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Sherlock season 3, episode 2 wrapped filming today, and a great photo from the set depicts Benedict Cumberbatch reminding everyone he’s in the new Star Trek Into Darkness movie. Or, is he a nerdfighter?

Today was seemingly the final day of shooting for the second episode of the third season which may premiere as early as the end of 2013. Steve Lawes, a Sherlock camera man, took to his Twitter to tell the world today was emotional because it was his last day of filming. He shared a photo of himself with Martin Freeman (Watson) and Cumberbatch (Sherlock). On the right is Arwel Wyn Jones, a crew member.

Sherlock season 3 - Benedict Cumberbatch

Cumerbatch and Freeman are throwing up hand gestures that don’t seem to match each other. Those in John Green’s online community took Cumberbatch’s hand gesture to be the nerdfighter symbol invented by Green and his brother, Hank. John himself tweeted the photo and made the nerdfighter connection, but our guess is this is the Vulcan Salute since Star Trek just hit theaters.

Sherlock series 3 is taking a break from filming before they shoot episode 3 later this year. The break is for Cumberbatch and Freeman to fulfill other duties like Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit. The latter movie is shooting pick ups in New Zealand beginning this week. Director Peter Jackson tweeted a photo of himself and Ian McKellen on the set yesterday, and the director noted it was their “last ever” time shooting a Tolkien movie.

Sherlock series 3, episode 2 is titled “The Sign of Three” and began production in April. The episode is directed by Colm McCarthy who helmed the Doctor Who episode “The Bells of St. John.” In a previous report we told you that the episode may include a character getting married (click the link to see who).

Is Cumberbatch a nerdfighter or merely pledging allegiance to Star Trek?

  • Jason

    He was just in the Star Trek sequel, wasn’t he?

    • RiverSong

      Yes , he was into Star Trek Into The Darkness. He played the villian Khan .

      • http://www.facebook.com/elizariff Sarah Riffel


  • http://twitter.com/lastyearswishes lastyearswishes

    I’m betting he doesn’t know what Nerdfighters are and since Star Trek was just released, I’m going with the Vulcan salute.

  • http://www.hypable.com/ Louie Schuth

    What are the odds he adapts the Vulcan salute in the same exact way as the Nerdfighter gang sign and has no idea it existed? That’s too big of a coincidence for me, but it could be just how badly I want it to be true.

    • http://twitter.com/Snivelluss Peeves Poltergeist

      That’s right. It’s not a mere coincidence, it can’t be!!

  • IngloriousJaen

    Lol what sign is Martin Freeman doing?

    • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

      not that it’s this, but where I live it’s a gang sign for West Side.

      • http://www.facebook.com/catherine.orourke.33 Catherine O’rourke

        Watch Ali G and you’ll get it

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gavin-Walsh/100000260589961 Gavin Walsh

        Also same here for Westside :D

    • Me

      Or maybe it’s the sign of three geddit aha not funny

  • georgina Phelps

    I don’t care how unlikely it it, I have now chosen to believe he’s a nerdfighter and nobody will convince me otherwise.

  • http://benchpressabear.tumblr.com Joan

    The truth is irrelevant. This is awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/Miss_Wah Sara Morais

    He’s accidently used the nerdfighter sign in Star Trek premieres before but he’s never crossed his arms and used both hands so I’m thinking it really is the nerdfighter sign.

  • Charlie

    Maybe a fan got him to do it once and he learnt it from there?

  • Molly

    “may premiere as early as the end of 2013.” Remember when it was going to be coming out in the fall? ;-;

  • http://twitter.com/kattyjane Kathy Ispache

    not a mysterious sign!! clearly the nerdfighter sign.

  • kat


  • Jesse

    as exciting as this coincidence is, it probably is just that; a coincidence. crossing the arms like that is something that a lot of people do when making variations of signs and since the Nerdfighter sign is an adaptation of the Vulcan salute it’s much more logical that he was not intentionally making the Nerdfighter sign. Let’s not forget that Hank probably created the Nerdfighter sign in much the same way.

  • hpspnlover1

    So are we not going to talk about how Martin is throwing up the Westside gang sign? I mean is Sherlock filmed on the westside of London?

    • Catherine

      Martin was in a film called Ali G, he played a member of a gang from “west side”

  • 7Starrchasers

    Benedict needs more attention…!!!

  • Melissa

    I think it’s both to be honest.

  • Anonymous

    There is no way that can be a Vulcan Salute. The thumbs are in and his arm s are crossed. The question is if he is a Nedfighter it someone just told him to do the sign.

  • Jackie Henry

    hes a nerdfighter, Sherlock is an awesome show ive followed since day one. I’ve also been a huge vlogbrothers fan for a few years now, the two are just too awesome to not be connected, mere coincidence? I think not!

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