sometimes i read fics about Moran avenging Moriarty’s death and his suffering is compared to Watson’s and then i remember that’s because Moran was Moriarty’s Watson and they were friends and probably had a beautiful bromance just like Sherlock and John and now Moriarty’s dead and Moran lost his best friend and he must be in so much pain HIS FUCKING BEST FRIEND KILLED HIMSELF TOO FOR FUCK’S SAKE HE IS DEVASTATED WOULD YOU STOP MAKING GIFSETS ABOUT JOHN BEING DEVASTATED AND GIVE SEBASTIAN MORAN A MOMENT OF YOUR THOUGHTS AND CONSIDERATION JESUS FUCKING CHRIST HAVE A HEART
lol sebastian moran doesn’t exist in the bbc!verse, that’s why no one fucking cares about him. he most definitely was NOT moriarty’s best friend given the great lengths the writers (and andrew scott himself) have gone to to discuss moriarty’s complete lack of friendship and love in his life. (that lack of human connection is obvious enough just from watching the show, but i’m starting to suspect you mormor shippers didn’t bother to do that.)
and moran was never moriarty’s ‘best friend’ in the canon. he was a close business associate and nothing more about their relationship is ever discussed, revealed, or illustrated. you don’t know what you’re talking about. please stop.
If we’re going to refer to canon, then please stop. Yes, Moran could never be considered Moriarty’s ‘best friend’, but he did end up becoming Moriarty’s chief of staff. Then he became his ‘sniper’ in general terms, being solely used for assassinations. Moriarty wouldn’t have bothered wasting any time on Moran if he did not see potential, especially since they lived with each other (or are at least thought to have). Also, why would he want revenge for Professor Moriarty’s death if he was only his boss? Moran had undying loyalty towards the Professor, even if it wasn’t returned. Therefore there is more to their relationship than meets the eye.
Oh and lord. There are such things as masks which both Andrew Scott and the cast talk about Moriarty using quite a bit, even if it is to fool others. We won’t know just how different he is off screen, because, you know, he’s off screen. We’ve only ever seen him either playing the game with Sherlock or faced with his enemies. Never in private. Again, Moran may not be Moriarty’s ‘best friend’, but assuming so, we know that their relationship will be quite close, especially if we’re going by canon.
So… You know…
lmfao, where are you getting that they lived with each other? i think you’re letting fanfiction cloud your memory. that is certainly never even implied in the story. and moriarty seeing potential for moran as an employee says nothing about sentiment for him lol. the only hope for friendship the two are given in the story is when holmes makes the ‘bosom buddy’ crack, and that was him being a snarky sarcastic little fuck.
their relationship will certainly not be close, if moran even exists as a person. have you paid any attention to this adaptation of moriarty at all? he is completely different from his canon counterpart. his arc and character motivations were completely retconned. andrew and mark gatiss have endlessly discussed moriarty’s lack of human connection as the significant marker that differs him from sherlock. here are some quotes:
Moriarty has an obsession with Sherlock, but that means the detective’s best friend is always going to cause some sort of stirring of strong emotions. There’s a scene in the final episode where I wanted to be able to show that in a small way what Moriarty’s attitude to John is. I think it’s one of restrained respect, but also one of envy. Because Moriarty is a sociopath, I think there is something he doesn’t fully understand about friendship. He doesn’t have any friends himself, and that’s what separates him from Sherlock. (Andrew Scott, x.)
I wanted to show little glimpses of Moriarty’s vulnerability…you got to see that towards the very end, when we realize he’s going to kill himself. He’s a very desolate, very lonely, very unhappy person. (Andrew Scott, x)
Sherlock chose a different side in the game, perhaps because it’s harder to be good! Ultimately, though, Sherlock realizes he is different to Moriarty. He does care about people — although he will never be like the rest of us. (Mark Gatiss, x.)
bbc!moriarty was a desolate, lonely, miserable fuck. (the dude killed himself and the entire point of the game for sherlock was finding a solution to the tedium of ‘staying alive,’ so that just goes to show how much he cared about a moran if one could be even said to exist in his life.)
the only thing this moriarty has in common with his canon counterpart is his name and occupation. what makes you think his relationship with moran will be different in this regard? the moriarty/moran dynamic you all wanted happened in ‘a game of shadows,’ and you can be damn sure sherlock bbc won’t be emulating that because they don’t want to do the same thing twice.
Maintained in a comfortable lifestyle by Moriarty, Moran soon came to be used solely for assassinations that required his peculiar skill with the rifle.
A-g-a-i-n, going by canon (which BBC!Sherlock has been related to most, obviously), Moriarty did see potential in him, yes, but, again, why would he even bother with Moran if they were not at least a tad close? Their lifestyle would in no particular way be ‘comfortable’ if Moriarty had anything to say about it.
My mistake. Moriarty had lived somewhere in London, and by chance Moran lived in Conduit Street. It is said that Moriarty also lived in Conduit Street in some versions, but that is my own fault for using other ideas etc.
Moran also, when seeing Holmes at the point of the Professor’s death, shoved boulders down the cliff face at Holmes until he thought he was dead. You wouldn’t do that for someone who you were not loyal to at least. He wanted revenge for his Boss, and by god was he going to get it.
BBC!Sebastian will most likely also be searching for revenge. There are obvious links between canon and this. And going by the fact that the first story will be The Empty House, well, I’ll let you decide on that.
The point of the game as you put it was to show that Sherlock was an equal. But then John had come along and changed that. He was worried about his best friend.
Ah, but again, Moriarty has many masks. ‘Jim from IT’, ‘Richard Brook’. There are significant differences between them all. ‘James Moriarty’ might be a cold and lonely bastard, but like I said, we’ve never seen him off stage. When he was Jim from IT, he was kind and caring on camera. Richard Brook? He was scared and frightened whilst playing the game. We won’t know the dynamics of their relationship until it is revealed. One thought would be that the ‘love’ (and I use the term very loosely) is one-sided, and that Moriarty will play on this to keep Moran as loyal as possible.
His occupation? Jim Moriarty is a consulting criminal, taking clients alike. Professor James Moriarty is a maths professor and the most dangerous man in London. He is the Napoleon of Crime.
Their similarities are far more than that. They share the same name, obviously. Some of their profession is the same. And Moran has been hinted at in BBC Sherlock and is obviously in canon.
The only individual who appears to have Moriarty’s complete confidence is his henchman Colonel Moran.
Moriarty is dead. That much is true. And Moran will be seeking revenge. Whether that be against John once he finds out that Sherlock is alive, or that it will be against Sherlock is not evident yet. But the fandom is allowed to believe what they want. And I, for one, believe that if they were to go more indepth about either character, it’d be very surprising as to what is revealed.
…moriarty killed himself, and planned to do so from the beginning (‘staying alive’). how would a revenge plot even begin to make sense? sherlock didn’t do shit to moriarty, in fact, if sherlock had had his way, both of them would have made it off that rooftop alive. (“i don’t have to die if i’ve got you.”)