The following is a guest post.
I have not watched any episodes of Sherlock: Series 3. I have read a few online articles and interviews, but have avoided spoilers. Anything I have written here is either background or conjecture on my part as a fan of the show. However, if you do not want to know anything whatsoever about the coming episodes, please skip this post for the time being and come back to it after the series has aired. Although what’s the point of reading it then, eh?
Unlike my misgivings about continuing to watch Downton Abbey, I have no ambivalent feelings about this Sunday’s premiere of the third series of Sherlock. I’m psyched, stoked, and chuffed – choose your preferred term for expectantly pleased.
Fans of the show have been not so patiently waiting for more than a year and half. In fact I think a lot of them have been filling up their spare time writing fan fiction and making a lot of speculative videos. However, the time for waiting is almost over and I think I speak for most Sherlock fans when I say that we have some questions that need answering…
1. How did Sherlock survive this?
Sherlock show runners brought in an expert to consult on how to plan and execute the pretense of jumping off a tall building and coming out of it on the other side. In the first episode, The Empty Hearse, Sherlock will provide viewers with an explanation; however, in a DVD extras interview co-creator Mark Gatiss warned that Sherlock, being who he is, might very well be telling a complete lie.
2. How will the Sherlock/Watson reunion turn out?
As this teaser indicates, two years have passed since Holmes’ “death” and he has only just returned to London. Sherlock mentions surprising John at Baker Street, but is told by Mycroft that his friend isn’t there anymore. He’s moved on.
I guess part of moving on means growing ridiculous facial hair…
Perhaps it’s an outward symbol of John’s grieving, a respectful shout out to Watsons past, or more likely, just an opportunity for Sherlock to take the mickey out of John. Let’s just hope there’s a shaving scene in episode one as well.
Regardless of the mustache fiasco, expect the tension to be palpable when Sherlock and Watson are finally reunited and John gets the opportunity to vent his rage at being abandoned by his friend.
3. Who is Mary Morstan?
It’s pretty well known in Sherlock Holmes canon that Mary becomes John Watson’s wife. Therefore it’s not much of a spoiler to divulge that episode two, The Sign of Three, is set around Mary and John’s wedding.
My questions regarding Mary are more about her background and why she shows up in John’s life when she does. Even if she is just a nurse John met at work, is someone pulling her strings without her knowledge? Not to sound paranoid, but when it comes to Sherlock can you ever really be sure of anyone’s intentions? Look at Moriarty. He wasn’t who he appeared to be when we first met him either.
In an interview with The Scotsman newspaper, Amanda Abbington, the actress who portrays Mary and who also happens to be Martin Freeman’s real life partner asserts that Morstan is “a great character and she has some fantastic secrets.” Does she now?
4. What will this season’s cliffhanger be?
I think it’s safe to say that Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen) will be involved. Based on Charles Augustus Milverton, a creation of Conan Doyle, this Danish version will be a unique baddy. According to the show’s other co-creator Stephen Moffat, “he is the first nemesis that Sherlock Holmes has ever hated.”
Avoiding sniper fire, BASE jumping without parachutes…what death defying act will Sherlock partake in this season? In a little over three weeks’ time, all will be revealed.
Tune in this Sunday, January 19 at 9:58 – yes, that’s right, 9:58 – to your local PBS channel to begin what promises to be a short but exciting series of Sherlock. What are you most looking forward to and what questions do you hope are answered in the coming series?
Carmen is an American wife and mother of two college students who live away from home. With her yellow lab Malcolm by her side, she watches and writes about British television for her own blog Everything I Know about the UK I Learned from the BBC. Read more of Carmen’s posts here.