Two years after the devastating effects of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr John Watson has got on with his life. New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon; but, with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. It's what his best friend wanted more than anything, but for John Watson it might well be a case of 'be careful what you wish for'. If Sherlock thinks everything can be just as he left it though, he's in for a very big surprise.
Did You Know?
The title of this episode reflects that of the first story in The Return of Sherlock Holmes, which tells of Holmes' first re-appearance after confronting Moriarty at The Reichenbach falls and apparently dying, and was called "The Adventure of the Empty House" See more
When discussing the missing part of the underground-train Sherlock refers to them as 'carriages' while just moments ago they learned from the train enthusiast that they are called 'cars'. Sherlock would have integrated this information immediately after learning this (if in fact he didn't already knew it before) and would not keep referring to it by the wrong name. See more
Dr. John Watson
I wanted you not to be dead!
Yeah, well, be careful what you wish for.
During the credits, individual letters are coloured red. Together they spell Weng Chiang. See more
References V for Vendetta
Do You Hear the People Sing?
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Original French lyrics by Alain Boublil
and Jean-Marc Natel
English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
[Played during Mycroft's telephone conversation with Sherlock] See more