Unfortunately, this might be one time that Sherlock doesn’t want to access his mind palace. While it might be unbearable for viewers of Sherlock to have to wait until what now looks like Christmas 2015 for the return of the world’s most famous consulting detective, it must be worse for Benedict Cumberbatch to have a pretty good idea as to the particulars surrounding the distinct possibility of Moriarity’s return and have to keep silent for that length of time.
The Sherlock star admits that he is aware of the “very good idea” behind the reappearance of Sherlock’s arch-villain Moriarty at the end of series 3, but says he’s tried to put it out of his mind in order to add to the surprise when he first reads the script. Cumberbatch said that both he and Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson) like to come fresh to the scripts so they can get a similar thrill to that viewers experience when they first watch the episodes.
Appearing at the San Diego Comic-Con to promote Penguins of Madagascar, Cumberbatch told MTV, “We get a rough idea of where it’s going to go before we get the script. But I like casually forgetting, not least because there’s a lot of other traffic between then and now but also because it’s more fun because it’s slightly more fresh. But it’s a very good idea, I do remember that detail. I’m just trying not to remember it so I don’t blurt it out.”
The Sherlock band gets back together in January 2015 with filming to begin on a Christmas 2015 special and four additional episodes to air as part of series 4. So, when Moriarty says “Miss Me, my answer is, without question, YES. How about you?