While it may be all deerstalkers and mysteries on the BBC's detective show Sherlock, there could be trouble brewing behind the scenes. The modern adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works could be in trouble due to a "frosty" relationship between lead stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
Sherlock, which wrapped its fourth season to an impressive 6.2 million viewers, is one of the channel's best-loved shows, but creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss haved played down the possibility of the show continuing, depending on the Hollywood careers of Cumberbatch and Freeman, as well as their willingness to do another series.
Trouble At Holmes
The two may share a bromance on our screens as the titular Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, but could it all be for show and an impressive paycheck? A source has recently told newspaper The Sun that the pair are "hardly close":
“Benedict and Martin aren’t mates and they don’t spend time together away from the show. They’re professional and very polite to each other but there’s not the warmth you’d expect after filming together for six years. There isn’t a huge desire to come back for another season.”
Despite its popular status at the BBC, there are only 13 episodes of Sherlock, and before Season 4 it had been three years since the last full season aired. Sherlock fans were left hanging after a one-episode stint in January 2016, while Season 4 felt to some like it had lost the spark of its predecessors. There was a neatly wrapped up ending to the finale "The Final Problem," and Moffat told The Independent that he purposely didn't leave the show on a cliffhanger:
“If this is the last time — and I’m not planning on it to be, but it might be — it is possible that we could end it. We couldn’t have ended it on any of the previous series because there was what have been great cliffhangers.”
So, could this signal that Sherlock could already be at the end? Certainly, if Season 4 is the last time that Cumberbatch tackles a case, it seemed like a fitting way to wave off Sherlock and Watson, instead of the cut-short ending that so many shows get nowadays *cough Hannibal *cough*.
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A 'Strange' Relationship
As for the two lead actors, both have taken their careers across the pond, and both have recently entered Marvel's Cinematic Universe, so it isn't like they are without work. It may not be that the pair actually don't get alone, it could simply be down to their packed schedules that they don't meet up for a cup of Earl Grey and a slice of battenberg every week. Cumberbatch will reprise his role as Doctor Stephen Strange in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, and in both parts of Avengers: Infinity War, while it is expected he will also get his own standalone sequel to last year's Doctor Strange. Meanwhile, Freeman is expected to reprise his part as Everett K. Ross from Captain America: Civil War in 2018's Black Panther.
Elsewhere, there is very little news on when/if Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law will reprise their roles as Sherlock and Watson for a third outing of Guy Ritchie's big-screen adaptation of the story. The Ritchie films certainly featured a more romantically ambiguous version of the pair, while Cumberbatch and Freeman's duo have remained as friends and nothing more — perhaps that has something to do with the reported distance between the actors off camera. Whether or not the BBC commissions a fifth season of Sherlock, there is no denying that Gatiss and Moffat's work was a masterpiece, and quite the television event for stories that are 130 years old!
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