Sep 10, 2016 02:49 AM EDT

'Sherlock' Season 4 Spoilers, Air Date, Cast, Update: This Cumber-Catching Series The 'Best' Yet The 'Last One'?

By Erika C

After three long, agonizing years of waiting, BBC's "Sherlock" will finally return to your TV screens. Fans will surely be on delight as the fourth season of Benedict Cumberbatch's spin-off to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's masterpiece is expected to be the "best one."

It is earlier confirmed that the lead roles will still be played by the fans' beloved Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson). BBC's "Sherlock" fans and supporters need not be wondering anymore, since their all too-familiar, but equally longed faces will still be seen in this much anticipated comeback of a series. Also, there are quite a lot of expectations and theories to be confirmed as season's spoilers are being leaked online. There will, as well, be expectations that are yet to be warded off, since this all new season of "Sherlock" will make the audience feel both home and strangely outcast at the same time.

"Sherlock" Season 4 Cast

Aside from Cumberbatch and Freeman, all of your favorite main casts are returning, shares Bustle. Of course, Mark Gatiss, one of the series' writers and plays Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes will be back, John's controversial wife, Mary Watson's character by Amanda Abbington will also be there. Sherlock and John's most loving landlady, Mrs. Hudson acted by Una Stubbs will creep out the audience as shown in the trailer, and the reason for Sherlock's head-on and feisty statements, Phillip Anderson played by Jonathan Aris, will also ensure that the new season will be, yet again, filled of Sherlock's sharp words.

There's also a new important character to wait for, who else, but John and Mary's cute little offspring. Meanwhile, amidst the confirmation that the rest of the main characters from the first three seasons will be back aside from Moriarty (Andrew Scott), there are still rumors and anticipation buzzing around that Moriarty isn't truly dead and will make a grand comeback in this new season. Well, everything's possible as long as it's not the end yet, right?

"Sherlock" Season 4 Theme

Benedict Cumberbatch's character will show an obvious change in season 4. No, don't worry, not in appearance, but in how Sherlock behaves. As GamenNGuide puts it, Sherlock will be more "human" in the fourth season. Meaning, Sherlock will be more affectionate, a normal person with emotions, feelings--something that lacks the Sherlock seen on the first season.

"[Sherlock will be] more approachable, people oriented," says Benedict Cumberbatch in an interview. "With his interaction with people, he's better at what he does. He has to understand the world. That's very much John's influence on him," Cumberbatch added.

"Sherlock" Season 4 Air Date

In an interview with The Mirror, writer Mark Gatiss has shared his belief that this season will be the "best one" from among all the seasons BBC's "Sherlock" has had. "It'll be on, probably at the beginning of next year when it usually is. We're very excited about it. I think it's the best one we've done, it's very big chewy stuff, meaty... Lots of big life changing things happen in it and all kinds of non-specific things like that I can say about it," Gatiss said.

Although everyone could be excited for "Sherlock's" return, Steven Moffat, creator of the hit BBC series, has drawn the line and said that this could be the last installment for the TV program. "I don't know how long we can keep it going. I'm personally willing, but I'm hardly the main draw. I would be moderately surprised if this was the last time we ever made this show," Moffat added.

BBC's "Sherlock" season 4 will premier on January 1st, 2017. Watch the heart-stopping trailer below:

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