‘Sherlock’ Season 5 Renewal Updates: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman To Be Replaced By New Actors?

2:40 AM EDT 5/1/2017 by Lauren Duffy, Celebeat Reporter

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"Sherlock" Season 5 renewal remains uncertain despite the fact that the BBC drama aired its fourth season months ago. While the season 4 finale may serve as a series ender for the show, there have been speculations that the show may still go on without its lead cast, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Will they be replaced by new actors?

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"Sherlock" Season 5 renewal updates remain scarce, but plenty of rumors continue to plague the BBC drama. The network has not yet officially cancelled the show for good, but the show's creators previously admitted that the Season 4 finale may serve as a series ender for the show in case it gets cancelled.

One of the reasons cited for the hesitation to renew "Sherlock" Season 5 is the unavailability of its lead stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. This led to speculations that the show may go on without the two stars and instead, have other actors play the role.

However, series creator Steven Moffat recently told Radio Times that "Sherlock" Season 5 may not go on without Freeman and Cumberbatch. Moffat explained that the show may go on without him and co-creator Mark Gatiss, but not without the lead actors because the show is all about them.

While the cancellation of "Sherlock" Season 4 has not yet been confirmed, many fans are taking this opportunity to save the show and get another season. A Twitter account named #Bring221Back was created by a fan in hopes of scoring a renewal for the show.

The hashtag has been trending on Twitter for a while and many fans believe that this will help make "Sherlock" Season 5 happen. Others, however, believe that the show has already given viewers a fitting conclusion to the characters' story and it would be better to end the show after season 4.

Do you think "Sherlock" Season 5 can go on without Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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