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It's been so long since Sherlock season 3 (really only a year but still)! Season 4 is scheduled for an early 2017 release, but we'll all surely go into Sherlock withdrawal before then! Luckily, Sherlock and his trusty companion Watson will be back this year with a historic Christmas special!

The special, set during classic Victorian era times will be a separate story from the modern Sherlock. Executive producer Steven Moffat revealed a bit about the special, and what it means for our favorite highly-functioning sociopath.

"The first few days we were just so excited because we saw our show with Benedict and Martin in the proper gear and his extraordinary sideburns and you think ‘why didn’t we always do this? Why did we make that silly mistake of updating it?' But by the end we slightly missed the modern iteration. Maybe we’ll just alternate them all. Mark [Gatiss] and I think we should do the 1940’s propaganda German version.”
Taking it back - WAY back
Taking it back - WAY back

An official promo image for the Christmas special was also today, which you can view down below! But for those wondering what the modern Sherlock will be up to once season 4 comes 'round, Moffat has shed a bit of light on that.

“We’ve got a clear idea of what we’re going to do and it’s going to be a clear shift in tone. Yes, there’s going to be some dark stuff coming but there always is. There always fun and jokes and detection and all that nonsense. It’s dark in some ways – obviously it’s great fun and a Sherlock Holmes romp and all that – but there’s a sense of things coming back to bite you.”

Moffat's talk of "things coming back to bite you" likely has something to do with season 3's cliffhanger, which teased the return of Sherlock baddie Jim Moriarty.

Sherlock season 4 will premiere sometime in 2017. With the show usually being in real time, it'll be interesting to see how much the characters have changed after 2 1/2 years. In the meantime, will you be watching the Sherlock Christmas special?

The 'Sherlock Special' Promo Image!

Sherlock and Watson play dress-up
Sherlock and Watson play dress-up

Simply titled 'Sherlock Special', the episode will premiere this December. Though not connected to the main storyline, anytime where Benedict Cumberbatch is Sherlock with Martin Freeman as Watson by his side is alright with—canon or non-canon!

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