Mark Gatiss: Sherlock death solution is “worth the wait”

And the show's co-creator says "clever" online theories are not too far off...

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Sherlock fans in agony at series three not filming until 2013, be assured: co-creator and star Mark Gatiss says the answer to how Holmes faked his own death will be “worth the wait”.

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And if you’ve posted your theory online, you’ve probably hit upon at least part of the answer. Perhaps. “There’s some very clever theories, some of them elaborate, and I enjoy them all,” Gatiss told The Guardian. “But if I were to tell you if someone had worked it out then it wouldn’t be a secret.” 

He teased further: “[The answer] may be, sort of, in some of the theories. There’s a lot of very clever people out there.”

Gatiss – who joins the cast of BBC3’s Being Human this Sunday – admitted that some Sherlock theories were well beyond anything he and Steven Moffat had dreamt up, but said the speculation delighted him – and the first episode of series three would not disappoint: “I’ve never known something become such a public talking point… It’ll be worth the wait.”

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And what of that other modern-day Holmes reboot, NBC’s Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu? Gatiss stayed tight-lipped, in a way that may or may not indicate that legal action is on the cards. “All I can say… is no comment.”