'Sherlock' Season 3 Photos: 30 Brand New Shots From "The Empty Hearse"!

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Just when you thought we'd gotten a sizable preview of the 'Sherlock' season 3 to come from the latest trailer and announcement of a Christmas minisode, along comes 30 brand-spanking new shots from the January premiere, "The Empty Hearse!"

In addition to the big shots of Sherlock's public resurrection, and the shippers' delight to come from seeing Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reunited, we also get a look at the entire gang at 221B Baker street, no doubt assembled for the mystery that brings Sherlock out of the grave. Among the new faces, we have Amanda Abbington as Mary Morstan, and even Molly Hooper seems to have a new friend! Hopefully, one less homicidal.

So reads the synopsis of season 3 premiere “The Empty Hearse”:

Two years after the devastating events of ‘The Reichenbach Fall’, John appears to have got on with his life. New horizons and romance beckon. But, with London under threat of a devastating terrorist attack, Sherlock is about to take John at his word, staging his resurrection with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. If Sherlock thinks everything will be just as he left it, though, he’s in for a very big surprise…

Meanwhile, in addition to the footage screened and details gleaned at Comic-Con, we most recently learned of season 3 that Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen (brother to ‘Hannibal”s Mads Mikkelsen) has joined in the villainous role of “Charles Augustus Magnussen,” a character with no direct literary counterpart but likely corresponds to the 1904 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story, “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton.”

Follow-up episode “The Sign of Three” will feature an oft-discussed wedding, while “The Last Vow” will air on February 2. The BBC has yet to commission an official ‘Sherlock’ season 4, though reportedly Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have both signed on for the follow-up, in spite of their increasingly busy schedules.

Preview ‘Sherlock”s big return in the photos below, and tell us what you hope to see from "The Empty Hearse" in the comments!

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