Steven Moffat: Sherlock series 4 will be “dark” and “bloody frightening”

It sounds like there are tough times ahead for Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

Sherlock series four may not have even been written yet – but co-creator Steven Moffat says we can expect dark times ahead for Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John (Martin Freeman).


“[Season 4] is going to be… I suppose you’d say… consequences. It’s consequences,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

“Chickens come to roost. It’s dark in some ways — obviously it’s great fun and a Sherlock Holmes romp and all that—but there’s a sense of… things… coming back to bite you. It’s not a safe, sensible way to live.”

“It’s hilarious and exhilarating some days, but some days it’s going to be bloody frightening.”

Moffat also implied in the interview that the next series will include the answer to a mystery – though it might be one the fans haven’t noticed yet.

“We’ve actually set up something, I think — [co-creator Mark Gatiss] and me, we’re very exultant about a little thing we’ve set up that no one is talking about,” he said.

“Sometimes people go mad for one thing we think is quiet trivial and completely ignore something we think is standing right in front of you.”

Speaking of the next series generally, Moffat concluded: “We’re certainly going to put [the characters] through the mill.”


“It’s going to be more of an emotional upheaval. Hopefully enjoyable and fun, all the things Sherlock must always be. It will be tough at times. Maybe that’s the word? A tougher series.”

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