Sherlock season 4, episode 3 is the last new material fans will see for a very long time. Was it a satisfying farewell to the series?

The Sherlock season 4 finale is a healthy mix of emotional highs and lows. But was it, as co-creators Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss describe, “television history?” No. It was not. It was not even the best episode of the Sherlock series.

However, it is what we have to left to unpack as we leave Holmes at Watson in 221B by the fire. Let’s get on with it, shall we?

The final problem

The greatest flaw of Sherlock is when it gets stuck in its own heightened story telling. “The Final Problem” is the perfect example of retelling the past and not giving the audience any new information. It’s not hard to deduce. The episode does not suffer for this. Because it is not about the game at all.

Eurus’ game is well-crafted, brutal, and unforgiving. She is a master. The episode goes above and beyond to prove that over and over. Eurus wants to understand the complexity of human empathy. The only way she can do that is to cut the people open and see what makes their muscles move.

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The maze she crafts tests the resolve of Sherlock, Mycroft, and John. One great example of this is the use of Molly Hooper. It should be noted that Molly Hooper deserves so much better.

Using her love for Sherlock as a weapon, Molly Hooper’s life shatters with three words. Unfortunately, all of this is in service to unravel Sherlock with no resolution on her end.

As he smashes the coffin with his bare hands, John and Mycroft are there to reel him back in. They lend a hand to rebuild the walls that are falling down around him. That is until they literally fall at the doorstep of his childhood home.

The final problem is how do you deliver human connection to someone who does not know how to receive it? That desire to feel that her brothers appreciate her for more than her brain. If Eurus’ favorite person, Sherlock, could just take a moment to play her game, everything can end.

The test, it turns out, is for Sherlock to lean heavily on his capacity for emotional connection throwing logic out of the equation. He makes room for John, Mary, Molly, even Greg in his life. Can he find a way to make room for Eurus in spite of everything he just found out?

“You were always the grown up,” says Mrs. Holmes near the end of the episode. Sherlock takes the family into the next chapter of their life. One where music bridges the gap between them and the entire Holmes family can sit together without words getting in the way.

‘I’m a pirate’

The biggest twist, if you didn’t already work it out for yourself, comes when John discovers the bones of “Redbeard” in the well. They are not dog bones, but the bones of Sherlock’s best childhood friend, Victor.

But the best appearance is by far the inclusion of Mycroft’s Christmas gift — Jim Moriarty.

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Moriarty’s obsession with Holmes begins well before Eurus calls him in for a meeting. But did he succumb to being one of her agents? Probably. But Jim likely steered his own course to Sherlock. But the game… well, the game now reeks of Eurus.

Mycroft Holmes

The Holmes brothers, Mycroft and Sherlock, have the most fascinating relationship on Sherlock. “The Final Problem” highlights the complexity of their past and the trajectory of their future.

The most moving scene in the entire episode arrives when Mycroft, John and Sherlock are contemplating the reality of what may be their final moments alive. Hearing that Sherlock appreciated a talent of his, one that is not based on their familial intellect, moves him to a smile. Well before Mycroft sacrifices himself for Sherlock’s partnership with John, he gets the validation that their relationship is full of mutual appreciation.

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The minds of the Holmes siblings may be capable of great feats, but no fortress is entirely secure.

Mycroft’s home at the start of the episode is infiltrated by the combination of Holmes and Watson. Later on, his mind’s security system fails. He is a strong, put together person. After years of arranging Sherlock’s safety behind the scenes, it’s time for Sherlock to step up and do the same.

Is there room for more?

Perhaps we will all meet again at Anemoi. In the credits letters it is typical for the editors to highlight certain letters. The final sequence produces just a single word — Anemoi, the meeting place of the four winds.

While the finale ties up loose ends, recreates the scars that affect the duo the most, it does feel more like a beginning than an ending.

Sherlock may or may not return.

