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Sherlock star says fans wanted gay ending

Sherlock star says fans wanted gay ending

Unrequited love?: Fans wanted to see Holmes and Watson become a couple. Photo: BBC

Fans of the global hit series Sherlock wanted to see the famous detective and sidekick, Dr Watson, become gay lovers.

Actor Martin Freeman told BBC Radio 4 listeners that some fans of the TV show felt ‘betrayed’. They had wanted to see him and co-star Benedict Cumberbatch did not go off ‘holding hands into the sunset’ at the end of the last series.

He said a ‘chunk’ of the show’s keenest fans were ‘adamant’ Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson would come out as gay.

The reaction can be quite intense’, Freeman told Lauren Laverne, the host of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs show. ‘So by the time we filmed the last ones there were some fans who were so adamant that John and Sherlock were gay.

Just good friends: Show producers insisted there was no gay relationship here. Photo: BBC
Just good friends: Show producers insisted there was no gay relationship here. Photo: BBC

‘They knew it and they knew that Steven [Moffat] and Mark [Gatiss] were going to write an episode where we held hands off into the sunset together, and so when that didn’t happen there was a chunk of people going, ‘this is betrayal’.

Speculation over Sherlock’s sexual orientation

Speculation over the sexuality of the famous fictitious detective, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is never-ending. Many believe him to be asexual rather than gay. This was because the brilliant detective needed to remain aloof from the world to solve its crimes.

Back in 2014 Cumberbatch appeared to out Sherlock as gay, during a media interview. This prompted the show’s creators to publicly state ‘for the last time, the Holmes is not gay.

The BBC’s Sherlock series ran for five seasons and offered a new, slightly magical version of the famous stories. The series focused heavily on the relationship between Holmes and Watson, although no sexual relationship was formed.

Freeman’s Watson eventually married Freeman’s real life wife Amanda Abbington, who also starred in the hit drama.

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