Are Benedict Cumberbatch And Martin Freeman Unlikely To Return For Another Season Of Sherlock?

By Shawn Rice

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Are Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman finished with their run as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson? The co-creators of “Sherlock,” Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, have long talked about the difficulty of filming the series. The primary issue mostly being efforts to get everyone together in the same place at the same time.

Recently, Gatiss told podcast A Stab in the Dark (via Digital Spy) that after almost eight years on the air it is looking like the show is likely finished due to the impossibility of scheduling everyone involved as Cumberbatch and Freeman have become bigger stars.

“It was very, very hard to schedule the last series, because of Martin [Freeman] and Benedict [Cumberbatch]’s availability. And Steve [Moffat]’s and mine.There is always that Fawlty Towers principle of, ‘Let’s just leave it’. We’ve had the keys to Baker Street for a while, but one of the wonderful things is that they’re always shared. They were shared while we were making it. There’s nothing wrong with saying, ‘That was our version, somebody out there go and do their version’.”

Gatiss is rather busy himself. He is an in-demand actor and writer, with a role on Game of Thrones and numerous books and TV episodes on his plate. And while Moffat may be stepping down as the showrunner on Doctor Who, he is another writer who is constantly working. With these schedules, it is almost impossible to imagine these four men having time to sit down to a meal together, much less write and film four and a half hours of new content.

No new episodes are scheduled to go into production at this point and with everyone’s busy workloads this comes as little surprise. Of course “Sherlock” is famous for taking years off between seasons so one day, in the future, there’s a chance it could return.

Freeman previously hinted that the most recent episodes could be the last, telling Sirius XM, “Life does sometimes have a way of telling you, this is probably it now. This last series did have a feeling of it, I don’t know whether it has a finality to it, but it certainly had a feeling of pause.”

Cumberbatch shared his sentiments in an interview with GQ earlier this year saying, “It might be the end of an era. It feels like the end of an era, to be honest. It goes to a place where it will be pretty hard to follow immediately.”

Still, fans of Sherlock might not be ready to say goodbye yet. Especially without the final episode being planned. Only time will tell if Gatiss is right about now being the time for it to end, or if Sherlock and Watson will find themselves solving a few more mysteries some time in the future. Hopefully, fans can get a final movie to wrap up their storyline.

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