If you were worried that it would take, like, a billion years until Sherlock was back for a super-short season four on BBC, turns out, your fears might not be unfounded: According to The Independent, co-creator and showrunner Steven Moffat commented in a new interview that it might be up to two years before the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring series is back on TV, to allow time for the show's stars to have a clear schedule and to ensure there's no sacrifice in quality.

"If people have to wait two years, they’ll have to wait two years," he said. "We'll do what we can, but with no sacrifice in quality – that’s the thing...it’s not the kind of show that turns up all the time, it's just not. But the good news is, that probably means it will turn up sporadically for a very, very long while."

Previously, the show has taken year-long breaks between seasons: Season one aired in 2010, while season two aired in 2012, and season three finally aired this year. So, judging by this trend, it's seeming more and more likely that we won't have any new episodes of the BBC show until at least 2016.

The good news, however, is that Cumberbatch seems extremely devoted to the show even with his newfound global fame: In another interview, Cumberbatch—who has recently appeared in August: Osage County, 12 Years a Slave, and The Fourth Estate—said of his future as the iconic detective: "I’ll keep doing it as long as [Sherlock] grows, as long as I feel he’s developing and there’s stuff we’re all being challenged by and that it’s being loyal to the original stories as well."

So...good news? Kind of? Hey, there's always Elementary.

[via The Independent]