The game is on … but will it continue? Can it still be considered a game when the stakes are raised and the lives of those closest to Sherlock Holmes — the man who once prided himself on being untouchable — are in jeopardy? The series four finale of “Sherlock,” entitled “The Final Problem,” aired on Jan. 16 and these are the questions that kept me on edge for the duration of the episode as the titular character, accompanied by his partner-in-crime John Watson (Martin Freeman) and elder brother Mycroft Holmes (Mark Gatiss), race against time in an attempt to outrun “the east wind.”

After a three-year hiatus — broken up by a special episode on Jan. 1, 2016 —, Sherlock Holmes, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, returned to our screens to face a new enemy … though it was not clear who that enemy truly was until halfway through the series. For the first two episodes of the new series, it appeared that there was no particular focus. However, by the end of the second episode and the beginning of the third and final one, it became clear that Sherlock would have to confront his toughest opposition yet: his humanity. He realizes soon into the final episode that he cannot outrun what has haunted him for years that he has refused to acknowledge: the reality that he and Mycroft are not the only Holmes children, but in fact there is a third Holmes — Eurus, whose name in Greek means “the east wind.”

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