‘Sherlock’ season 4: Mark Gatiss on some long-term ideas for season 5 and beyond

Sherlock season 3It’s been fairly well-documented at this point that “Sherlock” season 4 is not technically the final season for the series on the BBC. Yet, at the same time there is a strong sentiment among many people out there that this could be the last time that you end up seeing these characters on the air for the next few years. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are both exceptionally busy men, and given that Steven Moffat has another season of “Doctor Who” to air before a Christmas Special (that marks his ultimate farewell from the season), he’s fairly busy as well. Add to this Mark Gatiss’ writing and acting career, and you’ve got a lot going on.

There’s not any evidence that we’ll be getting more of the show in the next couple of years following the upcoming fourth season, but Gatiss floated out (per TVLine) the possibility that they come back many years later with another season, talking about a famous 1930’s and 40’s iteration of Sherlock Holmes that featured actors wells into their fifties:

“Right at the beginning, we said, wouldn’t it be fun — because we start with the first meeting, which is very rarely dramatized — if we actually ended up with them at the same age as Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce? That would be a really interesting place to be with Benedict and Martin, having started so early in their careers as young men.”

We should state that Gatiss is not necessarily saying that there will be ten or more years before season 5, but this could be where we end up seeing the series find a natural end — and that would be exciting. We know that for us, there is something very intriguing about taking the show off the air long enough that we eventually end with these characters in a very different spot in their lives — it’s something that you rarely get to see with other television shows: The “Six Feet Under” finale sort of visited that idea, but the “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” is probably the closest example of this.

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