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Comic-Con 2016: Sherlock

What’s the secret to keeping BBC’s Sherlock fresh?

“That’s easy,” said writer/producer Steven Moffat.

“We just don’t make many of them,” he said, “so it’s always fresh.”

But the good news is that after only one Victorian-themed special during a two-year wait, we will finally get a Season Four of three new episodes. In fact, revealed writer/producer Mark Gatiss (who also plays Sherlock’s brother Mycroft), they are two weeks from finishing filming. “That will be a total of 13 episodes, almost a season,” he added.

Fans of the modern-day Sherlock are so in love with the series that they’ll take what they can get. According to cast member Amanda Abbington (Mary), “It’s the darkest season Mark and Steven has ever written.”

Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, agreed. “It’s been an emotional rollercoaster.” “With jokes,” Abbington added.

A sizzle reel showed Toby Jones as the new villain to thwart England’s greatest detective. The mastermind’s drug issues also seem to be addressed more forcibly (was that a rehab facility we saw?). And Mary is still pregnant.

“What’s great about this show is that every character is flawed,” pointed out Abbington. “That much more interesting to play and to watch.”

Cumberbatch enjoys how the characters also evolve over the course of time. “We see lot of that in this (season). A lot of things come back to roost. It’s really ambitious.”

Moffat also cleared up a misquote from a journalist that implied Season four would be the last. “I said that I’d be surprised if Season Four is the last one,” he said. Indeed a fifth season is planned and Cumberbatch has signed on. So we will get more Sherlock, as well as Cumberbatch in the film Dr. Strange.

Interestingly enough, said Cumberbatch, Sherlock is a lot stranger than Dr. Strange. The crossover is very slight.”

Check out the teaser below. Sherlock returns in 2017.

Patricia Morris Buckley – Sr. Staff Writer

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