Sherlock Season 5 Release Date Rumors

The possibility of Sherlock season 5 has been lingering for quite some time now, and while fans have been eagerly awaiting the next chapter since season 4 aired in 2017, there hasn’t been much news on that front. Returning to the characters of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson after all these years would undoubtedly be a more complex endeavor, making the outlook for season 5 somewhat uncertain. Despite the extended hiatus, considering the mixed reviews of Sherlock seasons 3 and 4, perhaps this prolonged break isn’t such a bad thing.

The popular series, which offered a modern take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, debuted in 2010 with season 1. Over the next seven years, four seasons were released, each elevating the twists and turns of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson’s mystery-solving to new heights. Unfortunately, the series never officially concluded, leaving viewers in suspense for several years. However, it hasn’t been canceled either, leaving a glimmer of hope for a potential continuation.

Possible Return of Sherlock in 2027

Returning to Sherlock in 2027 would be more like a reunion, considering the last season aired in 2017. Releasing Sherlock season 5 exactly a decade later could create a unique event rather than a typical TV installment. With a decade passed in-universe, the return to the characters would be more intriguing. Additionally, a 2027 release would likely mark the conclusion of Sherlock and John’s stories, making it a definitive end to the series. This shorter commitment might make it more feasible for Cumberbatch and Freeman to return.

Since 2017 Sherlock Season 5 Has Been Up In The Air

Sherlock Season 5 has been up in the air since 2017, making it a considerable wait for fans. While many have given up hope, creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss insist that the door hasn’t been definitively closed. The primary hurdle in getting things moving has been the busy schedules of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who gained fame portraying Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Initially not widely known, both actors have since become involved in major franchises like the MCU and Lord of the Rings, making it challenging to find the time for a new season. Gatiss expressed his willingness to start writing season 5 if Cumberbatch and Freeman were on board, providing a small glimmer of hope for a potential 2027 release.

Moffat Planned Sherlock Season 5 with Season 4

Back in 2014, Steven Moffat disclosed that the roadmap for Season 5 had been mapped out in tandem with Season 4. During a BAFTA screening for the Season 3 finale, “His Last Vow,” as reported by The Independent, Moffat shared that both he and Mark Gatiss, his fellow creator, had collaborated on the planning of both Season 4 and Season 5 for the show.

Rather excitingly, Mark (Gatiss) and I, for no particular reason, just started plotting out what we could do in the future. We plotted out the whole of series four and five. The ideas we had that day, I thought, were the best we’ve ever had. So we have got plans – but our plans don’t tend to be ‘Let’s blow up the world or cast the most famous person in the world’, they tend to be ‘What exciting twists and turns can we add to this?’ and I think we’ve got some crackers!

A decade-long gap between seasons 4 and 5 also provides an opportunity for a fresh start after the series’ shortcomings. Sherlock faced criticism for the handling of the Reichenbach Fall aftermath in season 3, followed by unpopular story arcs like Mary Watson’s secret assassin identity and the introduction of Sherlock and Mycroft’s sister, Eurus Holmes, in season 4. The prolonged break could allow the series to return with renewed creativity and address past criticisms.


In conclusion, despite the prolonged anticipation, a 2027 release for Sherlock season 5 could offer a chance for a satisfying conclusion and a fresh start, potentially ending the beloved series on a high note. While an announcement could happen at any time, waiting a bit longer might be worth it for both the creators and the fans.

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