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The Empty Hearse



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Episode Info

In the third-season opener, Holmes returns two years after his "death" to find that Watson has moved on and is about to become engaged. Meanwhile, a terrorist attack that threatens London is uncovered, and Mycroft asks for Sherlock's help to stop it.


Benedict Cumberbatch
as Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman
as Dr. John Watson
Rupert Graves
as Detective Inspector Lestrade
Una Stubbs
as Mrs. Hudson
Vinette Robinson
as Sgt. Sally Donovan
Andrew Scott
as Jim Moriarty
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Critic reviews for The Empty Hearse

This was the triumphant return of the most charismatic, most fun character on British television, played by Cumberbatch with insouciant verve. Sherlock wasn't flawless but it was brilliant.

February 17, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

See Sherlock Holmes. See Sherlock Holmes feel.

January 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Sherlock is unique among crime dramas in that it refuses to languish in the somber valleys of criminal psychology.

February 13, 2017 | Rating: 8.9/10 | Full Review…

Any concerns that Sherlock might have lost its magic during the hiatus should be allayed by this generally strong season premiere.

February 13, 2017 | Full Review…

It was all good stuff - the performances and production are among the BBC's very best, though some of the techniques used to visualise Sherlock's impressive mental faculties did feel more garish, more intrusive and dated than they have in the past.

February 13, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

For me, the relationship that blossomed the most in this episode was between Mycroft and Sherlock. Their sibling rivalry is compelling.

February 17, 2017 | Full Review…
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