For context, the third season of Sherlock opened with Sherlock being tortured in a Serbian prison, following his apparent death and the suicide of terrorist supervillain Moriarty. By the season finale, John’s new wife had betrayed him and shot Sherlock in the chest, and Sherlock had killed a man in front of multiple witnesses. But according to a recent interview with Steven Moffat, “We have a plan to top [season three]. And I do think our plan is devastating.”
anytime steven moffat declares a new series of sherlock or doctor who will be DARKER!!11!! and SADDER!! i just roll my eyes
— Hannah (@Hanxx) August 26, 2014
great so in Season 4 we can expect darker and more devastating episodes that’s great because Sherlock getting shot wasn’t that at all
— alex (@AlexGroapa) August 27, 2014
— anyon (@anyo_haseyo) August 8, 2014
“Darker Sherlock episodes” It’s as if the previous seasons weren’t depressing enough.
— Grizzel Calida (@GrizzelCalida) August 27, 2014
So, how will Sherlock get darker? Perhaps John and Sherlock will investigate someone who tortures puppies and kittens. Maybe the show will get more explicit during the scenes where murder victims are blown up or dismembered. Or, horror of horrors, we’ll finally see Sherlock wind up in jail as a result of one of his many crimes.
Of course, the most likely explanation is that the show will get darker by killing off Mary Watson, thus giving both John and Sherlock some an extra excuse to be angry and miserable. John’s wife dies in the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and the show already has a pretty terrible track record with female characters. But since Steven Moffat likes to pride himself in his unexpected plot twists, he might just surprise us yet.
At this point Mary’s survival would seem relatively “dark” in itself, because it would require John to raise a child with someone who lied to him throughout their relationship, and shot his best friend in the chest.
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