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Sherlock Season 3 Prequel: Is Sherlock Alive? Watch the New Mini-Episode for Clues!

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Are you impatiently waiting to be reunited with your favorite crime-solving duo? 

Well, then get excited because we've got a special season three snack for all you Sherlock fans! In anticipation of the new season premiering in the United States on Jan. 19, BBC just released a brand new mini-episode.

We've got your first look at, "Many Happy Returns," the seven-minute prequel to drama's highly anticipated third season. And if you've been wondering if Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) survived the "suicidal" leap from the hospital rooftop in the season-two finale, this video provides pivotal hints at the detective's fate…

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The video above introduces everything you need for the upcoming season third season of the BBC hit. Written by producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the mini-episode features Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) debunking various theories about how our favorite deductionist could have survived that fall. (Keep those fingers crossed!)

Meanwhile, Watson (Martin Freeman) is watching a video that Sherlock filmed prior to his "death," that is complete with plenty of smiling, winking, and plenty of his world-famous charm. And it's just about as perfect as you can imagine. 

Season three of Sherlock premieres Sunday, Jan. 19, on BBC.

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