MANILA, Philippines – Something – or someone – is coming.
At 10.13pm (Philippine time) BBC One's official Twitter account posted a couple of tweets that sent Sherlockians all over the world abuzz with excitement.
"Did you miss me?" #221back. #Sherlock http://t.co/sJXE1VeFaG — Sherlock - #221back (@BBCOne) July 1, 2014
It's all gone dark... Something's coming... Or someone. Details at 2.21pm tomorrow. #221back #Sherlock — Sherlock - #221back (@BBCOne) July 1, 2014
It didn't take too long for Sherlockians to flood Twitter with tweets of excitement, frustration, and theories.
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As the wait came to an end and the Sherlockians started to get impatient, #221back became a trending topic.
After almost 24 hours of waiting, the day's most awaited news was finally posted in the following series of tweets:
"Miss me?" #Sherlock, the hit @BBCOne drama, will return for a Special, followed by a series of three new episodes. #221back — Sherlock - #221back (@BBCOne) July 2, 2014
After the briefest of exiles, #Sherlock will return to face one of his biggest mysteries yet... #221back — Sherlock - #221back (@BBCOne) July 2, 2014
Shooting on the #Sherlock special will begin in January 2015, with the series shooting later next year. #221back — Sherlock - #221back (@BBCOne) July 2, 2014
We're ready to unleash the most shocking and surprising series of #Sherlock yet. The only thing is to expect is the unexpected... #221back — Sherlock - #221back (@BBCOne) July 2, 2014
The Game is on - again! #Sherlock #221back — Sherlock - #221back (@BBCOne) July 2, 2014
Needless to say, the show's fans filled the Twitter-sphere with dozens upon dozens of tweets of excitement. Perhaps the best way to describe the general Sherlockians' reaction is this tweet:
#221back!! pic.twitter.com/F5cGRfe9pw — *In the TARDIS* (@PondsAreCool) July 2, 2014
Contrary to popular belief, the special episode won't be a shortie uploaded on video sharing website YouTube. Co-writer Mark Gatiss assured fans of a lengthy episode through this tweet!
For some reason, people seem to think the #Sherlock special will be about 7 mins long. It’s episode 10, my dears. It’ll be 90! — Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) July 8, 2014
Sherlock is a modern take on the classic adventures of Sherlock Holmes (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson (played by Martin Freeman). Set in the 21st century, the show follows the duo as they solve crimes in London.
Notorious for making fans wait years before returning to the small screen, Sherlock ended its third season without a set air date for it's fourth. Fans, however, were hoping for a Christmas return of their favorite TV detective.
These hopes were dashed a few months ago when Gatiss announced that it would be at least another two-year wait before the next season airs.
But no matter the length of the wait, fans will never lose faith that their beloved Sherlock Holmes and his gang will return to their screens once more.
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