Amid plenty of fan theories on the internet, the co-creator of PBS's Sherlock has weighed in on if Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) is gay.
The relationship between Holmes and Watson (Martin Freeman) on Sherlock has had many viewers buzzing since the series began. The show frequently features homoerotic undertones between Sherlock and Watson to the extent that some believe they should be together romantically.
However, Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat has set the record straight, so to speak, and revealed that Sherlock is not gay.
"We walk into that one all the time," Moffat explained to Entertainment Weekly this week. "It's a funny thing when a character for over 100 years has been saying, 'I don't do that at all.' He's been saying it over 100 years! He's not interested in [sex]. He's willfully staying away from that to keep his brain pure -- a Victorian belief, that. But everyone wants to believe he's gay. He's not gay. He's not straight. And Doctor Watson is very clear that he prefers women. People want to fantasize about it. It's fine. But it's not in the show."
As many fans have said to counteract the gay rumors, Sherlock is simply asexual and is mostly incapable of feeling or expressing that type of human intimacy whether gay, straight or otherwise.
It remains to be seen if the series will include more homoeroticism in future episodes, but many fans on Tumblr will likely embrace whatever they can get between Sherlock and Watson.
Sherlock returns with a holiday special at the end of the year followed by season 4 in early 2016, though no premiere dates have been officially announced.