Sherlock season 4, episode 3 is the last new material fans will see for a very long time. Was it a satisfying farewell to the series?

The Sherlock season 4 finale is a healthy mix of emotional highs and lows. But was it, as co-creators Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss describe, “television history?” No. It was not. It was not even the best episode of the Sherlock series.

However, it is what we have to left to unpack as we leave Holmes at Watson in 221B by the fire. Let’s get on with it, shall we?

The final problem

The greatest flaw of Sherlock is when it gets stuck in its own heightened story telling. “The Final Problem” is the perfect example of retelling the past and not giving the audience any new information. It’s not hard to deduce. The episode does not suffer for this. Because it is not about the game at all.

Eurus’ game is well-crafted, brutal, and unforgiving. She is a master. The episode goes above and beyond to prove that over and over. Eurus wants to understand the complexity of human empathy. The only way she can do that is to cut the people open and see what makes their muscles move.

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The maze she crafts tests the resolve of Sherlock, Mycroft, and John. One great example of this is the use of Molly Hooper. It should be noted that Molly Hooper deserves so much better.

Using her love for Sherlock as a weapon, Molly Hooper’s life shatters with three words. Unfortunately, all of this is in service to unravel Sherlock with no resolution on her end.

As he smashes the coffin with his bare hands, John and Mycroft are there to reel him back in. They lend a hand to rebuild the walls that are falling down around him. That is until they literally fall at the doorstep of his childhood home.

The final problem is how do you deliver human connection to someone who does not know how to receive it? That desire to feel that her brothers appreciate her for more than her brain. If Eurus’ favorite person, Sherlock, could just take a moment to play her game, everything can end.

The test, it turns out, is for Sherlock to lean heavily on his capacity for emotional connection throwing logic out of the equation. He makes room for John, Mary, Molly, even Greg in his life. Can he find a way to make room for Eurus in spite of everything he just found out?

“You were always the grown up,” says Mrs. Holmes near the end of the episode. Sherlock takes the family into the next chapter of their life. One where music bridges the gap between them and the entire Holmes family can sit together without words getting in the way.

‘I’m a pirate’

The biggest twist, if you didn’t already work it out for yourself, comes when John discovers the bones of “Redbeard” in the well. They are not dog bones, but the bones of Sherlock’s best childhood friend, Victor.

But the best appearance is by far the inclusion of Mycroft’s Christmas gift — Jim Moriarty.

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Moriarty’s obsession with Holmes begins well before Eurus calls him in for a meeting. But did he succumb to being one of her agents? Probably. But Jim likely steered his own course to Sherlock. But the game… well, the game now reeks of Eurus.

Mycroft Holmes

The Holmes brothers, Mycroft and Sherlock, have the most fascinating relationship on Sherlock. “The Final Problem” highlights the complexity of their past and the trajectory of their future.

The most moving scene in the entire episode arrives when Mycroft, John and Sherlock are contemplating the reality of what may be their final moments alive. Hearing that Sherlock appreciated a talent of his, one that is not based on their familial intellect, moves him to a smile. Well before Mycroft sacrifices himself for Sherlock’s partnership with John, he gets the validation that their relationship is full of mutual appreciation.

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The minds of the Holmes siblings may be capable of great feats, but no fortress is entirely secure.

Mycroft’s home at the start of the episode is infiltrated by the combination of Holmes and Watson. Later on, his mind’s security system fails. He is a strong, put together person. After years of arranging Sherlock’s safety behind the scenes, it’s time for Sherlock to step up and do the same.

Is there room for more?

Perhaps we will all meet again at Anemoi. In the credits letters it is typical for the editors to highlight certain letters. The final sequence produces just a single word — Anemoi, the meeting place of the four winds.

While the finale ties up loose ends, recreates the scars that affect the duo the most, it does feel more like a beginning than an ending.

Sherlock may or may not return.

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The CW brought back the Fastest Man Alive to Comic-Con for the fourth year in a row, and we live-blogged The Flash‘s Ballroom 20 panel!

After a whirlwind third season that gave us everything from Kid Flash to Flashpoint to the Barry and Iris proposal(s) we’ve always dreamed of, season 4 is gearing up to come back with all new set of heroes and villains for our brainy friends at Star Labs.

The Flash SDCC 2017 live blog

5:16 PST: Black Lightning panel just ended! Time to start The Flash panel!

