BBC’s smash hit detective show Sherlock” will get it’s fourth season soon and it could be” its last, according to creator/showrunner Steven Moffat. Telegraph revealed a new interview with Moffat in which he seems to be slowly preparing fans for the possibility that the end is approaching:
“I don’t know how long we can keep it going. I’m personally willing but I’m hardly the main draw. I would be moderately surprised if this was the last time we ever made this show. But it absolutely could be.”
Cumberbatch and co-star Martin Freeman have obviously gone on to great success in the world of film and they only reason they come back to reprise their roles is “because they want to,” he suggests that even if the stars do get too busy, they could always just take a break for a few years and come back to it later.
“That’s why I think it’s unlikely that we’ve completely finished it. There would be nothing strange in stopping for a while. It could go on forever, coming back now and again.”
Season four will air sometime in 2017, with Toby Jones on board as the new villain. His character and the season’s plots are a mystery, but Moffat says they won’t be drawing from the famous Doyle tales you may be familiar with:
“There are stories that we are making use of in different ways. We’re using stories that people don’t know so much. Now we are getting into equally good, but far less well known, Conan Doyle stories.”
The corporation yesterday released this photograph of Benedict Cumberbatch, clad in a scarf, posing with a bloodhound, but it would not provide any insight into the dog’s role in the show.
Here’s the official season 4 synopsis:
Promising laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary cases, it was announced last month that series four will begin – with the nation’s favourite detective, the mercurial Sherlock Holmes, back once more on British soil – as Doctor Watson and his wife, Mary, prepare for their biggest ever challenge – becoming parents for the first time.