That time Will Graham real talked Chilton so hard.
Inevitably two different complaints about these essays arise every year. The first is that we’re thinking too hard and reading too much into it. We have no rebuttal to that except the standard one; the one that everyone hates to hear: There’s no reason for you to read something you don’t want to read. If you’re not into the kind of intense picking apart we do here, that’s perfectly fine. Run along…
Second (and this is the really big one): It DOESN’T MATTER what showrunner Matthew Weiner or costumer Janie Bryant or any of the other creators of this show intended. That’s not what these essays are about. A work of expression has to stand on its own apart from the intentions of its authors. There are times in these examinations that we’ll question whether something was intentional or not, but in the end, that’s not what we’re looking at here. We’re looking at what the piece does on its own; what motifs repeat, what bits of meaning arise from various style and color choices. Again, if you’re someone who doesn’t want to deal with any discussion of this show that doesn’t center around intent (which is how most reviews are written), then this is not going to be the discussion for you.
A good quote applicable to all Sherlock meta discussions. Not into this kind of analysis? Don’t read it. Don’t think the symbolism was intended? Doesn’t always matter. Intentionality and effect are very different. Meaning can be pulled from a work through use of color, style, visual motifs, music, language…all the tools.
If you like Mad Men and/or costume analysis (these guys taught me everything I think I know)…Mad Style is the gold standard.(via 221beemine)
#sherlock’s face in the last gif though #it’s as if he’d said #’no john’ #’this isn’t how the things would’ve gone my way’ #’this is your way’ #’always and only your way’ #’you always wanted family’ #’you chose her’ #’now you have what you wanted’ #’now it has to be this way’ #’because you’ve already made your choice’ #’and i accept it’ #’but please don’t say this is my way’