Warning: spoilers ahead for Episode 22 of Elementary Season 5, "Moving Targets."
Season 5 of Elementary is coming to a close, which means that stakes are rising, suspense is building, and bad things are bound to go down. Unfortunately, one of those bad things happened in the latest episode, which saw the death of Shinwell Johnson. He's been a key character in the fifth season, and actor Nelsan Ellis felt like he could have been a part of the cast in the long run, so it undoubtedly came as a shock to many when Joan discovered his body in his apartment. Now, executive producer Rob Doherty has spoken out to explain why Elementary killed off Shinwell the way that it did:
Shinwell came into the fold as an informant whose background as an ex-convict and gang member made him a valuable resource for Joan and Sherlock. Unfortunately, it seems that Shinwell crossed the SBK in a way that he couldn't wiggle out of this time. According to Rob Doherty, he never really had a chance to survive Season 5, no matter how many times and ways he made up for his past crimes. His connection with Joan and the manner of his death will undoubtedly drive the plot forward for the foreseeable future. Hopefully episodes will be solid enough to justify the tragedy of his death so early.
Luckily, Rob Doherty went on in his chat with TVLine to promise that Elementary won't delay delivering on the tragedy of Shinwell's end. Doherty went on to say this:
The last we know of Shinwell alive, he had texted Joan to ask her to meet him. Unless he found a way to write down or save whatever it was he wanted to tell her, it may be a secret that he takes to his grave. I have to imagine that whoever killed him did a thorough job of stopping him from talking, which would include taking any potential evidence, but we've been watching Joan and Sherlock solving impossible crimes for years now. If Shinwell knew he was in danger, he might have taken steps to make sure that Joan would get his message somehow.
There are still two episodes left in Season 5, so hopefully we'll get at least some closure on Shinwell's death before the end of the season, not least because we don't yet know for sure if CBS will renew the series for a Season 6. Tune in to CBS on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET to catch the final episodes of Elementary Season 6, and join me in crossing fingers that we get word of an official renewal sooner rather than later.
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