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Sherlock: Have We Indeed Witnessed the Final Problem?

written by Jake Tanner January 16, 2017
Sherlock looks concerned.

Steven Moffat speaks on whether we’ve seen the last of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson

Sherlock season 4 has already ended. Have we seen the last of the world’s greatest detective? That remains uncertain. Sherlock showrunners Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss were recently interviewed by Deadline and had a few interesting tidbits to say about whether The Final Problem was truly the end.

“If this is the last time — and I’m not planning on it to be, but it might be — it is possible that we could end it,” Moffat told Deadline. “We couldn’t have ended it on any of the previous series because there was what have been great cliffhangers.”

Gatiss also had this to add:

“It may be the final problem, you never know. I think what has actually happened is we have now done the story of how the Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson that you’ve always known became those men. It’s actually a backstory and we never intended it to be, but the reason to leave it at that place is that actually if we do come back — and we’d love to come back — then we could have it absolutely start with a knock on the door and Sherlock saying, ‘Do you want to come out and play?’”

Moffat indicates that the decision may be out of his hands.

“If we never come back and we never do another panel on the show, which is improbable, there is one thing I would like to say and that is, and it’s not said enough and it sort of goes by unnoticed, is that the boss of Sherlock, the No. 1 person sitting in front of you right now is not me or Mark, it’s the person to whom I’m married,” Moffat referred to his wife and Sherlock executive producer Sue Vertue.

“It is absolutely true she is the person who runs all of Sherlock. She’s the person who either kicks us up the arse or restrains us depending on whether we’re being insane or lethargic. It has been her project from the very beginning. She’s the general, the chief executive officer, the absolute ultimate boss of this show. If you love Sherlock, the person you have to thank the most isn’t Benedict, Martin or Mark or me. It’s my wife Sue Vertue.”

Is this the end?

It sure doesn’t seem like we’ve seen the last of Cumberbatch or Freeman on the show, but if we have, they certainly ended the series on a high note.

What do you guys think? Do you want more Sherlock or do you think we’ve truly seen the last of the show? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so join in on the conversation in the comments below!

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