Sherlock will end…NEVER! That was the answer you were hoping for, right? Well, it sort of is the answer.

Sherlock creator Steven Moffat dropped a little hint in an interview with Variety that there are no plans on the horizon to end the show — just as there aren’t exactly super firm plans you can count on for the 2016 season.

Unless, that is, Benedict Cumberbatch decides to call it quits.

Doctor Who is the all-time perfectly evolved television show,” Moffat, who also has a job as the showrunner for The Doctor, said. “It’s a television predator designed to survive any environment because you can replace absolutely everybody. Most shows you can’t do that with. For example, once Benedict Cumberbatch gives up Sherlock, what are we going to do? We are going to stop, that’s what we are going to do.”

If that isn’t a huge motivator for Sherlock fans to be incredibly nice to Cumberbatch (not that we need any motivation, TBH), then we don’t know what would be.

Those jonesing for their next Sherlock fix can catch the Christmas special coming over the holidays, entitled “The Abominable Bride.” There is talk of another 3-episode season to come, with Digital Spy confirming from Moffat that filming will commense in the spring of 2016. We’ll believe it when we see it.

Hold yourself over with the extended Christmas special trailer, released last week.

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