It probably didn’t take too much to guess which story would form the basis of the next episode of Sherlock. The last chapter saw Holmes fake his death, and the next one will see him return, and that all points to an adaptation of The Adventure of the Empty House, the story wherein Conan Doyle gave his explanation of what went down.
And Mark Gatiss has now confirmed that this tale will indeed be the basis of the next TV show – but not without some changes. Speaking to the AP, he says:
There’s certain things about The Adventure Of The Empty House which feel set in stone because that’s how Sherlock comes back, but at the same time we feel free to invent and to introduce new stuff to it. I always found it a little unlikely that Dr. Watson’s only reaction was to faint for instance – as supposed to possibly a stream of terrible swear words.
Ah, there’s nothing like a good bit of swearing. I wouldn’t be surprised if Moffat or Gatiss could cook up something to compete with Malcolm Tucker, Don Logan or Loki.
Beyond the big return, however, Gatiss had only this to say about which bits of Doyle might make up the next series:
Steven and I have our all-time favourites, but it’s really a question of what will fit into the structure. We’re sort of guided by our idea for the overall feel of the next three stories.
And so it should be.
Sherlock season 3 is expected to start filming… wow, months from now. And it’s likely twelve to eighteen months before we’ll see it on TV.