It feels like it’s been ages since we’ve seen Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman’s John Watson solve a good, old-fashioned mystery on BBC’s Sherlock. It probably has you wondering: will we ever see Season 4 of the series? Elementary, my dear readers. More Sherlock is definitely coming; we can now report that the next season has officially started production and it will deal at least in part with the excitement and consequences related to Mrs. Watson's pregnancy.
A new announcement from the network indicates that the fourth season of Sherlock has officially commenced production. It has taken quite a while for the show to assemble its cast and crew, but everyone involved in the show’s production has voiced their enthusiasm and excitement about getting back to work on the beloved series, which airs on PBS in the States.
The next season of Sherlock will apparently also hold some interesting developments for the modernized versions of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary characters. Perhaps most notably: it has been revealed that John Watson’s wife Mary has become pregnant, and the couple will be dealing with the mounting pressures of their impending parenthood. We can only assume that having an eccentric character like Sherlock Holmes around doesn’t exactly help ease the burden of this sort of scenario.
On top of all of that, it appears the show will tell an incredibly gripping and engaging story that is the culmination of everything that has come before it. Series creators Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss have admitted the plotline in Season 4 is the "same story" they have been telling since the beginning of Sherlock itself. We can’t exactly confirm what that means, but expect past cases to have lasting, dramatic consequences.
It’s not exactly a complete surprise that it has taken this long for the fourth season of Sherlock to enter production. The show’s shorter seasons film in a similar fashion to feature length films, and the BBC series’ two leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have become incredibly marketable stars in major franchises. Everyone involved seems incredibly keen to get back to work on the update of Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters, but between movie and TV projects--Cumberbatch, for instance is on Doctor Strange--it has become increasingly difficult to return to Sherlock, despite the cast and crew's mutual desire to do so.
Of course, that doesn’t mean our screens have become completely devoid of the oddball detective and his doctor companion since Season 3. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride – a BBC special which took the characters back to their Victorian English roots – aired earlier this year on BBC for a very excited fanbase. The event was so highly anticipated that even movie theaters opted to provide audiences with showings to complement the televised broadcast.
For other shows, getting people to show up to a movie theater to watch a special might seem extreme, but Sherlock has always had some of the most engaged and interested fans on television. In fact, one superfan even wound up having a huge effect on the show when his fan theory was actually used. For those details, click to the next page.