'Sherlock' season 4 air date, spoilers, news: Benedict Cumberbatch says upcoming installment could be the last

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as John Watson

Fans may be disheartened to find out that the highly anticipated season 4 of BBC’s “Sherlock” could be the final installment in the hit series.

Benedict Cumberbatch who portrays the titular detective shared in an interview with GQ Magazine UK, “It might be the end of an era. It feels like the end of an era, to be honest. It goes to a place where it will be pretty hard to follow on immediately.”

Some deem that this is not completely unexpected since both the lead actor and his fellow co-star, Martin Freeman, who plays the trusty sidekick Dr. John Watson, have landed roles in high-budget films. Cumberbatch will star in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” while Freeman will appear in “Cargo.” Moreover, showrunner Steven Moffat is also busy with another series on the same network, “Doctor Who.”

According to Deadline, Moffat previously mused that he would be “mildly surprised” if season 4 becomes the last, presumably due the cast and crew’s hectic schedules. He and co-creator Mark Gatiss also did not give any assurance to fans during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con that there will be a season 5.

However, Cumberbatch added that he is not closing the door on the show as he would love to keep revisiting it. “But in the immediate future we all have things that we want to crack on with and we’ve made something very complete as it is, so I think we’ll just wait and see. The idea of never playing him again is really galling,” he admitted.

Season 4 of “Sherlock” is slated to premiere in January 2017. The titles of the first two episodes have been revealed as “The Six Thatchers” and “The Lying Detective,” which may be connected to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons” and “The Adventure of The Dying Detective,” respectively.