Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat Talk Sherlock Series 5 and Where it Could Go
With Sherlock series four done and dusted, the focus has now turned to if we will see a series five and where it could take us. We are told that the series four final The Final Problem was just the beginning.
*Warning! If you haven’t seen Sherlock series four’s finale then do not continue to read on.*
So at the end of series four’s The Final Problem, we see Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Martin Freeman (Doctor Watson) back in their apartment at 221B Baker Street, a moving montage features a voice over by John’s late wife (Mary Morstan) Amanda Abbington showing Sherlock and Watson doing what they do best, solving crimes. Then Sherlock and Watson are shown leaving a building Called Rathbone Place. For those of you not familiar with the name, it is an homage to the legendary and my favourite actor Basil Rathbone who played Sherlock Holmes in the 1930s and 1940’s including Sherlock Holmes and The Secret Weapon and Sherlock Holmes and The Spider Woman.
According to the show’s writers, Gatiss and Moffat, the events at the end of The Final Problem could be just the beginning. All parties seem to be on the same page on there being a series five of Sherlock some time in the future. According to the writers, who have indicated that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Holmes has now discovered that humanity is at the heart of the detective’s brilliance. Gatiss explained
” Our original intention of the series was to go back to the beginning and see them as younger men and restore it to its factory settings. But I think what’s actually happened is that we have now done the story of how the Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson that we have always known, how they became those men. It’s actually really a backstory”. “The reason we [ended with] Rathbone Place is that actually if we do come back – and we would love to return – we could absolutely very easily start with a knock at the door and Sherlock saying to John ‘Do you want to come out and play?’ They have become the two heroes that we always knew them to be.”
Moffat also chimed in saying: “I suppose it’s that Sherlock now finally understands that he’s stronger and smarter than Mycroft in a way. But not because he is actually smarter – he’s less smart – but because of his emotions, his connections to other human beings, the wisdom he has gained from his connections he had made in the world, make him stronger.”
“He sees that, partly because the extreme of [his Sister] Siân Brooke (Eurus) who has no connection to anything, is just pure brain, not understanding anything about what it is to be human. [This] makes him realise everything he has worked towards, everything he has tried to get away from himself and deny about himself, is what makes him the strongest. He isn’t as smart as Eurus, he isn’t as smart as Mycroft, but he is always going to win against them because he is better and stronger. That is him becoming the Sherlock Holmes of Basil Rathbone and [fellow Holmes actor] Jeremy Brett, the one we’re used to, the wise old man… who is still terrifying and still cold but has a heart that you never doubt.”
In regards to whether we will see the fifth series, this is what Moffat had to say: “If this was the last time – we’re not planning it, but it might be, it’s possible – we could end it there. We couldn’t have ended it on any of the previous series because they always ended up with whopping great cliffhangers.”
Moffat also revealed to RadioTimes.com that he and Gatiss toyed with the idea of flashing the line “The Beginning” across the screen at the end of The Final Problem. But while it accords with the theme of the episode, he said that in the end, they decided it would have been “too cheesy ” and I tend to agree! All we can do now is hope that a series five will come to fruition, if not, I am sorted, with all the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries in both colour and black and white to satisfy my Sherlock Holmes withdrawals.