(Spoilers, mostly for things that have been officially revealed by the production team.)
With recent news of the imminent (finally) release of Sherlock series 3, I’ve been thinking about the potential of a post-hiatus installment of the show. Prior to this, we’ve had a traditional dynamic–two flatmates, living in Baker Street, solving crimes together.
What now? What circumstances will Sherlock Holmes return to find in his world?
In the canon, Watson marries before Reichenbach, and when Holmes comes back, he finds his friend a widower. In Sherlock, we have yet to see Watson marry, but information about the identity of Amanda Abbington’s character is certainly suggestive. (Spoilerites may have seen more definitive information about certain things, but I’m trying to be vague.)
Another puzzle piece was provided by the production team when they released information about Lars Mikkelsen’s character, Charles A. Magnussen, whom Holmesians immediately linked to Charles Augustus Milverton, Doyle’s master blackmailer. How his role may affect the main characters has yet to be revealed.
Finally, and most importantly, we have the glorious majesty of the Watson ‘stache. Doyle’s stories famously contain very little physical description of his main characters, and only in “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton” are we treated, indirectly, to a description of Watson as, “a middle-sized, strongly built man — square jaw, thick neck, moustache, a mask over his eyes.”
The BBC team has apparently taken this description very much to heart, presenting us with a be-stached Martin Freeman–but not just any mustache–this is something to be truly looked forward to by fans everywhere.
What are you anticipating about series 3?
p.s. The wait may very well have broken my brain.
The Detective, The Woman and The Winking Tree: A Novel of Sherlock Holmes is available from all good bookstores and e-bookstores worldwide including in the USA Amazon,Barnes and Noble and Classic Specialities – and in all electronic formats including Amazon Kindle , iTunes(iPad/iPhone) and Kobo.
The Detective and the Woman: A Novel of Sherlock Holmes is available from all good bookstores and e-bookstores worldwide including in the USA Amazon,Barnes and Noble and Classic Specialities – and in all electronic formats including Amazon Kindle , iTunes(iPad/iPhone) and Kobo.