The five best Sherlock conspiracy theories as fans get ready to find out how he really faked his own death
14:01 23 December 2013
The great mystery of how Sherlock survived his ‘fatal’ fall in the last episode will finally be solved when the new series starts on New Year’s Day, but if you cant wait that long here are some of the internet’s best conspiracies of how the detective did it.
At the end of The Reichenbach Fall, Benedict Cumberbatch’s character appears to drop to his death from the roof of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, only to appear out of the shadows as Watson and Mrs Hudson visit his grave.
Ever since viewers have been speculating about how he managed to pull the hoax off, with fans pouring over the footage for clues.
Even the show’s other star, Martin Freeman, is keeping tight-lipped on what really happened.
“You know that ultimately people don’t want to hear it,” he says. “They’d much rather discover it, and it’s just more fun if you see it than if I blow it for you.”
But here are some of the best theories people have come up with:
Rubbish truck theory
The rubbish truck that was parked in front of the building Holmes fell from cushioned his fall.
The cyclist who knocked Watson over as he dashed to help Holmes was actually one of a network of homeless people he pays to provide him with information. He arranged the whole thing so Watson missed the moment he hit the ground, giving him time to escape and a body double to take his place.
Holmes’s brother, Mycroft, plied the detective with fake blood and medicine to give the appearance of death, and paid people to pose as fake surgeons and pronounce him dead.
Holmes used his recently-deceased nemesis Moriarty’s body to help him fake his fall, covering his face with a latex ‘Sherlock’ mask before dropping him from the roof.
Rubber ball theory
During the last episode of series two, Holmes was seen playing with a rubber ball. Theorists believe he used a sleight of hand trick, whereby squeezing the rubber ball in his palm temporarily stopped his pulse so that he appeared dead.
The new series of Sherlock starts on BBC One on New Years Day, but a special mini-episode will be available from Christmas Eve.