Sherlock Series 4 Spoilers: No cutting room whims, says Moffat, and Moriarty has a definite place! Is he dead, or not?

by Anna Howell
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Now, we are more than a little confused by this news as it was only last week that Steven Moffat revealed that the series 3 finale of Sherlock was decided “on the cutting room floor” as well as hinting that Moriarty hadn’t faked his own death at all!

But now it seems that he is contradicting some of that statement as reports today suggest that he promises that series 4 will not have the same whimsical finish, and that Moriarty has always had a place in it!

Fans of the hugely popular BBC detective series will know that at the end of series two, The Reichenbach Fall, Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) jumped to his death from the top of St Bart’s hospital to call off the assassins Moriarty (Andrew Scott) had lined up to kill his loved ones if he didn’t, after Moriarty had shot himself in the face!

Of course the whole thing was revealed as a fake at the very end, and two years later we were let in on the secret as to how Sherlock had pulled it off, but one thing we weren’t expecting was for Moriarty to re-appear at the end of Series three, asking Sherlock ‘did you miss me?’

This sent us all into conspiracy theory overdrive, yet again, as we scratched our heads and tried to figure out how Moriarty had managed to fake his own death too.

But, earlier this month, show runner Steven Moffat reportedly revealed that the ending to the finale, His Last Vow, was decided at the last minute, as well as hinting that it was a ‘wind up’ as how could Moriarty have faked the shooting when part of his head fell off!

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So, we then started thinking Moriarty was in fact still dead, only now Moffat has come out to say that, unlike series 3, the fourth series would not have a “cutting room floor” finish, as well as stating that writers had always known what part Moriarty would play.

Confused? We are!

It is hard to depict precisely what Moffat is saying in this new interview, which he gave to Vulture, but the gist of it is:

“I can’t really say what we’re doing with that, but there is no last-minute whim in this. We’ve had what we’re going to do with Moriarty in place from before the second season. Exactly what we’re going to do. I remember talking it through with Andrew Scott, who plays Moriarty. Wait and see what’s going to happen.”

So, is Moriarty alive and coming back for series 4? Or is he really dead and all this is a dream sequence / Doctor Who episode?

We will simply have to wait and see!



  1. Sherl on February 14, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Moriarty had a brother in the books. It’s one line. But it’s there. A younger brother who worked as a station master. FYI

  2. Joe Lego on February 16, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I think Moriarty is dead BUT, smart enough to have arranged “plot twists” to outlive him. Conan-Doyle was brilliant in his writing and as good as Sherlock was, Moriarty was SOOOOO much better. How does one define a hero? Elementary! — By the antagonist. The Moriarty character is the darkness to Sherlock’s light. The intensity of the darkness enhances the light. Good must prevail. Moriarty IS dead. His darkness lives on as an idea – which cannot be killed once it has taken up residence in the mind. Moriarty will always be IMMORTAL. Without contrast, life is blank and empty. Darkness, EVIL, gives definition and meaning to light. Just my opinion. Feel free to disagree. Love the show. Intelligent TV – who would have guessed? Best work I’ve seen in YEARS. Looking forward to series 4. Kudos in large quantities to all involved. Thank you ALL!

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