Apparently a mustache is supposed to indicate that two years have passed since the events shown in Season 2.
Posted on Dec. 9, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
I'm no fanboy when it comes to my favorite TV shows and movies, but I can feel my excitement building as the return of "Sherlock" approaches next month. So when a trailer teasing Season 3 of the popular mystery series recently became available, I was eager to see it.
As fans of the show already know, the surprising cliffhanger that ended Season 2 showed Sherlock Holmes dying in a fall from a building -- an apparent suicide. But Sherlock is clearly not dead, leaving viewers to wonder how the series will resume its story of the world's most famous sleuth imagined as a modern-day character.
The trailer does not disappoint, and sets up a couple key facts before new episodes begin airing on BBC and PBS.
And which key fact jumped out at me? That two years have passed since the events shown in Season 2. Besides the fact that a character says so in the trailer, how are we as viewers to know this? Why, because Dr. John Watson (played by Martin Freeman) is shown in a couple of scenes sporting a mustache.
All of the other returning characters shown in the trailer look exactly as they did at the end of Season 2. (Except that Sherlock Holmes is not, in fact, dead.)
So when time passes, you just ... grow a mustache?