Whilst we are all still digesting the brilliance that was last night’s instalment of Sherlock, it is with a tinge of sadness that we have to remember that this Sunday’s episode will be the last in the current series, but what a finale it is going to be.
Fans of the hit BBC detective series will have watched Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) deliver one of the cleverest, most moving and funny Best Man speeches as his best friend, and partner in crime-fighting, John Watson (Martin Freeman) tied the knot with his lady Mary Morstan (played by Freeman’s real life partner, Amanda Abbington).
The episode was structured around the speech, during which we were treated to a series of flashbacks telling the stories of several unsolved cases, only for the answer to all of them making itself known at the wedding itself, allowing for a break between toasts for the infamous duo to save a life and have a murderer arrested.
It is perhaps this sort of brilliance that has lead the shows main star, Benedict Cumberbatch, to reveal that he thinks Sherlock is a hero!
The actor, who has found world-wide fame since appearing as the famous London detective, is quoted by the Daily Star as saying this about his alter ego:
“His mental focus, which comes with its faults as well – it’s very hardened.
“He is a hero and a role model for people who are different because he acquires a status through his skill that is bar none
“I would love to have Sherlock’s mental agility and focus. I just think it’s exceptional.”
And we couldn’t agree more, and thoroughly look forward to seeing next week’s example of this when, after only one and a half weeks, the third series of Sherlock comes to an end!
The concluding chapter to the current series, His Last Vow, was in fact introduced to us during last night’s episode, The Sign of Three when, after making the last of his toasts Sherlock declared to the willing audience that he was to deliver his “last vow” which was to always be there for John, Mary and the child they didn’t even know they were expecting.
But, whilst there may well be the pitter-patter of tiny feet on everyone’s minds, His Last Vow is also set to introduce us to another character, and a much more sinister one at that!
For months the rumblings about the third series have included the casting of the new villain on the block, Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen), who we have seen in part in the first two episodes of series 3, but who is set to make his full début during Sunday’s episode, along with a few more surprises.
The official BBC synopsis for His Last Vow, reads like this:
“In the final episode of this new series, written by Steven Moffat, a case of stolen letters leads Sherlock Holmes into a long conflict with Charles Augustus Magnussen, the Napoleon of blackmail, and the one man he truly hates. But how do you tackle a foe who knows the personal weakness of every person of importance in the Western world?”
In short it would seem that Sherlock is set to meet his match, almost, when he finally comes face to face with his new arch nemesis, and it is clear from the new trailer for the episode, shown below this article, that Sherlock is more than a little rattled by his presence, as he can be heard saying to his brother Mycroft how “no-one can turn [his] stomach” like he can, to which Mycroft (Mark Gatiss) cryptically replies:
“You go against Magnussen, you’ll find yourself going against me,”
Sherlock continues on Sunday night, at 8.30pm on BBC1 / BBC 1 HD – Watch the official trailer for it in the clip below: