The New Year kicked off with an internet meltdown when Sherlock premiered its third season on January 1 with "The Empty Hearse". The highly anticipated episode was everything we wanted and more, providing us with brand new characters – Sherlock’s parents.
The first ever introduction of Sherlock Holmes’s parents was especially exciting because as the saying goes, art imitates life. Sherlock’s parents were played by Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham - actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s real life parents.
DigitalSpy reports show writer and actor Mark Gatiss as saying this is the first time he and his writing partner Steven Moffat have made a major departure from Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories.
"I don't know if Sherlock Holmes's parents have ever been shown. It just felt the right thing to do in the third series," Gattis told DigitalSpy. "Sherlock is more likely to be the product of a loving home than a broken one, in a strange way. He's sort of slightly indulged."
A major question to be answered in the seasons premiere episode was how Sherlock survived his fall in the previous season’s finale. Gatiss confirmed to DigitalSpy that they had filmed numerous possible solutions to Sherlock’s falls; in addition fake scenes were created to confuse speculators.
“We shot a completely fake scene where I collaborate with Andrew,” he said. Here referring to Andrew Scott who plays Sherlock’s nemesis Moriarty.
Sherlock's next two episodes will air January 5 and 12.