New 'Sherlock' Christmas Special News Will Make Benedict Cumberbatch Fans Freak Out

Everyone in the Sherlock fandom have their oxygen tanks handy? Because you're going to need them when you hear that the BBC is attempting to fast-track the next season of Sherlock, and may even bring us a Sherlock Christmas special in 2014. Commence freaking the fuck out! The series has yet to premiere in the United States (that's this weekend), but according the UK enterprise, The Sun, the head honchos at the BBC are so pleased with the series expected 10 million viewers for Sunday night's finale episode "His Last Vow" that their focus is on bringing the Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman-fronted series back to the airwaves as soon as possible.

It's a plan that the series' showrunners — Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss — seem all-too-excited to oblige, given their recent thoughts on the upcoming fourth and hypothetical-but-I-mean-come-ON fifth seasons.

"Rather excitingly, Mark and I, for no particular reason, we just got out of the rain and sat at the top of the [Sherlock] production bus… and we just started plotting out what we could do in the future, and we plotted out the whole of series four and five," explained Moffat at a BAFTA screening for the series. "The ideas we had that day, I thought were the best we've ever had ... I think we've got some crackers."

Now, sure, this is all hypothetical (sort of like that Matt Smith crossover rumor). It's hearsay, far from confirmed. But still: they care! The BBC understands that, perhaps, a two year wait between seasons is a bit much for anyone to handle — let alone lunatic-esque Sherlockians. But still: considering the series lives in three-episode segments and the UK just finished their run (with the US premiere to come this Thursday), we'll take all the reason to celebrate that we can.

So, we decided to throw a reactionary GIF party! Because Internet.

When we first heard the news we kind of lost it.

I mean, seriously... was sort of excessive...

...OK maybe a lot excessive.

Luckily/eventually, we remembered to breathe.

But we couldn't stand how excited we were, so we told our friends, who shared our emotional nuttery.

(We couldn't hide our excitement if we tried.)

Because the prospect of not having to wait two years between seasons of Sherlockian goodness? A-MA-ZING.

So... we freaked out some more because we're emotionally infantile and therefore far too easily excited.

But then we remembered that we at least have it better than fans in the UK, who've already seen all of season three. We still have weeks of Sherlock to go. They're already depressed, and we felt for them.

But still: there might be a Christmas special in the works for Sherlock. Could there BE anything better? We think not.

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