Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss Have Plotted Out Seasons 4 & 5 of ‘Sherlock’

By January 9, 2014


I’m a big “Sherlock” fan, and I’ve thankfully managed to avoid spoilers (so far) for the upcoming third season, which airs stateside on January 19th. The new season has already premiered in the UK, and this Sunday night, the third episode will air and the third season will come to a close. We’re not sure if the showrunners will opt for an ending as cliffhanger-y as Sherlock’s fall at the end of season 2, but one thing’s for sure – regardless of how it ends, fans are going to be left wanting more.

So it’s a good thing, then, that creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have crafted the story for another two full seasons (via RadioTimes). Whether or not we’ll actually get that many seasons remains to be seen (if Tumblr love was any indication, this show would be on the air FOREVER), but it’s good to know that these guys have a good idea of where we’ll go in future seasons. In fact, they don’t just have a “good idea” – they have the “best idea.” Check out Moffat’s quotes following a BAFTA screening of the season three finale (and remember, the Brits refer to seasons as “series”):

“Rather excitingly, Mark and I, for no particular reason, we just got out of the rain and sat at the top of the [Sherlock] production bus…and we just started plotting out what we could do in the future. And we plotted out the whole of series four and five.”

“So we have got plans – but our plans don’t tend to be ‘Let’s blow up the world or cast the most famous person in the world’ they tend to be ‘What exciting twists and turns can we add to this?’ And I think we’ve got some crackers!

“The ideas we had that day, I thought were the best we’ve ever had.”

I’m glad Moffat is putting these kinds of comments out there, because he likely wouldn’t be getting everyone’s hopes up if season three was intended to be the final season of the show. Early speculation pointed to that being the case, as he and Gatiss teased three key words for this season: Rat. Wedding. Bow. This led many to believe that meant that Doyle’s Sherlock story “His Last Bow” would be the basis for the final episode, and since it was (chronologically speaking) Doyle’s last Holmes entry, the show might mirror that pattern and end after the third season. But these comments combined with the show’s great success lead me to deduce that we have more “Sherlock” yet to come. Sounds great to me.

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