Sherlock season 3 is heating up nicely. We've officially got a premiere date, Martin Freeman still has press for The Hobbit but was freed from New Zealand quite a while ago, and even though The Fifth Estate flopped Benedict Cumberbatch is heating up as quite the international leading man. Now we've also got Sherlock season 3's first official image, which just happens to be the reason you can hear all those fanpeople crying in the distance right now.
Let me share with you some phrases that are being screamed across the internet right now:
"I SERIOUSLY CAN'T WITH THIS." (which is related to...)
"I HAVE LOST THE ABILITY TO CAN."
"LOOK AT THE WAY HE'S LOOKING AT HIM. I JUST —"
You get the picture. It's the Sherlock fandom, so this is expected, but when you release a photo like this to a very passionate audience of people who have waited two years waiting for their show to come back? And are waiting for a legendary people to reunite? Yeah, that reaction seems appropriate.
The photo (which you can see above) depicts Sherlock Holmes (Cumberbatch) looking in one John Watson (Freeman) with what appears to be the pain of a thousand years (at least three) of loneliness. How will he tell his best friend that he is alive again? How did he survive the fall in the first place? We will find out on Jan 19 (likely before) and I am so excited.
Oh, and here are some tweets from BBC that accompanied the photo, if you are looking to be provoked into emotion and intrigue:
Oh, and here's a friendly reminder that showrunner Steven Moffat referred to the season's villain as "terrifying."