Martin Freeman Says Fan Expectations Ruined Sherlock For Him

You guys really did it this time. If you’re disappointed to hear there probably won’t be a fifth season BBC’s Sherlock, you have only yourself to blame. If you happen to be an inappropriately demanding fan Sherlock, that is. In a new interview in the Telegraph, series star Martin Freeman answered a question about a potential fifth season the beloved Benedict Cumberbatch vehicle by letting everyone know why it isn’t happening. “Um… I think after series four it] felt like a pause. I think we felt we’d done it for a bit now,” the Black Panther actor explained. “And part it, speaking for myself is due to] the reception it.”

While the show’s fourth season experienced its share criticism, with some citing a lag in quality, Freeman’s issue was not with critics per se, but with the show’s extremely adoring fans, whose devotion, some apparently felt, translated into obligation. “Being in that show, it is a mini-Beatles thing,” says Freeman. “People’s expectations, some it’s not fun any more. It’s not a thing to be enjoyed, it’s a thing : ‘You better f—— do this, otherwise you’re a c—.’ That’s not fun anymore.”

Just so you fans don’t feel completely terrible, however, Freeman is also willing to admit that, hey, look, maybe Sherlock really couldn’t sustain its previously lty caliber whodunit. “Whereas even with The Office the Ricky Gervais comedy that launched Freeman’s career] it was a slow burn,” he admits. “But Sherlock was frankly notably high quality from the outset. And when you start that high] it’s pretty hard to maintain that.”