Is the sleuthing coming to an end?

Series creator Steven Moffat spoke with The Telegraph recently about the future of Sherlock and during the chat he warned that the upcoming fourth season of the BBC series, which is expected to air in early 2017, might be the last run for the beloved literary detective.

“I don’t know how long we can keep it going,” said Moffat. “I’m personally willing but I’m hardly the main draw. I would be moderately surprised if this was the last time we ever made this show. But it absolutely could be.”

Before you head over to and start a petition to rescue the show, consider what else Moffat had to say:

“That’s why I think it’s unlikely that we’ve completely finished it. There would be nothing strange in stopping for a while. It could go on forever, coming back now and again.”

Perhaps the future of the show is not so dire. Moffat made it clear that the fate of the show hinges almost entirely on whether or not actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman want it to continue.

“We do have two film stars in the program. They haven’t needed to do these jobs for a very long time. They’re coming back because they want to.”

And let’s hope they keep wanting to!

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