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Apparently John’s letting the flat. I had hoped he was coping better than this.
In Canon, John was not living in Baker Street when Sherlock Holmes returned from the dead. He had moved away and had resumed medical practice in Kensington.
At the end of Reichenbach Fall, he mentioned to Mrs. Hudson in the cemetery that he “couldn’t go back to Baker Street.”
In Doyle’s “The Norwood Builder,” he explains that he resumed living with Holmes after a distant relative of Holmes (a doctor named Verner) bought his practice.
I’ll be curious to see whether Gatiss (who is writing the Sherlock version of The Empty House) will stick with this scenario in Season 3.
Oh oh oh! I just need to quickly add on because I love this bit: Holmes was actually the one who bought Watson’s old practice.
A young doctor, named Verner, has purchase my small Kensington practice, and given with astonishingly little demur the highest price that I ventured to ask- and incident which only explained itself some years later, when I found that Verner was a distant relation of Holmes, and that it was my friend who had really found the money.
Holmes paid Watson’s highest asking price to have him come back to Baker Street. Please excuse me while I squeal with delight.