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Clues to the next season of Sherlock have turned up in all kinds of places, from episode titles to first look photos and mysterious trailers.

The latest clue, however, must surely take the biscuit. Tucked away in the pages of today’s (December 12) edition of The Daily Telegraph, was an announcement about the birth of John and Mary Watson’s baby, revealing the baby’s name and a bit more besides.

The message reads: “Congratulations!. — To John and Mary Watson on the birth of their beautiful baby daughter, Rosamund Mary Watson.

“From your friends, Mrs Hudson, Molly and Sherlock, although he hasn’t helped us with this at all as he’s always on the phone.”

Fans of Benedict Cumberbatch might recognize the tradition, as he did something similar when his engagement to Sophie Hunter was announced two years ago in The Times.

His was, well, real, however. John and Mary Watson, on the other hand, are fictional characters played by real-life married couple Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington.

What could it all mean? Needless to say, fans are already on the case on social media:

And then there’s that other bit of information the announcement reveals:

Meanwhile, a new trailer aired over the weekend that might some way explain why Sherlock’s always on the phone. In it we get our first proper glimpse at Toby Jones as the season’s villain Culverton Smith, not to mention a very surprising admission indeed from Sherlock:

Of all the theories we’ve read, the idea that romance may be on the cards for our favorite solitary sleuth is surely the most far-fetched. Or is it? Just who is he admitting he loves here?

Sherlock season four airs in the U.S. on PBS Masterpiece on January 1, 2017.

What are your theories?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.