The First Photo of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in 'Sherlock' Season 4 is Here

Sherlock and John look extra broody in Season 4. (Photo: Courtesy of Todd Antony/Hartswood Films 2016 for MASTERPIECE)

While we all know that Sherlock Season 4 is coming soon, sometimes it feels like that “coming soon” is roughly the equivalent of, say, the earth crashing into the sun. We all know it’s going to happen, but the actual arrival of said event feels as though it will likely occur in a distant future, one that seems hard to properly imagine at present.  

(Sorry, just going a tiny bit crazy from waiting over here.)

Anyway, as the clock ticks down to 2017, we’ve gotten a few tidbits to keep our Sherlock dreams alive. We know that filming on the latest block of episodes has been completed. There’s an exciting Season 4 trailer, filled with new footage that has spawned roughly 2,500 new questions about where the story is headed. The cast dropped some thematic hints at Comic Con. Sherlock apparently has a dog.

And now the first official photo of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson has arrived. (Woohoo!)

Filming Wraps on ‘Sherlock’ Season 4

(Sherlock and his latest crime solving companion in Season 4. (Photo:  Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films for MASTERPIECE)

We’re one step closer to new episodes of Sherlock - Season 4 has officially wrapped filming, as of last week.

This news isn’t that surprising – the Sherlock crew basically said during their appearance at San Diego Comic Con that they only had about two weeks of shooting left to go anyway.

Nevertheless, there’s still a sense of excitement about the fact that the production team has been tweeting so much about the end of filming. To be honest, everyone’s probably pretty stoked that we’re this much closer to seeing Season 4. 

Here’s the First Image From the New Season of ‘Sherlock’

"Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch and his super cute new canine companion (Photo:  Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films for MASTERPIECE)

A bright spot has appeared in the long wait for Sherlock Season 4.

Yes, the fourth season is still filming and we’re unlikely to see new episodes before early 2017. But there is a (tiny) light at the end of the tunnel at last. The BBC and Masterpiece have released the first image from the upcoming new season, and while it reveals literally nothing about what we can expect to see story-wise, and doesn’t even feature both cast members, it’s still basically water in the desert for fans anxiously awaiting new material. 

‘Sherlock’ Gets Creepy in New ‘The Abominable Bride’ Trailer

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, all dressed up like it's 1895. (Photo:  Courtesy of © Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films and BBC Wales for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)

It’s kind of been exciting watching the Sherlock promotional machine get into gear ever since the announcement that the series’ Victorian-themed special episode would air on New Year’s Day.

 And while we’re all justifiably sad that we’re only getting one installment with the Boys of Baker Street to tide us over until Season 4 (which, regrettably, won’t even start filming until early 2016), at least we’re getting almost as many Sherlock-related goodies – photos, interviews, trailers – as we would if this were actually a full season. (JK, I totally know that this is in no way the same. I’m just trying to make us all feel better.)