'Sherlock' season 4 news: Show to start production in spring? plot to show Mary's death?

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After the successful run of the recent “Sherlock” Christmas special titled “The Abominable Bride,” fans are said to be excited on what may come next in the intriguing world of the most famous detective, now that his greatest foe James Moriarty still has his plans going even beyond the grave.

Reports claim, however, that the answers may not come until next year as the production for season four will reportedly only start in spring.

When it comes to the plot, co-creator Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat shared previously that it will be dark and about consequences of the characters’ past actions. However, it will also be full of humor. “There’s a sense of… things… coming back to bite you. It’s not a safe, sensible way to live. It’s hilarious and exhilarating some days, but some days it’s going to be bloody frightening,” Moffat shared.

This has lead to some fans believing that the fourth season may finally show the death of John Watson’s wife Mary, as what happened in the original novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Gatiss neither denied nor confirmed the rumor about Mary when he was interviewed by Radio Times before. “You can always expect tragedy as well as adventure, that’s just how it goes,” he said.

“It should be clear by now that while, of course, Doyle is our absolute god, we have gone quite a long way away as well we’ve introduced Sherlock and Mycroft’s parents [for instance], I don’t think they’ve ever been seen in any adaptation so there are lots of surprises to come,” he further explained.

What may started the assumption was when actor Martin Freeman, who portrays Dr. John Watson, previously talked to The Telegraph and teased, “While we play fast and loose with the original stories, we generally follow the trajectory of what Conan Doyle did.”

In this sense, some of the most crucial points in the original source materials may be expected. “So [John] gets married, and then Mary dies so at some point presumably she’ll die,” he added.

More details about season 4 of “Sherlock” are expected to be unveiled as the date of production comes nearer.