At the end of the second season, Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) faked his own death in "The Reichenbach Fall." A new teaser released in November touting the British series' return focused on the social-media frenzy surrounding the realization that Sherlock was alive after all, causing the socially inept detective to explain himself to the masses.
Surprise of a Lifetime
Sherlock's season-three premiere, airing Jan. 19 on PBS in the U.S. and New Year's Day in the U.K., centers on the aftermath of Sherlock's faked death. How will his partner, John Watson (Martin Freeman), react after discovering the truth about Sherlock?
A New Look
John Watson (Martin Freeman) debuts a new look -- with a mustache! -- in the third season of Sherlock.
The Empty Hearse
When Sherlock returns in 2014, the first episode -- titled "The Empty Hearse" -- is loosely based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Empty House." In announcing the U.K. premiere date, a hearse displaying the return drove around London on Nov. 29.
John Watson's fiancee, Mary Morstan (Amanda Abbington), and Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) don't like what they see in a new still from season three.
How will Detective Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) react when learning of Sherlock's latest trick?
Future Mrs. Watson
Mary Morstam (Amanda Abbington), who will be introduced in the new season, seems happier than the rest of the characters in a new still from "The Empty Hearse."
Mrs. Hudson's Shock
Sherlock and Watson's loyal caretaker, Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs), meanwhile, can't hide her shock. She did, after all, visit Sherlock's grave at the end of "The Reichenbach Fall." Did Sherlock's return from the dead cause her jaw to drop?
Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey), who harbors a deep crush on Sherlock, aided in faking his death in "The Reichenbach Fall."
In addition to welcoming Mary Morstam (Amanda Abbington) into the fold, Sherlock also will introduce Sherlock's nemesis Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelson).