There hasn’t been a new episode since February, and we’re not expecting a new episode until next Christmas, but the rumor mill is already turning over season 4 of Sherlock. At the Emmys on Monday night, Sherlock bosses Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss teased the press with the following hints about the next season. We wonder if they’re not just trying to drive us mad in the interim between seasons.
“We have a plan to top it. And I do think our plan is devastating. We’ve practically reduced our cast to tears telling them the plan… we’re probably more excited that we’ve ever been about Sherlock,” Moffat told reporters asking if he thought the next season could beat season three’s epic run.
Gatiss chimed in later that night: “We’re going to try to take it somewhere we’ve never been before — and I don’t mean outer space. It will be challenging place to go. We always start with a re-introduction that builds toward a darker climax — we might just be going darker [from the outset]. We got a very, very good set of ideas.”
What could those clever Brits be planning for Sherlock audiences in season 4? Television adaptations of classic works like The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes run the risk of stagnating once the storied villains and plots have been exhausted, but the BBC’s adaptation has kept audiences guessing and engaged at every turn. And together Moffat and Gatiss have been boggling the minds of their fans for years both on Sherlock or Doctor Who. If they’re reducing Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman to tears with mere ideas, we wonder if we’ll be standing in darkened alley, sneaking a smoke and swearing at their deviousness come 2015.
Or will it be more of a situation where Moffat and Gatiss will ask us if we feel better after we lose our cool and rant at them passionately in the middle of a Tube car rigged with explosives?
Regardless of the outcome, we cannot wait.
Sherlock was nominated for 12 Emmys this year and won 7 of them including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie (Benedict Cumberbatch), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie (Martin Freeman), and Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or TV Movie (Steven Moffat).