Sherlock’s executive producer Steven Moffat has promised fans that the climax to the glossy detective drama’s third series will leave them “just as frustrated as ever they were.”
Speaking at the Bafta Craft awards held last weekend, the writer admitted that he and co-writer Mark Gatiss had already penned an ingenious conclusion to the eagerly-awaited third season of the show. He said: “We’ve had our meeting, we’ve decided what we’re doing and how we’re going to approach it, and I think we’ve got a climax to the next series that will have people just as frustrated as they ever were.”
Moffat also said that Sherlock’s faux-demise at the end of series two would likely go down as one of the most cunning in history when its method is revealed to fans. “We know what we’re doing. If Sherlock Holmes is going to fake his own death, it better be the best faked death of all time. I think it’s pretty good,” he said.
In the spring of 1903, it was an American magazine who pleaded for Conan Doyle to “restore Sherlock Holmes to life, in some fashion explaining away that matter of the Reichenbach Falls. They were prepared to pay him at the rate of five thousand dollars [which is the equivalent to ~ £171,200.00 today] a story for six short-stories or as many more as he cared to write. These were only the American rights. George Newnes [a publisher/editor in England], if not equalling that sum, would offer more than half as much for the English rights.
On a postcard [ACD] wrote just three words to his agent:
'Very well. A.C.D.'”
-The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by John Dickson Carr