The BBC’s “Sherlock” is set to debut its much anticipated fourth season on New Year’s Day with actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman returning for three new telemovies.
A quote from an interview with Cumberbatch months ago suggested this season could serve as the last season for the show, a quote which has since taken on a life of its own and changed from ‘could’ to ‘is’ despite the actor subsequently saying future seasons haven’t been ruled out.
Now, showrunner Steven Moffat has clearly shot down that “Sherlock is over” talk, saying the end may not be as close as fans may think and Cumberbatch’s comments were misquoted. He tells EW:
“This is really worth saying because it’s getting exhausting for us all. That’s not what Benedict said. That’s what someone edited his words into the meaning of. It seems to be impossible these days not to be misquoted.
He was quite specific about being keen to carry on. [It’s] hard to get us all together. We want to keep the quality up. We haven’t even seen this [season air] yet. We don’t know. We haven’t sat down with the intent to anything yet. But we’re always aware that it could be over. But the fact is Benedict did not say that.”
With the exception of a special, it has been a three year gap between the third and fourth seasons – no word on how long it will be until a fifth season might come around. Cumberbatch’s Marvel commitments could also potentially interfere.