So I keep thinking about Reichenbach and the awful noise Sherlock made when he hit the ground.
Now, I’ve been keeping up with the theories on tumblr and I agree certain ones seem probable.
But I thought about it and I remembered a story about this man and a tornado.
Anyways, the thing is, you can fall from pretty high up as long as you keep your self limp. Also, if you notice, Sherlock keeps his body pretty horizontal the entire time he falls, so when he hits the ground, the impact is pretty evenly distributed.
The point I’m making is that Sherlock probably DID hit the ground. So I doubt it was ie: a clone, a double, him landing on the truck nearby, an invisible trampoline, or whatever.
Think about it, he NEEDS John to think he is actually dead. Knowing Sherlock, he wouldn’t be half-assed about it. He’d make bloody sure John was painfully aware of his “death.”
After falling, when the medics (and John) felt his pulse (which had stopped due to either A) a drug that was mentioned earlier on, or B) the ball he was playing with earlier (place it under the arm, you stop blood flow, therefore, no pulse) he would appear to be dead, and THEN when he is brought into the morgue (since he is CONVENIENTLY at a hospital) , Molly is there to clean him up and help him escape.
As for his reputation, that can be salvaged with the camera mentioned earlier in the episode, that minuscule little device could have recorded his entire show down on the rooftop with Moriarty. (Whose body, I am sure was moved away by henchmen, possibly Seb Moran.) That’s why he asked “How.” Sherlock Holmes ASKING? Sherlock would rather figure it out himself. He asked so he would have a confession recorded that he could use to clear his name, as well as John’s and Lestrade, who had relied so heavily on Sherlock’s deductions in his police work.
These are my theories thus far.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand there you have it.