Sherlock Season 3 Premiere Title Revealed, Major Cliffhanger Promised

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SPOILER ALERT: Sherlock Holmes is alive.

Granted, star Benedict Cumberbatch was absent from today's Comic-Con panel discussion, but producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss assured attendees that his title character on Sherlock does indeed survive his rooftop jump on the Season 2 finale.

In what possible way?!?

Sherlock Season 3 Team

“There really are only a few ways you can fall off a roof and survive,” said Gatiss, while Moffat teased that “showstopper” of the Season 3 opener takes place when John and Sherlock meet again.

“That moment is electrifying,” Moffat said. “And it goes on and on. That lengthy sequence is my favorite moment of Sherlock that we’ve made.” 

The premiere, meanwhile, will be titled "The Empty Hearse."

Among other important tidbits revealed at the Q&A:

  • Moriarty really is dead.
  • John will marry Mary on Episode 2 of Season 3 - and guest who he'll select as his Best Man!
  • Looking all the way ahead to the Season 3 finale, Season 3 finale Moffat promised another major cliffhanger: “You’ll be watching the end of the last episode thinking, ‘They wouldn’t stop it there?!’ ‘They wouldn’t stop it there?! Oh my God, they wouldn’t stop it there?!’”

Look for Sherlock to return to the air in 2014.

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Sherlock Quotes

Somebody loves you! If I had to punch that face, I'd
avoid the nose and teeth too.

Irene Adler

Mrs. Hudson: It's a disgrace, sending your little brother into danger
like that! Family is all we have in the end, Mycroft Holmes!
Mycroft Holmes: Oh shut up, Mrs. Hudson!
Sherlock and John: [furious] Mycroft!
Mycroft Holmes: [long pause] Apologies.
Mrs. Hudson: Thank you.
Sherlock: Though, do indeed shut up.