From my limited medical knowledge, this looks like cuts and bruises. Probably needs stitches especially on the right shoulder. I know some people have said he’s ‘holding up pretty well’, but I’d say it’s the additional scarring that’s toughened him. And he’s a fighter, he probably wants to make his torturer more pissed off. He is human, remember?
This hurts, it’s putting weight on injuries that have probably been stitched, and probably he waved off most additional painkillers. There’s the initial medicating of the wound as it’s stitched, obviously, but that doesn’t keep it from hurting. Sherlock’s accusation that Mycroft was “definitely enjoying it” appears double-barbed - Sherlock trying to offset his discomfort by being as prickly as possible and also perhaps literally why didn’t you intervene sooner?
And then there’s the restaurant scene. Not saying John is the asshole here, Sherlock doesn’t even think that. He has a right to be angry. But it does hurt.
He might have torn a few stitches or at the very least landed on some very bad bruises.
Sherlock thinks he deserves it, or he’s very stupid when it comes to how angry John really is. Probably both.
Obviously, he’s wrong to offset the situation with humour.
John’s right to be angry, of course, but it’s rather plain it hurts. Not just the nose, either. Sherlock thinks he’ll forgive him, that he’ll understand, but he doesn’t. Obviously because there is the construct of John that Sherlock has, and then there is the real John - the one Sherlock hurt.
I really want John to know about Serbia. Sherlock probably doesn’t though.
#he’s not talking about the bomb #HE’S NOT TALKING ABOUT THE BOMB JOHN
I agree, here it’s not about the bomb at all, it’s about making things right between them. Sherlock has said sorry several times, but it’s not enough and he is desperate to regain his bond with John. This scene was not Sherlock being manipulative, it was Sherlock taking advantage of the situation to claw his way back into John’s affections. It was bad timing as usual and Sherlock lacks boundaries but it was an idiot genuinely floundering, trying to fix his broken heart. And John Watson goes with it. Why, because these men accept each other totally. The joint smile at the end of the scene seals the deal and confirms their mutual consent in this messy relationship’s weird excuse for communication.