Sherlock continues to film in the UK and the following video and screen caps contain some pretty awesome information. Be prepared, however, They also contain a potential major SPOILER. If you’re really anxious for the spoilery goodness, jump to about the 0:43 mark in the video below.
That’s right. Our wonderful villain, Moriarty (Andrew Scott), appears to be alive and well. Now whether he’s truly alive or just part of Sherlock’s mind palace à la the Sherlock holiday episode The Abominable Bride remains to be seen. Who cares, though? Scott and Moriarty are both awesome in any iteration.
For the less informed, Jim Moriarty is Sherlock Holmes’ formidable nemesis both in the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the BBC series. Moriarty was last seen alive in Season 2, though he met his end (?) by shooting himself in the mouth in the episode The Reichenbach Fall. However that end came into question at the end of the third season when Sherlock, in the process of being exiled, learns of a possible Moriarty return. Given the video above, it seems likely that rumor bears some weight and Sherlock will once again face his most worthy adversary.
Co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have also given us reason to be a bit nervous about season 4 saying (via Digital Spy):
“This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning. A story about to reach its climax…”
Such a statement suggests there isn’t much left to the Sherlock series, though also according to DS:
“Back in 2014, Moffat hinted that he and Gatiss had plotted out a potential fifth series – so here’s hoping that the stars’ insanely busy schedules haven’t put pay to that…”
Sherlock Season 4 is expected to premiere on BBC One in early 2017 (likely just a bit later in the US on PBS, as per usual). Benedict Cumberbatch will return to the titular role accompanied by his partner in crime solving Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson). Also returning are Amanda Abbington, Rupert Graves and Louise Brealey. New additions include Sacha Dhawan and Toby Jones guest starring as “one of Conan Doyle’s finest villains” according to Moffat.
Images via BBC, YouTube (Leanne Roberts @StreetwiseLee) screen caps