‘Sherlock’ Showrunner Teases A “Devastating” Fourth Season

By August 26, 2014

The excellent BBC series “Sherlock” racked up 17 Emmy nominations in its first two years, but didn’t win anything. But at last night’s ceremony, stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman both took home statues for acting (well, not literally – they couldn’t make it to the event in person) and co-creator/showrunner Steven Moffat won one for writing. Moffat was on hand to accept his award, and he spoke briefly to EW afterwards about the unexpected win:

I didn’t think we’d win anything. I’m a bit worried about rewinding and seeing my speech…we were just starting to think that phase [of getting awards attention] was dying down…hopefully more people will watch it.

But what we all really wanted to hear was what he had to say about the upcoming fourth season of the show, which won’t start filming until next year at the earliest:

We have a plan to top [the last season]. And I do think our plan is devastating. We’ve practically reduced our cast to tears telling them the plan…we’re probably more excited that we’ve ever been about Sherlock.

That’s great news for fans of the show, and it was corroborated by co-creator Mark Gatiss (who is also a writer/producer and plays Mycroft) at an after-party last night:

We’re going to try to take it somewhere we’ve never been before — and I don’t mean outer space. It will be challenging place to go. We always start with a re-introduction that builds toward a darker climax — we might just be going darker [from the outset]. We got a very, very good set of ideas.

This is all very exciting, but it’s important to remember that it won’t happen for a long time. Cumberbatch and Freeman are extraordinarily busy, and the next “Sherlock”-related thing we’ll see is a Christmas special set to air in 2015. The earliest we can expect Season 4 to premiere would be in 2016, but at least we know that the showrunners have a plan and they even have an idea for a fifth season, so we’re likely going to be watching this show for the next three or four years. As long as they churn out episodes that are as great as they were in the third season, I’m willing to wait as long as it takes.

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