Don’t be like all the rest.
As I wrote in my LONG meta, this was the moment that really sold me on Mary, because to my mind there’s no one to lie to here.She doesn’t know it’s Billy - she’s walking away without another look in that last gif - so there’s one to perform to; she gives him money when no one else is looking, for no one’s benefit but his, and that seems to me to echo what’s in her heart. When she tells John that people like Magnussen should be killed, when Sherlock deduces that she’s “Disillusioned,” and here - my feeling is that they all add up to a woman who may have, in the past, done the wrong things for the right reasons.
Agreed. Sad this doesn’t have more notes, yet metas with no logical reasoning that constantly focus on the apparent negative aspects of Mary’s character get a buttload of notes.