'Sherlock': Is Moriarty really dead? Steven Moffat gives answers


At the end of the "Sherlock" Season 3 finale, "His Final Vow," a surprising message from Jim Moriarty ( Andrew Scott) appears on screens all across Britain. A repeating, electronic voice says "Did you miss me?" and Sherlock ( Benedict Cumberbatch) gets called home from certain death to deal with it.

But does this mean that Moriarty is still alive? Could he have possibly survived his apparent suicide in the Season 2 finale?

While show creator Steven Moffat isn't likely to give definitive answers until "Sherlock" returns for Season 4, he does give a few hints in an interview with Digital Spy.

"He was definitely dead!" Moffat explains. "You can't fake shooting yourself in the face -- part of his head came off."

Fans, however, know now that even the most apparent of deaths can be staged.

As for the "live" message from Moriarty at the tail end of the credits, that is, according to Moffat, nothing but a treat for viewers. "That was [decided] in the cutting room," Moffat says. "It was Mark [Gatiss]'s idea to get one more little blip of him, and we shot the live action shot which we hadn't done for the actual show and put that it after the credits."


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