The broadcaster touted the news Friday in London with a black hearse decorated with flowers arranged to spell the name "Sherlock" and hashtag in the driver's window reading "#SherlockLives."
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The 18-day lag between the British and U.S. broadcasts of "The Empty Hearse" may be too much for some fans to bear, but it's at least an improvement on Season 2, when American "Sherlock" fans had to avert their eyes from the Internet for four agonizing months. Series star Cumberbatch has been vocal about his desire for the shows to run concurrently -- "it seems churlish, really, to deny savvy 'Sherlock' fans" he told the Times earlier this year -- and if he hasn't quite gotten his wish, it seems the actor's pleas have not fallen on deaf ears.
As for how his character might have cheated death, a trailer released earlier this week doesn't give away many clues about what's ahead except that -- spoiler alert -- Sherlock is still alive and Watson is sporting a mustache so bushy it puts Dennis Franz to shame.