There was a lot of hype when BBC came up with Sherlock, a show based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s popular books. The show was labelled one of the intelligent shows on television and quickly climbed up the rating ladder. With Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman playing Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, the show was bound to make it big. However, as the series progressed, the series started to lose its shine.
Season 3 marked the fall in the quality of Sherlock, and then the two-year gap until something new came up did not help either. The special episode The Abominable Bride aired exactly two years after the season 3 premiere and however long it was, it just wasn’t enough. Another year passed until the deplorable season 4 premiered.
Ratings dropped sharply after The Six Thatchers aired. Perhaps Mary had a significant fan following of her own. With the finale coming out, Sherlockians were doubly depressed. One, because the season was underwhelming and two, because the finale seemed like it was meant to be a series finale.
Now, the show’s creator Mark Gatiss, who also plays the role of Mycroft Holmes on the show, has said that they might be very much done with the show. Gatiss stated that owing to the busy schedule of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, they cannot seem to find the time to film the next season. So, either season 5 will arrive eons from now, by when, the show would have lost all momentum, or, Sherlock will end up getting cancelled.
That’s especially sad since Cumberbatch’s Sherlock was named the favourite BBC TV character in the whole world. It is true that most of the people who watch Sherlock do it for Cumberbatch, the gang that oh, so proudly call themselves Cumberbitches. Guess they’re headed towards a world of pain if and when the show gets cancelled.