Benedict Cumberbatch says Sherlock has reached “the end of an era”
Benedict Cumberbatch has suggested that the next series of Sherlock may well be his last.
Speaking to GQ magazine, Cumberbatch said that it felt like the “end of an era” whilst filming the fourth series of the BBC drama. He revealed that the show ends in a rather finite way, saying: “It goes to a place where it will be pretty hard to follow on immediately.”
However Sherlock fans need not necessarily begin the mourning process. Cumberbatch added: “We never say never on the show. I’d love to revisit it, I’d love to keep revisiting it, I stand by that, but in the immediate future we all have things that we want to crack on with and we’ve made something very complete as it is, so I think we’ll just wait and see. The idea of never playing him again is really galling.”
It appears the lead actors of the show are just too in-demand at this point in time. The executive producer of the BBC One show, Steven Moffatt, recently revealed that he did not think it would be long before the crime drama wraps up for good since Benedict and Martin Freeman, who play Sherlock and his sidekick Doctor Watson, are becoming more and more difficult to secure as leads in the world of film and television.
He said: “I don’t know how long we can keep it going. I’m personally willing but I’m hardly the main draw. I would be moderately surprised if this was the last time we ever made this show. But it absolutely could be.”
He continued: “We do have two film stars in the programme. They haven’t needed to do
these jobs for a very long time. They’re coming back because they want to.”
The show will be greatly missed, and Cumberbatch has served Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legacy incredibly well. Although, at least this means we can expect big things for the fourth, and potentially final, instalment of the detective drama.