Sherlock Series 3 Finale Spoilers: How is Moriarty back from the dead? Steven Moffat knows, but isn’t telling!

by Anna Howell
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After waiting for the best part of two years to find out the answer to how Sherlock faked his own death, fans were given another riddle when, during last night’s series finale, it would seem that Moriarty did exactly the same thing!

Series three of the hugely popular BBC detective show ended on our screens last night with a shocking conclusion when James ‘Jim’ Moriarty (Andrew Scott) hacked in to every TV screen in the world to announce to his nemesis that he was back from the dead.

Moriarty was the object of Sherlock’s attention for the first two series’ of the show, before appearing to commit suicide at the top of the high rise building that Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) then threw himself off the top of.

But, whilst we were all aware that Sherlock’s suicide was fake when we saw him watching Watson (Martin Freeman) visit his grave at the end of the series 2 finale, there had never been any question over Moriarty’s death.

That changed last night when, having already featured heavily throughout the episode, His Last Vow, in a sequence of scenes projected from Sherlock’s imagination, Moriarty made his rather public re-appearance in the video which simply showed him asking ‘Did you miss me?’

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However, like with Sherlock’s return from beyond the grave, we will all have to keep guessing the answer as Steven Moffat has revealed that he is not going to be telling the secret anytime soon!

Discussing the surprise return of Moriarty at a BAFTA preview of ‘His Last Vow’ earlier this week, Moffat commented:

“You don’t know what’s going on there. We know what’s going on there but we’re not telling you! It must be hell watching this show! But obviously we enjoyed the fact that we get to see more of the wonderful Andrew Scott as Moriarty.”

One person who definitely did die during last night’s griping conclusion was Sherlock’s new arch nemesis, blackmailer Charles Augustus Magnussen, or did he?

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With Sherlock and all of the characters in it seeming to be immune to death, does this mean that Magnussen, who was shot dead by Sherlock himself, will be coming back as well? According to Moffat, anything is possible, as he explained:

“Lars was brilliant. But the first idea was to honour the story and kill [Magnussen]

“At some point we do think they’re going to sit in 221B Baker St and say ‘nobody ever dies! How are we supposes to investigate murder if they all get up again!”

Sherlock will return with a fourth series at a date to still be confirmed – Watch Moriarty’s shocking return in the clip below:



  1. Nina Lightfoot on January 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    My god.i swear, if they make us wait another looooong stretch for this one, I may die too. Only… Well. I’ll really be dead.

  2. tracie on January 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Not everyone lives in the UK or was able to stream yesterday’s episode…Why would you put the most massive spoiler EVER in your headline (which shows up in Google alerts and searches in full)? Weak.

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