*Warning – what follows contains spoilers not only for Sherlock but also a number of the original stories: namely the Empty House, His Last Bow, Wysteria Lodge and the Dying Detective*
When will it be on?
Reports are that the BBC wants it ready for Christmas this year. Which, if true would be quite a change from the two year wait we endured for this series.
Is he actually alive? If so how? Why has he decided to ask the whole nation if they missed him?
Who will the villain be?
Kind of conditional on the answer to the last question. Could be Moriarty himself obviously. I strongly suspect Moriarty’s henchman Sebastian Moran will appear as the dragon if not the big bad. One could imagine a story arch where he tries to take revenge on Holmes for killing Moriarty.
Conan Doyle’s novels and short stories furnish plenty of other options. For example:
- Don Juan Murillo – deposed dictator now hiding in the English countryside
- Von Bork – a German spymaster working in Britain on the eve of WWI
- Culverton Smith – an expert on tropical diseases who uses them as a murder weapon. Chance for a topical story about bioterrorism anyone?
Oh and we’ve already met an ethically dubious character who can match wits with Sherlock: Mycroft!
Will Irene Adler reappear?
She’s popping up a lot in Sherlock’s thoughts for someone who’s not going to.
What part will Mary play?
Surely Sherlock will find it helpful to have his own version of Jason Bourne to hand?
She might even be Moffat’s chance to show he can write strong female character who aren’t fantasies.
But of course as Watson threw the USB stick with details of her past onto the fire, we can safely say that it won’t come back to haunt her! ß sarcasm
Oh and the precedent for her character is not very happy 😦
What stories will they take inspiration from this time?
Sherlock has now done its own very loose adaptation of three out of the four Holmes novels but only a handful of the short stories. That still leaves them an awful lot of material.
Will it be good?