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The CW brought back the Fastest Man Alive to Comic-Con for the fourth year in a row, and we live-blogged The Flash‘s Ballroom 20 panel!

After a whirlwind third season that gave us everything from Kid Flash to Flashpoint to the Barry and Iris proposal(s) we’ve always dreamed of, season 4 is gearing up to come back with all new set of heroes and villains for our brainy friends at Star Labs.

The Flash SDCC 2017 live blog

5:16 PST: Black Lightning panel just ended! Time to start The Flash panel!

5:17 PST: We’re getting a sneak peak at new footage from the new season!!!!

5:21 PST: You guys. Season 4 looks AWESOME. Also, it seems like Iris might actually get some of her own agency… She’s the real star of the season 4 real.

5:21 PST: The cast is coming out! Omg Keiynan Lonsdale is dressed as Where’s Waldo. Precious.

5:22 PST: “It’s so much more fun to be bad!” Danielle Panabaker loved the darker tone of last season because she got to go full Killer Frost. But whether you love Caitlin Snow or Killer Frost, she promises that next season no one will be disappointed. There will be plenty of both.

5:24 PST: Grant Gustin admitted that he’s really bad at keeping secrets.

5:24 PST: Grant had to act against himself last season in the episode that Tom Cavanagh directed. It wasn’t easy material, especially because the scene was so emotionally charged, but Tom Cavanagh thinks that he’s an incredible actor for being able to match each characters energy. “Also, you’re very handsome,” Tom joked, telling Grant.

5:26 PST: One time Tom sent the EPs a video of four or five different “Wells” that he could play. “Nobody’s pulling for the mime Wells.”

5:27 PST: The producers never told Candice that Iris wasn’t actually going to die. Grant wanted to save her the worry though so he spoiled it for her early on.

5:28 PST: Everybody had a great time on the musical episode. Jesse L. Martin was especially excited to act next to Victor Garber.

5:29 PST: Joe’s romance with Cecille is going to get a little bit more serious next season.

5:30 PST: Carlos really hit is off with Jessica Camacho, the actress who plays Gypsy right away because she’s such a cool girl and really committed actress. She gives it 100%.

5:32 PST: The Big Bad for season 4 is The Thinker.

5:32 PST: Gypsy’s father Breacher is going to show up and he’s going to be played by DANNY TREJO.

5:33 PST: The Mechanic is going to be a female villain for next season as well.

5:33 PST: After three speedsters they really wanted to switch it up in terms of villains for season 4. With the Thinker as the villain it’s going to be the Fastest Man Alive versus the Fastest Mind Alive.

5:34 PST: Season 4 will also have a lighter tone that season 3, harkening back to the first season.

5:35 PST: Even though Barry is trapped in the speed force at the end of season 3, he will be in the season 4 premiere.

5:35 PST: Candice says that Iris is devastated that Barry’s gone into the speed force and they didn’t get to have a discussion on it, he just up and left. So at the start of season 4 Iris is channeling her energy into being the new leader of Team Flash.

5:37 PST: Danielle is the best at keeping show secrets.

5:38 PST: Carlos really loved the episode from last season where they got to go eight years in the future and use the same sets in a different way. That was also a great episode for Tom who directed it because he got to really see and experience his costars’ acting.

5:39 PST: Tom Cavanagh started crying when they did their “Team Flash” chant on the set!

5:41 PST: For Candice, her favorite episode of the season was Flashpoint because it had a fun feel and she really loved Iris and Wally’s brother/sister crime-fighting team. That was also Keiynan’s favorite episode because that was the first time he suited up as Kid Flash! (Grant gave him practical advice for how to work in the suit and how slide into it.)

5:42 PST: For Todd the EP his favorite moment of last year was working on the musical because it was a challenge but it was also a lot of fun.

5:43 PST: Question time from the audience! And yes, there will be more crossovers next season.

5:44 PST: Iris will play a role in helping to get Barry out of the speed force because she’s “Boss Lady at Team Flash.”

5:45 PST: The inspiration for the musical episode came from this cast that can do anything. Greg Berlanti is also a huge lover of musicals, so it was his brainchild.

5:45 PST: Right now they don’t have any plans to do another musical.

5:48 PST: An audience member makes the very valid argument that we still don’t understand how Savitar actually exists since… you know… he had to kill Iris to exist but… she’s not really dead.

5:50 PST: Johnny Quick is an option to come into play since there’s so many multi-verses.

