“Elementary” said goodbye to Kitty Winter Thursday (Jan. 29) as the Del Gruner case was wrapped up. She chose not to kill the man who had imprisoned and tortured her, largely due to Sherlock telling her, “Our crossing paths changed things for me. You saved me. I’d like to
return the favor. If you decide that killing Gruner is going to make you
feel whole again, I won’t stop you. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell
you that we had found a way to expose him.”
He adds, “Whatever you decide, you must understand that you will always be special to me. You will always be my friend.”
In the end, Kitty decided to start life anew because even though she didn’t kill Gruner, she had committed a crime against him. But viewers did get a little insight into Sherlock’s time away, learning that Kitty coming to him for help kept him from falling down the rabbit hole of heroin addiction again.
Creator and executive producer Robert Doherty says that they are going to miss Kitty immensely, but it’s time for a new phase in Sherlock and Joan’s lives.
“We’re going to miss Kitty as much as Sherlock and Joan will. But with her departure, it’s time to turn the page to the next chapter for Sherlock and Joan,” Doherty tells Zap2it in a statement. “Even as their working lives drift back to a familiar arrangement, they find that they’ve changed. The partnership has to evolve … and it has to evolve quickly because old foes and new cases will be coming at them before they’re ready. Periods of transition are tricky, dangerous times.”