BBC has not yet released any update about the Sherlock Season 5's possible renewal. The popular British crime drama television series caught the hearts of many. Thus, ending the show will likely break the hearts of several viewers around the globe. But, will fans still see more of Sherlock Holmes' detective stories in the future?
While some are already doubtful about the series' return, there are still a lot of fans who believe that Sherlock Season 5 is still likely to happen. In mid-2016, series co-creator Steven Moffat stated that it is unlikely for the show to disappear entirely. Mark Gatiss, who also serves as a co-creator of the show, said the same thing in an interview in 2015.
"Re: Sherlock's future - for those of you asking, it's definitely the end. Of Chapter One," Steven wrote after the fourth season came to a close in January 2017. "Whether we ever get to Chapter Two - our boys consciously living the myth and battling wrong-doers - rather depends on our two stars. I'd be slightly surprised if we never made it again. But I've been surprised before," he went on, sparking hopes that Sherlock Season 5 could happen in the future.
A few months later, Steven reiterated that the well-loved series is going to return at some point. The series co-creator explained that he and Mark have other things to attend to. So, they did not have a proper talk about Sherlock Season 5 yet.
Even series lead star Benedict Cumberbatch was super keen in revisiting his role as Detective Sherlock Holmes should BBC order Sherlock Season 5. The Doctor Who star said that the idea of not playing the iconic role is "galling" before adding that things will not be the same anymore. He said playing the role might not "happen at the same regularity" just like before.
Benedict's co-stars Martin Freeman, Louise Brealey and Sian Brooke also showed interest in returning for another installment. Mark Gatiss even said they could not do Sherlock Season 5 without Benedict and Martin. He added they could not recast the series.
Though BBC has not confirmed anything as of yet, Mark suggested that fans will have to wait longer than two years since they do not have immediate plans to continue. In December 2017, Steven's co-creator said he hopes there will be "no upper limit" on how long they can do it, including the yet-to-be-confirmed Sherlock Season 5.