Bombs, bristles and burnings in “Sherlock” return


GREYDON WILLIAMS – Hoof Prints Staff

During the last episode of BBC’s hit “Sherlock,” the famous detective (Benedict Cumberbatch) had the choice to either kill himself or let his friends die. He jumped from the roof of a hospital building while John Watson(Martin Freeman) watched in horror.

During the ending scene John stands alone at Sherlock’s grave and begs him to “not be dead” the scene then slowly shifts to a nearby tree and shows the face of the very much alive Sherlock Holmes.

In the two years since this scene first aired,  the Internet has exploded with theories on how Sherlock survived his slip from the sanitarium.

People have littered sites like tumblr, memebase, reddit, and the like posting theories on how he did it. After a long and strenuous wait, season three of “Sherlock” finally aired for everyone to see…in England.

The first episode of season three “The Empty Hearse” aired January 1, 2014, in England only. The US premiere is scheduled for this Sunday on PBS. This long awaited airing will finally solve how he did it, probably.

With the events of “The Reichenbach Fall” behind them, it seems everyone is finally adjusting back to life. It’s been two years since Sherlock fell and the world has just recently found out that he was indeed innocent and Moriarty invented the identity Richard Brook. This news, however, came too late to the public as Sherlock Holmes has already met his demise, or so they think.


Lestrade is still a detective for Scotland Yard, Mrs. Hudson still owns 221B, Molly Hooper still works at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and John Watson has got on with life, but has a very creepy mustache.

Sherlock’s return to 221B was imminent, and ,as a high-functioning sociopath, his methods of letting his friends know he was alive were very questionable but equally hilarious.

This episode has a slight case to it, but is mostly about reuniting Sherlock and John and returning things back to the normal status of far beyond normal. “The Empty Hearse” ,while not the best episode of the series, is entertaining, funny, and clever.

It was clearly an episode where the fan’s wild theories were joked at and an episode made to bridge us into the new season. The series will hopefully continue to make us laugh, make us wonder, and make us down right mad at the cliffhanger that will most definitely be at the end of the season.

“The Empty Hearse,” which takes its title from the Conan Doyle novel The Empty House, was a good solid episode and was mostly worth the wait. I love the series and can not wait to see what happens next.

If you have not watched “Sherlock,” don’t worry there is still time. Seasons 1 and 2 can be found on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.