Third Season 'Sherlock' Villain Revealed [SPOILERS]

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As the third season finale of BBC's "Sherlock" begins production in Cardiff, today, the series' producer, Sue Vertue confirmed the identity of the principal villain as well as the actor playing him/her.

****Seriously, if you don't want to know anything about "Sherlock" Season three, avert your gaze.****

Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen ("Headhunter," "Flame and Citron") will be playing Charles Augustus Magnussen, the next villain to match wits with Benedict Cumberbatch's Holmes.

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Mikkelsen's a fine actor, and it looks like he's been aged-up a bit for the part.

The character partially matches the name of a character from the later Holmes canon, Charles Augustus Milverton, a blackmailer extraordinaire who made his debut in "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton." The use of Milverton/Magnussen seems appropriate, given that he was one of the foils for Holmes created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle after resurrecting Holmes in the wake of his final battle with Moriarty. As portrayed by Doyle, Milverton was a sadist who toyed with his victims, often using one to gather evidence to blackmail another.

Similarly, in its third season, BBC's "Sherlock" will have to answer the question of how its title character survived a very long and public fall from a tall building at the conclusion of the second season.

The final episode of "Sherlock" season three is titled "His Last Vow," and joins "The Empty Hearse" (episode 3.01), and "The Sign of Three" (episode 3.02) in this year's lineup. The new season premieres on the BBC October 31.

[Source: Den of Geek]