Are you excited for season 4 of ‘The Flash’?

The cast and creators of Stranger Things hit up SDCC on Saturday to unveil the first season 2 trailer. Watch it now!

Stranger Things has become a huge phenomenon since its debut last October. It’s only been out for less than a year but it’s already one of the biggest fandoms at SDCC, and its panel is being held in the biggest venue possible: Hall H. Not bad for a freshman show!

Watch the Stranger Things 2 trailer below, and return to this article later for a recap of everything we learned during their presentation.

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The cast and creators of Stranger Things hit up SDCC on Saturday to unveil the first season 2 trailer. Watch it now!

Stranger Things has become a huge phenomenon since its debut last October. It’s only been out for less than a year but it’s already one of the biggest fandoms at SDCC, and its panel is being held in the biggest venue possible: Hall H. Not bad for a freshman show!

Watch the Stranger Things 2 trailer below, and return to this article later for a recap of everything we learned during their presentation.

Stranger Things SDCC

‘Stranger Things’ returns October 27 on Netflix

Once Upon a Time returns to San Diego Comic-Con with a look back on season 6 and plenty of details to get you amped for season 7.

Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are not strangers to Comic-Con. For the past six years, the creative forces behind Once Upon a Time have sat on stage talking curses, new characters, and surprises.

But this year, it feels like they are pitching an entirely new show. Once Upon a Time staples, Colin O’Donoghue, Lana Parrilla, and Robert Carlyle were on hand to reintroduce the series to die-hard fans. Later in the panel newcomers to the show, including Andrew J West who plays the older Henry Mills, joined to spill some details about the reset.

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Once Upon a Time returns to San Diego Comic-Con with a look back on season 6 and plenty of details to get you amped for season 7.

Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are not strangers to Comic-Con. For the past six years, the creative forces behind Once Upon a Time have sat on stage talking curses, new characters, and surprises.

But this year, it feels like they are pitching an entirely new show. Once Upon a Time staples, Colin O’Donoghue, Lana Parrilla, and Robert Carlyle were on hand to reintroduce the series to die-hard fans. Later in the panel newcomers to the show, including Andrew J West who plays the older Henry Mills, joined to spill some details about the reset.

Here’s what we learned!

Stay tuned for all videos from the panel. They will be uploaded as they become available!

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‘Once Upon a Time’ Comic-Con Highlights

Edward Kitsis wants one thing to be clear — the last six years of the show did happen. History is not going to be erased. But while Regina, Mr. Gold, and Hook are still in the picture, they are not the same characters. Instead, they are reinterpretations.

Colin O’Donoghue mentions that there are still a few chapters of Hook’s life that he’d like to explore. One in particular is checking in on Killian’s mother. “Hook is a complicated character & it’s been great to explore the relationships of the past and the ones to come,” says O’Donoghue.

Why does Henry leave?

In a first look at season 7, Jared Gilmore reprises his role as Henry Mills. And boy, does he look mature! The teaser shows Henry explaining to Regina that he needs to set out and write his own story, one that does not take place in Storybrooke.

Part of that adventure? Finding a love as great as his grandparents. As we previously reported, this adventure will lead Henry to a new version of Cinderella, played by Dania Ramirez.

New faces – Lady Tremaine, Henry and Cinderella

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Speaking of new characters, Gabrielle Anwar, Andrew J. West, and Dania Ramirez joined the panel to discuss joining the beloved series. Anwar mentioned that her daughter freaked out when she took the role mentioning that she is a huge fan of the show.

A new character from the Disney canon is joining the action in season 7 — Tiana! Mekia Cox (whose plane was unfortunately cancelled) will take on the title role from the Princess and the Frog.

Additionally, Adelaide Kane will join the cast as a wicked stepsister and Rose Reynolds will bring us back to the long forgotten character of Alice. (RIP Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.)

Kitsis went on to say that there will be more familiar characters getting a revamp in season 7. Start brainstorming, Oncers!

LGBTQ storyline

Once Upon a Time creators confirm that a “prominent” LGBTQ story is in the works for season 7.

Here’s to hoping it gets more screen time and dedication than Mulan!

What is Mr. Gold’s first name?

In one of the funnier moments of the panel, Robert Carlyle speculated on Mr. Gold’s first name. What is his top choice? Barbara. Babs Gold does have a certain ring to it.

Did Comic-Con get you amped for ‘Once Upon a Time’ season 7?