It has been nearly two years since the world’s most famous detective faked his death, and fans of BBC’s Sherlock
have been dying to know how he survived ever since.
Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Martin Freeman discussed
what fans should expect from the first episode of series three, “The Empty Hearse”.
“I think you’re in for a treat,” said Cumberbatch. “I was too curious not to ask and figure it out myself, I think I sort of got into the same obsession that the nation did before we did it.”
In what seemed like the never ending hiatus, fans have developed theories on how the detective survived the fall, some using Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories as a resource.
Freeman said, “There were lots and lots of theories and some of them were very good, but the way we deal with it in this episode I think is really clever and ultimately satisfying.”
Cumberbatch said “Ours is a little bit more 21st
century. Martin’s got a little more air in those moments of reunification, if it can be called that.”
As the executive producer of Doctor Who
and co-creator of Sherlock
, Moffat has caused fans of both shows emotional turmoil at one point or another. When asked if he felt guilty about the cliffhanger in “The Reichenbach Fall” he said, “It’s not teasing them about the fate of a kidnapped relative. It’s a television program! So not at all. That’s storytelling.”
When Arthur Conan Doyle killed off Holmes in a story of the same name, he left readers with a cliffhanger for ten years. In comparison, Gatiss says that fans of the show have it a bit better. “We’re quite nice. Also remember the great adage– the suspense is killing me, I hope it’ll last,” said Gatiss.
Each series of Sherlock
has ended with a cliffhanger. The first series concluded at the climax of Sherlock’s first face-to-face encounter with the criminal mastermind Moriarty. Series two ended with John Watson standing at Sherlock’s grave while the detective looked on from a distance. It is only natural that fans assume series three will also end in a similar fashion.
“I promise whatever it is, we wont have to go back two years later and try and make sense of it,” Gatiss said.
does not return to BBC One until 1 January, Sherlockians are getting a special present on Christmas Day as there will be a special minisode “Many Happy Returns”. This episode will be available via the Red Button service on the BBC. The show returns to PBS on January 19 for US Sherlockians.
In the mean time feel free to watch the awesome new trailer
, which we got earlier this evening.