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Let’s be honest, when summer time rolls around it’s slim pickings on TV. Here’s our favorite guilty pleasure summer TV shows to watch.

‘The Challenge’:

The Challenge is about to enter season 30! MTV is celebrating the occasion by upping the winnings to a whopping $1 Million. With such a large prize it’s safe to assume that the competition is about to get even crazier. For me, the best part about the series is seeing the crazy challenges that they have to go through in order to stay in the game.

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Let’s be honest, when summer time rolls around it’s slim pickings on TV. Here’s our favorite guilty pleasure summer TV shows to watch.

‘The Challenge’:

The Challenge is about to enter season 30! MTV is celebrating the occasion by upping the winnings to a whopping $1 Million. With such a large prize it’s safe to assume that the competition is about to get even crazier. For me, the best part about the series is seeing the crazy challenges that they have to go through in order to stay in the game.

The cast is just an added bonus to the game. The seasoned veterans from when the The Real World and Road Rules were just starting out are always like a little nostalgia. But there’s plenty of new faces too as MTV is always finding new and interesting characters for their reality TV.

This season some of my favorites are back including: Johnny Bananas, CT, Darrell, Derrick K, Devin, Aneesa, Camila, Cara Maria, Jenna, Nicole, and Tori.

The Challenge season 30 premieres July 18 on MTV.

‘Big Brother’:

There’s something a little bit creepy about being able to watch the cast of Big Brother whenever you want, but it’s also wildly entertaining. Season 19 is about to start and this time it’s with an all new cast. Big Brother is another reality competition show that pits the contestants against one another for a winnings of $1 million.

There’s a few different ways people can make it to the end of this show. They can rely on a great social game, their ability to win competitions, or a mixture of both. But in the end the only way that they can truly win is by convincing a group of judges, who they played against, that they deserve to win the money. Because the competitions will only get them to the final two.

Big Brother season 19 premieres June 28 on CBS.

‘Married at First Sight’:

This is a bit of a lesser known reality TV show, but it’s amazing. The show is based on an extreme concept with the cast agreeing to get legally married to a stranger whom they don’t meet until the altar! The pairs are matched by a team of experts including a sociologist, a communication and relationship expert, and a marriage counselor. Together they create three compatible couples based on “scientific matchmaking” (whatever that means).

The show then follows the couples as they celebrate their wedding, go on a honeymoon, move in together, and then deal with the realities of joining their lives with someone they barely know. Along the way the team of experts helps them to hopefully grow together as couple and deal with any challenges that come their way. At the end of the experiment the couples decide whether to stay married, or get a divorce.

Married at First Sight is already in season 5 and airs on FYI and Lifetime.

‘Teen Mom’:

When it comes to drama, the girls of Teen Mom never disappoint. Whether it’s the Teen Mom OG cast, or the Teen Mom 2 cast they always seem to have something going on in their lives. With their adorable children also a part of the show it’s easy to become hooked on watching them grow up.

When Teen Mom 2 returns they’re actually getting a new cast member. Briana DeJesus was originally a part of Teen Mom 3 which was cancelled, and now they’re bringing her over to join the Teen Mom 2 girls. It’s been a while since she was on air so there should be lots to catch up on.

Teen Mom OG is currently airing on MTV and Teen Mom 2 will begin a new season this summer.

‘Life of Kylie’:

Life of Kylie is the latest Keeping up with the Kardashians spinoff series. This family is mildly ridiculous but always entertaining, and I’m expecting no different from Kylie’s series. Although the famous Kardashian sisters didn’t grow up as celebrities, Kylie has been under the spotlight since she was pretty young and her family signed up for their reality show.

The synopsis for the series spouts that viewers will “Get to know the real Kylie Jenner.” The youngest sister of the family is known for having a bit of a more reserved personality than her sisters, so it should be interesting to see how she handles all the spotlight on her. I’m also hoping to see how involved she is with her successful business.

Life of Kylie premiers on E! August 6.

What summer TV shows will you be watching this year?

