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Sherlock Is Back With Season 4 And Guess What….”It’s Not A Game Anymore”

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IS THIS THE END FOR SHERLOCK AND WATSON?

 

You have to give credit where it’s due and the Sherlock team totally knows how to leave the audience wanting more.The one-off special episode “The Abominable Bride”was overwhelming to say the least leaving the viewers anxious for what was to follow.But it wasn’t coming anytime soon.

But it’s finally here…..The entire fourth season has been shot and it’s going to be with us very soon and here’s all we know about it.

When will it air?

 

The trailer starts off with a more glitchy footage of Moriarty, similar to the end of series three. “Did you miss me?” We sure did, but we’re not sure Sherlock did.*wink*

“Something is coming… maybe it’s Moriarty, maybe it isn’t” says Sherlock, apparently not totally against the idea of his arch-nemesis somehow returning from the dead. Throughout the trailer we see shots of hospital staff wheeling out a body, is this just a red herring though?

“Get out of my house, you reptile!” Mrs. Hudson delivers a scathing put-down to Mycroft, but what has he done to deserve such venom?

“This isn’t a game!” Molly twisting the classic Holmes catchphrase on its head and adding to the sense of fear (for us at least) not everyone is going to make it through to the end of season 4.

And just in case the first one wasn’t enough, here’s another one that conjures up even more excitement:

Wait….there’s more from Twitter:

Any photos of the cast and crew?

There are indeed, including a tease of Sherlock becoming a grumpy uncle to John and Mary’s baby….

Sherlock, Mary, John Watson series 4

Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock series 4

Mrs Hudson, Sherlock series 4

Culverton Smith, Sherlock series 4

Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock series 4

Sherlock series 4 shoot, John Watson, Mary

What are the plots and episode titles?

The titles for the first two episodes were unveiled during the UK fan event Sherlocked in September, and the BBC allowed the rest of us to catch up by posting them online.

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‘The Six Thatchers’ goes alongside the ‘Thatcher’ tease announced at this year’s Comic-Con, which had fans theorising about a certain former UK prime minister. This episode will most likely be loosely based on the Doyle story The Adventure Of The Six Napoleons, which heavily features Lestrade and plaster busts of the French military leader being smashed in search of a hidden pearl.

‘The Lying Detective’ is likely to be a take on The Adventure Of The Dying Detective,featuring season four’s villain,Culverton Smith.

The third episode title has been confirmed as ‘The Final Problem’. This episode will get its own cinema screenings across the UK and Ireland for one night only on Sunday, January 15 at 9pm.

The screenings – at participating cinema chains including Cineworld, Odeon, Picture House, Vue, Empire, Omniplex, Showcase and Everyman – will coincide with the episode going out on BBC One.

The consistent theme throughout everything we’ve heard so far is dark – after the comparatively light third series, series four has been described as a devastating emotional upheaval focused on Sherlock and John being forced to confront consequences.

“We’re certainly going to put them through the mill,” Moffat told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s going to be more of an emotional upheaval. Hopefully enjoyable and fun, all the things Sherlock must always be. It will be tough at times. Maybe that’s the word? A tougher series.”

Understandably, fans have started forming their own theories, trying to make sense of everything with whatever information they’ve been provided with.

Who is the new villain?

With Moriarty and Magnussen both (seemingly) out of the picture, all that darkness and upheaval has to be coming from somewhere.Don’t you worry,Toby Jones is here to the rescue(sarcasm,eh?), who was announced in May as series four’s new villain.

Jones will be playing Culverton Smith, who in the original story is a nasty piece of work and uses his knowledge of deadly tropical illnesses to try and murder Sherlock. To catch Smith in the act, Sherlock pretends that he really is infected and slowly dying from the disease, and refuses to allow an increasingly distressed Watson to treat him.

The other new cast member in the mix (that we know of) is Sacha Dhawan, who will play a character named AJ.

Will Tom Hiddleston appear as the third Holmes brother?

Tom sent tongues wagging when he was seen posing for pictures at the San Diego Comic Con with Sherlock stars Mark Gatiss and Amanda Abbington.

Co-creator Mark (who plays Sherlock’s brother Mycroft) tweeted a pic of the three of them, captioned: “blud”.

Sherrinford Holmes is a hypothetical elder brother of Sherlock Holmes and Mycroft Holmes.

