The show may be enjoying higher ratings than ever, but Sherlock show-runner Steven Moffat has hinted that he would like the series to stop for several years, before making a return.

While series three is definitely coming in the next two or three years (after all, it was commissioned alongside series two back in 2010), it could be the last we see of Sherlock and John for a long time to come. As reported by Crave Online, Moffat told journalists that he thought it would be interesting to see the duo return in their 40s and 50s, as late as 2030.

“I fondly imagine it’d be nice to stop it for a while and come back and see what they’re like in their 40s or 50s. Because normally these two characters are portrayed in their 50s. So we’re actually at the beginning. It might be interesting in a couple of decades when they come back and [we] see what they’re like. These are still the formative years of Sherlock Holmes, the most important thing about this series is not that it’s updated. It’s the fact that those two men are still young and they’re still at the beginning of what they don’t know is going to be a lifelong relationship.”

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