'Sherlock' Season 3 finale: Is Moriarty really alive?

sherlock-season-3-finale.jpgIn the final moments of "Sherlock" Season 3, fans -- and all of Britain -- got a shock when Jim Moriarty returned from the dead with the message "Did you miss me?"

But has Moriarty really returned from the dead? If so, how does that work?

Despite the fact that the British government takes the possibility so seriously that it pardons Sherlock Holmes from his suicide mission, there's a good chance that Moriarty is still dead. The messages all over the nation's televisions and other screens could have been planted by another. Moriarty might have set it all up before his suicide.

The man really might be dead. For the sake of Sherlock and of England, the audience should hope so. On the other hand, if Sherlock survived his apparent death, why couldn't Moriarty have achieved the same? Remember that audiences never saw the "real" story when it came to the faked death. It's therefore possible that there is more to Moriarty's final story than meets the eye.

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Whether Moriarty is alive or dead, the fact remains that his "return" will have to be a major factor in the stories that make up "Sherlock" Season 4. Holmes might end up wishing for a nice little suicide mission after that.



The "Sherlock" Season 3 finale ended with the possible return of Moriarty. Is he really alive? What does this mean for Holmes in Season 4?
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