Sleepy Hollow, otherwise known as that show where a time-traveling Revolutionary soldier and a badass cop team up to fight the zombie demon apocalypse, just ended in January after a finale that blew everyone’s minds. The next season won’t make its way to us until sometime this fall, but does that mean it’s too early to start speculating about Season 2?
No. Of course not.
Spoilers for all of Season 1 of Sleepy Hollow after the jump.
At the end of Season 1, Abbie’s been trapped in Purgatory, her sister Jenny is possibly dead, Katrina’s been carted off by her ex-boyfriend the Horseman of Death, Captain Irving’s been arrested basically for covering up his daughter Macey’s being possessed by a demon, and Ichabod’s been locked in a coffin deep underground by his… son? If you didn’t already know this show was crazy, well, you know now.
At least we can put our fears for Jenny aside. Lyndie Greenwood, who plays her, has been promoted to a series regular for Season 2, so unless they do something really weird with the timeline, she’s almost definitely alive. For now. (Oh God.) Along the same lines, we’re definitely going to see more of Henry Parrish/Ichabod Crane, as John Noble has also been promoted to series regular. We’ll see how Ichabod and Katrina feel about that.
As for Abbie and Ichabod, executive producers Len Wiseman and Alex Kurtzman say that they want to reunite the dream team sooner rather than later, but of course, they won’t tell us how. For people who were afraid what being trapped in Purgatory would mean for Abbie’s agency (i.e. all of us on the Sleepy Hollow review team at LGG), now we know that Kurtzman has at least thought about the problem. In an interview with TVLine, he says:
The question is, is she going to find her way out herself, or is somebody going to help her out? Abbie’s a pretty self-reliant person. I think she would have a very difficult time sitting in there reading the newspaper while she was waiting for someone to rescue her.
Sounds like Kurtzman has a pretty firm grasp on her character, which, sadly, isn’t always the case for executive producers (see: Supernatural). The quote doesn’t preclude Ichabod still saving her, but hopefully they won’t go that direction. I mean, it sounds like Ichabod is going to have his hands pretty full with a suspicious Katrina; in that same interview, Wiseman says:
Katrina’s going to wonder, “Where does that relationship lie?,” wouldn’t you think? Once you get past the “Thank you for saving me from Purgatory and thank you for saving me from the demons and from being dragged down to Hell, but can we please talk about that woman you were hugging?”
Man, they really want Ichabbie and Ichatrina shippers to get into it, don’t they? I understand that there’s almost no way Katrina wouldn’t have questions, but… isn’t Sleepy Hollow soap opera-ish enough already, what with the murderous ex-boyfriends and the surprise son and Andy Brooks’s demonic pining? If the writers can manage to explore the relationships between Ichabod and Katrina and Ichabod and Abbie in an organic, realistic way, I think this will work out well—but if not, it might just be another melodramatic arc where we’ll get to see Ichabod brooding, emoting, and nothing else. Remember the two episodes where he told Abbie to stay in the car while he went about his family history adventures? Yeah, I don’t want that to happen again.
Finally, as for Ichabod himself, the writers love dialing the fish-out-of-water trope up to eleven for him, and who can blame them? Tom Mison plays it outrageously well, and each moment adds a hilarious little flair to the episode. So it’s no wonder the higher ups want to take this to the next level in Season 2, as executive producer Roberto Orci told TVGuide:
He’s been in this town the whole time and he’s adapted very well, but I’d like to see his reaction the first time he gets on an airplane. We were joking that he thinks, ‘Oh, are we driving all the way there in this thing?’ And then the plane takes off. Imagine seeing the White House and all the stuff that he never got to see that are the fruit of his labor and his sacrifice. Things like that will blow his mind.
I can’t wait. What do you all hope to see from Season 2? Let me know in the comments.