Written by Lauren Shultz
Cliffhangers. They spectacularly do their job of getting you excited for the next installment but they also tear you to pieces with the angonising wait until it is resolved. Sherlock of course has some of the most nail-bitingly dramatic cliffhangers on TV, as we already saw at the end of both Series One and Two. Unfortunately for Sherlock fans, these cliffhangers are never resolved quickly. And, better yet, Mofftis have introduced a bunch more for us to stress over at the end of Series Three! Here are the top five unanswered questions that we want answered in Series Four.
5. What is the fate of John and Mary’s marriage?
Even after all the things that Mary has lied to John about, he forgives her and takes her back. Well, that’s what he tells her, anyway. Personally, I don’t see a forgiving look on John’s face in this picture. Will John and Mary stay together after their baby is born? If they separate, will John move back to 221b? We will surely find out the answer to these questions comes Series Four.
4. What will happen to Baby Watson?
Firstly, will it be a boy or a girl? At the end of His Last Vow, Sherlock gives John a few boy baby name suggestions, so he obviously assumed it was a boy. John said that he and Mary were pretty sure it was a girl, but I trust Sherlock’s instinct just a little more. And, if John and Mary do separate, who will keep the baby? Will we have the joy of watching Sherlock try to look after it? Only time will tell.
3. Mrs. Hudson? A drug addict?!
Even though this was a somewhat subtle revelation, as Magnussen is walking into 221b, he analyses Mrs. Hudson and has listed her “pressure point” as marijuana. Remember her “herbal soothers” from A Study in Pink? And later in His Last Vow, Sherlock asks her to get him some morphine from her kitchen, and he gets angry when she says she doesn’t have any. Could Mrs. Hudson really have a drug problem? It seems so unexpected from such a sweet woman (then again, she and her husband used to run a drug cartel).
2. Who is the third Holmes brother?
At the end of His Last Vow, Mycroft very casually states “I am not given to outbursts of brotherly compassion. You know what happened to the other one.” As if this episode wasn’t shocking enough, practically all of the viewers at this point threw confused looks at each other saying “What? What did he just say?” Unless every single one of us misinterpreted this, Mycroft just told us that he and Sherlock have another brother. Who is he and what happened to him? And, if he appears, who could play him?
1. Is Moriarty back?
Well, obviously this would be number one. At the end of Series Two, the infamous criminal mastermind shot himself on St. Bart’s rooftop (right in front of Sherlock), but during the last 30 seconds of Series Three, a video plays on every screen in England with him saying “Did you miss me?” Is he really back for another face-off with Sherlock? (Read our thoughts on the matter over on “5 Potential Sherlock Series 4 Villains”) If he is alive, how did he do it? How did he fake Sherlock into thinking he had really killed himself? These are probably the most pressing questions on everyone’s minds and the reason waiting for Series Four has been excruciating for the fans.
Have any other cliffhangers from Series Three that weren’t mentioned? Leave a comment below!