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‘Sleepy Hollow’ preview: ‘The Golem’ sneak peeks and finale scoop

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In our first look at Monday night’s (Dec. 9) “The Golem,” we learned that Ichabod Crane reaches out to sin eater Henry Parrish for help. Ichabod needs to communicate with Katrina and Henry can make contact with someone in Purgatory. Unfortunately, breaking through this supernatural barrier comes with a great price. Ichabod and Henry inadvertently release a monster into Sleepy Hollow. As we’ve seen throughout the season and especially in the last episode, “Sanctuary,” Crane can kick some serious ass. When it comes to saving his wife and learning more about his son, surely our brainy hero can brave a few more evil forces in order to get the happy family reunion he deserves.

In the embedded behind the scenes sneak peek, Tom Mison discusses Ichabod’s desire to learn more about his long lost son. As we will find out on Monday night, Crane is willing to face dire consequences in order to get some answers about his only child. Will Katrina give him the information he needs during their brief interaction? How will Ichabod be able to enter Purgatory in the first place? The next scene provides us with a clue.

Ichabod begs Henry to put him in touch with Katrina. Although Henry is a sin eater, he hasn’t really used his powers for something of this nature. In this suspenseful scene, Henry warns Ichabod that entering Purgatory has great risks. Furthermore, Henry will need to do something dangerous in order to send Crane’s mortal soul into Purgatory. Does Ichabod need to nearly die to gain access to Purgatory?

Get ready to swoon over this next preview. Abbie sympathizes with Ichabod as he opens up to her. This clip captures a tender moment in which Ichabod wears his heart on his sleeve. He has so many questions, rightfully so. He also feels hurt and somewhat betrayed by Katrina. Why wouldn’t she tell him about the pregnancy? Abbie sweetly comforts Ichabod, assuring him that Katrina had her reasons. All of Katrina’s secrets existed to protect Ichabod from evil. Centuries later, poor Crane must figure out why Moloch came after his wife and son. Surely, Ichabod will gradually acquire the answers he needs to vanquish Moloch once and for all.

As this magnificent season slowly reaches it conclusive climax, show-runners and series cast continue to keep secrets. However, they have been sharing a few fun teasers here and there.

In an interview with TVLine’s Kimberly Roots, Mison and Nicole Beharie address Ichabbie’s relationship:

Mison says, “It’s a business partnership! What, there will be calls back to Katrina? ‘I’m just staying late at the office darling. I’ll be in purgatory a little later’?”

Beharie echoes his sentiments, explaining, “I do feel like it’s a platonic relationship, and they are just working toward a common goal.”

Clearly, Abbie poses no threat to Crane’s relationship with Katrina. As we’ve seen throughout the season, Mrs. Crane even views Abbie as an asset and enlisted her help when Ichabod was in trouble. But we still have a lot more to learn about Ichabod’s witchy wife. Beharie is a fan of the way in which Katrina’s backstory has been slowly unfolding throughout the course of the season. Roots reports:

And if Mrs. Crane plays a bigger part in the apocalyptic fight ahead, Beharie says, so much the better. “It’s really wonderful that they waited to reveal more about Katrina, because as the fan base is missing her [and is] sort of unsure of who she is, you start to feel almost like Crane does,” the actress says. “We’re separated from this person, you’re getting flashes of this person… and the answer is revealed.”

It’s a really good thing to know that the trio gets along because they each will play a vital role in this season’s epic finale. As we will see in “The Golem,” the lines between Purgatory and Sleepy Hollow will be blurred. Executive producer Ken Olin tells TVLine:

“In the finale, certainly there will be a more immediate kind of convergence between the two worlds that will not only involve Katrina and Crane, but Abbie, too,” he says.

Ichabod Crane is a man caught between two worlds and two women. His beloved wife unwantingly lures him into Purgatory, while his loyal partner keeps him grounded in Sleepy Hollow. What will happen when both world collide? We will have to wait and see!

‘Sleepy Hollow’s’ super-sized finale

FOX’s new press release breaks down the rest of ‘Sleepy Hollow’s’ freshman year.

After another hiatus, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ returns with a new episode on Monday, Jan. 13 at 9 p.m.

Season 1 will conclude with a jaw-dropping two-hour finale on Monday, Jan. 20 from 8 – 10 p.m.

