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Are John Watson and Sherlock Holmes Gays?

Have you seen the BBC Sherlock Holmes series? I have watched few episodes on Netflix and I must say I love it. Although I don't like how Sherlock's abilities are exaggerated. But all that aside, what matters to me is how the series hints that there is a relationship between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson (the military doctor) that is more than just friendship. Although none of them would admit it explicitly, they do seem to have feelings for each other. For example, when Sherlock faked his death and disappeared for two years, he decided to appear again only when John was about to propose to his girlfriend.

I am not sure if Sherlock or his assistant were gays in the original story, or in any of the previous Sherlock movies. So why add this now?

What do you think?

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MegL wrote on July 14, 2015, 10:14 AM

In the original stories, written by Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock is supposed to have had feelings for only one woman (Irene) and she was a villain! In one story, Holmes is involved with some kind of circus and hints to the circus staff that Watson is gay, in order to get them to socialise with them, despite Watson's protests. In Conan Doyle's day, of course this kind of relationship was illegal, punished by prison

JohnRoberts wrote on July 14, 2015, 10:59 AM

On Sherlock, I think it is just a close friendship as opposed to something romantic there. But you can make anything out of anything. Does Batman has feelings for Robin? Sometimes I think writers are deliberately ambiguous to let you think whatever. There was also the implication Xena Warrior Princess and Gabrielle were gay for each other but did it all the time with men. The show's producer was a lesbian and said it was deliberate in giving that impression.

Shadi wrote on July 14, 2015, 3:32 PM

I haven't read the original story but if they were gays that would've feature in other Sherlock movies. Thank you for the info it is nice to know about the original story.

Shadi wrote on July 14, 2015, 3:35 PM

I also think their purpose is be to let you think

WordChazer wrote on July 15, 2015, 5:23 AM

That's an old 'what if' supposition. Same with Kirk/Spock in Star Trek, leading to a whole mountain of fan fiction on the topic.

lexiconlover wrote on July 16, 2015, 12:33 PM

I think the real question is, Does it really matter?

cheri wrote on August 12, 2015, 12:18 AM

That is an intriguing question yet I never found out so far.