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Stop everything. And we mean everything. The news we’ve been waiting for is here, and it’s even better than we expected.

Last night (October 26) the BBC confirmed the first episode of season four of Sherlock would air on January 1, 2017. That’s just 65 days away. AKA a mere 1,560 hours, or 93,600 minutes from now.

But that’s not all. Oh no. They also announced it would be airing that same day in the U.S. (on PBS Masterpiece) as well as the U.K.

That’s right. Gone are the days when viewers in the U.S. had to wait patiently for new episodes, going to more and more outlandish lengths to avoid spoilers of any kind. Now we’ll be able to settle in and get comfortable for the return of our favorite TV detective on the very same day (though there’ll be the small matter of a time delay).

The announcement began with another cryptic clue:

Okay, so there’s a violin. Four strings, one broken. What could it all mean? Fans immediately went into overdrive with speculation and new theories:

Hmm. Maybe. We also had some theories of our own based on the four episode titles released last month.

The picture of the broken violin was then followed with an updated trailer:

So, it’s official. Season four of Sherlock starts airing on January 1, 2017.

Will you be watching?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.