Will Sherlock stars' success mean season three will be its last?

Good news! The BBC's wildly successful modern Sherlock Holmes series Sherlock will finally begin filming its third series/season early next year. But the bad news is—it could also be its last.

As we've said, series three of the show is set to film early next year (in January) with stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into the Darkness, The Hobbit) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) returning as our favorite "high-functioning sociopath" Sherlock Holmes and his BFF, Dr. John Watson.

However, as you've no doubt already noticed, both Cumberbatch and Freeman are now enjoying rather flourishing careers, and it seems that their third outing as the show's mighty dynamic duo may also be their last.

While Cumberbatch is busy playing villains on Trek and The Hobbit, Martin Freeman's busy scouring the Shire and the dangers of Mirkwood Forest as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, making it—elementarily speaking—extremely difficult to get the two actors together for Sherlock.

According to an ''insider'' at the Sunday Express:

"Benedict and Martin love Sherlock. It's been fabulous for both of them but it's a question of schedules," we are told.

"They will no doubt be signing off in style."

Benedict Cumberbatch is also said to be keeping the writers of Sherlock on their toes:

"I need to have some more talks with them and tease them about the fact that I do have a career outside of Sherlock now, so they'd better write something."

You can watch both Benedict Cumberbatch and Sherlock writer/co-creator/actor Mark Gatiss (he plays Sherlock's big brother Mycroft Holmes) talk about the upcoming third season.

So do you guys also think that the third series of the BBC's Sherlock may be its last?

(Sunday Express via Digital Spy)

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