"I believe in Sherlock Holmes"
"Yeah, well that won’t bring him back."
Let’s talk a little about this scene. Sherlock’s mind referenced certain people as he was dying, but upon review they weren’t random. They were those who had kept him alive for the last two years.
Molly, the inside man.
Mycroft, the confidant.
And, Anderson? Yes, and it’s beautiful…
Anderson, the believer.
He kept Sherlock alive in the way we did. Not by being integral like Molly, or important like Mycroft, but by simply believing in him. By coming up with theories and starting a fan club all on the basis of believing that if anyone could defy death, it was Sherlock Holmes. So when Sherlock thought he was really going to die and that there was a minimal chance of survival - his mind palace also turned to Anderson. To the person who, despite all evidence to the contrary, believed he could survive.
I’ve just realized that this entire scene is my most favorite in the series.