‘Sherlock’ Season 4 Finally Gets a Premiere Date

After waiting for what felt like an eternity and a half, Sherlock fans have finally been blessed with a premiere date for the BBC series’ highly anticipated fourth season.

While the bad news is that the show won’t return any time this year, the good news is that the wait for new episodes won’t be too long as Season 4 will immediately kick off on Jan. 1, 2017 on PBS Masterpiece.

Titled “The Six Thatchers,” the first episode will debut simultaneously for American and British viewers. This will be first time Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman grace our screens following last year’s  Sherlock stand-alone Christmas special, The Abominable Bride. (For those of you who are counting, it’s been a whopping three whole years since the series’ third season and that Moriarty cliffhanger.)

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Production and filming for Season 4 began this April. In July, showrunner Steven Moffat expressed that this upcoming season could be the series’ very last given Cumberbatch and Freeman’s busy schedules.

I don’t know how long we can keep it going,” he told The Guardian. “I’m personally willing but I’m hardly the main draw. I would be moderately surprised if this was the last time we ever made this show. But it absolutely could be.”

“That’s why I think it’s unlikely that we’ve completely finished it. There would be nothing strange in stopping for a while,” he continued, before adding, “It could go on forever, coming back now and again.”

Basically, prepare for a reeeally long wait for Season 5.