To understand just what kind of pop culture phenomenon the BBC"s Sherlock was (và, arguably, still is), one only needs khổng lồ look at the career trajectory of its stars. Before the acclaimed modern-day reimagining of the classic detective tales started in 2010Benedict Cumberbatch (who, of course, plays Sherlock Holmes) was a Đài truyền hình BBC regular with a svào theater background và a propensity for portraying real-life figures lượt thích Stephen Hawking and Vincent Van Gogh. Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson) was best known as Tyên from the British version of The Office và Declan from Shaun of the Dead. Now, their CV includes The Hobbit movies and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with the umpteen other high-protệp tin projects they appear to lớn be involved in at any given time.

With Sherlock season 4 now on Netflix, the time has come for everyone lớn binge on the Baker Street boys" most recent adventures, and after the over credits of "The Final Problem" finally roll, viewers inevitably ask themselves the burning question: When, if ever, will we get a fifth season? Let"s take a look at what we know so far about the release date, cast, và plot of Sherlock season 5.

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If determining the release date of a normal show"s next season is a matter of math and retìm kiếm, Sherlock would require the talents of the titular character. The first series dropped in 2010, and the next two followed at two-year intervals, giving you a fairly good idea of the show"s production schedule in an optimal situation. However, năm nhâm thìn only brought a single special episode, và season 4 didn"t arrive until 2017, throwing off the whole "a season every other year" schedule. What"s more, co-creator Stephen Moffat told Radio Times in 2018 that the release date of the eventual season 5 is very much up in the air. 

"We haven"t got an immediate plan, but I would remain surprised, given the collective enthusiasm we have sầu for it, if we didn"t bởi it again," Moffat said. "When, I don"t know. I think maybe the time for a longer gap is upon us, I don"t know."

The biggest reason for the "we"ll see" approach may be that the key people are all crazy busy. Apart from Cumberbatch và Freeman, Moffat and co-creator Mark Gatiss (who also portrays Mycroft Holmes on the show) followed season 4 with a Sherlock-style horror drama series, Dracula, which dropped on early 20trăng tròn. For what it"s worth, though, the door is open for season 5, should the stars align. Cumberbatch has recently stated that he"d be fully on board for a Sherlock return in an ikhuyến mãi situation. "Maybe one day, if the script"s right. And I say "the script," maybe it could be a film rather than the series. Who knows? But anyway, not for now."

Sure, that might not be the greachạy thử news for people aching for more Sherlock as soon as possiblebut it"s way better than never.

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The first và foremost condition of Sherlock season 5 ever happening is, of course, the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes & Martin Freeman as Watson. Given that Moffat và Gatiss will likely continue to hold the reins whenever the season actually drops, it"s virtually a given that Gatiss will also make an appearance as Holmes" ever-pretentious elder brother, Mycroft. 

Apart from the trio, it"s anyone"s guess who returns for the hopefully upcoming season. The show could easily bring baông chồng any of the living characters, with the most likely comebaông xã candidate being the show"s overarching villain so far — Sherloông chồng và Mycroft"s even smarter and more troubled sister, Eurus (Sian Brooke). In a show like Sherlock, the unfortunate fact that a character is dead is no reason for them lớn stay offscreen, either. Jyên Moriarty (Andrew Scott), for one, has been particularly fond of posthumous appearances. 

Of course, chances are that there will be plenty of new villains và interesting supporting characters, as well — and if the history of the show is any indication, they"re well worth paying attention khổng lồ. Count on to keep you posted on any developments on this front. 

Part of Sherlock"s allure is the way the show is unafraid to mess with the source material. The heavily modernized & reimagined episodes tend khổng lồ treat Arthur Conan Doyle"s classic stories largely as rough inspiration and fodder for copious Easter eggs, which gives the whole show a welcome combination of unpredictability and familiarity. For every nod khổng lồ the Reichenbach Falls & The Hound of the Baskervilles, the show is just as liable lớn turn a story"s premise on its head or even introduce a brand-new concept, lượt thích Eurus Holmes.

There are still many Sherloông chồng Holmes stories for the show khổng lồ draw inspiration from, but as always, it"s anyone"s guess how Sherlock will treat them. We vị know, however, that Gatiss has expressed interest in adapting "The Red-Headed League," a complex heist short story (via Digital Spy). If this plan is still in motion, the case"s villain, noted criminal mastermind John Clay, might very well give a worthy challenge to the protagonists.