'Sherlock' Releases Mini-Episode Setting Up Season 3
We're only a few scant hours from Christmas morning, but 'Sherlock' fans can go ahead and open their present now. As we told you would be happening back at the beginning of December, the BBC has today released a seven minute mini-episode that serves as a short prequel to the popular detective drama's upcoming third season.
Entitled 'Many Happy Returns,' the mini-episode picks up right after the ending of Season 2's finale 'The Reichenbach Fall.' At the conclusion of that episode (spoilers for a show that aired almost a year ago incoming) Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) is forced by a diabolical Moriarty plot to jump off the roof of a hospital, seemingly to his death. The audience finds out later that he is still very much alive, although Watson (Martin Freeman) and the show's other characters are left in the dark.
In the time since, a bearded, clearly upset man has compiled evidence suggesting that London's greatest crime solver faked his death, but Detective Inspector Lestrade is having none of it, firmly convinced that Sherlock is no more. Sadly, Watson also seems to share this view. Of course, you can't keep a good detective down, and Sherlock himself does indeed make an appearance near the end of 'Many Happy Returns.' The full video is embedded below:
The third season of 'Sherlock' premieres on the BBC on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Stateside viewers will have to wait a little bit longer, as Season 3 doesn't premiere on PBS until Sunday, Jan. 19.