To appreciate exactly how much of a pop-cultural sensation BBC’s Sherlock was (and, perhaps, continues to be), one need only look at the career paths of its performers.
Before the celebrated modern-day reworking of classic detective stories began in 2010, Benedict Cumberbatch (as Sherlock Holmes) was a regular on the BBC, with a strong theatrical background and a penchant for impersonating real-life individuals such as Stephen Hawking and Vincent Van Gogh.
Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson) was best known for Tim on The Office in the United Kingdom and Declan in Shaun of the Dead.
Their resumes now include The Hobbit films and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in addition to the plethora of other high-profile projects in which they seem to be working at any given moment.
With Sherlock season 4 now available on Netflix, the time has come for everyone to binge on the Baker Street guys’ most recent exploits. After the closing credits of “The Final Problem” roll, fans are invariably left with the burning question: When, if ever, will there be a fifth season?
Let’s take a look at everything we know so far about Sherlock season 5’s release date, cast, and narrative.
Sherlock Season 5 Release Date
If their schedules coincide shortly after finishing their other major projects, Sherlock season 5 might debut as early as 2022.
Another factor that might delay the premiere date is the BBC’s timetable since they would not want Sherlock to detract from their other programs. If we’re fortunate, Sherlock might return in 2022-2023 with the original cast and co-creators.
Sherlock Season 5 Plot
A large part of Sherlock’s attraction is the show’s willingness to deviate from the original material. The drastically updated and reinvented episodes often use Arthur Conan Doyle’s old tales as inspiration and fuel for several Easter eggs, which gives the program a welcome sense of unpredictability and familiarity.
For every homage to the Reichenbach Falls and The Hound of the Baskervilles, the program is equally adept at flipping a story’s premise or even introducing a whole new notion, such as Eurus Holmes.
There are still several Sherlock Holmes tales from which the program might take inspiration, but as is customary, Sherlock’s treatment of them is anyone’s guess. Gatiss has, however, indicated an interest in adapting “The Red-Headed League,” a sophisticated heist short tale (via Digital Spy).
If this plot continues, the case’s antagonist, renowned criminal mastermind John Clay, may very well provide a worthy challenge to the protagonists.