'Sherlock' fans are in for a very special treat this holiday.
Many of you have probably resigned yourselves to the fact that a certain detective and doctor won't be gracing our television screens for well over another month (a bit less if you're lucky enough to live in the U.K.). However, it looks like the crime-solving series could be coming back into our lives a little sooner than expected.
BBC One has confirmed that a special, bonus "mini-episode" of the Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman-centered detective drama will air just in time for Christmas Day on Dec. 25. Now THAT is what we call a true Christmas miracle!
Titled, "Many Happy Returns," the episode will serve as a sort of prequel to the upcoming third installment and pick up two years after Sherlock's climactic fall during the Season 2 finale. The official snyopsis reads as follows: “Sherlock has been gone for 2 years. But someone isn’t quite convinced that he’s dead…”
As for who that certain "someone" could be, remains up to us viewers to try and deduce. Perhaps Watson is still in denial over his dear friend's passing. Or maybe Mycroft, with all his government connections, has picked up a hint of his brother's whereabouts. Who knows — maybe it's someone we haven't heard from in a while like Irene Adler.
The possibilities are endless. But given how little we know about this surprising new episode, it's hard to even know for sure if Cumberbatch or Freeman will even be making an appearance. (The two actors are a little busy these days with a certain Hobbit franchise.) Fingers crossed that they at least make a few cameos. Either way, we'll take any extra form of 'Sherlock' we can get!
BBC One is making the mini-episode available online and via its Red Button service. Meanwhile, PBS — which airs the series in the United States — has yet to release any additional information regarding an American release. But as long as you have a properly working computer and Internet provider, you should be able to get your hands on it.
Are you excited to see this special Christmas episode? Can you believe this is actually happening? How much are you freaking out right now? Sound off on your thoughts in the comments below and let the speculation begin!
'Sherlock' Season 3 premieres on Jan. 1 in the U.K. with episodes beginning Jan. 19 in the U.S.