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It’s been made pretty clear that Lara Pulver won’t reprise her role as Irene Adler in Sherlock’s third season, but what about Season 4 and beyond? Pulver, who appears on Starz’s new drama Da Vinci’s Demons, revealed during a recent interview with Spinoff Online that she believes the character has more to do on the hit BBC series.
“She’s definitely not dead, which is always a good start,” Pulver said. “I think there are some other integral key characters they want to introduce into Season 3, which is kind of going to be their focus, and some new stories to tell.”
She continued, “However, I have no doubt at some point Irene Adler will be back in that BBC show. It was such a wonderful piece of writing on Steven Moffat’s part, and it’s become a very kind of iconic relationship between Holmes and Adler. There’s definitely more to be explored, but it might not be in the immediate future.”
CBS’s take on Sherlock Holmes, Elementary, recently announced it also will introduce Irene Adler to its canon. Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer will play a version of the character in a three-episode arc that leads up to the season finale, and Pulver said there’s plenty of room for more than one take on Holmes’ love interest.
“That’s the wonderful thing about Conan Doyle: It’s open for complete new interpretation,” she said. “I think that’s what Steven Moffat and Mark [Gatiss] were so wonderful at — making their world based on the Conan Doyle books. I’ve not seen Elementary in order to comment, but hopefully they’re putting their own spout on that show and I’m sure they’ll create, just like with the Sherlock Holmes movies, their own world and their own Irene Adler. There’s definitely room for more than one.”
Sherlock began filming the first two episodes of Season 3 on March 18. The third episode is planned to shoot at the end of the summer. No air date has been announced.