Not too much information has been released about the next season of Sherlock, but Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) has been kind enough to give us some key information about what we can expect. This past Friday, August 24th, Moffat Tweeted, “The three words for the next run of Sherlock…Rat. Wedding. Bow.” These three words correspond with the three upcoming episodes in next seasons run of the show.
Last season, the three words that Moffat released were woman, hound, and fall. The episodes that were released later in the year ended up being A Scandal in Bohemia, The Hounds of Baskerville, and The Final Problem. Now, the little hints given this year make us think that the stories we can expect will be The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire or The Giant Rat of Sumatra, The Noble Bachelor, and The Last Bow. Exciting, right? Well, maybe not. Chronologically speaking, The Last Bow was the final story in the Sherlock Holmes series by Conan Doyle and happens to be the story where Holmes retires. This sudden end of the series could be due to the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Martin Freeman (Watson) have received more film offers and their schedules, including Moffat’s, have become bogged down. Not a very pleasant thought for all us Sherlock fans out there…
Even with these subtle clues, we have information that could prove otherwise. Mark Gattis, co-writer of Sherlock, had previously confirmed that The Adventure of the Empty House would be the first episode of the returning season. The storyline would confirm the survival of Holmes and his reunion with Watson, as well as the remaining threats of Moriarty.
Perhaps this means the end of our dynamic duo, but since Moffat, Cumberbatch, and Freeman have all expressed interest in continuing the series, it does give me some hope.