Sherlock series 3: Andrew Scott rules out return

News Simon Brew 31 Oct 2012 - 06:52

As he promotes his new show, The Town, Andrew Scott has had one or two things to say about Sherlock...

If you're not completely up to date on Sherlock, we should say from the off that it's probably worth avoiding this story. We're going to talk spoilers that pop up at the end of series two of the show.

Still here? Okay then.

Series three of Sherlock is heading into production at the start of 2013, and it's already got one riddle to solve, in explaining just how Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock managed to fake his own death at the end of series two. However, Andrew Scott's Moriarty also seemingly met his maker, but speculation has been rife that he may yet return to the show.

In a new interview, the actor himself seems to have put such talk to rest. "Moriarty is dead", he told The Sun. "I don't think there could have been any better exit for a character like that".

Scott, who's appearing in the new ITV drama The Town later this month, added that "I feel very proud of Sherlock. Moriarty was a very potent character and one the audience really responded to. But it's important to me that he doesn't take over. You have to take risks and play as many different things as possible".

The Sherlock Holmes novels leave plenty of room for further adversaries for the famous detective, of course. We look forward to seeing what Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Sue Vertue and their team come up with next...

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"If you're not completely up to date on Sherlock, we should say from the off that it's probably worth avoiding this story. "

Too bad you spoiled everything with the headline.

Well, of course he'd say that wouldn't he? I have the funniest feeling, at the very least for the sake of series consistency, that we haven't seen the last of Mister Moriarty.

Moriarty has already appeared in Sherlock more than he ever did in the original stories.

A case of Epic fail if I've ever seen one! It always amazes me how stupid people can be.

You're spoiled by Moriarty maybe not returning? I'm sorry, how can you be spoiled by a literary character that's been officially dead since 1893?

Good. He was terrible. & Moriarty has been overused over the years by tv/movie writers.

Wow, that headline was really not a spoiler. A spoiler headline would have been "Moriarty stays dead; Scott won't return to Sherlock".

Back on topic, I'm okay with Scott's absence, though I like him as an actor (check him out in "Sea Wall", he's fantastic). Moriarty was too wide-eyed and giggly for my taste, very aren't-I-a-naughty-boy. I never got why Sherlock didn't just swat him like a fly - except, well, canon.

Who's to say he wasn't in prison, on the run, on holiday, turned good, or just left in a mystery? Nothing suggested he died until until the spoiler alert.

Never ceases to amaze me how some people really do find the most pointless things to complain about on the internet.

That's the point! People reading the headline know that this actor/character is not going to be in the series again it doesn't matter how/why this character is not in the show you now KNOW so no not a pointless thing to complain about at all.

The spoiler alert clearly explains that they will discuss what happened at the end of series 2, and clearly the headline itself does not spoil exactly what happened at the end of series 2. So your complaining about the website spoiling the fact that an actor will not be returning for the new series of a show that hasn't even been made yet? That's much more sensible (or more accurately, its not).

No, Read the title "Sherlock Series 3: Andrew Scott rules out return"
So lets say you've not seen the final episode for whatever reason and you come along this site and you see that headline regardless if you click on the link or not you now know that this actor for some reason isn't coming back to the series so its not hard to make the leap that his character is also not going to return hence spoiler in the title. Yes it gives no details but it is still a spoiler but in the sense of that revenge of the sith lets you know that in this movie at some point the sith get their revenge. And actually I am not complaining about it, I just said it was epic fail, which it is. MrBofus made the complaint I just agreed.

I agree he just was like a spoilt brat rather than how Moriarty is in the books. It is and isn't a spoiler it doesn't give any details but if you've not seen the final episode you know something will happen that prevents his return for good. That in itself is a spoiler.

"The Sherlock Holmes novels leave plenty of room for further adversaries for the famous detective, of course." Do they? 4 novels and the rest short stories, and they've scavenged from most of them already.

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