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article imageMark Gatiss, Martin Freeman discuss Sherlock’s fatal fall

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 10, 2013 in Entertainment
Sherlock’s co-creator, Mark Gatiss, and one of its stars, Martin Freeman, have dropped some hints on how Sherlock Holmes survived his fatal fall at the end of season 2 of the popular BBC drama series.
In an interview with Radio Times, Freeman said, “All the clues [of how Holmes survived his fall] were on screen. It’s not going to be a cheat – everything that we saw on that final episode offers hints as to how he did it.”
Elsewhere, the Latin Times points out that viewers may “recall that Sherlock sought out Molly Hooper before his death.” Hooper (played by Louise Brealey) is a pathology-lab assistant who is infatuated with Holmes. Of her involvement in the season-two finale, The Reichenbach Fall, the Latin Times speculates, “It is safe to assume that she helped him fake his own death.”
Meanwhile, Gatiss – who also appears in the series as Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft Holmes – has addressed how his survival will be revealed. Gatiss – who has written the season-three opener, The Empty Hearse – has not resorted to the “traditional disguise-and-reveal” way of reintroducing Sherlock to his friends.
“[Sherlock] actually has a line in [season one finale] The Great Game, which is, ‘The art of disguise is knowing how to hide in plain sight,’” Gatiss reminds us, “and that was because, right from the start, I thought modern-day Sherlock Holmes would not put putty noses on, he would basically be standing behind you now and you wouldn’t know he was there.”
As with the first two seasons of Sherlock, season three comprises three 90-minute episodes: The Empty Hearse (by Mark Gatiss); The Sign of Three (by Steve Thompson); and His Last Vow (by Steven Moffat).
Sherlock is produced by Sue Vertue and executive-produced by its co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Moffat is also well known for being the current showrunner of Doctor Who, for which Gatiss writes regularly. Thompson – who has also been responsible for two recent scripts for Doctor Whorevealed recently that he had suggested writing Sherlock sans the actor who plays the amateur detective, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Season three of Sherlock is expected to air sometime this winter, though the actual dates have still to be announced. Earlier this year, Cumberbatch revealed that seasons four and five had already been commissioned.
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