The "Sherlock" Season 2 finale, titled "The Reichenbach Fall," ended with a shocking cliffhanger as Sherlock is framed by Moriarty and is discredited as a genius. Moriarty ultimately blackmails Sherlock, telling him that he must commit suicide or else John Watson, Mrs. Hudson and Lestrade will be killed by Moriarty's assassins. Sherlock is seen throwing himself from the roof of St. Bartholomew's Hospital while John watches. The episode ends with John in his therapy session, Mycroft reading in "The Sun" about the suicide of a "fake genius" and Mrs. Hudson and John visiting Sherlock's grave. A sad Watson begs Sherlock not to be dead and the camera shows Sherlock to be alive and watching from afar. RELATED: 'Sherlock' Season 3 Air Date In October? Find Out When The New Season Premiere Date Is Landing! [VIDEO]
After the Season 2 finale, fans have eagerly been waiting for two things: to find out how Sherlock survived and how his reunion with Watson will go. Actor Martin Freeman, who plays John Watson, dished some details about Sherlock's "death" in an interview with Radio Times.
"How did he survive the fall?" Freeman said. "All the clues were on screen. It's not going to be a cheat -- everything that we saw on that final episode offers hints as to how he did it." Viewers can recall that Sherlock sought out Molly Hooper before his death and it is safe to assume that she helped him fake his own death. RELATED: 'Sherlock' Season 3 Spoilers Roundup: 8 Leaked Details To Know About The Upcoming Season
The beginning of Season 3 will be taking place years after Sherlock's supposed suicide, which begs the question: How did Sherlock hide in plain sight for so many years? "He actually has a line in [series one finale] the Great Game which is 'The art of disguise is knowing how to hide in plain sight' and that was because, right from the start, I thought modern day Sherlock Holmes would not put putty noses on, he would basically be standing behind you now and you wouldn't know he was there," said "Sherlock" producer Mark Gatiss, who also plays Mycroft Holmes. RELATED: 'Sherlock' Season 3 Air Date: BBC Debunks Christmas Special Rumors; When Will Season Premiere? [SPOILERS]
As for Sherlock and John's reunion, Gatiss reveals that it will deviate from the original story where Sherlock bumps into Watson disguised as an elderly book seller and reveals his identity once he's inside 221B Baker Street. Gatiss also sheds some light into Watson's reaction after learning Sherlock is alive, stating: "I always found it a little unlikely that Dr Watson's only reaction was to faint... as opposed to possibly a stream of terrible swear words." No matter how annoyed Watson is, it's clear that he will be patching up with Holmes quickly. RELATED: 'Sherlock' Season 3 Spoilers: 4 Things To Know About The New Season
There's also a wedding slated for Episode 2 of the third season, which is most likely that of Watson's wedding. In fact, current rumors suggest that news of Watson's wedding is what will bring Sherlock out of hiding. The character of Mary Moirstan will be introduced in the second episode and will be played by Freeman's real-life girlfriend Amanda Abbington. "Working with Martin on 'Sherlock' is really quite inspiring, 'cause he's so good at his job. And he and [Benedict Cumberbatch] have this fantastic chemistry," says Abbington. "Coming into 'Sherlock' you have to up your game, 'cause they're so good together." RELATED: 'Sherlock' Season 3 Release Date: Top Spoilers For The New Season [VIDEO]
Fans are eagerly awaiting the new season and while there is some speculation suggesting an October 2013 air date, most of the signs point to a January 2014 release date for Season 3. While that means the show is months away, the new season just might be worth the wait, as Benedict Cumberbatch told Hypable that he prefers season 3 over season 2. "It's great. The second series was weird. Because it was such a phenomenal success, we were a bit distanced from the routine and the inhabiting of those characters," explains Cumberbatch. "This season, straight into it, comfortable. And [the characters all] immediately fit under our skins. Really hard work because it wouldn't be a good show unless we were trying to evolve it and set ourselves new challenges and standards. But I love it. I'm very fond of playing him. You're in for a treat this series."