Here are the finale details:

In the first hour of the two-hour SLEEPY HOLLOW season finale event, “The Indispensable Man,” airing Monday, Jan. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) discover a massive secret buried within the pages of George Washington’s Bible and unearth the shocking true nature of the founding father’s death. Meanwhile, Captain Irving (Orlando Jones) makes a near-impossible decision for the sake of his beloved family that drastically changes his future. Then, in “Bad Blood” (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the battle between good and evil comes to an explosive head – sacrifices must be made, worlds collide, loyalties are tested and the town of Sleepy Hollow will never be the same – resulting in a haunting first season finale.

It all sounds so intense! I'd expect nothing less. Getting ready for an epic exit as we enter an excruciatingly long off-season.

Bonus spoilers

Just in case you missed it, Entertainment Weekly’s Sandra Gonzalez answered some fan questions in this week’s Spoiler Room. Here’s the latest scoop:

Sleepyheads, I adore you and all your questions. And I promise there’s much more from my chat with executive producer Alex Kurtzman coming. Look for some great stuff Monday and in an upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly. For now, here are four of the questions you sent me via Twitter, answered!

After the introduction of Capt. Irving’s family & the announcement of Ichabod’s father, will there be more family members added? – SHollowSource
Well, as you pointed out, Ichabod’s dad is on the way and will be played by Victor Garber. Beyond that, though, Kurtzman said they “very well might” explore bringing in Abbie’s father next season. “There’s definitely a story to be had there and a deep and impactful one for Abbie and Jenny. So it’s entirely possibly that we will,” he says.

I loved Tom Mison’s brilliant sword fighting scenes. Will we see a lot more of him fighting in future episodes/season 2? — @savvyanna10
The upcoming season finale is “massive,” according to Kurtzman. And he means that in more ways than one. “What we love about it is that it’s massive both emotionally and size and scope,” he says. “I think one of the things we’ve always felt is that one of the first questions we always ask when breaking an episode is what is the story about emotionally? It’s not what’s the monster of the week. It’s what’s going on with our characters.”

Will we learn what happened to Baby Crane? At least his name? Thank you! — @Dionysius1
Yes. You’ll find out what happened to his son in the next episode. The next episode is going to be about Ichabod finding out what happened to him.

Anything about Abbie’s storyline in particular we can look forward to? — @shiftingnewton
We’re going to learn some more details about her family AND answer some major questions about Abbie and Jenny’s encounter with Moloch. “One of the big things we’re going to start tackling is what they don’t remember about what happened to them in the forest that day,” teases Kurtzman. “They only remember seeing Moloch and then they blacked out and woke up by the side of the road and then don’t remember what happened. So the mystery of what happened to them is something we’re going to play out. And that may provide us with some answers for some of the bigger threats that are coming.” That’s right…BIGGER. No wonder they needed a two-hour finale.

TVLine also shares some insight on Orlando Jones’ Captain Irving. The fandom darling assures us that things are not always as they seem:

Jones promises we will learn “a lot” more about Abbie and Ichabod’s boss – possible reveals: Why has he cut the duo so much slack? Is there any significance to his character sharing a surname with Sleepy Hollow author Washington Irving? – before the end of the season, “but it’s not what you’re expecting,” he says. “Not at all.”

Olin adds:

“Not only are Irving’s relationships with Crane and Abby really put in jeopardy, but his entire career is put in jeopardy based on trying to protect people that he cares about,” Olin says, teasing that “choices are going to be made that involve potentially huge sacrifices.”

How do you feel about Irving? Can he be trusted? Does he know more than he lets on? Has he been involved with the supernatural even before Ichabod’s arrival? Are you eager to learn more about his family and past?

Casting Alert

Earlier this week, TVLine revealed who will play Papa Crane and the lucky actor is Victor Garber. We don’t have any details on his role yet. He will presumably appear in flashbacks as Ichabod’s supportive father. What do you think of the casting choice? Were you expecting a native Brit like Mison? Do you think Garber is a perfect fit?

There you have it, Sleepy Heads. That pretty much sums up all of ‘Sleepy Hollow’s’ big teasers for the week. These last few episodes will be bittersweet. I really hope FOX increases the episode order for Season 2 because 13 adventures a year just aren’t enough.

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‘Sleepy Hollow’ airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on FOX.

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