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The Final Problem



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.

Episode Info

In the final episode of this series, long buried secrets finally catch up with the Baker Street duo. Someone has been playing a very long game indeed and Sherlock and John Watson face their greatest ever challenge. Is the game finally over?


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

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Critic reviews for The Final Problem

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.

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

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.

February 14, 2017 | Full Review…

The performances are gorgeous, and perhaps that makes it hurt even more.

January 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

February 21, 2017 | Rating: 3.75/5 | Full Review…

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.

February 17, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

February 17, 2017 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

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