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This Sunday, “Sherlock” might be going to Hell –
in Norway

A cryptic lead from the popular BBC series suggests the famous detective may be headed to Norway for the first time since 1904.


The article includes minor spoilers for “Sherlock” sesason four.

The BBC crime drama “Sherlock” has a well known habit of filling its episodes to the brim with mysteries and cryptic leads that fans have a field day turning inside out in anticipation of the next episode.

Season four opener “The Four Thatchers” was no exception. Without giving away too much, the episode ends on a video message addressed to Sherlock Holmes from Mary Watson, John Watson’s wife.

The message ends with her saying “go to hell, Sherlock”, which does seem like a rather nasty way to address an old friend.

Considering what has transpired in the episode up until that point, the sudden change of heart makes seemingly no sense.

Which of course has fans speculating about this being another lead – one taking the famous detective all the way to Norway.

Or, being more specific, to Hell.

Hell is a small town with a population of 1,500 souls in the middle of Norway, and the location of Hell train station, a popular destination for anyone seeking selfie evidence that they have indeed gone “to Hell and back”.

It is also a good spot to utilize the classic “Hell freezes over”, and the offices of Hell’s freight expedition are definitely experiencing more enthusiastic visitors than what can be considered the norm for freight expedition offices.

Hell was really cold guys

Et bilde publisert av Brenna Morlock (@brennamorlock)


Back in 2013, VICE made a short documentary about the town, focusing on the yearly Blues in Hell Festival and that year’s headliner Sugar Pie DeSanto, an old duet partner of Etta James. Miss Universe winner and Hell local Mona Grudt also turns up as “the beauty queen from Hell”.


The theory about Sherlock going to Norway is further supported by the fact that Mary herself does visit Norway during “The Four Thatchers”. Here, she is seen disembarking a boat in Norddal, an idyllic town located half an hour from Geiranger and the Troll’s Ladder.


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If there is merit to the speculations, it will be the first time since the 1904 publishing of Arthur Conan Doyle’s story “The Adventure of Black Peter” that Holmes comes to Norway.

According to the website Sherlockian, that tale involved a yacht headed to Norway and ended on the following line from the detective:

“If you want me for the trial, my address will be in Norway – I’ll send particulars later.”

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