The BBC has released a prequel, entitled "Many Happy Returns," ahead of the forthcoming third season of Sherlock.
Written by producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the seven-minute clip finds Anderson (Jonathan Aris) and Detective Inspector Greg Lestrade (Rupert Graves) discussing the demise of the title character following the events of last season's finale. Anderson is convinced that Holmes is alive and bolsters his opinion by pointing out various incidents around the world. He says, "He's out there. He's hiding. But he can't stop himself from getting involved. It's so obviously him, if you know how to spot the signs. Just look at the map though. He's getting closer. It's like he's coming back."
But Lestrade isn't convinced.
Watson (Martin Freeman) also appears in the short video. Hw watches a clip of his close friend wishing him a happy birthday and "many happy returns."
In the Season 2 finale, "The Reichenbach Fall," Holmes, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, appeared to commit suicide to save the lives of his friends and family, who were threatened by a dastardly plan hatched by Professor Moriarty. But there were hints along the way suggesting that he survived the fall—including a few shots of the complicated deductionist in the trailers for the upcoming season. Were there ever any serious doubts?
During a recent press run, Cumberbatch said he thinks reactions to the way he survived will be "mixed." He also revealed that the lapse in time will have an effect on the detective. "Sherlock has been away for two years and he's rusty. His game's just a little bit off. In this series, you find out a lot more about why he is the way he is," said the actor.
Sherlock returns with fresh episodes Jan. 19 on PBS.
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