Sherlock creator Steven Moffat has said that villain Moriarty is unlikely to return to the show.
The detective’s arch enemy, played in the BBC’s updated version by Andrew Scott, was apparently killed in the second series finale The Reichenbach Fall. And now Moffat has said that viewers should not expect to see him again.
He told the Radio Times: “We need to find new villains, we need to find new ideas, otherwise the show doesn’t keep growing.
Moriarty was a one-shot deal in the original [books]. I don’t want it to turn into a show that’s about one villain and one hero. Moriarty was great because he was a surprise. Every time you bring him back he won’t be as big a surprise.
The writer suggested that the third series will introduce “other great villains” from Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, saying: “We have to keep the show growing otherwise it won’t surprise you. Once you get a measure of it you’ll just get critical – if we keep surprising you and keeping you off balance, you won’t.”
Meanwhile, it was suggested that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is in line to turn up in Moffat’s other show Doctor Who as The Master, although no comment has been made on the speculation.