The days of a light, comical, and often cynical Sherlock are over. BBC and Entertainment Weekly say that, while the show's return "premieres Sunday night with [...] Holmes in top ultra-wired form, gleefully solving seemingly impossible murders as fast as he can text their enigmatic solutions to the cops," that will only be the proverbial calm before the storm.
Not even Watson (Martin Freeman) and Mary's (Amanda Abbington) new baby is safe!
The good news: Moriarty is dead.
The bad news: He has quite possibly "launched a posthumous lethal plan to lure in Sherlock involving smashed statues of Margaret Thatcher at seemingly random crime scenes (“the game is on,” Holmes says)."
“They’re having the time of their lives,” teases showrunner Steven Moffat. “As we briefly saw them in [January’s stand-alone episode] The Abominable Bride, in the modern-day sequences, the three are having a laugh and everything is working out.”
Fans will be happy to know that Watson does not let his new fatherly duties get in the way of solving crimes with his former roommate. Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock "has no problem at all with Watson being married," and we know he is not really the jealous sort.
According to Moffat, this season will not disappoint, with Holmes and Watson returning to their thrill-seeking roots. However, with that much love of adventure, it will come back to haunt them, possibly with dark consequences.
One of those consequences is a new, yet to be named villain played by Toby Jones (Wayward Pines, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2). Does this mean Moriarty is really, truly, irrevocably dead?
“Moriarty features in very little of the Sherlock Holmes stories,” Moffatt replies. “He’s not the villain very often. He hangs around a bit, but he’s dead by the end of [Season] 2, having had his first-and-only full episode. So that’s never bothered me too much. You don’t really need a master villain. Sherlock doesn’t need an arch-enemy, even though he has the most famous arch-enemy in fiction. And we already know Moriarty. When you introduce a new villain there’s more mystery about them — what’s their point going to be? What are they up to? How is Sherlock is going to defeat them? You can’t have the Batman vs. The Joker every week, you get depressed when the arch-enemy never seems to notice that they always lose. It just becomes predictable. There’s a whole host of less-famous ones in the stories that have never been touched.”
It seems the dawning of our New Year will bring Sherlock Holmes face to face with the consequences of his actions! New puzzles to solve, dead villains to haunt him, and a baby to mind.
BBC's Sherlock returns in "The Six Thatchers" Sunday, January 1, 2017 on BBC and PBS Masterpiece.