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Hallelujah! Today is December 1, which means it’s the first day of advent exactly a month until the new season of Sherlock airs.

What better way to mark the day than another hint at what’s in store? Sure enough, viewers in the U.K. watching the finale of The Missing last night (November 30) were treated to a surprise new teaser for the upcoming season.

And boy do they know how to tease. The brief clip is really one big image, styled like a painting, which shows Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) sat in the former’s famous Baker Street flat – but submerged up to their ankles in water.

Showrunner and cast member Mark Gatiss has already told us we’ve missed some “blindingly obvious” clues, so it was with this in mind (and a magnifying glass to hand) that we searched every pixel for clues.

First off, what’s up with John and Sherlock? Are they both just deep in thought after leaving the bath running? Or is the explanation something much more sinister?

Floating in the water are a number of things: a violin (Sherlock’s), a teacup (hmm), and some sheet music titled “Miss Me?,” a reference to Moriarty’s question at the beginning of the trailer.

If you zoom in on the book floating open between John and Sherlock, you can see it’s a copy of Henry V by William Shakespeare, the play in which Sherlock’s favorite line “The game’s afoot” occurs, and also, cue an avalanche of rumors, the character played by Tom Hiddleston in The Hollow Crown.

It may seem like a bit of a stretch, but some Sherlock fans are very, very, very keen on the idea that Tom will play Sherrinford, the third Holmes brother referenced by Mycroft (Gatiss) in the last season, ever since Mark posted a picture with him captioned “Blud” at San Diego Comic-Con in July.

Tom and Benedict, chewing over the evidence? We’re not sure our hearts can take it, especially so soon after the excitement of New Year’s Eve (the fourth season of Sherlock premieres on January 1, 2017).

Other eagle-eyed viewers have spotted a Persian slipper in the water, something Sherlock kept his tobacco in according to the short story “The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual,” what looks to be some yellow graffiti drawn on the mirror, and a lifeboat perched on his bookshelf.

What can it all mean? Have you spotted anything?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.