Sherlock‘s third series finale hinted at the introduction of a third Holmes sibling, with Mycroft’s line: “I’m not given to outbursts of brotherly compassion. You know what happened to the other one.”

Will this be the last series?

Maybe, but probably not. That’s the characteristically vague response from Moffat, who told The Telegraph: “”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.”

Despite Cumberbatch and Freeman’s increasingly hectic schedules, both actors have made it clear repeatedly that they’re in for the long haul.

That’s because a) Moffat and Gatiss work hard to make the series an “irresistible” prospect for both actors, and b) the three-episode structure makes it relatively easy to fit other projects (say a trilogy of blockbusters, or a Marvel movie, or Hamlet) around Sherlock‘s intermittent shooting schedule. Cumberbatch was in New York filming Doctor Strange literally days before Sherlock began shooting, so clearly they’re finding a way to make it work.

Toby Jones in Sherlock series 4

Then again, Gatiss did put us on edge with this ominously final-sounding teaser for the new series: “”Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson bringing adventure, romance and terror in their wake. This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning. A story about to reach its climax…”

More recently, Cumberbatch stepped in to clear up whether or not this will be Sherlock’s final outing.

When asked if there will be more Sherlock, Benedict said: “Yes. Listen I know where this came from. This came from an arts desk or any kind of news outlet going, ‘oh we really need a story’, so they sort of shipped out this quote which said that I said, ‘this is the last one’, which is not what I said.

“I said, ‘for the time being’. And you’ll see when you watch [the new series], that there’s a good reason why I said that. We won’t be doing one immediately after this one airs. That’s all I meant. We never ever say never on that show. We love doing it.”

Easy being a celebrity, huh?

What’s going on with Sherlock’s face?

Benedict Cumberbatch films Sherlock series 4 in Cardiff

 Remember all the brouhaha around John’s mysterious mustache in series three? The mustache which Sherlock promptly advised him to shave off, because it was terrible? Well, this time it’s Sherlock’s turn to grow some unexpected face fuzz, as part of a larger disheveled look.

So what’s that about? We’ve already seen Sherlock look similarly unkempt when John found him “undercover” in a crack den back in the series three finale, and even in the Christmas Special he was falling all over. So is he just too high to shave? Maybe this look is all part of faking that tropical illness in ‘The Dying Detective’. Or maybe Moffat and Gatiss just wanted to make the most of Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange persona.

Also, Sherlock has a dog. Or should we say… A HOUND…(ahem!!!ahem!!)

Who’s going to die?

Who isn’t going to die? Okay, Sherlock and John are probably pretty safe, but we’re extremely worried about both Mary and Mycroft.

“John’s got a wife, and Sherlock likes her and isn’t it adorable, and then it all goes to hell,” Moffat said ominously in that EW interview, strongly implying that Mary’s heading for an untimely end much like Arthur Conan Doyle canon.

As for Mycroft, ‘The Abominable Bride’ dropped several ominous hints that he might not be long for this world, although John’s wife and Sherlock’s brother both dying might be a shade too bleak even for a series about “consequences”.

Sherlock season four still

Will there be a time jump?

Sherlock series premieres don’t traditionally take place directly after the series finale – ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’ quickly dispenses with the Moriarty swimming pool cliffhanger in a single pre-credits scene before jumping several months forward to get into its central plot. Meanwhile ‘The Empty Hearse’ follows Doyle canon by picking up three years after Sherlock’s apparent death.

But given the mind-bogglingly high stakes established in the final moments of ‘His Last Vow’, it’s hard to imagine how the series four premiere could get away with doing anything but picking up directly afterwards. ‘The Abominable Bride’ pulled a bait and switch on us, revealing itself as a continuation of ‘His Last Vow’, and given the way it ended – “Moriarty is dead. More importantly, I know exactly what he’s going to do next” – it’s hard to imagine that we’ll see a time jump.

There’s also the small matter of Mary being pregnant with John’s baby (an unusual divergence from the canon), and John choosing not to find out the details of her dark past (which surely has to provoke some of the “consequences” Moffat’s talking about). These are all things that need to be addressed pretty immediately and in some depth,thus making skipping time highly unlikely.

We just can’t wait to meet the “high functioning sociopath” on New Year”s Day, can you….write your views in the comments…

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