Of course, we all knew Sherlock wasn’t really dead – he couldn’t be – especially those of us familiar with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories, which included one wild tale in which Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes actually faked his own death. So it came as no real shock when the final shot of series 2’s last episode panned around to reveal none other than Sherlock himself, standing at the edge of the cemetery and watching John say goodbye to… well, himself?
Still, a thousand questions have swirled through our minds and the blogosphere for the past two years since “The Reichenbach Fall” originally aired. How did he do it? How long will he wait before he reveals the truth to John? Is Moriarty truly gone? What will Dr. Watson do now?
Sometimes it felt like the longest wait in the history of fandom – and truly, Sherlock fans have had inordinate amounts of wait time between seasons! – but all our questions were finally about to be answered as the first episode of series 3, “The Empty Hearse”, aired in America this past weekend.
I have become a huge fan of writer Steven Moffat, from his work both on Sherlock and also my other favorite modern BBC show, Doctor Who, and I couldn’t wait to see what he would do with the next series of Sherlock episodes. Moffat’s co-creator Mark Gatiss (who, incidentally, also plays the character of Mycroft Holmes on the show) actually wrote “The Empty Hearse”, and he did not disappoint!
For the sake of those who may not yet have seen the episode, I don’t want to give too much away, but I felt extremely satisfied after such a ridiculous wait for this resolution episode. I do hope the next episode delves more deeply into some of the details of Sherlock’s charade, but even if we are left with a certain element of mystery, I suppose that would be appropriate.
In any case, I loved seeing these characters back on screen together. I love the quick wit and the biting sarcasm, and I love the seamless writing that draws each story together so brilliantly. Austin & I laughed aloud several times during the episode, and I’m glad it has maintained its dry sense of humor, which I so appreciated right from the start.
In short… #SherlockLives. Hip hip hurrah!