Saturday, June 14, 2014

‘Sherlock’ Season 4 Air Date: Plus 10 Things To Know About Fourth Season

By Susmita Baral | Jun 13 2014, 01:05PM EDT

The air date -- both U.S. and UK -- of "Sherlock" season 4 has not been revealed, but the current estimation is that te new season will air in 2016. Why? Each season thus far has been released with a two-year gap -- season one aired in 2010, Season 2 premiered in 2012, and the third season in 2014 -- and with season 3 having aired at the start of this year, it would make sense that the fourth season arrive in 2016.

It should be noted; however, that the show isn't intentionally seeking a pattern and that BBC has reportedly denied the rumors that Season 4 will return in 2016. In fact, RadioTimes reports, citing anonymous sources, that the new season of "Sherlock" could be airing as early as next year! “It will not be this year – but 2015 is very much the hope and expectation,” said the source, adding that production will take place at the start of 2015.

Until then, here are ten things you should know about season 4 of "Sherlock":

1. Moriarty could be alive. The last scene of "Sherlock" season 3 opened the door for Moriarty (the main villain from season 2) to be alive. The villain made his return across the digital screens of the world, which leaves his fate just as murky as the new season's premiere date. The character popped up in Season 3 -- he was scene in Sherlock's imagination -- but could Moriarty have faked his own death?

“I can’t really say what we’re doing with that, but there is no last-minute whim in this," said Steven Moffat to Vulture when asked about the new twist. "We’ve had what we’re going to do with Moriarty in place from before the second season. Exactly what we’re going to do. I remember talking it through with Andrew Scott, who plays Moriarty. Wait and see what’s going to happen.”

2. Watson will be a father. Mary Morstan wed Watson in season 3, and by the last episode, it was revealed that Morstan and Watson were expecting a baby. When the show returns to the screen, Mary would either have already given birth or she would be on the verge of it. Regardless of the minor details of when she pops out Baby Watson, one thing can be certain: Fans will see Watson, Morstan, and Holmes adjusting to a new member in their lives.

3. John and Mary will be interesting parents. In an interview with Vulture, actress Amanda Abbington revealed what kind of parents John and Mary would be.

"On the one hand, they’d probably be reckless because they’re both quite psychopathic," said Abbington. "But I think an assassin and an army doctor who loves trouble, I mean, that kid has got nothing to worry about. Screwed up mentally, of course, but if there’s any bullying on the playground, we’re covered."

4. Janine will be back. Think you saw the end of Mary's friend and Sherlock's temporary love interest, Janine? Nope! She'll be back and they'll be friends, according to Moffat.

"He likes her, though," the writer told IGN. "He'll see her again. They'll be pals. I loved Yasmine's performance as Janine -- she still likes him in the end. At some point, you know, if Sherlock Holmes has to go to a function and he needs a date, he'll phone her up. Now, he'll not expect her to say no. She'll be very cross with him, but she'll show up, and they'll have a good time. They will, because he likes her."

5. The third Holmes brother may appear. Sherlock Holmes has another brother, Sherrinford Holmes, according to some variations of short stories. Hardcore fans have long been speculating that the creative team of the show will introduce the third brother to add a new dimension to the hit series, and Moffat was cryptic about whether or not this brother will make an appearance in the next season.

6. A-list actor may be playing the third brother. There has been a great deal of online discussion about "Thor" and "Avengers" star Tom Hiddleston joining the cast of "Sherlock" as Benedict Cumberbatch's character's third brother. In a Q&A in Brazil, "Sherlock" co-creator Mark Gatiss, who also happens to play Mycroft Holmes in the series, joked about the idea when assked if Hiddleston would be considered for the role.

"Tom would be wonderful in 'Sherlock,'" Gatiss says. "But he only does movies now. What can I say? I'll ask him if you like."


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