Benedict Cumberbatch poses with pup in ‘Sherlock’ Season 4 pic

LONDON, July 15 (UPI) — The BBC has released the first photo from Season 4 of Sherlock and it’s not what fans expected.

The image features Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular sleuth wearing his signature scarf and wool coat and pointing his finger at something out of frame. Sitting beside him is a hound.

“First look: Benedict Cumberbatch in ‪#‎Sherlock‬ Series Four,” the British network said in a Facebook post introducing the picture. “The game is on.”

No other details regarding what part the dog will play next season were revealed. Not pictured was Martin Freeman, who plays John Watson, Sherlock’s best friend and partner in crime-fighting.

Filming on the fresh episodes — which will definitely feature Freeman as well — began in April. The show is to resume airing late this year or early in 2017.

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