The game is afoot! Well, mostly. With Sherlock Season 4 finally wrapped, the cast and crew recently headed to a Sherlock convention in the UK with all sorts of updates. And, most importantly, they brought with them exclusive episode titles.
The official Sherlock Facebook page share the pseudo-spoilers on social media for fans to see. The first episode of Season 4 will be titled “The Six Thatchers” while the following episode will be called “The Lying Detective.” Unsurprisingly, the showrunners held off on releasing the third and final episode title to prevent undue spoilers.
For some, the released names may sound familiar. And, if they do, then you are surely enough of a sleuth to pique Sherlock’s interest.
Fans will know “The Six Thatchers” for more than its reference to one of England’s most notorious Prime Ministers. The title is one that fans have seen on Dr. John H. Watson’s personal blog, an official spin-off site hosted by the BBC. The peripheral site has an entry entitled “The Six Thatchers” from December 19th that explains the cast in full detail. So, be warned - there may be spoilers below!
According to John, the case of “The Six Thatchers” took place when they were approach by a student named Sally Barnicot. The girl asked the two to investigate the murder of her best friend Pietro Venucci who had been found stabbed at their university’s pottery room. His boyfriend Beppo Rovito was discovered at the scene, but there was no evidence to connect him to crime. However, Sally was convinced that Beppo had killed Venucci in a fit of uncontrollable anger. And, rather unsurprisingly, Sherlock deduces what happened well before he and John had bid Sally goodbye.
And, what’s more, “The Six Thatchers” also appears to be connected to an original Sherlock Holmes story titled “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons.” As for “The Lying Detective,” the episode will reportedly be loosely based off one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous stories, “The Adventure of the Dying Detective.” This short storysees Sherlock fake a terminal illness to coerce a guilty confession from an unhinged murdered.
At this weekend’s Sherlocked convention, several cast members teased fans that Sherlock Season 4 is one they’re wholly unprepared for. Actress Louis Brealey (Molly Hooper) described the season as “really worrying, very dramatic, [and] dark.” And Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) told fans during a Q&A, ‘Oh boy, you have got a lot coming to you in episode 3,” leaving fans frantic to discover the mysterious episode’s title.
So far, most of the cast have left fans certain that Season 4 will break their Sherlock loving hearts. Amanda Abbington (Mary Morstan) told ComicBook.com’s Jim Viscardi fans should expect to cry quite a bit during the season. More than likely, these sob sessions will come courtesy of Sherlock and John as they deal with the fallout of Season 3 and pursue a terrifying new villain played by Toby Jones.
Sherlock will return sometime in 2017.