We figured that it would be a long time before there was any news regarding a Sherlock season 5. However, there may be progress!
Today, show executive producers Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue made an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con to promote the new Sherlock Comics, and inevitably, the subject of the much-beloved show’s future did come up. Given that there are people all over the world who would do anything to get more of the series, we feel like there are plenty of people out there who will be happy with what was said. Vertue confirmed that there is something that is being worked on in London, but neither she nor Moffat would say a whole lot more regarding what that is.
What Moffat did say, per Deadline, is that eventually, he assumes that everyone will come together to do more:
“I’m assuming at some point we all show up again and do it when our careers have dipped. We will recreate our glory days back when everyone loved us.”
Given that we heard about a Luther revival far earlier than we initially expected to, it really wouldn’t come as that great of a shock if something similar happened here. One of the biggest things to remember here is that even if there is another season of Sherlock announced now, that doesn’t mean at all that the episodes will actually air anytime soon given that this announcement could be saved for some other time down the road. However, we don’t think an official season is being announced now, either, given that there haven’t really been many talks with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman to date. This is something that may not happen until there are some ideas that are more fully formed, since that’s when the impossible challenge of trying to get everything worked in schedule-wise can officially begin.
Technically, season 4 ended in such a way where there doesn’t have to be any more of the story given that Holmes and Watson got to a point where they actually are in many of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. They are a little older, a little bit wiser, and understand a little bit more of what they are doing and how they want to go about doing it. There is certainly a lot of interest in seeing what and older, wiser version of Sherlock and John would look like … but you’re probably going to need to be patient to see it happening, given that we don’t see the show returning until 2019 or 2020, at the earliest. At this point, we’d even settle for 2021.
The fact that Moffat and Vertue are at least discussing the ideas for the future is what has us excited more so than anything else.
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