Our shock blankets are at the ready, BBC1. News on the world-famous consulting detective is slowly being released as we approach 2017 — pulses raced, temperatures rose and audiences sat up in their seats when the trailer for Series 4 was unleashed in July. It hasn't stopped there. With episode titles and keywords now whizzing around social media (and our minds), it is time to put on your deerstalkers because the game is, well and truly, on.
Two New Episode Titles — What Do They Mean?
"He'd shouted at a Father Christmas that he was bored and wanted a nice juicy murder for Christmas — in front of a bunch of kids and their parents."
The first title released by the BBC suggest it is based on Arthur Conan Doyle's short story The Adventure of the Six Napoleons, where a fatal burglary takes place, with six busts or figurines, at the heart of the mystery. John Watson's Blog, run by the BBC, reiterates this but, as per usual, gives the blog post/narrative a 21st century spin. (However, read with caution, this website may contain a few future spoilers!) The infamous blog also suggests the mystery occurred just before Christmas — could this be the framework for our long-awaited special?
The second episode could be a differentiation of The Adventures of the Dying Detective, written by Doyle in 1913. If this is the case, I am so glad they have changed the title. With all of the happenings of Series 2, it would have given fans a cause for concern and it definitely would’ve had Mrs. Hudson clutching at her pearls. The story features a little white lie told by Sherlock as he lays on his sickbed, trying to catch his criminal: The characters involved would match up with the keywords given by the cast at this year's Comic-Con and the nurses seen in the trailer. If our deductions are correct, we could be in for murder, an unfairly oblivious Watson and an equally as devious consulting detective. Check out the trailer, also initially released at San Diego Comic-Con, below:
Keywords For The New Season: Episodes, Criminals, And Embarrassing First Names?
The convention also gave us three keywords that will feature in our next installment. We have already seen "Thatcher" used in the title of Episode 1 and "Smith" in Episode 2 as a potential murderer, previously seen as criminal Mr. Culverton Smith in the short story. The third keyword was a little more challenging, but could hold so much fandom potential. Sherlock Holmes scholar William Baring-Gould — who wrote the book Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street: A Life of the World’s First Consulting Detective —suggested there was a third Holmes brother named Sherrinford, giving an explanation for Mycroft not taking over the role of country squire from his father.
But it gets better — there is a rumor the estranged brother is set to be played by Tom Hiddleston.
If you listen carefully, you will be able to hear the fandoms collide and the internet implode. A feature from Hiddleston would make sense — he is friends with the cast offscreen, the fanbases overlap and Steven Moffat (Sherlock’s executive producer) gave the frustratingly vague comment of "Wait and see!" when asked by IGN about the possibility. Well, we will wait with bated breath and unwavering hope.
Other New Characters: Who Is Sherlock's Opposition?
"We're thrilled to welcome one of our finest actors to the Sherlock family. I know Toby will embrace the part with true relish!" — Mark Gatiss
The BBC has also shown us a new character in Toby Jones, who is set to play "one of Doyle’s finest villains" in the second episode of the series, "The Lying Detective." He was first seen sneering in the trailer and approaching Watson and Sherlock’s car. With Sherlock still haunted by Moriarty (whether he is alive or dead) it will be interesting to see how he will handle this new opposition.
I Need To See This Now!
We have a Christmas/New Year special and three golden, feature-length episodes to look forward to in 2017. With no exact release date for the first episode, we can only wait for further news as we approach the new year to watch the drama unfold. With explosions, shocking twists, and a fast pace, Sherlock rarely disappoints. The 11.6 million people who watched this year's special is likely to grow; this season is set to be darker and more gripping than all of those that came before it.
Are you looking forward to the new series? What are your predictions? Let us know in the comments!