All good things must come to end – or so they say. But can’t some really cool things go on forever? Apparently not. Because there’s been a little online kerfuffle concerning some remarks Benedict Cumberbatch made about the upcoming season of Sherlock being the last.
In the November 2016 issue of the British version of GQ, the Sherlock star said of the latest season of the Masterpiece Mystery series (set to air in on PBS 2017): “It might be the end of an era. It feels like the end of an era, to be honest.” He went on to say the idea of never playing the titular sleuth again “is really galling” but, amid the quote above and talk of how busy everyone on the show is and how “complete” the new season will be, it’s hard not to panic just a wee bit.
Also – taken with Steven Moffat’s comments to the Telegraph a few months back (“I don’t know how long we can keep it going.”), Cumberbatch’s words are making many Sherlock fans more than a little nervous.
So. Could series four be the last for Cumberbatch’s consulting detective? I certainly hope not. (And I would like to say that I have heard nothing official from anyone related to PBS or Masterpiece.) That being said, it seems pretty obvious that producing a show of this caliber isn’t easy, especially when everyone involved has other projects to consider. It cannot go on forever. We can wish and hope or we can wail and gnash. At this juncture, I’ll opt for the former.
And rest assured: the moment I get any official news I’ll pass it along.