So instead of spending one of the most special days of the year with wife Mary, John will be exactly where we always thought he really wanted to be – upstairs at 221b with Sherlock and a big tin of Quality Street.
During the Q&A hosted by PBS, Moffat and co-writer Mark Gatiss answered (or evaded, whichever way you look at it) a whole host of queries from eager Sherlock fans.
Gatiss responded to one fan who asked whether they were “completely against” the idea of Sherlock and John having a relationship.
“Of course we’re not against it,” wrote the Mycroft actor. “But as we have explained many times, that’s not the story that we want to tell.
“Obviously as a gay man myself, I have no problem with the notion that a Sherlock Holmes and a Doctor Watson could be in a relationship together, but ours aren’t. It’s as simple as that.
“Sherlock is clearly capable of feeling emotion and of falling for someone, but that someone is not John Watson, despite his love and great affection for him.”
Oh, and that noise you can hear is Johnlock shippers weeping around the globe in unison.
Gatiss also revealed that there can be “anything between eight and ten drafts” of the Sherlock scripts and that the pair have “joked about doing a black and white episode set in the 40s where they fight the Nazis. It’s unlikely, but you never know”.
He also revealed what we can expect from the second episode of the upcoming fourth series, saying that although it is based on “the bare bones” of Arthur Conan-Doyle’s Dying Detective, their story “goes in a totally new direction”. Intriguing.
When another fan asked who Sherlock was saying ‘I love you’ to in the trailer for the new series, Gatiss replied: “His mum, obviously. He doesn’t ring home often enough and usually forgets her birthday. He’s a very naughty boy.”
That’s cleared that one up, then!
And when someone asked how much Sgt. Sally Donovan hates Sherlock, Moffat revealed that a scene featuring her had to be cut from the show.
“She doesn’t hate him any more,” he said. “We wrote the scenes, but we couldn’t make the schedule work with Vinette Robinson. We had a rather nice scene actually, so damn!”