We’re taking a deep dive into the last Pretty Little Liars trailer we’ll ever see!

After seven years, Pretty Little Liars only has one (two-hour) episode left! One episode to give us all of the answers, romance, answers, friendship, answers, returning characters, answers, happy endings, and answers that we still need. Oh yeah, did I mention that we need answers?!

There’s so much that we’re dying to know before Pretty Little Liars ends forever. We could just wait until the series finale airs, but what kind of Pretty Little Liars fans would we be if we weren’t theorizing down to the last second?

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We’re taking a deep dive into the last Pretty Little Liars trailer we’ll ever see!

After seven years, Pretty Little Liars only has one (two-hour) episode left! One episode to give us all of the answers, romance, answers, friendship, answers, returning characters, answers, happy endings, and answers that we still need. Oh yeah, did I mention that we need answers?!

There’s so much that we’re dying to know before Pretty Little Liars ends forever. We could just wait until the series finale airs, but what kind of Pretty Little Liars fans would we be if we weren’t theorizing down to the last second?

For said theorizing, we have two things at our disposal: the trailer for Pretty Little Liars season 7, episode 20 and whatever the hell we can remember/put together from everything that’s already happened. So first, watch the trailer. Then, we’ll get started.

Overanalyzing the ‘Pretty Little Liars’ series finale trailer

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The trailer starts off by showing us a montage of everyone sporting the iconic black hoodie. The montage includes Alison, Spencer, Toby, Aria, Mona and Charlotte. Noticeably absent is Shana, who we also saw donning A’s signature look. However, Shana was operating separately from the A team, so it makes sense. Also, she’s definitely dead (or is she?!), so her absence wouldn’t provide a clue, either way.

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The “black hoodie” montage is followed by a couple blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments. In the first one, Emily and Ezra seem to be running through some sort of tunnel. It looks more like they’re running toward something than away from something/someone, to me.

The thing that I took away from this scene is that even though A.D. literally drove off into the sunset at the end of Pretty Little Liars season 7, episode 19, the Liars still have a fight ahead of them in the final episode.

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The next quick shot is of the Liars sitting outside, in Rosewood. They appear to all be in dresses, so this could potentially be before/after a wedding. Is it just me, or does Aria’s dress look white?

This scene happens as we hear Spencer telling Hanna that “there’s only one rule, you don’t look back.” This dialogue doesn’t take place in the scene pictured above, though, as the clothing is different. Most likely, this dialogue is said during the scene pictured below, where everyone is sitting around a table, outside, while A.D. watches through the bushes.

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There are a couple reasons why Spencer could be saying this. This could be their goodbye dinner, after they’ve cracked the case and vowed to leave Rosewood behind, but Hanna looks too frightened for that. Also, it would be way too frustrating to see them all enjoying a goodbye dinner at the end, only to see that A/A.D is still watching.

Spencer could also be saying this about a plan that they’ve concocted. Maybe, Spencer’s taking on a dangerous part of the plan and wants to ensure that the other Liars don’t mess things up to save her. Hopefully not!

Next, we see the five Liars seemingly comforting Aria. Judging by their clothing, this is the same scene that we see later in the trailer, in which Aria claims that she “can’t marry Ezra.” The interesting thing about this scene is that Alison’s hair is much different than it had been at the end of Pretty Little Liars season 7, episode 19. She has full bangs and is much more blonde.

Alison isn’t shown much in the trailer, so it’s difficult to gauge if the change will be seen throughout the entire episode, or if it’s just in this one scene. This could mean that either the episode, or at least this scene, takes place after some time has passed. That, or Ali just picked a strange time to change up her look.

It would make sense that some time has passed since Aria and Ezra were on great terms when we last saw them! Everything was out in the open, and he was standing up for her to the other Liars. Something new would have to happen for her to make a statement like that. Also, it has been known that there will be a one year time jump before the show ends.

