In the midst of filming season three, the masterminds behind Sherlock — cocreator Steven Moffat, cocreator and actor Mark Gatiss (aka Mycroft), and producer Sue Vertue — took the show to Comic-Con fans for the first time.
In the midst of filming season three, the masterminds behind Sherlock — cocreator Steven Moffat, cocreator and actor Mark Gatiss (aka Mycroft), and producer Sue Vertue — took the show to Comic-Con fans for the first time. But the panel had a few noticable people missing: stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Why, you ask? Because, as Steven jokingly riffed on the pair's famous TV and movie roles, respectively, "one is a high-functioning sociopath, and the other is a hobbit."
Video messages from the actors (screenshot above and clip below!) were shown in their absence — Martin in Bilbo Baggins attire and Benedict dropping some major spoilers about how Sherlock survives "The Reichenbach Fall" cliffhanger via stuffed monkeys (OK, there may have been some "technical difficulties" on that spoiler bit).
Reflecting on season two's epic ending, which the producers said had their phones going crazy after it aired, they also dropped hints on what's to come in season three. Here are the highlights from a Thursday panel that saw fans waiting in line since Wednesday.
- We saw a hilarious — seriously, Benedict and Martin are both at their deadpan best! — top-secret clip from season three. Is it spoilers you want? Though we are sworn to secrecy, Sherlock and Watson have a bro moment surrounding the events of episode two, "The Sign of Three," the legendary Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tale that has the doctor meeting his future wife, Mary.
- Don't expect the third season to begin with a quick, happy-go-lucky "hoorah!" for the return of the detective. Episode one, "The Empty Hearse," is a "long, complicated journey" on the return of Sherlock after he fakes his death. It explores how his death affected friends and family, including Dr. Watson and Mycroft.
- The villian of seasons one and two, Moriarty, is really, most sincerely dead. Though we'll see actor Andrew Scott return in the first episode of season three in flashbacks of the final hospital rooftop scene, the days of Moriarty tormenting Sherlock are through. "He shot himself in the face," said Steven. "They [Sherlock and Moriarty] didn't go up on that roof and fake suicide at each other."
Will Sherlock be back for a fourth season? Find out after the jump.