Published On: Fri, Dec 30th, 2016

‘Sherlock’ season 4 details: no time jump, picking stories, the Watson baby and is Moriarty dead

Sherlock is back and one of the BBC show’s creators detailed many of the elements during a new interview with Yahoo. A new season of three feature-length episodes commences Jan. 1 on Masterpiece on PBS, and co-creator Mark Gatiss, who also plays Holmes’s older brother, Mycroft, began with the a question about a time jump after “The Abominable Bride.”

“it picks up right afterwards, and then there’s a little bit of a jump. It’s traditional for us to have to pick up in excruciating detail from something we shot 12 months or two years before! [Laughs] We had to do that with Sherlock’s fall from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in Season 2, for example. We can’t help ourselves.”

Gatiss talks about how the stories evolve, confirming the first episode is based on “The Adventures of the Six Napoleons.” Of course, there is no bigger question than confirming if Andrew Scott’s Moriarty is dead or alive.

“People just assume that we’re fibbing every time we say he’s definitely dead. [Laughs] We did come up with the line, ‘Of course he’s dead, he’s definitely dead. More importantly, I know exactly what he’s going to do next,’ with appalling glee. This year, it’s all about shadows from the past coming back to haunt them, and the consequences of their actions. I would say the chickens are coming home to roost … without real chickens. There are no chickens in this season. That’s an exclusive!”

Gatiss talks about mind palaces, inspirations and then the Watson’s new addition.

“Yes, the Watsons have a baby. We wanted to enjoy that development without the whole show suddenly becoming a kind of rom-com. But there’s obviously a lot of fun to be had with the introduction of a random element. The baby is a mystery to him, and he’ll be slightly befuddled when things don’t go according to logic, because babies don’t do logic! So he treats her as a sort of problem to be solved rather than an emotional issue. It’s a bit like the best-man speech from last season. He treats it like a case, like it’s “The Puzzle of the Child.”

Check out the full interview HERE

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