SDCC 2016: Sherlock Visits Nerd HQ And Talk About Season 4 And LGBT Representation

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Credit: Stephanie Coats/4YE

Sherlock season 4 is real, and it’s coming. Taking time out of their shooting schedule, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Sue Vertue, and Amanda Abbington ventured to Comic-Con and made a special stop to Nerd HQ too. There they revealed…. absolutely nothing about the upcoming season but had a very fun time teasing the audience.

Giving as few details as possible about what’s ahead for Mary, Abbington said she would handle becoming a mother like a “badass” because that’s who Mary is after all. As for Gatiss’ Mycroft, the trailer hinted at an expanded role for him in season 4.  

“There’s quite a lot of me this year. And that’s not a face suit reference…” Gatiss said, laughing.

“It’s a nudity reference,” Moffat interjected at once.

Credit: Stephanie Coats/4YE
Credit: Stephanie Coats/4YE

Gatiss also provided one of the best commentaries on LGBT representation of TV series, including Sherlock. He sees a problem with expecting popular series or films to do everything at once. There is always push back no matter what you do. If you have a homosexual baddie, are you then saying homosexual people are bad? “The point is that everyone is all shades of everything. That’s life.” In Gatiss’ opinion, “we should all be a bit more grown up about it.”

In relation to the show, he said, “We don’t have any agenda like that, we’re doing the show we’re doing. That doesn’t mean we’re going to suddenly out a character or anything just for the sake of it.”

Moffat spoke up too saying there is danger in making a person’s sexuality their character note. There’s also the reality that in a show like Sherlock or Doctor Who, “the subject of who you like to date is unlikely to come up in the middle of the crisis, you know?”

“I think it’s important that kids watching television see themselves on screen. I think that’s very, very important,” Moffat continued. “But it must be done in a way that doesn’t seem as though you’re forgiving them.” He referred to instances where characters are revealed as homosexual and then declared a “perfectly normal person too.”

“The representation is hugely important and it’s something that all of television has to get better at, that’s the truth.”


Stephanie Coats