“Sherlock” fans have been in a drought for the past couple of months, but Comic-Con has enough spoilers to keep everyone happy for a little while longer. Actor Rupert Graves (DI Lestrade) was in attendance at the San Diego, Calif. event with showrunner Steven Moffat and executive producer Sue Vertue. The trio took over Ballroom 20 on Thursday to talk about what viewers can look forward to … like the upcoming PBS Masterpiece special.
Check out the highlights below or watch the full Comic-Con panel courtesy of Flicks and the City:
1. No Premiere Date Yet
TV shows usually take advantage of Comic-Con to announce big premiere dates, but unfortunately that was not the case for “Sherlock.” Moffat simply revealed that he “hopes” that it’s in 2015.
2. Get Ready For A Big Screen Adventure
“Sherlock” fans received a fun surprise when Moffat revealed that the Victorian special will also be available to watch in select theaters. “Full size Benedict [Cumberbatch] and Martin [Freeman],” he teased.
3. It’s A Standalone Special
Moffat confirmed to the Comic-Con audience that the Victorian special is a standalone that doesn’t connect to Season 4.
“We can’t make it one of the episodes of our gargantuan runs of three,” he joked of their short episode count. “We have to make it on its own.”
4. Molly Will Play A Big Part In The Special
Molly (Louise Brealey) is a big part of “Sherlock,” but surprisingly it was difficult to incorporate her into the special. Why? Because if they were sticking to the era the times were “sexist.”
“That becomes really quite central to the story,” Moffat dished of how they made her character fit in.
5. The Progress On Season 4
Here comes the bad news for “Sherlock” fans … Steven Moffat and co-creator Mark Gatiss haven’t started writing Season 4 yet! Moffat joked that the writing for the highly anticipated fourth season has been “very much” like “Doctor Who” … “because that’s what I’ve been writing.”
However, Moffat did confirm that him and Gatiss have had several meetings and a clear idea of where they want to take the story.
“We know very, very clearly what stories we’re doing,” he revealed. “Where each episode goes, what the shattering, emotionally draining, you’ll never be the same again and you’ll never stop crying cliffhangers will be.”
That’s not all the fun that was dished out at San Diego Comic-Con. The first clip from the “Sherlock” special has also been released. Watch the video to see Holmes and Watson back in action: