If one thing is for certain, it’s that the fate and future of BBC’s Sherlock are messy, to say the least. When it first debuted, the series – which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman – received critical acclaim for its clever writing, visual design, and strong direction, all held together by creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, both of whom are best known for their work on Doctor Who.
现在我们至少可以肯定,BBC的Sherlock的命运和未来简直一团乱。它首次亮相时,该系列 - 主演是Benedict Cumberbatch和Martin Freeman--因其巧妙的写作、视觉设计和强大的知指导阵容而获得好评,所有这些都由创作者Mark Gatiss和Steven Moffat共同完成,两人都因“奇异博士”而出名。

Unfortunately, despite a massive fanbase and worldwide popularity, the series began to stumble. While the first three seasons were well received by critics and fans alike, the fourth (which aired in early 2017) didn’t enjoy the same success, thanks in part to a finale that many argue was convoluted, contrived, and poorly written.

Of course, despite the most recent season’s shortcomings, fans have been clamoring for a return. Unfortunately, things aren’t as simple as they seem, with the show’s cast and crew providing different reasons for why a fifth season may (or may not) happen.

Here’s a quick rundown of what we know so far:

While Benedict Cumberbatch has expressed interest in returning to Sherlock, he’s warned fans not to hold their breath. The Doctor Strange star already has a rather busy schedule ahead of him, with film and TV roles extending well past 2019.
虽然Benedict Cumberbatch表示有兴趣回到Sherlock,但他告诉影迷们不要报太大期望。奇异博士的档期相当繁忙,电影和电视的安排已经排到下一年。

Martin Freeman, who plays Doctor Watson, has made it clear how difficult it’s been to live up to fan expectations, and has also explained that working on the show has lost some of its appeal.

Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis, meanwhile, haven’t ruled anything out, though they were quick to note that are both busy working on other projects – namely, a Dracula series.
与此同时,史蒂文·莫法特和马克·加蒂斯并没有排除任何其它可能性,尽管他们很快就注意到其他演员都在忙于其他工作 - 也就是德古拉系列剧。

So far, it doesn’t look like a fifth season of Sherlock is out of the realm of possibility, though the biggest hurdle seems to be finding enough free time for the show’s main players to come together and work on it. In other words, we wouldn’t hold our breath for now.