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Mark Gatiss Drops More ‘Sherlock’ Season 3 Hints

Gatiss describes how Sherlock Holmes will disguise himself when the new season begins

Sherlock” Season 3 is expected to begin filming later this year, pending the busy schedules of series stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. But in the meantime, “Sherlock” co-creator Mark Gatiss is dropping a few additional hints about the upcoming season.

During a Radio Times party (as reported on Bleeding Cool), Gatiss confirmed that the season premiere of “Sherlock” will be inspired by “The Empty House;” which is the original Arthur Conan Doyle story that reunited Sherlock and Watson after Sherlock’s faked death.

In “The Empty House,” Sherlock uses disguise to hide his identity even from Watson. However, Gatiss stated that this version of Sherlock will have a different approach.

“We made a decision right from the get-go that [Sherlock] would not do disguise in the traditional sense,” explained Gatiss. “He actually has a line in ‘The Great Game’ which is ‘The art of disguise is knowing how to hide in plain sight’ and that was because, right from the start, I thought modern day Sherlock Holmes would not put putty noses on, he would basically be standing behind you now and you wouldn’t know he was there. [Benedict Cumberbatch] has put on various costumes but it’s more about being invisible.”

Nearly a year ago, Gatiss noted that Watson’s reaction to Sherlock’s return would “possibly [be] a stream of terrible swear words."

The Bleeding Cool report also states that Gatiss and Steven Moffat won’t be bringing in a new villain to replace James Moriarty and will instead focus on telling “different kinds of stories.”

A U.S. premiere for “Sherlock” Season 3 hasn’t been announced, but it may occur in late 2013 or in early 2014.