Warning: This article contains spoilers for Enola Holmes 2. Read at your own risk!
The sequel is packed with a whole new adventure and it dives deep into a bigger societal problem with a touch of real historical events. Here is what happened in the end of Enola Holmes 2, explained, including the mid-credits scene!
The Ending of Enola Holmes 2 Explained
When Enola was losing hope in being a detective of her own, a small fire kept it burning until it became the flame that sparked an action and for her to start anew in Enola Holmes 2. Meanwhile, Sherlock is having problems in a huge case of his, which ends up being connected to Enola's.
Upon closing her agency, a buzzer beater client walks in, Bessie, a child who works at a match factory, and her sister is missing. Enola did everything she could to find Bessie's sister but it got her into some deep trouble, even being in prison!
She was accused of murdering Mae, another worker, and was imprisoned for the charge after she went after the owners of the Lyons Factory to gather information. Sherlock failed to get her out but she got help from the best: Edith and Eudoria.
With the help of Tewkesbury, who, by the way, confessed to Enola that he loves her, and of Sherlock, who found out that the cases are connected, they connected the dots and finally found Sarah Chapman, who wasn't missing, but hiding!
It turns out the match factory's phosphorus for matches has a terrible effect on the health of the workers, ending up with deaths, and Sarah wants to uncover it with Mae and William Lyons, the very son of the owner of the factory.
Mae and William didn't make it and they died in the hands of Superintendent Grail which was hired by someone to cover up the mess of the match factory, and it turns out to be Moriarty, playing a game with Sherlock! And yes, Moriarty is gender-swapped.
Moriarty turns out to be behind the blackmails and she is none other than Mira Troy, a woman who wants to have her own place in society, and clearly, she has got the brains to do it, even giving Sherlock a headache on the case! Well, she got away in the end, escaping prison.
Sarah Chapman returns to the match factory and calls on all the girls to stand with her in the fight, when no one wanted to speak, Bessie moved everyone with stomps of her feet, a single voice, a tiny flame to start a fire, a movement that forever changed the lives of workers -- the Matchgirls' Strike.
In the end, Sherlock offers Enola to be his partner and while such is a kind offer, Enola knows that if she agrees, she wouldn't escape the shadow of Sherlock and be her own detective. They finally find balance with each other and Enola gave Sherlock a time and date for that.
Enola and Tewkesbury also made it official: they are now together and in love, still annoying each other as Enola calls him nincompoop, while Tewkesbury calls her a coward.
Summing it all up, it mixes the books and the facts together to form a spectacle. It's pretty straightforward: when there is a collective voice, it would be heard more. Eudoria made Enola realize this, and Sarah and Bessie led the Matchgirls' Strike to call the authorities to open their eyes.
All it took is a small flame, Bessie, who believed in Enola when others didn't, and who didn't stop convincing the girls at the factory to fight for their own rights, a movement of women for women, one of the industrial actions that forever changed the face of the world.
This, however, also comes with a downside. Sometimes, women also bring other women down incident to their movement against patriarchy. Take Moriarty for example, well, Mira Troy was always ignored, unseen, unappreciated, and in the shadows.
She knows herself that she is capable of more things other than being a servant or a secretary for that matter. She tried to voice out her opinion but she was immediately dismissed.
This led her to play a game with a bright mind that could match hers: Sherlock, and Mira Troy got herself involved in getting some share to the corruption of her boss. She blackmails her boss, who is, a complete misogynist, by the way.
Instead of fighting for women, Mira Troy made herself rich through the suffering of others, and frankly, she enjoyed every bit of it. Still, her arrival as Moriarty leads to an open door as she is known to be one of the enemies of Sherlock.
Enola Holmes 2 Mid-Credits Scene Explained
After the first credits roll, an additional scene surprises everyone with Sherlock's 4 PM Thursday meeting with Enola. Well, it wasn't Enola on the door, it is someone else. The man inquires Sherlock if he is looking for a flat-mate.
It turns out Enola set Sherlock up for a change in his life, his need of companionship, and having a flat-mate may be a great start. At 221 Baker Street, a new man arrives in the life of Sherlock, a name that made everyone scream: Doctor John Watson.
In the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and in the various adaptations of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson has always been Sherlock's constant friend, companion, who is with him in every step of the way, no matter how difficult it is to be with Sherlock.
If and when there would be Enola Holmes 3, the Moriarty case and John Watson will completely change the turf and this time, Enola could help her brother, Sherlock, and now, with her very own detective agency, at Edith's training place, at a reasonable price for rent.
Enola Holmes 2 is now streaming on Netflix.