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The simplest answer is probably best. Holmes had already taken the measure of Moriarty and knew him to be cold-blooded, methodical, and ruthlessly efficient. Having traced his operations for a number of months, as well as the methods Professor Moriarty was willing to engage (the bomb in the crowded auction hall for instance, the assassination outside said ...


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If I remember correctly he stated, to Sherlock, that it was a strain of tuberculosis. As far as I can determine, he killed off the girl rather directly because she was a major loose end in his plans. He sent the “assassins” to kill the Watsons to A. Distract Sherlock, and B. To state that they weren't safe, no matter what.


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The movie discusses nothing about the University, to which Professor Moriarty is affiliated, neither gives any hints to ascertain that. Even in the Sherlock Holmes books, Arthur Conan Doyle has not disclosed the name of the university, but only refers to him as a mathematician, which makes him Professor of Mathematics. In The Final Problem, Doyle, briefly ...


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It is clearly implied that Holmes faked his death due to unseen factors which might result in forming the next film. It is also a homage, or tribute to the original Author's death and revival of Sherlock Holmes. There might be a bigger or someone sinister going on in the world somewhere and Holmes would like them to think he was dead. Maybe to investigate or ...


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First of all, remember that it's Sherlock Holmes, so we're supposed to accept on faith that everything Sherlock imagines will go exactly according to plan. Remember the end? He jumps off a cliff just because he imagines himself losing the fight with Moriarty. So in that context, it's reasonable to guess that maybe Holmes knew exactly what would happen and ...


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They have both taken inspiration from the original story "The Final Problem" where Holmes fakes his death: Holmes and Moriarty are engaged in a battle of wits which results with most of M's gang being arrested by M himself escaping to the continent (where Holmes and Watson are). Whilst Holmes and Watson are taking a holiday they go for a walk to the ...


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Dr. Watson is. In the movies and tv series, there is no clear answer. It's never really be an issue and so actors appropriate for the roles have always been hired, regardless of age. This seems logical, considering the stories took place over a long period (over 20 years). Considering a show like Sherlock jumps from story to story, his age becomes a little ...


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The bomb actually was a coverup to the assassination of the designated target. If the specified target alone is killed with the bullet, Moriarty might have deduced that any of the threads for plotting the murder could be traced back to him or his accomplices. So, he wanted to cover it up with a bomb to blow up everyone to spark a political conspiracy rather ...


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I don't find this surprising. Arthur Conan Doyle was, to put it mildly, not very fond of his most famous character, and tried to kill him. It wasn't a fake death either, Sherlock was meant to die in that waterfall. However, the public outcry was so strong that he had to bring Sherlock back. So, given the publicity, that part of the original Sherlock stories ...


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I didn't know about Sherlock Holmes case, so i am answering it in general way. If it is unintentional then its movie mistake but if its done intentionally then its can be due to various reasons To hide Spoiler- sometimes its done intentionally do add inaudible dialogue or foreign languages to hide the spoiler in a movie which may end up ruining the climax ...


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Sherlock knew that even if he did defeat Moriarty, the evil doctor would never stop hurting him by exploiting his weaknesses, i.e. the people he loves and cares for. Moriarty had already taken Irene, and Watson was going to be next. The only way to stop Moriarty was to kill him right now. The only way to do that was to sacrifice his life.


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Holmes was clearly planning ahead to fake his own death and hide, even from Watson. Moriarty's subordinates and organization could easily go after Holmes, even if Moriarty himself was dead.


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Earlier in the film, Holmes had been to see Moriarty at the university, where Moriarty was listening to a piece of music by Schubert titled, "The Trout," about a fisherman who muddies the water to catch a trout. At this time he also notices the horticulture book and the dead plant on the windowsill (which let him know that the book was not something Moriarty ...


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The purpose of the bomb was threefold: To conceal the fact that a single person in the room was to be killed To inflame passions in the country's involved to ratchet up tensions for Moriarty's desired worldwide conflict To destroy any trace evidence that any of the above had occurred. When the explosion is shown from the outside of the building, it is ...


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In that scene, even if he did take Watson's help - I don't think injured Holmes + Watson would beat Moriarty. Leaving aside the possibility of Holmes planning to fake his own death, I have an alternate and more Sherlock movie like theory as of why this happened: I say that Holmes didn't expect Watson to come at the end of their fight and quite possibly - ...


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This stuck in my mind too. Holmes arranged the meeting out there by the drop (he sent the note) knowing he already had the breathing device, so going over the edge was probably on his mind anyway. In the stories he did it to avoid Moran who he spotted and then he used this to go undercover, he could not let Watson in on the scheme because Watson is unable ...


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Flip the question around, you know how ruthless and efficient M is. You know that Adler is in the firing line and is in extreme danger, you have warned her several times. You know if you were M you would kill her, you have half tried once with the bomb. Why would M be lying about actually killing her?



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