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No Plans for Moriarty’s Return Says ‘Sherlock’ Showrunner

By on March 2, 2012
Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty. Image © BBC

Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty. Image © BBC

Sherlock Show runner Steven Moffat is apparently ready to move on from James Moriarty in Sherlock‘s third season.

Fans who have seen the final episode of the season, The Reichenbach Fall, will know that both James Moriarty (Andrew Scott) and Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) appear to be dead. However with season three already commissioned before Holmes plunged to his death and Moriarty shot himself in the mouth, anything is possible. This is Sherlock after all!

Speaking to French website Reviewer.fr, Moffat addressed the possibility of Scott’s return saying “Moriarty’s a one shot deal in the original. I don’t want it to turn into a show that’s about one villain and one hero. One of the temptations, particularly with success is to keep repeating your hits. We need to find new villains, we need to find new ideas, otherwise the show doesn’t keep growing.

“Moriarty was great because he was a surprise. Every time we bring him back he won’t be as big a surprise. If I compare it to my other show, I always say new monsters are better in Doctor Who because you fall in love with the monster when he’s new. Same with Moriarty. There are other great villains in Doyle that we want to visit.

“We have to keep the show growing. Otherwise it won’t surprise you. Once you get the measure of it, you’ll just get critical,” he adds with a laugh.

The full interview an be seen here.