It’s only a couple of days until the fourth season of Sherlock begins, and co-creator Mark Gatiss has filled in Vanity Fair on what viewers can expect. “What’s very exciting about these three episodes is to really play the repercussions of the last season,” he says. “There are lots of things that come to fruition this season which we have been seeding for a while. We knew we were going to get here.” The new season promises to be “somber” and “myopically dark.” Gatiss says “the darkness was sort of inevitable. They’re not things that could have happened any time, and where we get to is a very different place to where we’ve been before.” Of course, he could be lying. He and co-creator Steven Moffat are probably planning a lot of misdirection to throw off the show’s rabid fanbase, still reeling at the thought of the possible return of the supposedly dead Moriarty.
Gatiss and Moffat are masters at deceiving viewers. After all, last year’s Christmas special was billed as a one-off Victorian-era story with no connection to the main series. That wasn’t true: in a meta-twist, the story of “The Abominable Bride” turned out to be hallucination by the drug-addled 21st century sleuth, and contained strands that linked it to the series as a whole. “We lied to you,” Gatiss admits. So anything he says now about the new season’s plots or tone should be taken with a pinch of salt. After all, Gatiss co-stars as Sherlock’s older brother, Mycroft, and after all these years, despite what he says, it’s still not clear if he always has his little brother’s best interests at heart.