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We’ve got to hand it to Sherlock showrunners Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. Ever since the series premiered in 2010, they’ve had the whole thing planned out, and kept us guessing with cliffhangers to conspiracy theories and plot twists.

So what do we have to expect from the next new season? So far we know a dog is involved, as is Toby Jones, who’ll play the big villain of the season, and Watson is having a baby with new wife Mary, but that’s about it.

Those of us clueing for looks were given a strong lead last night (September 25) however, when the BBC announced the names of the first two episodes. And they are:

(drumroll please)

Oooooh. Alright-y then. The game is afoot indeed.

Fans have gotten right on the case, digging into Arthur Conan Doyle‘s original stories for clues as to what these episodes might be about.

The consensus is that “The Six Thatchers” may well be a play on the story “The Six Napoleons,” about a criminal destroying busts of Napoleon to find a hidden black pearl. “Thatcher” brings it more up-to-date and could possibly refer to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Whereas “The Lying Detective” is just one letter away from “The Dying Detective,” a story originally published in 1913 that sees Sherlock pretend to be fatally poisoned to catch a murderer named Culverton Smith, who could possibly be played by Toby Jones.

Elementary! The third episode’s title remains a mystery, but what with this new information, plus Mycroft and Sherlock’s elder brother Sherrinford, hinted at in the last season, and Moriarty, whose whereabouts are unknown but is bound to make an appearance, we’ve got plenty of evidence to consider before Sherlock returns to our screens in 2017.

What are your theories?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.