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Did the SHERLOCK Finale Fail to Live Up to Expectations?

After four seasons in the last seven years, BBC’s Sherlock may have finally solved its final case. Through 13 episodes, Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman‘s John Watson won over a new generation of fans and helped the show become an international sensation. However, the final episode of Sherlock series 4 was met with a surprisingly divisive response and the lowest ratings it’s ever received in the United Kingdom. How could this have happened? Today’s Nerdist News is on the case!

Join science editor and the man who disproved the Hound of the Baskervilles, Kyle Hill, as he takes a hard look at some of the most pointed reviews of the Sherlock finale. Even our associate editor, Kyle Anderson, said that “The Final Problem might be the most apt title of all” in his review. The Guardian‘s review went even further and said that the series has become “an annoying self-parody.” That’s not the way that anyone wants to see this show come to a conclusion.

But is this really the end of the road for this iteration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Great Detective? Cumberbatch and Freeman’s movie schedules make it extremely difficult to line them up for a fresh set of episodes, and there’s currently no firm time table for Sherlock to return. That said, it’s not like Sherlock Holmes hasn’t cheated death before! Even if it takes a few years, we’d be surprised if Sherlock creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss don’t eventually reunite their stellar cast for more adventures together.

What did you think about the Sherlock series four finale? Let’s discuss in the comment section below!

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