Season 5 of Sherlock – What We Know So Far

Consider the professional paths of its stars to have a better understanding of what kind of pop culture sensation the BBC‘s Sherlock was (and, arguably, continues to be) on the small screen.

Before the critically acclaimed modern-day reimagining of the classic detective stories began in 2010, Benedict Cumberbatch (who, of course, plays Sherlock Holmes) was a regular on the BBC, with a strong theatre background and a penchant for portraying real-life figures such as Stephen Hawking and Vincent Van Gogh among his credits.

Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson) was best known for his roles as Tim from the British version of The Office and Declan from the film Shaun of the Dead. He was born in London and raised in the United Kingdom. As of right now, their resume includes roles in The Hobbit films and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in addition to the plethora of other high-profile projects in which they appear to be participating at any given time.

Sherlock Season 5

With Sherlock season 4 now available on Netflix, it’s time for everyone to catch up on the Baker Street boys’ most recent adventures. However, once the final credits of “The Final Problem” have rolled, viewers will undoubtedly be left with the burning question of when, if ever, will we see a fifth season of the show.

Let’s take a look at what we know so far about Sherlock season 5, including the release date, cast, and narrative details.

Is There a Fifth Season of Sherlock on the Way?

As you may be aware, the BBC has not yet announced whether or not the show will be renewed. It has not been officially cancelled, but it has not been formally cancelled either. In an interview, Benedict Cumberbatch stated that “nobody has ever closed the door on Sherlock” in reference to the reports that he was retiring from the role of Sherlock Holmes.

Cumberbatch and show creator Steven Moffat, in particular, have shown an interest in returning at some point in the future, though no plans have been formed as of yet. In January 2019, Gatiss stated that the possibility of a fifth season of the show is still up in the air due to the conflicting schedules of Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, respectively (Watson).

The Release Date for Sherlock Season 5 Has Not Yet Been Announced.

It takes more than just arithmetic and study to figure out when a conventional television show’s next season will premiere; the titular character’s abilities would be required to figure out the release date for Sherlock’s next season. Considering that the first season premiered in 2010, and the following two were released at two-year intervals, you can get a very good picture of the show’s production timetable in an ideal environment.

However, only a single special episode was released in 2016, and season 4 didn’t premiere until 2017, which threw the entire “a season every other year” timetable out of whack. Furthermore, co-creator Stephen Moffat said to Radio Times in 2018 that the release date of the final season 5 is “very unpredictable.”

“We don’t have a plan for the short future, but given the level of collective passion we have for it, I would be astonished if we didn’t do it again,” Moffat added. “I’m not sure when it will happen. I believe the time has come for a longer hiatus, although I’m not sure when that will be.”

Sherlock Season 5

The most important reason for taking a “wait and see” attitude may be because the major players are all extremely busy. With the exception of Cumberbatch and Freeman, Moffat and co-creator Mark Gatiss (who also portrays Mycroft Holmes on the programme) followed season 4 with a Sherlock-style horror drama series, Dracula, which premiered on the BBC in the spring of 2020.

However, for what it’s worth, the door is still open for season 5, should the stars align properly. As Cumberbatch has recently remarked, he would be completely on board to see Sherlock return if the circumstances were right. “Maybe one day, if the script is right, but not right now. And when I mention “the script,” it’s possible that it will be a film rather than a television series. Who knows what will happen? But, for the time being, this is not the case.”

To be sure, this is not the best news for those hoping to see more Sherlock as soon as possible, but it’s certainly better than nothing at this point.

What Actors and Actresses Will Appear in Sherlock Season 5?

The return of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson is, without a doubt, the most important and initial requirement for Sherlock season 5 to ever take place. Guarantee the fact that Moffat and Gatiss will very certainly retain control of the show until the season premieres, it’s almost a given that Gatiss will make an appearance as Holmes’ ever-pretentious elder brother, Mycroft.

It’s anyone’s guess who will be back for the future season, aside from the trio of aforementioned characters. Almost any of the surviving characters may easily return, with Eurus, Sherlock and Mycroft’s far sharper and more troubled sister, being the most likely candidate for a comeback in the show’s current incarnation (Sian Brooke). It is also not acceptable for a character to remain offscreen in a show like Sherlock because of the regrettable reality that he or she has died. For example, Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott) has made a number of postmortem appearances during his career.

Sherlock Season 5

As for new villains and interesting supporting characters, odds are good that they’ll be many — and if the show’s past is any indication, they’ll be well worth your time to pay attention to them. It is possible to rely on Looper to keep you informed of new developments on this front.

So, What Exactly Is the Storyline of Sherlock Season 5?

The fact that Sherlock isn’t scared to tinker with the source material is part of what makes the show so appealing. With the stories drastically modified and reinvented, the episodes take Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories primarily as rough inspiration and fodder for several Easter eggs, providing a nice blend of unpredictability and familiarity to the entire show.

Similarly, for every homage to classic stories such as The Reichenbach Falls or The Hound of the Baskervilles, the programme is just as likely to completely rewrite the plot or create a brand-new concept, such as Eurus Holmes, in its own right.

Even if there are still numerous Sherlock Holmes stories available for the programme to draw inspiration from, it’s anyone’s guess how Sherlock will treat them in the next episodes. The fact that Gatiss has expressed interest in adapting “The Red-Headed League,” a sophisticated heist short tale (via Digital Spy), is something we can confirm. If this plot is still in motion, the case’s villain, well-known criminal mastermind John Clay, could very well present a worthy challenge to the protagonists and their allies.

Where Can You See Sherlock on Television?

All of the previous seasons of the BBC show are presently available to watch on the BBC iPlayer website.