If you thought BBC’s “Sherlock” couldn’t get any more complicated, you were wrong. Holmes is back for season three, and he has some explaining to do. If you still need a few reasons to climb aboard with the Sherlock fandom, here are six things that will pull you into season three.
01 Sherlock Isn’t Dead!
The ending of the second season was, without a doubt, one of the most jarring finales in the episodes that had been presented thus far. Sherlock’s nemesis, Jim Moriarty, redecorated the rooftop of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital with the inside of his own head to ensure that Sherlock would have no other way out of their “game.” Sherlock proceeded to take a swan dive off of the roof. Moriarty said it’s not the fall that kills you, but the landing? And Sherlock somehow managed to survive them both. He leaves London for one year, and when he returns, he isn’t greeted with the warm welcome he expected.
02 Mary Morstan (and Watson’s Mustache)
It took him a year, but John Watson finally manages to put his life back together after witnessing Sherlock’s apparent suicide. He’s working at a clinic, has grown a rather handsome mustache and intends to marry his girlfriend, Mary Morstan.
Amanda Abbington‘s portrayal of Mary is a wonderful thing to watch. She is a bright, warm and clever character who manages to maintain her calm even after Sherlock announces his resurrection by interrupting John’s proposal dinner. Understandably, John and the others are not exactly thrilled to see him.
03 John and Mary’s Wedding
Sherlock’s return shakes up London and all of his friends, but life eventually settles and moves on. Watson and Mary proceed with their wedding plans, and Sherlock is made the best man, much to his surprise. However, the wedding day is interrupted. Earlier in the episode, Sherlock is tasked with solving the attempted murder of a guard played by Alfred Enoch of “Harry Potter” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” The answer to the mystery abruptly derails Sherlock’s best man speech, and he concludes that the intended victim is a wedding guest.
With the help of the bride and groom, Sherlock solves the case and the murder is averted. The wedding day wraps up with a heartwarming toast and violin tribute for the happy couple … as well as a surprising bit of news. The newlyweds are expecting.
04 Charles Augustus Magnussen (and Mary’s Secret)
Did you really think season three would be all about weddings and babies?
Moriarty wasn’t the only bad egg in the basket. While Watson and Mary prepare for their baby, a troubling case comes to the Sherlock crew. Someone has been using secrets to blackmail London’s elite. Mycroft advises Sherlock to stay away from this case. Sherlock does not listen.
Meanwhile, Mary has been receiving troubling notes, and it is revealed that she is not the person she claims to be. Charles Magnussen, played by Lars Mikkelsen, holds the secrets of Mary’s past and uses them against her.
05 The Holmes Family
In order to keep Mary and John safe from Magnussen, they spend the holiday with Sherlock and Mycroft’s mother and father, who are played by the real parents of Benedict Cumberbatch, Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch and Wanda Ventham. The two Holmes brothers are quite uncomfortable with the family pleasantries, and it is wonderful to watch. Episode three, “His Last Vow,” caters so well to fans, making references to dragons (perhaps a nod to Benedict’s role in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”) and showing the two coming as close to exchanging brotherly affection as they are capable.
06 Sherlock’s Choice
Sherlock and John leave the happy Holmes and confront Magnussen in the final episode. Sherlock deduces that Magnussen must keep all of the secret information in a vault of some sort. He is shocked to learn that Magnussen is the vault. Just like Sherlock has his mind palace, Magnussen has his mind vault. He carries every secret in his perfect memory, and there is no way for Sherlock to take them back. So, when Magnussen threatens John and Mary, Sherlock decides to do the only thing he can.
“Oh, Sherlock, what have you done?”
Following Mycroft’s use of his connections to secure his little brother a way out of legal predicaments, Sherlock shares a tender goodbye with John and a very pregnant Mary. He makes a suggestion for their daughter’s name (“Sherlock is a good one”), and then he boards a jet and takes off. However, he is not in the air for very long before he receives a very troubling message containing a question …
… from Moriarty.
Want to see for yourself? You can find the latest season of Sherlock on Netflix.