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Next, we get a “what is going on” from Emily to Alison, and a Spoby kiss followed by Spoby sex. As far as Emison goes, Emily could be talking about literally anything, so it’s difficult to form any theories based on her line.

Toby and Spencer (or potentially Spencer’s twin) hooked up the last time we saw them together, so this isn’t a huge surprise. It’s a little frustrating that they’ll just magically be endgame after a season apart in which Toby got married and then tragically lost his wife, but at this point, there are bigger fish to fry.

Related: Pretty Little Liars: Why I’m worried about every single ship in season 7

My theory, for this scene, is regarding the scar that Toby noticed on Spencer during their last rendezvous. Perhaps the scar will magically be gone, and that’s how Spencer’s twin will be discovered! In case you haven’t noticed, I’m pretty sold on the “Spencer has a twin theory,” but if you’re not, please feel free to tell me why, in the comments!

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I don’t know about you, but when I think of Pretty Little Liars and snowglobes, I think of Emison. So, when I see A.D. entering a room behind a snowglobe, I immediately begin to fear for those two beauties! Let’s hope they fare better than the globe after A.D.’s intrusion.

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Next, we get a quick look at some characters who’ll be returning for the series finale. First, we see Jenna. All we can really deduce from our first look at her is that she’ll be in the episode, but she shows up again later alongside Addison Derringer!

Related: Pretty Little Liars: Who is Addison Derringer and why should you care?

We also see Melissa Hastings with a horse and Spencer (or Twincer). Since Wren appears to have a fairly significant role in the finale, I’m betting Melissa will too. Whatever Melissa and Jenna are up to, their presence really makes it feel like we’re going back to the beginning of Pretty Little Liars, which is very exciting!

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Following the reveal of some returning characters (which there will hopefully be way more of), we enter a very Spencer-heavy section. Actually, the whole trailer is pretty Spencer-heavy. Maybe because there are twice as many Spencers…hmmm.

First, we see Spence being knocked out by Mona in a way that’s extremely reminiscent of the first A reveal, which I’m ecstatic about. A few reasons why Mona could be hitting Spencer are because Mona’s working for A.D., because Spencer’s A.D., or perhaps because Mona’s angry about being turned over by the Liars for Charlotte’s murder.

I would much prefer it if Mona actually knocked out Spencer’s twin, though. Mostly because Mona showed her true allegiance to the Liars on the top of that church tower, and if she reverted to being against them in the finale, it would seem like a huge regression for her character.

Next, we see Spence looking as though she’s waking up from a great nap on a white pillow. This could be in the hospital, in Toby’s bed, or perhaps even in a dream. Then, we see her backing away from something in fear. Finally, we see her hugging Mary Drake, in prison.

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Later in the trailer, we return to this same scene of Mary Drake and Spencer. However, things take a turn for the worse, pretty quickly. After she confessed to a murder she didn’t commit so that Spencer could go free, we see Mary hurting Spencer! Or, is she actually hurting Spencer’s twin for going after Spencer? Alternatively, Mary’s confession could’ve been part of a longer con, if Mary is actually working against the Liars.

pretty little liars series finale trailer

We then see Aria entering a closet that has board games in it. Other than being an excuse to get more Aria in the trailer and perhaps being a callback to how Aria, herself, entered the game, there’s not much to say about that.

So let’s move on to…

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Wren Kingston! With a gun! In the bedroom! At least we know that we’ll finally be getting the answers we’ve been dying for when it comes to Wren, whether he turns out to be A.D. or not! The last time we saw Wren, he was sitting in an airport with a Hastings/Drake who was almost definitely not Spencer, so I’m thinking if Twincer is real, Wren is her accomplice. Maybe Melissa is even along for the ride.

The trailer ends with Mona facing A.D. in her hospital gown and saying “I never would have guessed it was you.” What we can take from this is that A.D. is definitely not Mona, and is someone that Mona knows! Or at least, someone who looks exactly like someone she knows.

