Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sherlock: His Last Vow – 11 spoiler-free finale teasers

Tim Liew
Friday 10 Jan 2014 10:18 am

Ahead of Sherlock’s series three finale, here’s a spoiler-free preview of 11 things to watch out for on Sunday evening.

1. Two adventures in one

His Last Vow draws on two of Conan Doyle’s original short stories.

The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton features a notorious and unpleasant blackmailer. His Last Bow is Holmes’ final case before he retires.

2. ‘Magnussen’, not ‘Milverton’

The bespectacled villain glimpsed fleetingly at the end of The Empty Hearse was named before the series as Charles Augustus Magnussen. He’s played by Lars Mikkelsen, star of Danish dramas Borgen and The Killing.

Like his literary counterpart Milverton, Magnussen is a notably unpleasant character. In the BBC trailer for this episode, a disgusted Sherlock declares, ‘I’ve dealt with murderers, psychopaths … none of them can turn my stomach like Charles Augustus Magnussen.’

3. A darker tone

There’s much less humour than in the first two episodes. His Last Vow is arguably the darkest and most intense episode of Sherlock ever.

4. Where’s Sherlock?

As the episode begins, John and Mary have not seen Sherlock for a while. He’s been keeping some unusual company in the meantime.


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