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There's Something About Mary: A Study on Sherlock's Mary Morstan

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12/30/2013 9:42 pm
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There's Something About Mary: A Study on Sherlock's Mary Morstan
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Jenna Boures

Staff Writer

When “The Reichenbach Fall” premiered two years ago, fans of Sherlock knew that 221B Baker Street would never be the same. With new cases, characters, and danger galore, the popular BBC show is set to satisfy faithful viewers and newcomers alike. But there is one character in particular that will change the show, and Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman), in a big way. Enter Mary Morstan, played by Amanda Abbington, who is Watson’s love interest. While Mary is an entirely new character to the British miniseries, her origination stems from the mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famous for creating the singular detective with the pipe and funny hat. Conan Doyle first introduced Mary in the Sherlock Holmes story The Sign of Four. The wealthy governess was the central character in the story and employed Holmes to help find her missing father. Mary and John have an undeniable attraction to one another when they first meet in 221B. “Her expression was sweet and amiable and her large blue eyes were singularly spiritual and sympathetic. In an experience of women that extends over many nations and three separate continents, I have never looked upon a face which gave a clearer promise of a refined and sensitive nature… “I sat and mused, until such dangerous thoughts came into my head that I hurried away to my desk and plunged furiously into the latest treatise on pathology. What was I, an army surgeon with a weak leg and a weaker banking account, that I should dare to think of such things?” At first John restrains his feelings for her because he is aware of her wealth and does not want his judgment to be affected by it. It is only until after Holmes and Watson discover that the treasure Mary’s father left behind is long gone that Watson admits his affection for Mary. She returns his feelings and the pair later marry. Abbington’s Mary Morstan will meet John after Sherlock’s fall from St. Bart’s. In October, The Scotsman confirmed that Abbington, real life partner of Freeman, was playing the role of Mary. In fact, writers Mark Gatiss and Stephen Moffat wrote the part specifically for her. “We were at Mark Gatiss’s house when The Hounds Of Baskerville first came on the telly,” said Abbington. “Afterwards they went into the kitchen and were sitting talking about the next series. I went in and sat with them. It had been mooted that I would be in it, might have a little part in it. They were talking about who might play Mary and I was like, ‘So, who are you thinking of?’ and they said ‘You’.” Although Mary will change the dynamic on Baker Street, Abbington stated that her character will not break up the detective duo’s bromance. “When I was at the read-through, I remember watching them, and the chemistry between them is just amazing. They do have this beautiful relationship, so getting in between that – which is what Mary does, she becomes this kind of third wheel – was scary. Also, the fans love these two together, so I’m sure Mary won’t be particularly liked by them, but I hope that on the whole people really like her, because she’s a great character and she has some fantastic secrets.” Any character willing to go toe-to-toe with Sherlock Holmes has some spunk, and Mary Morstan is no different. She has become the most important person in John’s life and expects Holmes to be respectful. Mary will be introduced in “The Empty Hearse”, the first of three episodes in the third series of Sherlock and based on Conan Doyle’s story The Adventure of the Empty House.  The following episode, “The Sign of Three” will take place during Mary and John’s wedding.
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Mary was most recently referenced on John’s blog, which is run by the BBC. In the post that shares the same name as the recent minisode “Many Happy Returns”, John mentions that he has “found someone.” Viewers will get their first glimpse of Mary Morstan when “The Empty Hearse” premieres on BBC One New Years Day at 9 p.m. Sherlock series three will air in the US on January 19th on PBS.


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