Millions had waited for two years to understand how the Baker Street sleuth survived leaping from a London rooftop but after the minute drama some admitted they were even more confused.
Last night Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock was reunited with Martin Freeman's Dr John Watson after the last series saw him seemingly plunging to his death after his nemesis Moriarty killed himself. But a series of explanations involving a bungee jump and another using a giant airbag and a squash ball left people none the wiser.
How did he do it?
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After two years of impatiently waiting, fans of Sherlock are still confused about how he managed to fake his own death. Theories: Did he use a dummy, was it Moriarty's corpse, did he jump onto an inflatable landing bed, fans of the show are still not sure. At the start of the episode, called The Empty Hearse, the first theory shown involved illusionist Derren Brown, who had hypnotised Watson after Sherlock jumped from the building using a bungee rope, bouncing back and smashing through a window.
The already dead Moriarty was put in a latex Sherlock mask and then lay dead at the scene. Later, a second explanation was shown, where viewers saw a dummy held by a rope being controlled by the detective, who sat happily with his nemesis Moriarty.
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The pair laughed as it fell to the ground and then appeared to try to kiss each other, although this was shown to be a light-hearted theory put forward by a Sherlock Holmes fan. Theory one: Sherlock was seen jumping off the building attached to a bungee rope before he bounced back up and smashed through a window.
Twist: The dead Moriarty is seen lying on the floor before a mask of his arch enemy Sherlock is fixed to his face.
Watson played by Martin Freeman was knocked to the ground, having just seen Holmes supposedly plunge to his death from a rooftop. Meanwhile, Derren Brown suddenly appears and hypnotises Watson, sending him to sleep.
Later Sherlock explained to former forensics officer Anderson, now a Sherlock obsessive, that he had jumped from the roof and landed on an inflatable landing pad, using an ambulance station to hide it from his best friend. As an army of helpers rushed the life-saving apparatus away, he was then made to look dead and placed a squash ball in his armpit to convince Watson his heart had stopped, claiming it hid his pulse.
Theory two: A dummy with Sherlock's face is thrown from the building while the character sits behind on the phone. Hoax: Moriarty, who had apparently not shot himself, sat next to his foe holding the rope while telling Watson he is about to kill himself. Strange: After the body was released the pair then laughed together about the trick before going in to kiss each other.
During the delusion, a lookalike corpse had already been laid out on the pavement; Sherlock took its place while Watson, who had been knocked over by a bicycle, was struggling to his feet. By tucking a squash ball under his arm, Holmes was able to cut off the pulse in his wrist and feign death. Theory three: Sherlock sent the text 'Lazarus' from the roof kickstarting a chain of events that would see him jump but not die.
Soft landing: The detective landed on an inflatable pad that had been unfurled by helpers to cushion his fall. Hidden: Sherlock had chosen his landing area carefully, using a spot where an ambulance station had hidden it from view. Clever: The sleuth was covered in blood and had placed a squash ball in his armpit, apparently hiding his pulse from Watson, leaving his friend convinced he was dead. On top of the fake suicide theories, the storyline also included a plot to blow up Parliament on Guy Fawkes Night.
A Tube train packed with explosives was placed under Westminster, which Holmes and Watson managed to track down and diffuse using a switch.
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It also included a tender moment where Sherlock tricked Watson into thinking he would die so he would accept his apology for not telling him he was alive. Bu t despite enjoying the episode, many were st ill disappointed that they still di d know how h e faked the death fall. Explosive conclusion: Sherlock and Watson found a bomb, which Holmes convinced his friend he did not know how to diffuse. Drama: Showing what would happen if the explosion happened, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben were seen bursting into flames and then collapsing. Last night fans on Twitter were quick to react as it emerged the solutions appeared to be just more theories.
There he was told that several of his close friends would be assassinated if he failed to commit suicide. After issuing this warning, Moriarty shot himself in the mouth and appeared to die. Holmes then had a brief mobile phone conversation with Watson, before stepping off the building pictured above. Viewers saw Holmes fall several storeys, before lying in a bloodied heap on the pavement, with blood trickling from his head.
As Watson rushed to the scene, he was knocked over by a bicycle. By the time he arrived, the bloodied Holmes, who seemed to have no pulse, was being whisked away by paramedics. Yet just a few scenes later, as Watson visits the grave of his best friend, viewers see that Holmes is in fact alive and well. Derren Brown!? Another fan wrote: 'OMG, he actually has filmed the theories!
And ever the trouper, Derren Brown himself tweeted: 'Pleased you enjoyed my cameo By the end of the 1hr 25min episode, the Twitter reaction was positive. Earlier, the show's co-creator, Steven Moffat, said making up theories was 'much more fun than being told' and his partner on the show, Mark Gatiss, admitted the hype from the fans put pressure on them to come up with a suitable solution.
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