Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have seen their respective careers skyrocket in recent years as they’ve established a sturdy foothold on the big screen as well.
While this increased notoriety has likely only helped draw attention to the acclaimed BBC drama, it could ultimately be its undoing.
In fact, thanks to the busy schedules of its stars, Sherlock fans may already have seen its final episode with the airing of Season 4 last month.
Since 2010, the series – co-created by Doctor Who‘s Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis – has adapted Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Sherlock Holmes detective stories for the modern era. Critical acclaim and an entire legion of fans followed, though the three-year gap between Seasons 3 and 4 left many wondering about the show’s fate.
Even its stars acknowledged a series finale could be imminent.
Now, talking with The Sun, Gattis has weighed in on the current production status of Sherlock, and it sounds more and more like the show could truly have come to a bittersweet close.
“I honestly don’t know if there will be any more. It’s incredibly difficult to get Benedict and Martin’s diaries to align.
“And obviously we left it in a very happy place … if that’s the end, I’d be very happy where we left it.”
Now that both Cumberbatch and Freeman (particularly the former) have joined the Marvel cinematic universe in Doctor Strange and Captain America: Civil War, we can’t imagine getting their schedules to line up will get any easier. The two actors have seen their profiles boosted significantly since the show began, thanks to Freeman’s starring role in The Hobbit trilogy and Cumberbatch’s Oscar nomination for The Imitation Game.
In the past, reports have claimed Cumberbatch at least is signed on for Season 5, although it remains to be seen if the creative team behind the show will push for this.
Or will they rest on the fact that the most recent season finale serves as a satisfying end to the fan-favorite saga. The very final scene suggests that it could be a perfect send-off, at least.
In any case, at least Sherlock Holmes fans can look forward to a third adventure featuring Robert Downey Jr.’s big-screen incarnation of the character.
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