Critic Consensus: "The Final Problem" provides a fitting finale for Sherlock's beloved characters-- if this is indeed the end of the series -- although it may feel unfulfilling to those not ready to say goodbye.
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It was like our beloved characters had been restored to factory settings. If this was the last-ever episode, which it surely won't be, it worked well as a sign-off.
This finale represents a fitting end to the foundation of the show that had been there all along, even if we the fans had put up new moldings and installed new floors.
Well, wow. Sherlock Season 4 Episode 3 was intense. There were a lot of revelations, twists and callbacks, and it was one of the best character studies this show has offered to date. Again, there were fantastic performances from all involved.
One of the most outlandish episodes the series has ever seen, as the swan song to what has been, in its heart of hearts, a bizarre show obsessed with the power of showy deduction and reason, but was never too interested the latter.
The future of Sherlock has yet to be decided, but if this proves to be Cumberbatch's last bow, The Final Problem feels like a fitting and sincere goodbye.
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