Published on March 21st, 2013 | by areteus5
Sherlock: “The Empty Hearse” Films
Series that kill off characters are far from unusual. Series that kill of characters only to bring them back later are less common but still not unknown.
Examples range from the infamous Dallas shower scene to the mysterious return from the death of Kara Thrace in the Battlestar Galactica reboot. It is not even unknown in British TV for a series to carry on after the death of the title character – Scottish detective show Taggart, for example, continued to run until 2009 despite the actor who played the eponymous character dying thus necessitating the death of the character.
So, the world at large is not surprised that Sherlock is coming back for a third series, despite the main character taking an apparently fatal dive from a tall building in a modern reworking of the infamous Reichenbach Falls story.
Hell, the original Conan Doyle character himself came back from that situation to carry on his adventures and the final scenes of the episode do give a teasing shot of Sherlock, apparently alive and well, attending his own funeral. The surprise in series 3 is not going to be if he survived but rather how.
Therefore, as filming begins on an episode teasingly entitled ‘The Empty Hearse’, speculation about how Sherlock survived his fall will no doubt begin anew. Will the Mark Gatiss penned episode reveal the details? With fan speculation picking at the many apparently inconsequential details in the final episode which could, in hindsight, be glaringly important there is a lot of interest in finding out this secret.
The position Sherlock asks Watson to stand in just before he jumps, his unrecorded conversation with Molly before he heads to the roof, the delay between the fall and Watson viewing the body – all could be critical to the illusion. My personal hopes are that all will be revealed in the first few moments, leaving the way open for new adventures. However, there is also the possibility that Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat will spin this one out over the series – revealing little hints each episode to annoy and frustrate the fan base.
Either way, series three has great promise and even better news is that series four has already been confirmed.