The BBC’s “Sherlock” is arguably one of the best and simultaneously most frustrating series on television these days. With only three episodes per season, and the cliff-hanger from season 2 hanging on since last year, the waiting is nearly killing its fans. But it is a great relief to find out that Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have signed on not only for the 3rd season, but the 4th as well, per Yahoo! on March 13th.
Season 3, set for release later this year, has just begun production, now that Cumberbatch is finished with his previous project, the Dreamworks-produced biopic “The Fifth Estate”, about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Cumberbatch has been a busy guy lately, as has his costar Martin Freeman; both appeared in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, with Freeman starring as Bilbo Baggins and Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug. Cumberbatch also appears as the villain (not confirmed, but rumored to be Khan) in this summer’s “Star Trek Into Darkness”, which is scheduled for a May 17th release.
Season 2 ended with a gasp, as Sherlock appeared to commit suicide by falling from a building, then was seen spying on Watson as he grieved at Sherlock’s grave. One imagines the exchange between the two when Watson discovers the truth.
"You are in for an absolute stonker. It's going to be a treat," Cumberbatch said of the first episode, per Britain's Radio Times.