If this is really the end of the line for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, then what a thrilling emotional ride it was. The creators behind BBC’s popular detective story never confirmed nor denied if Sherlock Season 4 is the last one. What they did is to make fans feel in The Final Problem that, yes, it could be the duo’s (Sherlock and Watson) final case.
In The Final Problem, we’re reintroduced to Eurus (Sian Brooke), Sherlock’s and Mycroft’s (Mark Gatiss) sister who’s supposedly more of a genius than the two brothers combined. When they were little, it was revealed (later on the episode) that Eurus killed Sherlock’s best friend, Victor (Redbeard in his suppressed memories), by drowning him. This was the reason she was institutionalized and why Sherlock suddenly became a “high-functioning sociopath.”
Sherlock Season 4’s “montage” signaled the end
By the end of this thrilling ride of an episode, we saw a montage of Sherlock and John Watson solving crimes and taking care of John’s baby. In a post-mortem video, Mary Watson (Amanda Abbington) called the two her “Baker Street Boys,” and asked them to go on solving crimes together. Sherlock Season 4 also showed a montage of Sherlock and John’s scenes in Season 1.
As if this was not enough, we saw Sherlock finally coming into conclusion about what Eurus should have been in the Holmes’ family life. Locked away in Sherrinford by Mycroft, she felt disconnected, alone, and abandoned. By the end of Season 4, the whole Holmes family regularly visits her, with Sherlock playing violin with her.
It’s quite a fitting finale, to say the least. We saw Sherlock finally recognizing that with all his high-mindedness and emotional detachment. Mycroft has always been a good brother to him. One of the highlights of the episode was when Mycroft made it easier for Sherlock to shoot him instead of John. Thankfully, Sherlock saw through the trap and the farce.
No Sherlock Season 5 in the horizon?
It is quite possible that we will never see another season of Cumberbatch playing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective. Since Sherlock premiered, he has become somewhat of a household name and a big one at that in Hollywood. The same can be said with Martin Freeman.
But, who knows? Fans waited for Sherlock Season 4 for three years. We might have to wait that long again, but it will always be worth it.
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