Sherlock Season 4 to Revolve Around “Consequences”

More Sherlock news, yay.  I posted previously about how there is going to be a stand alone “Christmas special” of sorts that will take place in Victorian England, outside the storyline of the current characters who exist in the present day.  Details about that episode and for the announcement of the start of filming for season 4 (hopefully set for early 2016) can be found here.

Well now in an interview with showrunner Steven Moffat at Entertainment Weekly he leaked a few tidbits of information about season 4 that Sherlock fans can dissect and attempt to interpret.  This first quote places the upcoming season within the overall narrative that he has for the series.

“The first series was all about the beginning of their friendship. Second about the formative stages, the love and fear and loss and all that. The third was good days, me and my pal and my pal’s wife. Those are golden days. The missing element in a lot of Sherlock Holmes adaptations is allowing it to be funny. There’s a lot of humor in Sherlock Holmes, and it’s ignored in a lot of adaptations. [Season 4] is going to be… I suppose you’d say… consequences. It’s consequences. Chickens come to roost. It’s dark in some ways—obviously it’s great fun and a Sherlock Holmes romp and all that—but there’s a sense of… things… coming back to bite you. It’s not a safe, sensible way to live. It’s hilarious and exhilarating some days, but some days it’s going to be bloody frightening.

[It’s probably more serialized]. A lot of serialization is latent, isn’t it? It’s hidden. Series 3 doesn’t look very serialized, but you look back at how much we’re setting up Mary [Amanda Abbington] to be who she turns out to be. It will be three stand-alone films, 90 minutes each, and an ongoing mystery, as there sort of always is.

[Fans will be] desperate for series 5. We’re certainly going to put them through the mill. It’s going to be more of an emotional upheaval. Hopefully enjoyable and fun, all the things Sherlock must always be. It will be tough at times. Maybe that’s the word? A tougher series.”

Consequences, hmm?  Consequences for what exactly?  Could they be related to something in the characters’ pasts?  Watson fought in the war and his wife is an assassin, there is certainly the possibility that each of them could have skeletons in their closets.  Could it be consequences related to one of the cases we’ve seen on screen, or even from one of the many that were implied off screen?  Or could the consequences be directly related to whatever Moriarty has posthumously in store for the characters?  It wouldn’t make much sense for Moriarty to have something prepared specifically for Sherlock after he died because he believed that (spoiler) Sherlock had to kill himself at the end of season 2 and that his plan left no other option.  Therefore, either Moriarty is still alive, it’s is brother, or these are events he put into action either in the event of his death or prior to his altercation with Sherlock in season 2.  Regardless of what the consequences are related to, Moriarty is set to play some part in the upcoming season due to the taped message of him at the end of last season’s finale.

There’s one other quote from Moffat’s interview that’s worth pointing out.  This one is in regards to a question fans apparently have not been asking about the show.

“There are answers coming to questions which nobody has asked. There’s one thing that no one has really brought up […] We’ve actually set up something, I think—[co-creator Mark Gatiss] and me, we’re very exultant about a little thing we’ve set up that no one is talking about. […] It’s not that we’re being clever. We never know. Sometimes people go mad for one thing we think is quiet trivial and completely ignore something we think is standing right in front of you.”

What is this question?  Can you think of anything lingering from the previous seasons that hasn’t been discussed yet online?  This interview has given Sherlock fans a lot to think about before season 4 comes out sometime next year.  Let me know your thoughts below.  Thanks for reading.

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