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Sherlock EPs Talk 'Definitely Dead' Moriarty in Season 4, [Spoiler]'s 'Huge, Hairy' Xmas Special Cheeks

Sherlock EPs Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue are pretty good at keeping spoilers to themselves, but series star Rupert Graves (aka DI Lestrade) spilled a few hairy details today during a chat with Michael Ausiello in TVLine’s Comic-Con suite at the Hard Rock Hotel.

“[There are] two koalas mating on my face,” he revealed, when asked to describe his look during the show’s upcoming Christmas Special.

Moffat, for his part, shared that just as there’s never been an explanation for why his versions of 19th Century characters Holmes and Watson are living in modern times, there’ll be no rhyme or reason for why they revert back to Victorian times in the one-off installment, expected to air on TV (and in select movie theaters) later this year.

As for Season 4, we had to ask about the fate of super villain Moriarty, who’d shot himself in the head in front of Sherlock in Season 2 — and yet appeared menacingly on TV screens throughout England in the Season 3 finale. “He’s definitely dead,” insisted Moffat, with a sly smile. “The back of his head’s missing!”

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7 Comments
  1. eva says:

    Oh, so it really was just a cheap trick to make people excited about getting back to fun stuff after a lackluster 3rd season? Yeah, I’m gonna wait until the end of season for and only watch it once spoilers tell me it’s not another season of the Watsons family drama. I get why people still enjoy it, but after season 3 I just can’t get excited about what’s coming.

  2. “He’s definitely dead,” insisted Moffat, with a sly smile. “The back of his head’s missing!”

    Best line of the interview (and it was a really good interview, Michael). I know people type “LOL” a lot but I really was laughing out loud.

    Really hope the special comes to a theater near me.

  3. Lysh says:

    I’ve always loved Amy Poehler’s TVLine jingle.
    Great interview! It’ll be so different without them Skyping or blogging, but I’m happy we’re just getting something Sherlock-y. The breaks in between are a struggle.

  4. Gail says:

    “If your legacy dies with you then you’ve screwed up the whole concept of a legacy .” Great line.

  5. Ubfortubately, I have never really considered Sherlock a particularly interesting modern adaptation and it’s a pity for an actor such as Cumberbatch to have to be in such a mediocre production, even though he DOES certainly owe his fame and fortune to this show. The lines are often cliché, the pacing is not good and the cast is often quite drab.