‘Sherlock’ Season 4 will be "devastating," says producer

Tep Mayo – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – “Sherlock” didn’t go home empty handed at the 66th Primetime Emmys. In fact, the British contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes” nabbed three trophies: for stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and for writer-producer Steve Moffat.

Backstage, Moffat revealed some clues about the highly anticipated Season 4 of “Sherlock.” Last year’s season finale was a shocking revelation, with evil character Jim Moriarty resurrected — but Moffat was positively sure that the upcoming season would be more explosive.

“We have a plan to top it — and actually I do think our plan is devastating,” Moffat teased. “We practically reduced our cast to tears by telling them the plan. Honestly, Mark [Gatiss] and myself are so excited with what we’ve got coming up, probably more excited than we’ve ever been about ‘Sherlock.’ Honestly, I think we can [top the last season].”

At the HBO after-party, another Sherlock writer-producer and actor Mark Gatiss (Mycroft Holmes) also teased the fans about the upcoming season.

“We’re going to try to take it somewhere we’ve never been before — and I don’t mean outer space,” he said. “It will be challenging place to go. We always start with a re-introduction that builds toward a darker climax — we might just be going darker [from the outset]. We got a very, very good set of ideas.”

“Sherlock” Season 4′s production will begin on January 2015. However, Moffat remained hush-hush on when the new season will actually premiere.

“When they go out is up to the BBC,” he said. “And I am their loyal servant. I simply do what they ask me.”

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