Sherlock writers speak after series 4 finale: “We could end it there”
We know you’re probably still trying to recover after the explosive series finale last night, but Sherlock fans may now also be forced to accept that this was the end of the show for good.
The 2017 series of Sherlock was wrapped up in an intense finale last night and, although the episode concluded with possibility for future adventures, the usual cliff hanging element was noticeably absent.
Series writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have revealed that this was an intentional decision. When asked if this was indeed the final series, Moffat admitted: “We’re not planning it to be [the final series] but it might be, it’s possible, and we could end it there.
“We couldn’t have ended it on any of the previous series, but they always ended on walloping great cliffhangers!”
The final shot of the finale saw Sherlock, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and Dr. John Watson, portrayed by Martin Freeman, at Rathbone Place. This reference was in tribute to actor Basil Rathbone, who played Sherlock Holmes in the 14 films between 1939 and 1946.
Gatiss explained: “It’s actually weirdly a backstory.
“We never intended that to be, but the reason we leave it at Rathbone Place is that actually if we do come back, and we’d love to come back, we could very easily start with a knock on the door and Sherlock saying to John, ‘Do you want to come out and play?’
“They have become the two heroes that we always knew them to be.”
Moffat added: “That is [Cumberbatch’s Sherlock] becoming the Sherlock Holmes of Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett. The one we’re used to. The wise old man of Baker Street, who’s still terrifying, who’s still cold, but has a heart that you never doubt.”
Whatever is in store for the series, Moffat and Gatiss have insisted that they will not be handing Sherlock over to new showrunners.
Moffat said: “Of course, loads of other people will do Sherlock Holmes and we’ll be the first people to watch those… but our version is our version.”
And we wouldn’t want it any other way.