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Benedict Cumberbatch is not at Comic-Con this year, which is probably the definition of a wasted opportunity, given his immense newfound geek cred given Star Trek Into Darkness and the fact that BBC's Sherlock is holding its first-ever Comic-Con panel today. But he and Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman managed to record a special greeting for fans during today's Sherlock panel, and you can watch the video in its entirety now over at EW. Click the screenshot below to see it in its entirety (yes, unfortunately, it's not embeddable).
Now while you watch the video, you just have to imagine the screams of fans who thought that Cumberbatch really was going to get into spoilers for Season 3 of Sherlock. But as it turns out, it wasn't just Cumberbatch with the stuffed animals who was willing to address how Sherlock managed to fake his fall to the death at the end of season 2. Co-creator Steven Moffat says that they had planned how Sherlock would fake his own death before they shot the scene, and fellow co-creator Mark Gatiss says that there is a totally reasonable explanation for how it happened… really:
"There are only so many ways that one can survive a fall off the roof. There is no black magic."
But if you're thinking there's similar trickery behind the death of Sherlock's nemesis Moriarty, who we saw bite it at the end of last season, give up the dream. "He shot himself in the face! What more do you want?" Moffat asked, then imitating just how Moriarty might have faked it. " 'Oh, were you faking your death, Sherlock? So was I!' You can't have that."
You can click over to our complete liveblog to see more of what the creators had to say, including the moment the creators really want you to see when the show comes back, the bitch fight that Sherlock, Doctor Who and Batman might have if they ever met, and the creators' favorite episodes. And keep following us for much, much more Comic-Con coverage where that came from!