The third and final episode of Sherlock's second series will air in the U.S. Sunday night on PBS. The episode, titled "The Reichenbach Fall," is based upon "The Final Problem," one of the most famous Sherlock Holmes stories, and features a massive cliffhanger that will undoubtedly leave fans of the series clamoring for more. As it turns out, though, Sherlock fans are going to have to wait a little while, according to executive producer and creator Steven Moffat.
We've already heard from executive producer Mark Gatiss about series 3: "We’ve had several meetings and we’re very, very excited about getting going!" But Moffat gives us an even more accurate time schedule.
“Well, we’ve had meetings about [series 3]," Moffat told Digital Spy. "It’s certainly happening and we know when we’re filming it – we shoot in January. Obviously I’ve got quite a lot of work on between now and January!"
January's a long way off, which means that it will likely be next summer before we see hide or hair of Sherlock series 3. The notoriously busy Moffat has been slaving away at the upcoming seventh series of Doctor Who, which will feature the show's fiftieth anniversary, giving him very little time to devote to his OTHER massively loved show. “I don’t think a word [of series 3] has been committed to paper yet, but nearly," he shared.
What does "nearly" mean? Well, it means that Moffat has some plans for series 3. "Broadly speaking, yes, we have our arc and we know what [Sherlock Holmes stories] we’re going to cover. The writing depends to some degree on spontaneity so you give yourself a big enough framework to improvise within.”
Of the long breaks between Sherlock's seasons, Moffat noted, "Sherlock almost exists on starving its audience. By the time it came back this year, Sherlock was like a rock star re-entering the building!"
Sherlock will likely return sometime in 2013. For those of you looking to get your fix of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, worry not: the duo will be appearing in December's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.