Cumberbatch on how Sherlock has changed in Season 4, odds we'll get Season 5

The BBC series Sherlock has never really followed a conventional TV schedule, with shortened runs and occasional years-long waits between seasons. So, what does the future hold for Benedict Cumberbatch’s super-smart alter ego?

Cumberbatch chatted with Collider about the upcoming fourth season, slated to premiere at some point in 2017, and said fans will see a more mature and evolved version of Holmes. He said the character has come a long way since the series began, and he’s looking forward to showing that evolution toward some semblance of normalcy (or as normal as you can get for Sherlock).

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“He has moved from being someone who was sociopathic, work-obsessed and slightly amoral, into being someone who has a certain degree of a private life, which is very, very private, with The Woman, or Irene Adler. With his interactions with people, he’s better at what he does. He has to understand the world. That’s very much John’s influence on him. But like a lot of the friendships and relationships in that world, it’s born out of necessity. It makes him better. There’s a pragmatism to it. It’s not whimsical or sentimental. It’s born out of necessity.”

So, looking beyond 2017, what does the future hold for Sherlock? It’s a good question, and not one that Cumberbatch was eager to answer. There were rumblings of a fifth season a few years ago, but since it’s taken so long to get Season 4, Cumberbatch said they’ll essentially play it by ear to see where things shake out after the new season airs. Regardless, he said he wants to ensure Sherlock doesn’t stick around beyond its expiration date.

Here’s an excerpt:

“We’ll see how this series lands. It’s been great fun to come back and do it. How it will continue in the future, who knows? It’s not just about what any of us want. It’s about what’s actually right for the show, to be honest, and that has to be judged very carefully. Think about the very limited but classic British output of certain shows, and there aren’t that many of them. It’s a painful thing to say, but maybe Series 4 is it. Who knows? I don’t know. I don’t want to say this is it because we have too much fun doing it … You don’t want to compromise it by continually doing it, just because we could carry it on. There’s lots of stuff to weigh. It’s not just about what we want to do. It’s about what’s right. We’ll see. Really, we will have to see. No one has decided on it, so there’s no yes or no to an end or a beginning.”

Season 4 of Sherlock hits in 2017.

Do you think we’ll get a Season 5?

(Via Collider)

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