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This basically leaves any Pretty Little Liars character on the table, other than those who Mona has suspected. I’d cross off Alison, Melissa and Jenna, at least, just based on the fact that Mona probably would’ve figured them out.

Wren and Twincer are both promising. Mona has had her suspicions about Wren, but I don’t think she’s ever suspected that he’s pulling the strings. Mona definitely wouldn’t be expecting Spencer to be the culprit, so her twin would have the same impact.

Well, that’s it for my theories. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Did I miss anything? Let me know, in the comments. All I know for sure is, based on this trailer, we’re in for a hell of a ride with the two hour Pretty Little Liars series finale!

What are your predictions for the ‘Pretty Little Liars’ series finale?

Wayward Sisters? After months of subtle teasing, it’s finally confirmed: Supernatural’s fan-demanded female-led spinoff will get a true backdoor pilot during season 13.

According to information obtained by Deadline, our lady hunter show will be called Wayward Sisters rather than Wayward Daughters — the handle that this story concept has been dubbed with since it grew out of grass-roots fandom. Aside from the title change (at which I’m gritting my teeth, not due to the artistic license, but in pure pedantry, as it doesn’t match the pun on the Kansas song quite as smoothly), the show appears to be precisely what the fandom ordered: led by Kim Rhodes as the Winchesters’ long time ally Sheriff Jody Mills, it will follow the lives of the young women she takes into her care — those orphaned by the supernatural and those who wish to fight back in turn.

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Wayward Sisters? After months of subtle teasing, it’s finally confirmed: Supernatural’s fan-demanded female-led spinoff will get a true backdoor pilot during season 13.

According to information obtained by Deadline, our lady hunter show will be called Wayward Sisters rather than Wayward Daughters — the handle that this story concept has been dubbed with since it grew out of grass-roots fandom. Aside from the title change (at which I’m gritting my teeth, not due to the artistic license, but in pure pedantry, as it doesn’t match the pun on the Kansas song quite as smoothly), the show appears to be precisely what the fandom ordered: led by Kim Rhodes as the Winchesters’ long time ally Sheriff Jody Mills, it will follow the lives of the young women she takes into her care — those orphaned by the supernatural and those who wish to fight back in turn.

Deadline don’t name their source, and The CW has declined comment — perhaps they were hoping to save this announcement for San Diego Comic-Con — but now that it’s out there, confirmation from the cast and writers involved is more than enough to get excited about. Supernatural showrunner Andrew Dabb and longterm staff writer Robert Berens, who both promoted the news, are set to helm, and prominent cast members including Misha Collins and Samantha Smith tweeted their enthusiasm about the project.

The most emotional comments came from Kim Rhodes herself, who in the past several years has taken the fandom’s notion of Wayward Daughters and crafted it into a community, a charity campaign, a personal brand and lifestyle. If Rhodes’ words can be taken as gospel, the show will also feature, as it should, Rhodes’s partner in Wayward crime Briana Buckmaster as Sheriff Donna Hanscum, along with the two teenage girls who’ve already made their lives with Sheriff Jody: Katherine Ramdeen as vampire victim Alex Jones and Kathryn Newton as Claire Novak, daughter of Castiel’s vessel Jimmy.

It was comments regarding the Claire-centric episode during season 12 which first seriously perked ears up about whether Wayward Daughters — sorry, Sisters — was happening. At the time, I theorized that “Ladies Drink Free” was itself a backdoor pilot, given that it puts Claire through a huge coming-of-age experience as a hunter and sets her off on a new path. This turned out to be somewhat correct — in light of this news, “Ladies Drink Free” reads like a soft entry to Wayward Sisters, with the true backdoor pilot in season 13 set to hammer the idea home for those less attuned to analyzing tiny producer preview clips.

When “Ladies Drink Free” aired, I took the opportunity to write about the concept of Wayward Daughters, for those who may not have been aware of the significance of what they’d just seen, and spoke with Riley Keshner, one of the fans who truly instigated the “Wayward Daughters Academy” idea that Rhodes and Buckmaster ended up adopting and running with.

