Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss has some bad news for fans of the hit BBC drama, telling them to “expect tragedy” during the forthcoming fourth season.
Speaking to the Radio Times on Thursday, Gatiss, who also plays Mycroft Holmes in the show, said, ” You can always expect tragedy as well as adventure, that’s just how it goes.” Although he refused to reveal whether that meant the death of John Watson’s wife Mary as happens in Arthur Conan Doyle‘s original stories.
The show, which stars man-of-the-moment Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role and Martin Freeman as Watson, has Freeman’s real life partner Amanda Abbington star as Mary Watson. Freeman himself has speculated before that Mary would likely meet her end, telling the Daily Telegraph, “ While we play fast and loose with the original stories, we generally follow the trajectory of what Conan Doyle did… So John gets married, and then Mary dies – so at some point presumably she’ll die.”
Gatiss though told the Radio Times that fans shouldn’t necessarily assume that is what is going to happen. “Just because it’s in the stories doesn’t mean it’ll happen in the series because there’s an awful lot of changes and an awful lot of places to go and things to do,” he said, adding: ” It should be clear by now that while, of course, Doyle is our absolute god, we have gone quite a long way away as well – we’ve introduced Sherlock and Mycroft’s parents, I don’t think they’ve ever been seen in any adaptation – so there are lots of surprises to come.”
A one off special episode of Sherlock begins production in January 2015, to be shown potentially at the end of the year, with a three-episode fourth season to be shown in 2016.