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Sherlock Scoop: Season 3 Villain Revealed!

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At Comic-Con this month, producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss offered up some major scoop regarding Sherlock Season 3:

The iconic detective will survive his jump off that building; John will marry Mary; and, yes, Moriarty really is dead.

Now, following up on that last point, producer Sue Vertue has given fans a look at the main villain that will enter the picture when Sherlock returns in 2014. Tweeted Vertue today, along with the following photo:

"Sherlock's new nemesis - introducing Lars Mikkelsen as Charles Augustus Magnussen."

Lars Mikkelsen as Charles Augustus Magnussen

Mikkelsen is a Danish actor who appeared in the original version of The Killing.

Magnussen, we'd have to presume, is based on the character of Charles Augustus Milverton, a murderous blackmailer who appeared in a 1904 short story penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Sherlock Season 3, meanwhile, will debut on the BBC in late 2013 and in the U.S. some time next year.

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He has the look of a genius super villain... Excited!!!


Lars Mikkelsen is also the brother of danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal).


Thank you for confirming that Moriarty is actually dead. Time to move on.