'Sherlock' season 4 premiere spoilers: Will Moriarty still come back?

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After months of speculations with regard to the fourth season of “Sherlock,” the production has already hit the ground running. Given this, speculations of what the snazzy detective, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, will have in store for his fans run rampant. Latest from the rumor pool include Moriarty (Andrew Scott) coming back but probably in a different form.

While it has already been confirmed that Moriarty really is dead, creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat were both very coy about the confirmation that Sherlock’s arch nemesis will now forever hold his peace. As it turns out, despite the circumstances, there is still a possibility that Scott may come back to reprise the role one way or another.

“I think what we can say is we may or may not see more of Andrew Scott as Moriarty,” Moffat teased earlier this year.

This, however, does not come as such a big surprise for “Sherlock” loyalists especially with the release of the infamous “Miss me?” video of Moriarty after he had been presumed dead. Moffat belatedly adds that fans would have to stay tuned as there is a bigger plot unraveling aside from the previous ones that have yet to be resolved.

He said, “I think there’s still an ongoing element that people haven’t really picked up on … I think there’s stuff to come.”

And it seems that some clues were peppered in the latest “Sherlock” holiday special, “The Abominable Bride.” This is despite the fact that the private investigator and his trustee pal John Watson, played by Martin Freeman, time traveled to the Victorian era for the episode.

“By having that scene right at the end, where we go back to Victorian London Victorian Baker Street and Sherlock explicitly says, ‘It’s an imagined version of what I think the future might be,’ we have really opened a ridiculous window that the entire series of ‘Sherlock’ might be the drug-induced ravings of the Victorian Sherlock Holmes. Which means we can do absolutely anything,” Gatiss explained.

However, with all the things that may come in season 4, Moffat assures fans that the show will try to tie other loose ends of the show’s narrative. Given this, it seems like the wait for “Sherlock” may very well be worth it after all with all that is in store for the show’s fans.

No official premiere date yet for “Sherlock” season 4 but new episodes can be expected to air sometime in January 2017.