty that fell from the roof Sherlock's nemesis shot and killed himself on the roof in front of the detective after he put a gun in his mouth

Was it Moriarty that fell from the roof Sherlock's nemesis shot and killed himself on the roof in front of the detective after he put a gun in his mouth

Misleading: Did Sherlock push Moriarty's dead body off the roof

Misleading: Did Sherlock push Moriarty's dead body off the roof

Another added: 'The “Holmes” which we
see landing on the pavement is in fact a dead body dressed up to look
like Holmes, which he collected from Molly at the morgue.'

Some suggested the man that actually
fell from the building was Sherlock's nemesis Jim Moriarty who had
committed suicide moments earlier on the roof by putting a gun in his
mouth, and Holmes had wrapped him in his coat and thrown him over the
ledge.

It's got to be him: Dr Watson talks to Sherlock on his mobile phone as the detective stands on the edge of the roof....

It's got to be him: Dr Watson talks to Sherlock on his mobile phone as the detective stands on the edge of the roof….

... and it's definitely Sherlock who is seen falling through the air, his coat billowing out behind him

… and it's definitely Sherlock who is seen falling through the air, his coat billowing out behind him

THE HISTORY BEHIND THE FAKE DEATH

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The title of the episode refers to the waterfall in Switzerland where Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty supposedly fall to their deaths in the original story by Arthur Conan Doyle (pictured above) called The Final Problem.

Published in 1893, it was intended to be Sherlock's last as Conan Doyle was planning to kill off the detective. In the book, Holmes fights Moriarty on a bridge over Reichenbach Falls and the two men fall to their deaths.

But Sherlock fans were up in arms that Conan Doyle had killed him off and according to legend, there were protests and near riots outside the publishing offices.

Caving to the pressure, Doyle brought Holmes back from the dead, explaining that the detective had won the fight against Moriarty, kicked him down the waterfall then climbed up the cliff face so it looked like he'd died too.

Of course, we mustn't forget that the
fall was witnessed by Dr Watson who was speaking to Sherlock on his
phone and saw him standing precariously on the rooftop.

But as he runs to reach his friend as he
falls, Watson is knocked over by a cyclist which disorientates him,
which would be enough of a diversion for Sherlock to pretend to be lying
dead on the pavement before being safely taken away in the back of a
waiting ambulance.

Some have also suggested that
Sherlock's brother Mycroft was in on the plan and arranged for the
cyclist to knock Watson down, distracting him from what was going on by
the hospital.

Other fans have claimed that a rubbish
truck is seen pulling up alongside the hospital which Holmes could have
landed in before making the body swap.

One fan combined both theories and said: 'Holmes
leaps off the roof, out of view of Watson, lands in the rubbish truck,
and violently deposits the body which is hidden inside. It was Mycroft
who took care of the details of the plan such as the truck and the
bicycle.'

But one viewer suggested that Dr Watson never witnessed a fall because he was hallucinating.

In the second episode, The
Hounds of Baskerville, Holmes, Dr Watson and their client Henry Knight,
played by Russell Tovey, were drugged which tricked the trio into
thinking they had seen a terrifying wild dog – so could it be that
Sherlock used the same drug on Watson

Another
incident in the episode could also be linked to an incident in the show
where Sherlock finds two missing kidnapped children but the girl starts
screaming at him as if she knows him and is scared of him.

Fans have suggested that Moriarty was
behind the kidnapping and either wore a mask that looked like Sherlock –
which the detective then put on Moriarty's dead body before pushing him
off the roof.

Or it was one of Moriarty's henchmen
who had surgery to look like Holmes but was killed and replaced
Sherlock's 'dead' body on the ground.

Show co-creator Steven Moffat said there was a good explanation for Sherlock's survival – and all the clues were in the episode.

He said: 'It's all set up. We just want people to be in a frenzy of speculation.'

But he added that he would not be revealing any more clues, and added: 'We're going to be complete b******* about it.'

THE MOST POPULAR THEORIES ON HOW SHERLOCK FAKED HIS OWN DEATH

A helping hand Was pathologist Molly Hooper in on Sherlock's plan to fake his own death

A helping hand Was pathologist Molly Hooper in on Sherlock's plan to fake his own death

1. He was helped in his plan by pathologist Molly Hooper who arranged a cadaver to replace Sherlock's 'dead' body on the floor and she would create a death certificate and arrange for paramedics to being him back to the morgue where she would help him escape.

2. It wasn't Sherlock that fell from the roof but Moriarty. When he shot and killed himself on the roof, Sherlock wrapped him in his coat and threw him over the ledge.

3. Fans have suggested that Moriarty was behind the kidnapping and wore a mask that looked like Sherlock – which the detective then put on Moriarty's dead body before pushing him off the roof. Or it was one of Moriarty's henchmen who had surgery to look like Holmes but was killed and replaced Sherlock's 'dead' body on the ground.

4. Holmes jumped and landed safely in a rubbish truck that was parked on the street, providing him a soft landing and allowing whoever was in on the plan to hide in there with a body that replaced Sherlock on the ground.

5. Sherlock's brother Mylock was also in on the plan and arranged for the cyclist to knock Dr Watson down, causing enough of a diversion for Sherlock to pretend to be lying dead on the pavement before being safely taken away in the back of a waiting ambulance.

6. Dr Watson either imagined the fall from an hallucinogenic drug that makes you realise your worse fears, and imagined he'd seen his friend's body on the ground when it was actually someone else.