Back in January of 2017, the fourth Season of Sherlock came to an end. This was followed by widespread rumors that it would be the last Season. After almost two years of anticipation and creators going back and forth on their decisions, nobody has ruled out the possibility of Sherlock Season 5. It is very much on the cards, though it could be years away from now. Who knows? Benedict Cumberbatch, show star has reiterated that he would like to do Sherlock throughout the years, Martin Freeman (John Watson) has seen a shift in his decision to do Sherlock again.
Benedict Cumberbatch is a Hollywood A-lister. What it means is that his commitments for a year are far too many to do something else. Same goes for Martin Freeman. So, all in all, it’s just about Benedict and Martin not being able to commit to the show as their filming schedules prevent them. We can be hopeful for Series 5, but we never know!
BBC has maintained it’s old stance on Sherlock, “reasonably hopeful” of another Series in two years. But that’s just stale news. Steven Moffat, showrunner before the airing of Season 4 said that there was a fairly long time he’d thought series four might not happen ever. He’s right, given that Season 4 was commissioned in 2013 and came out in 2017, who knows when Season 5 gets commissioned and when it comes out.
Benedict Cumberbatch has very well stated that he would like to do Sherlock through old age. He’s the one who’s been positive on Sherlock’s return. He did say post Season 4 of Sherlock that it was the end of an era, but at the same time he never ruled out the possibility of Season 5. Never say never on a show is his mantra. He does think of revisiting the show sometime in the far future. In Benedict’s immediate future he has things that he would like to crack on with and in his opinion, Sherlock Season 4 completed the show.
Martin Freeman, on the other hand, has been weird about Sherlock lately. To begin with, Martin is reported to have rolled his eyes and asked fans to watch something else! “Truly, I don’t know how long it will go on. But these days we wanted everything yesterday, we’re never sated, we want what’s next, what’s next, what’s next. And I think, ‘Wow, there’s hours of telly you haven’t watched yet,’ you know? So let’s just enjoy them,” said Martin.
Mark Gatiss the guy who plays Mycroft on the show said he’d love to do more of Sherlock but genuinely doesn’t know if it’s going to happen.
Steven Moffat, Writer/ Co-creator is willing to do Season 5. But there are some things that of course prevent him. Steven would be moderately surprised if Season 4 were the last of the show, he’s said. Either according to him they could go on forever with Sherlock or just stop it. He’s also worried about doing the show unnecessarily. Moffat loves the show, but at the same time, he doesn’t want to do it over.
Sherlock Season 5: Release Date?
No, we don’t have a release date, based on what you just read. Season 4 could be the end of Sherlock altogether never to be made again. We’ll update this page as soon as we have something.
Sherlock Season 5: Spoilers
Mark Gatiss (Mycroft Holmes) has maintained that if ever there is a chance of Season 5, it would be as a back story. It would be on exploration of Sherlock and Martin’s past. It would be about going back to the childhood of these men and start with their first meeting as has never been done. Read this detailed statement here:
“We’ve now done the story of how Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson… became those men. It’s actually, weirdly, a backstory. We never intended that to be. But the reason we leave it at Rathbone place, is that actually if we do come back, and we’d love to come back, you could absolutely very easily start it with a knock on the door and Sherlock saying ‘John, do you want to come out and play?’ They’ve become the two heroes we always knew them to be, and we’ve accidentally done their backstory. That wasn’t the plan.”
Sherlock Season 5: Cast
If at all, Season 5 would ever happen, following would (should) be the cast:
Sherlock Holmes (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and John Watson (Martin Freeman) will reprise their roles. Mark Gatiss will be seen as Mycroft Holmes. Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper, Andrew Scott as Professor Moriarty, Una Stubbs as Mrs. Hudson, Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade.