Moriarty’s Return Will Be Explained in ‘Sherlock’; Expect Tragedy in Season Four

By November 21, 2014

Well, well…looks like adventure will definitely be afoot once again for our intrepid duo.

Just because we won’t see hide nor hair of Holmes and Watson until late 2015 (sob!) with a “Sherlock” Christmas special followed by the customary three episode fourth season (or series, as the Brits call it), that doesn’t mean that co-creator Mark Gatiss (a.k.a. Mycroft Holmes) can’t stir the curiosity pot juuuust a little.

But first – let me take you back to that final moment in Season 3 (SPOILER ALERT!):

While speaking with Radio Times, Gatiss said “you can always expect tragedy as well as adventure,” and that the one-off Christmas special will “completely solve the mystery of Moriarty’s [brilliantly played by Andrew Scott] return.”


HOWEVER…if you’re a fan of the books, Gatiss wants you to know that just because something happened in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s pages DOESN’T mean it’ll play out the same way on the show.

Just because it’s in the stories doesn’t mean it’ll happen in the series because there’s an awful lot of changes and an awful lot of places to go and things to do. It should be clear by now that while, of course, Doyle is our absolute god, we have gone quite a long way away as well…so there are lots of surprises to come.

So while there will be tragedy, don’t make any assumptions – you know that old saying about what happens when you assume, right? Much like “Game of Thrones,” deviation from source material is expected in order to keep readers and non-readers on the edge of their seats. I mean, if you already know what’s going to happen, why bother?

And since we have an ENTIRE YEAR to debate all this, I’d love to hear your thoughts and predictions!

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Cricket Lee
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  • David Johnson

    The Moriarty Story Thread was the strongest of this Series so they had to bring Him back. Should be an interesting story line, at least they have an very Intelligent writing staff to not dumb it down like US TV would. Who knew a 3 Episode a Season/Series show with a Huge Hiatus in between could garner such a vast following (Good Writing Gets Fans; hint to US screenwriters)!!!