Is there ever such a thing as too many seasons of 'Sherlock'? Hint: the answer is a big and resounding NOPE! And luckily, it appears that the show's co-creator Steven Moffat agrees.
During a recent BAFTA event, Moffat revealed that he and co-creator Mark Gatiss have already started plotting the fourth and fifth seasons of the hit detective series. (We deduce that fan freakouts will commence in 3...2...1...)
"Rather excitingly, Mark and I, for no particular reason, we just got out of the rain and sat at the top of the ['Sherlock'] production bus...and we just started plotting out what we could do in the future," Moffat remarked, according to RadioTimes. "And we plotted out the whole of series four and five."
Additionally, Moffat assures fans that they've come up with plenty of exciting twists and turns for the brilliant Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and always-adorable Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) to delve into. "The ideas we had that day, I thought were the best we've ever had," he teased.
Speaking of the show's two leading men, not only are they willing to stay on board the series — they're even taking matters into their own hands to see that it happens. Back in October, Moffat said Cumberbatch and Freeman were essentially the ones who ordered the fourth season.
"We had to inform the BBC that Martin and Benedict had commissioned a new series," Moffat said. "They signed themselves up. They both announced that they were carrying on—so that's good. Benedict, at some red carpet event somewhere, said he was carrying on forever. Martin, at another one, said, ‘Yep, series four is happening.'"
Well, I don't know about you guys, but this certainly helps to ease at least some of the pain and suffering that comes from only getting three episodes per season. (Albeit, they're great episodes, but still...we want more!)
So whether you're currently watching the third installment in the U.K. — which has already broken its own ratings records — or (not-so) patiently waiting for it to premiere in the states on Jan. 19, fans worldwide can take comfort in knowing that this won't be the end. Not by a long shot.
Let's just try and make the seasons less than two years apart this time, agreed? Cheers!