Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat has offered up some new clues on where the show will go in Series 3.
The following contains spoilers for the first two series of Sherlock (the second of which doesn’t air in the US until May 2012) and hints for the third. Stop reading now if you feel that you might be spoiled!
Much of the overarching threat in the first two series came from Sherlock’s archnemesis Moriarty, who apparently met his end in the Series 2 finale. I say apparently, because given the nature of the character, it’s possible that Moriarty somehow faked his death, just like Sherlock. Moffat, however, has put the dampeners on Moriarty returning in Series 3:
“Moriarty’s a one-shot deal in the original. I don’t want it to turn into a show that’s about one villain and one hero. Moriarty was great because he was a surprise. Every time you bring him back he won’t be as big a surprise.”
Now, that’s not to say Moriarty wont be back in Series 3, but Moffat’s words might suggest the character will be used (even more) sparingly in future, if indeed he is still alive. While I hope we do see more of the character, it looks as though other villains will give Sherlock plenty to think about next time out:
“There are other great villains in Doyle that we want to visit; we have to keep the show growing, otherwise it won’t surprise you. Once you get the measure of it you’ll just get critical. If we keep surprising you and keeping you off balance, you won’t.”
Hopefully these new villains wont be one-hit wonders. Some overarching threat/obstacle would certainly make Series 3 into a more seriable experience. We’ll see.