Here’s some terrible, tragic news for all the Sherlock shippers out there. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have appeared in four seasons and a special together as updated versions of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. There have been plans for a fifth season, although no one knows for sure if that’s going to happen. The Sun seems to think they’ve solved the mystery of the fifth season. It sounds like if it were up to Benedict and Martin, they’d throw that fifth season in a folder marked “Things I’d Rather Not Do.”
According to a source, Benedict and Martin’s personal relationship is “frosty.” That just made me picture Benedict and Martin giggling while feeding each other spoonfuls of a Wendy’s Frosty, but it’s quite the opposite. The source claims Benedict and Martin aren’t friends outside of work and only talk to each other when the cameras are rolling.
“They’re professional and very polite to each other but there’s not the warmth you’d expect after filming together for six years. There isn’t a huge desire to come back for another season.”
The Sun adds that the season four finale on January 15th was the lowest-rated finale in the show’s history. Sherlock’s co-creator Steven Moffat knows a fifth season might not happen, but he’s blaming it on Benedict and Martin being too busy in Hollywood.
Benedict and Martin may rather walk barefoot on a glue trap covered in Legos than spend time on set with each other, but they could still make a fifth season work. They don’t even have to be in the same room together. They could pull a The Good Wife and film each person separately and bring it together in post-production. Or they could just do a quick re-write so that one of them spends the whole season “on vacation” (aka standing in front of a green screen in a Hawaiian shirt). They’ll just need to check-in every couple of scenes on a Skype call, but I’m sure the viewers won’t mind.