Sherlock is a British mystery/crime drama television series based on the detective stories ‘Sherlock Holmes’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. The show’s season 5 is a sequel to the Sherlock film.
The series four seasons aired on BBC in 2010 became a massive hit on Netflix. In 2017, the last episode was aired, and the latest episode was titled “The Final Problem.”
Fans worldwide couldn’t get enough of the modern and intelligent detective series set in the present period, while the one-off special features a Victorian-era story matching the original Sherlock Holmes stories. Fans are also anxious to know if they could get a Sherlock season 5 soon? To learn more about the upcoming season, here’s what you need to know.
Will Sherlock Return with Season 5?
It’s unclear whether Sherlok will be back with the fifth season. However, Benedict Cumberbatch revealed to Collider in 2021 about the odds of Sherlock Season 5. Cumberbatch disclosed to fans that the series might take a while to launch or “maybe it could be a film rather than the series.”
He added “I’m the worst person to ask this because I never say never, obviously. But I don’t know. And I’m the worst person to ask because my slate’s pretty, pretty full at the moment, as is Martin [Freeman, Watson] and all the other key players involved. So, who knows? Maybe one day, if the script’s right. And I say ‘the script,’ maybe it could be a film rather than the series. Who knows? But anyway, not for now.”
Mark Gatiss also stated: “Our original intention of the series was to go back to the beginning and see them as younger men and… restore it to its factory settings. But I think what’s actually happened is that we have now done the story of how the Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson that we have always known, how they became those men. It’s actually really a backstory.”
So whether or not there will be Sherlock Season 5, Moffat expressed, “If this was the last time – we’re not planning it, but it might be, it’s possible – we could end it there. We couldn’t have ended it on any of the previous series because they always ended up with whopping great cliffhangers.”
Sherlock Season 5 Release Date
The premiere date of Sherlock season 5 is still not known. I guess we have to dig for more information or maybe wait for further announcements. Still, it is a matter of math and investigation. As mentioned, the first episode aired in 2010, and the next two aired within two years. The timeline is a bit messed up, and there is no consistency, but it gives you a rough idea of the show’s production schedule at best.
Nevertheless, in 2016, only one special feature was aired, and season 4 didn’t get a release until 2017.
In 2018 in an interview with Radio Times, Steven Moffat, co-creator of the series, said that the release date for a possible upcoming season is doubtful.
“We don’t have an immediate plan, but I would be surprised, given our collective enthusiasm, if we didn’t do it again,” Moffat said. “When I don’t know. I think maybe it’s time for a longer break, and I Don’t know,” Moffat said.
It Isn’t the best news for the fans waiting for the return of Sherlock Season 5. But anything can happen. We love surprises.
Cast of Sherlock Season 5
Sherlock ain’t Sherlock if there is no Benedict Cumberbatch. So, obviously, we expect him to return as Holmes, and so is Martin Freeman as Watson. Other cast members that will likely return are Gatiss as Mycroft, Holmes’ older brother. Apart from this trio, no details were revealed about other cast members.
(updated Aug 2022)
However, there are high chances that there will be new cast members additions and we’ll get to see new villains in the series.
|Series||Episodes||Originally aired||UK viewers
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||3||25 July 2010||8 August 2010||8.37||—|
|2||3||1 January 2012||15 January 2012||10.23||4.4|
|3||3||1 January 2014||12 January 2014||11.82||6.6|
|Special||1 January 2016||11.64||3.4|
|4||3||1 January 2017||15 January 2017||10.00||—|
Sherlock Season 5 Plot
The series plot will probably be inspired by the Sherlock Holmes stories, but no one knows for sure what’s going on in Sherlock’s head. The series is known for its witty and unpredictable storyline.
The heavily modernized and reimagined episodes of the series Sherlock treat Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories. Largely as rough inspiration and fodder for copious Easter eggs, the plot gives the whole show a welcome combination of unpredictability and familiarity.
For every nod to the Reichenbach Falls and “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” Sherlock is just as liable to turn a story’s premise on its head. Even introduce a brand-new concept, like Eurus Holmes.
There are still many Sherlock Holmes stories. However, as always, it’s anyone’s guess how Sherlock will treat them. We do know, however, that Gatiss has expressed interest in adapting “The Red-Headed League,” a complex heist short story (via Digital Spy).
If this plan is still in motion, the case’s villain, noted criminal mastermind John Clay, might very well give a worthy challenge to the protagonists.
Sherlock Season 5: Trailer
Adhering to the fact that there haven’t been any revelations or announcements made by the production house or the developers of the show, the official trailer of Sherlock Season 5 isn’t out yet. You can expect to see the promotional teaser a month or two after season 5 has been confirmed. As soon as we get any other news updates, we will post ‘em in the next article. Until then, stay tuned for further information and gossip!
Will there be a season 6 of Sherlock?
The makers are yet to make an official announcement on Sherlock season 6!