Taking Tea in the Kasbah

Dear Tami,

You clearly had some BIG feelings and reactions about last weekend’s final episode of Sherlock. That’s an understatement, I know. And I completely agree with you, it was a heart-wrenching episode. I’m going to take a risk here and say – with a sheepish grin – that I’m actually thrilled you had such a big reaction to it. You’re completely driven to see the next series and that’s always a good thing for an actor to hear.

And yes, you may punch me in the arm when you next see me for saying that.

Thoughtfully listening to your angst over the last episode. Really, I am. And yes, I’m smiling a tiny bit on the inside, too. Source: benedictcumberbatch.co.uk

I am sorry you have to wait so long for the next three episodes. I know it seems like a long way off as we haven’t even filmed them yet. And then there’s that ridiculously long delay before they’re shown in the U.S. I would get started on them right away if I could but you know how Martin has been so busy with the Hobbit these days and I’ve been in L.A. working on my tan. (Just kidding. Well, maybe just a little bit. I was in southern California after all.)

I think you’ll just have to follow through with your plan. And no, I don’t think it’s at all weird. Taking a month-long sabbatical from work to live in London so you can see the episodes when they premiere instead of waiting for them to air in the U.S. is a perfectly sensible idea. I’m sure your boss and your co-workers will understand. In fact, I have it on good authority that they’ll help you pack your bags when the time comes. Don’t worry, I’ll pick you up in the Jag when you arrive. That is, if you’re not in disguise and I can recognize you. How you get past security wearing those things is a higher order skill than I have yet to master and I’ve played the Creature naked on stage, so that’s saying something.

I’m also sorry that I can’t tell you single thing about how Sherlock faked his death. Not even one tiny clue. I would if I could, but I’m sworn to secrecy. You don’t want to know what Mark or Steven would do to me if I leaked even half of a half of a molecule of a hint. Those two are hard-core about their writing secrets.

Kind of like someone I know who is secretive about the location of her writing cave.

What is the main source of your angst – the death scene or that you haven’t figured out how he did it? Source: google.com

Time will fly, you’ll see. And before you know it, all will be revealed. Until then, you can send me your rants and angsty comments and rail on about wanting the information sooner rather than later. I can take it.

Come sit and tell me what’s on your mind. I promise to not have a smug smile on my face the whole time. Source: google.com

You could also come hang out with me and tell me in person, though you’ll have to bring your best game if you want to stand even a microscopic chance of getting the information out of me. Just sayin’.

Perhaps you should ask those readers of yours who have seen the episode if any of them have figured out how Sherlock did it. Maybe one of them has an idea?

Delightfully yours,



*Editor’s note: The views, ideas, and opinions expressed in the Letters from Benedict series are works of fiction and obviously did not come from the actor himself. This series is just my way of expressing adoration for Mr. Cumberbatch and his work and is not intended to be taken at face value or seen as a true collaborative writing endeavor with him.

9 thoughts on “Letters from Benedict: On Secrets, Angst & The Long Wait

  1. on ,
    livrancourt said:

    Picture, if you will, a 14 year old girl caught up in her first real infatuation – with BCumberbach. Now picture her mother, scraping her remains off the floor after the first viewing of that episode. It was NOT pretty.

    • Oh, Liv – I feel for you AND your daughter. It was a punch to the gut and then a tearing out of the heart, that’s for sure. I knew it was coming and I was armed with the knowledge that not only did he survive, but that also there would be a series 3 and even knowing all that, I still cried and yelled at the t.v. I’m convinced the writers of the show must be made of pure evil beneath all of that collective genius.

  2. Reblogged this on randomrewriting and commented:
    Yes, I thought Sherlock is the next best thing that happened to TV since well, since TV was invented. Loved the series, and anyone with half an ounce of brain should watch and love it.

    • I totally agree. Brilliant writing, fantastic acting. It is hands down one of my all-time favorite shows.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I waited to read this until I was able to watch this episode. I had a feeling he wasn’t going to actually die and still felt the sting of losing him. Three episodes a season really isn’t nice or fair. Let me know when you’re heading off to London. You will need a chaperone if you are going to be spending time with BC. 🙂

    • I watched it again last night (to look for clues on how he did it, of course) and it was as painful the second time as it was the first time.

      And yes, I’ll certainly need a chaperone. 😉

  4. on ,
    marcia said:

    How about 2 chaperones….double the support…double the fun! On the flight over we can brainstorm how BC pulled off this latest move. See ya at the airport! ~Marcia

    P.S. The Queen is thrilled we are coming and has agreed to pick us up.

    • The more the merrier! (You and I could talk about Sherlock the whole way there without pesky work getting in the way.) I’m glad the Queen is looking forward to our visit. Good thing I’ve got some time to practice my curtsy.

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