The Sherlock special preceding Season 4 is to be aired this Christmas – it may seem that it is too early to be concerned about it, but the show’s fans are used to long and tiresome waits. The Sherlock special was subject of a good deal of rumors and speculations ever since it was announced, but right now we know almost nothing about it except one thing: the show’s creators are going to go back to the roots and put Sherlock Holmes into Victorian era London – the original setting of Conan Doyle’s stories.
According to the Inquisitr, the episode is almost complete, but is not going to be aired for quite a while.
“At SXSW, Moffat revealed that the Victorian episode is now virtually complete, and he’s happy with the result. While no specific date has been set to broadcast the show by Sherlock networks BBC and PBS Masterpiece, Victorian time Cumberbatch and Freeman are expected to hit screens in the UK around December, 2015.”
Una Stubbs, the actress who plays Mrs. Hudson, Sherlock Holmes’ long-suffering landlady, gives us some idea of what to expect from the special episode in terms of atmosphere. According to her, she read the entire script and characterized it as “brilliant” and “very funny.” So, in true nature of most Christmas episodes, Sherlock isn’t going for dark revelations.
Although Victorian Sherlock is all nice and interesting, what the majority of fans is really interested in is what we are going to see in Season 4 – and here we know even less. Steven Moffat, the show’s co-creator, has dropped numerous hints as to what is going to happen, but they all are pretty blurry.
According to Nerdist.com, the next season is going to be much darker.
“We’re going to try to take it somewhere we’ve never been before — and I don’t mean outer space,” Moffat continued. “It will be challenging place to go. We always start with a re-introduction that builds toward a darker climax — we might just be going darker [from the outset]. We got a very, very good set of ideas.”
What we are certainly going to see is the wrapping up of Moriarty’s arc. The sudden resurrection of the show’s iconic villain at the end of Season 3 is certainly the biggest cliffhangers Sherlock has ever seen, although it is hard to say whether it will be revealed in the Sherlock special or in Season 4 proper.