You hate Mary, but don’t hate Jim! I guess this is a meta.
First of all, I don’t think Jim Moriarty is cute. I think he is dangerous and creepy as hell. There. That is clear.
Second… how is he different from Mary?
Well… to start with, he is bad and he knows he is bad. He knows what he does is wrong. He is an agent of chaos. He revels in it, and he would never apologize or claim he is doing something because he has no choice. He always has choice. He chooses to be deranged. But. He is in it to relieve boredom. For fun. And he does play the game. He doesn’t just go shoot people. No style there. Jim is all about style. Jim is a deranged suitor.
Magnussen is different. No game there. Just pure, disgusting, face -licking power manipulation. Once he has the power, seeing what he can make people do is his game. Vile. There are consistent sexual undertones as well. Magnussen is essentially a rapist.
Jim wants you to play with him and love him and his mind. Magnussen wants to take you and own you.
Now… Mary is not a villain. But she is still responsible for her choices.
She is trapped. But.. Golly gee…poor Mary, if only she had someone to turn to…maybe..oh I don’t know..A GENIUS CONSULTING DETECTIVE? Wherever would she find such a person? Oh. Right. He’s folding napkins into the Sidney Opera House on the floor right now.
So. Sherlock’s first reaction is why didn’t you come to me for help? This hurts him. (His ego…probably Sherlock’s most fragile part.)
He offers her his help…and…she shoots him. Flat out shoots him. No one has a gun to her head at that moment. She could have left the way she came in. She could have knocked out Magnussen, whispered “help me” and left. She could have shot Magnussen and had Sherlock help her cover her tracks. She could have done any number of things. Sherlock called her Mrs Watson, confirming their bond. He would have helped her.
But… But… ( you say) She called the ambulance. But she didn’t mean to kill Sherlock…
Sure. You go on believing that because Sherlock told you to. Sherlock never lies. Keep everything status quo until he figures out who exactly he’s up against and the best plan to fix it. We have no evidence that she called anyone..except that it would help John to take her back if he thought she didn’t mean to kill his best friend. We know she *did* kill Sherlock. Balance of probability is he’s dead…according to Mindpalace Mycroft. That right there is enough for me to not like her. I could stop right here. But there’s more.
Does Sherlock want Mary dead? No. I don’t think Sherlock wants anyone dead. Even Magnussen. He certainly didn’t relish in that. He put on his “sociopath” mask back on that it had taken so long for him to learn how to remove, and did what needed to be done to protect the people he loved. He cried in child form. He is not a ruthless born killer. The man barely knew how to handle a weapon back in the pool days when he scratches his head with it. But.. in Eastern Europe…he grows up. Faces some truly bad guys. Learns how to shoot someone if he needs to to protect himself ( without John). We know from the cabbie that in the Sherlock Universe, shooting bad people is considered reasonably OK. (It’s a TV show! We allow for that.) The cabbie is a bad man. Shooting good people? Sherlock was a great man, and now he is a good one. He proves it all through John’s wedding… that he is a good one. Whether or not you are a Johnlocker I think it’s pretty clear Sherlock has let go of the man he loves (however you want to define love), and knows he will be lost to him now.
She is carrying his best friend’s child. He has an obligation to protect not just her. Does Mary really want Sherlock dead? Probably. Because that is what she needs to do to protect herself. So.. Is she EVIL? Not like Moriarty. Not like CAM. She is a puppet/poppet, as CAM said at her wedding day. I can’t even like her the way you might like a good villain. This is not feminism. This is a woman controlled by a far stronger man to do his bidding for him.
Do I “hate” her? I don’t know how to answer that. I seldom hate fictional characters. I think to really truly hate someone, you have to see them as symbolic to someone in your life. I don’t get that from Mary. *Maybe* I get that a bit from Delores Umbridge.. the whole punishing you for telling the truth thing…but I digress.
Should she die? No. Should she be trusted? Hell no. Could she turn on John or her own child, if it meant protecting herself? I don’t know. She is dangerous. That wife of John’s. John Watson is in danger. But perhaps more danger if he leaves her. And she can’t/shouldn’t be killed, especially when John loves her. She is so desperate to keep John that he is a type of prisoner. And it’s not safe for John to leave her. There is a time and a place, as Sholto says, and Sherlock just wouldn’t do that to John Watson. If John wants this, Sherlock will support him, to his own detriment. While that is noble, I simply do not love John Watson as much as Sherlock Holmes does. And.. I love Sherlock far more than he loves himself. His going into exile was a self-imposed death sentence, all done to protect the man he loves (again.. use your own definite of love..I know what mine is) by helping the woman who shot him. (I truly hope it is part of a greater plan to free John. I hope John wants to be freed. I can never read John well.) That… is why I “hate” Mary.