I’d like to know why exactly John has completely written Sherlock off as a junkie. Flat out, no way in hell is this man a drug addict. Certainly, as a doctor, or even as a somewhat observant person, John should have realised that Sherlock is someone to do things to extremes. Perhaps he was just too ~*~in awe~*~ and amazing geniuses obviously aren’t nasty bad drug addicts nope never. — THAT anon.
You saw my tag, you lovely human being! I just love that John is so impressed by Sherlock that he has already put him up on an enormous pedestal, that he figures someone as fantastic as Sherlock would never inhibit his skills with drugs and the like. He has an immense amount of faith in the fact that Sherlock is inherently a good person, and that he wouldn’t do something like that. Then there’s this:
Which everyone likes to read as “LOOK AT THEIR MEANINGFUL LOOKS AT EACH OTHER”, but actually, that’s quite out of context. This is Sherlock attempting to silently communicate to John, “shut up please, yes, I have a problem and you are not helping right now” and John reading the confession in his face, completely disbelieving. He really is genuinely surprised.
And right after this moment, John says “no” and Sherlock says “shut up” and drops the seriousness, but I think the moment in the gif above is really important. He’s really trying to say a lot with a look, and when John says “no” — a very loaded word that, with his inflection, carries a lot of judgmental connotations — Sherlock hides again behind sarcasm and cruelty and the scene moves on. But this moment here is a really vulnerable confession, and John ruins it. It’s not his fault, they don’t know each other inside and out yet. And that’s half the fun of the relationship, though this is still hard to watch, because there is so much there, look at this he’s trusting you, John, godDAMMIT—
But then of course we get the beginning of Hounds, which is very much John, and Sherlock’s relationship with drugs, and they’ve just come so far it’s so beautiful I’m going to die