Sherlock Reveals Two Of Three

The name of the second episode of the upcoming series of Sherlock has been announced, and the Steve Thompson scripted episode will be known as The Sign of Three, which will follow the premier episode The Empty Hearse.

Obviously titled after the second Sherlock Holmes novel, The Sign of Four, it is unclear how much, if any, of that plot will carry over. The novel concerns a lost treasure and the British rule over India, a modernisation of which might stretch credulity. What almost certainly will remain unchanged is the introduction of future Mrs. Watson, Mary Morstan, as a client of Holmes, and the largest part of the canon not yet included in the series (Moffat and Gatiss having too much fun playing with the notion of Watson being a bit of a hound).

Mary's involvement seemed obvious from the beginning, as Moffat's three hints words - "Rat, Wedding, Bow" - pointed to the possibility of the bachelor Watson getting hitched in Sherlock's absence. The casting of Martin Freeman's partner, Amanda Abbington in an unspecified role for this series further cemented my belief that Mary would appear. And this pretty much clinches it. Now all that remains is to find out what the duo will be up to in the finale.

I would like to take a moment to make mention of Steve Thompson, who never seems to get the appropriate amount of respect. Writing The Blind Banker in series one, and hitting it out of the park with The Reichenbach Fall in series two, he never seems to get as much attention as Moffat or showrunner Gatiss despite doing equal share of the work. Thompson has also contributed to Doctor Who, writing the underwhelming Curse of the Black Spot, and the greatly anticipated (by me at least - corridors!) Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS . So, good on you Steve Thompson. Keep up the good work.

And for next series, remember that my favourite Holmes story is The Speckled Band.

Via The Mary Sue.
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