Steven Moffat on how Sherlock survived the Reichenbach Fall

The showrunner says there’s only a limited number of ways Benedict Cumberbatch’s character could have survived the Sherlock series 2 finale


It’s the question that’s been on every Sherlock fan’s lips since January 2012… how did Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes survive falling from THAT roof?


Well, although showrunner Steven Moffat stopped short of explaining the complete process, he has hinted that fans have got close because the options are very limited when it comes to surviving such an event.

“He cunningly avoided the pavement. There really is only one way to avoid dying in that circumstance,” Moffat told Frank Skinner at the Ad Lib event in Edinburgh where was reporting late last night.

“My wife asked very nicely for people not to give the secret away. But not all of what we did in public – and you have to shoot these things in public – necessarily leads you to the right conclusion.”

However, the co-creator of the series did concede that some fans have already worked out how Sherlock got away with it. 

“But at the same time, as Mark keeps saying, there really are only a limited number of ways he can do this,” he added.

“He’s got to interrupt his fall before he hits the pavement, really. Short of developing a superpower which we haven’t ruled out.”

Sherlock is expected to return to BBC1 for series 3 in early 2014