“Expect New Sherlock Villains” Says Moffat

Everyone and his dog has an opinion on how Benedict Cumberbatch’s eponymous detective survived after jumping from a roof-top in January’s Sherlock.

But if your theory involves Moriarty faking his own death, then it looks like you might have to go back to the drawing board because show-runner Steven Moffat has explained that we shouldn’t expect to see Holmes’ nemesis again any time soon.

“Moriarty’s a one-shot deal in the original books. I don’t want Sherlock to turn into a show that’s about one villain and one hero,â€? said Moffat. “Moriarty was great because he was a surprise. Every time you bring him back he won’t be as big a surprise.

“We need to find new villains, we need to find new ideas, otherwise the show doesn’t keep growing,â€? he added, in an interview for a French website.

He also went on to explain that he and Mark Gatiss would be returning to some of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle’s most-loved tales in the new series, but refused to confirm when we could expect it.

“There are other great villains (in the Conan Doyle books) that we want to visit. We have to keep the show growing otherwise it won’t surprise you. Once you get the measure of it you’ll just get critical – if we keep surprising you and keeping you off balance you won’t.â€?