"talk dirty to me"
"talk dirty to me"
NOTE: This is not a meta about whether or not I like Mary or whether or not you like Mary. (Full-disclosure, I don’t like her at all. I think she’s a baddie and I don’t like her any more than I like Charles Augustus Magnussen.) I will, however, concede readily that Mary is certainly a complex and interesting character. There, now that’s settled, let’s talk about Mary.
In Sherlock series three, it seems that we are presented with two Marys. In The Empty Hearse and His Last Vow we see Mary the Nurse, Mary the Fiance, Mary the Friend. She’s kind, she’s nurturing, she brings Sherlock and John together and gives them the space to be Sherlock and John, independant from her. She’s fun and funny, sweet and silly.
In His Last Vow we mostly see the same Mary at the beginning of the episode, but the wham! We’re hit with Mary number two: Mary the Liar, Mary the Assassin, Mary the Murderer (yes, murderer). She’s cold and calculating, she tells Sherlock she will kill him — and then she does. She threatens him repeatedly. She seems completely unaffected by John’s pain and then emotionally manipulates him at the reconcilation scene at 221b (“If you love me, don’t read it in front of me.”)
The seemingly incongruous nature of the two Marys is a sticking point for many fans in their opinion of series three and Mary’s character in general. Worse, after the series aired we were told that Amanda Abbington didn’t even know about the second Mary before the table read for His Last Vow and therefore wasn’t able to make any sort of choices in her performance that would have alluded to the other Mary, or rather, what I would consider, the real Mary — Mary the Contract Killer.
Initially I agreed with this and thought it was a giant mistake by the writers to not let an actor in on the actual characterization of the part they’re playing. Way to cut Amanda off at the knees, guys. No wonder we have such trouble reconciling TEH/TSOT Mary with HLV Mary. They’re two different characters.
Are they, though? Is Mary’s characterization really that uneven? Let’s look more closely at TEH/TSOT Mary before we decide.
trying to write essays
what does this mean
have u ever written an essay
THE GIFSET I’VE BEEN WAITING MY ENTIRE LIFE FOR.
The kitten color printer ran out of ink mid way through
- There, I made it better …