Benedict Cumberbatch coy on Sherlock season 5 hopes, talks The Child in Time

Sherlock season 4Are there still those out there with Sherlock season 5 renewal hopes? There sure are, and we like to consider ourselves part of that group! The BBC series is dramatic, creative, fascinating, and incredibly addictive. We at CarterMatt will be the first to admit that sometimes episodes become a tad more complicated than they need to be, but we’d much prefer to see Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss going far outside the box than the typical conservative storytelling that we see else where.

We know that the series is on a break, and there is no guarantee that a Sherlock season 5 renewal is even going to happen. Nonetheless, we remain hopeful, and series star Benedict Cumberbatch is helping us to feel that way. While promoting his new BBC drama The Child in Time (premiering this weekend), the actor cheekily told the Radio Times “maybe” with a grin when asked if he’d had any discussions about another batch of Sherlock episodes. That’s not much of a confirmation, but we do still feel as though he’d say nothing in the event that he felt this magic was never going to happen again.

Meanwhile, Cumberbatch also noted (per the Daily Telegraph) that he was happy to get away from the Sherlock character for a time to do this new series, largely because playing a children’s author trying to come to grips with the disappearance of his daughter is a very different role than he’s used to:

“It’s great playing a man who drinks cups of tea, has normal conversations, daydreams, doodles on a pad and isn’t talking at a million miles an hour or firing energy out of his hands.”

The Child in Time is a great opportunity for Cumberbatch to show off the level of talent that he did in The Imitation Game and keep his resume as an actor fresh. One of the things that we do love about him as a performer is that he’s not beholden to a single medium. While he could just do a series of franchise films at this point and receive a copious amount of money, he does remain invested in doing these smaller TV projects based on good material that means something to him. So long as he does keep that up, we do think that his career will last for a long time.

As for when a Sherlock season 5 renewal will happen, it could be over the course of the next year — just don’t take that as a sign that the show is going to be premiering before 2019. We figure that we’d even be lucky to see it happen before 2020.

Do you still think about a possible Sherlock season 5, and are you happy to see Benedict’s new TV project? Be sure to share in the attached comments!

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