Sherlock Season 5: Busy Cast Will Delay Its Return?

Sherlock Season 5 release date

We last saw The Baker Street Boys Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in ‘The Final Problem.’ Ever since season 4 of Sherlock aired, we have heard so many stories about the cancellation of Sherlock (season 5); but that’s not true. Season 5 will very much happen. Steven Moffat himself in 2016 stated that “It’s unlikely Sherlock will disappear entirely.”

We heard the same from Mark Gatiss in 2015. “We’re all constantly thrilled and amazed by people’s enthusiasm for Sherlock,” said Gatiss in 2015. He further added, “We hope to carry on as long as we can.” In January 2017, after season 4 finished airing on BBC One, Moffat was quick to comment: “Re: Sherlock’s future – for those of you asking, it’s the end. Of Chapter One.”

Sherlock Season 5 – When Does It Come Out?

The following statements by Steven Moffat should make things clear for us:

“Dr. Watson is now Doyle’s brave widower, and Sherlock has become the wise & humane version of the main run of the stories (we have focused, so far, on the cold Holmes of the early days.)”

“Whether we ever get to Chapter 2 – our boys consciously living the myth & battling wrong-doers – rather depends on our 2 stars. I’d be slightly surprised if we never made it again. But I’ve been surprised before.” He kept on maintaining the same stance on the return of Sherlock. In another interview given later in the same year, Moffat said,  “I sort of assume we will. I sort of assume we’ll come back.”

He reiterated, “We did [the last series] a year ago, just about, and I’ve been flat-out on Doctor Whoever since. So I haven’t thought about it. Mark has been doing other stuff as well, so we haven’t sat down and had a proper talk about what we would do with another series.” Like I said busy schedules of the star cast.

Now we know Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch is really busy. Benedict would, however, love to do the show again. “The idea of never playing him again is really galling,” said Benedict. “It’s not going to happen again at the same regularity that it has been happening.”

To which I hardly agree. I mean there was a long gap between season 3 and 4. Martin Freeman’s take is worth a read. He said: “It’s not fun anymore” – suggesting that “people’s expectations” for the series were impossibly high, leading to a negative “reception”.
He pleaded innocence later on these statements and said, “I love the show. I’m a fan of the show.”

Martin said his statements were taken out of context. Simply put it is nothing but the extremely busy schedules of Martin and Cumberbatch that prevent any action. “We couldn’t do it without him, of course not,” Gatiss reported. “We couldn’t recast Sherlock,” he further said.

Sherlock Season 5: Premiere Date

I have said it before, and I am going to say it again. The team behind Sherlock is the most uncommitted in history. First two seasons of the series were separated by an 18-month gap, between seasons 2 and three there was a gap of two years. No official word on the filming has begun let alone on the premiere date. One can only hope Cumberbatch and Martin clear their schedules because they honestly owe it to this show.

Alright, folks, that’s all on Sherlock for now. Stay tuned for updates.

Written by Bisma Fida

Hi, I’m Bisma Fida. I am a full-time geek pop culture writer. I live in Srinagar city of Kashmir, India. I mostly explore movies and TV shows. I also like to write about technology, but that’s not always. You may write to me at

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