The concept — of Jody and Donna running a home for kids in need, hunters in training, women mentoring girls — took on a life of its own as the actresses and some of the writers also expressed their enthusiasm for the possibility. Keshner and another fan, Betty Days, created a petition, a twitter account and a tumblr in order to campaign for the possibility of the show existing, and were quickly partnered in their endeavors by Rhodes and Buckmaster themselves, who are the best of friends, as much of a double act in real life as Jody and Donna are on screen. The initial plan of the fan creators was simply to make a t-shirt, maybe raise some money toward making the idea a reality (perhaps in a Kings of Con-esque fashion), but they were advised by Rhodes that numbers — the volume of voices — would speak louder than cash.

“I knew we had the numbers,” Keshner explains, and indeed, the Supernatural audience has the numbers to move any needle — the engagement level on social media compared to the viewership of the show is astronomically high, and a faction of this fandom has a freaking mountain on Mars named after it — “and so I put out a call to action through the fandom, and Betty and I created the social media accounts and a petition so that we could funnel everyone’s enthusiasm through a central outlet. We called it ‘Wayward Daughters Academy.’ That was May 1, 2015, the day after ‘Angel Heart’ aired. That day, Kim and Briana both followed us and we discussed with them that we appreciated their support but wouldn’t do anything without their consent. They were both on board, and the rest is history.”

It’s currently unclear if Keshner and Days had creative involvement in pitching the Wayward Sisters spinoff, but what strikes me most strongly about this victorious development is that, in the most positive way possible, this project was pitched and greenlit bespoke at fandom’s request, specifically to highlight the female stars and female viewers of a male-dominated show. Fans identified what they wanted more of, they vocalized the support that they would offer in the eventuality that this was created for them, and the Powers That Be saw both moral and monetary value in that. Fans have saved mainstream television shows from cancellation, or revived them from the grave, but I can’t say I have any recollection of them outright creating one before.

Wayward Sisters represents a shift in the relationship between media and audience — far from mere “fan service,” this feels like a realistic acknowledgement of what has made Supernatural successful: women. Despite being male-centric on screen, Supernatural is a show most overwhelmingly loved and supported by women of all ages. Women who aren’t just tuning in for the eye candy, women who deeply value the relationships, the writing, the lessons and themes of what the 12-season behemoth of genre has offered up. Women have kept this show alive and relevant and have remained connected and empathetic to the lead characters — all finely, complexly drawn men, but men nonetheless — and made its female guest stars into beloved convention celebrities. We’ve been patient, accepting the status quo of Sam and Dean’s Supernatural for what it is while expressing, loudly and lovingly, that we’d like to see this world expanded to include the stories of the women who exist within it.

And someone, somewhere, said, “Okay. Fair call. This is who’s watching us, this is how we can serve them better.” And then people kept saying “okay” — all the way to the top. And now here we are, with a female-led Supernatural show on the horizon. If Supernatural itself is winding down and planning to finish at 300 episodes, that would give us until season 14 — the same period a season 1 of Wayward Sisters would be airing, if the backdoor pilot gets a full season order. I personally can’t think of a better way to keep the world of the Winchesters alive for its voraciously female audience than to transition to a show designed to represent and empower women, with an open door policy for guest stars, allowing us the opportunity to check back in on our old faves every now and then.

Aside from Wayward Sisters, all that’s known about Supernatural season 13 is that Misha Collins’ Castiel, despite his untimely death, will be back; that Crowley’s death was likely permanent and Mark Sheppard will not be returning as a series regular, and that there will be an animated Scooby Doo crossover, which has already been written and recorded. We hope to get more information about Wayward Sisters and Supernatural season 13 at San Diego Comic-Con next month.

Will you be watching ‘Wayward Sisters?’ (Hint: Yes)