For fans of Sherlock, it's been a long eight months since the second year of the modern day genius ended his short run of fantastic episodes. With stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman busy as ever on the big screen, the third season of the hit mystery series has been postponed until both actors can become available. As Steven Moffat is ready to promote the upcoming new installments of Doctor Who, the man responsible for the revival of the classic detective has finally decided to open up and today has given a hint of what we can expect from the cases to come.
On Twitter today, Moffat has given annual key words that connect to the titles of the upcoming episodes of Sherlock. "Rat. Wedding. Bow." That was all he would offer up, besides the fact that we already know the next season is set to begin production in January. From there, PBS has revealed that Sherlock Season 3 will air in the fall on the network here in the United States but it's unclear whether or not they will air day-and-date with the U.K. premieres (much like Moffat and BBC have done with Doctor Who for the past two years).
Meanwhile, TV Line believes they have actually cracked the mystery words. The source material speculated for the words include “The Giant Rat Of Sumatra,” “The Noble Bachelor” and “His Last Bow.” There is no official word just yet whether or not the guesses are accurate, but they certainly seem so.
What's most alarming? "His Last Bow" is a third-person story told by Holmes himself that is chronologically the last story ever for the character which features Sherlock retiring from investigations. Now while this modern retelling has managed to point out that solving these scenarios are easily in Sherlock's blood, could that in fact be the grand finale for Moffat's take on the character? With the actors certainly big stars on both the big and small screens, could the hit show be going out at its peak?
Seems we'll just have to wait and find out (but we sure as hell hope not). Plus hey, there's always the option our titular hero always comes out of retirement...
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