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‘Sleepy Hollow’ S2 spoilers: Details on the Evil that takes hold

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The latest trailers for ‘Sleepy Hollow’s’ sophomore season are pretty intense and it features some tantalizing new footage. Ichabod and Abbie are reunited, Jenny is battered and bruised (but in one piece,) Abraham holds Katrina captive, Henry is up to more menacing mischief with Moloch, Benjamin Franklin is flying his infamous kite and so much more. Watch the embedded video before getting details on the visual awesomeness we just gazed upon.

The Walking Dead

“Evil takes hold” in Sleepy Hollow and it looks like there’s going to be a lot of baddies wreaking havoc in town. We already learned about the Kindred, Pied Piper, and more. Now we see haunting images of the walking dead. It looks like fallen Revolutionary War soldiers are crawling out of their graves. Creepy! Is Moloch raising an army of the dead? Is this part of Henry’s plan to take over the town? In one scene Henry gives someone we can only assume to be Moloch a sword of some great significance. What is the importance of this weapon? Is this the key to raising their army of evil? John Nobel has been nothing less than chilling in every scene we’ve seen and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Eek!

All About the Benjamin

The "Evil Takes Hold" trailer features a quick sneak peak of Benjamin Franklin (Timothy Busfield) flying his iconic kite. We assumed there would be some sort of supernatural significance to this particular invention and we were right. Executive producer and showrunner Mark Goffman divulges some juicy spoilers in an interview with The Huffington Post’s Maureen Ryan. Regarding Franklin, he says:

"Not only did Ichabod Crane apprentice under him reluctantly… his experimentation with electricity and the key he used on the iconic kite" was actually a key to open the door to Purgatory, according to Goffman.

A key to Purgatory would come in pretty handy right now considering the fact that Abbie is trapped in her own personal hell-ish dollhouse full of childhood memories and all sorts of evil figures lurking around her. So does Ichabod use Franklin’s key to free his friend? We’ll have to wait until September 22nd to know for sure, but it certainly makes sense. It looks like Ichabod busts a very grateful Abbie out of Purgatory. Plus the trailer gives us a glimpse of Ichabbie’s super sweet reunion in the woods, which includes a hug (aww) and an explosive fist-bump (squee!). Furthermore, Goffman teases the following to TVLine:

Question: Any cool Crane-Abbie moments coming up on Sleepy Hollow? —Jeff
Ausiello: I haven’t seen the Season 2 premiere yet, but exec producer Mark Goffman promises the Sept. 22 opener contains a “pretty shocking moment in purgatory” between the two, adding, “I don’t think anyone’s going to see it coming.”

So Ichabod enters Purgatory to retrieve his gal-pal. Yay! But what could the “shocking” moment be? Do you have any predictions?

UPDATE: "The Epic Adventure Returns!" promo

FOX's brand new 30 second teaser (published on YouTube on Aug. 6, 2014) provides a closer look at Franklin and confirms Ichabod's quest for the key to Purgatory. In the promo, Ichabod and Jenny work together to find the key and rescue Abbie. Once Abbie and Ichabod are reunited, they get right back to work and hunt down Henry. Again, Nobel wins the award for creating the most goose-bump-inducing moments. He is what every trailer maker hopes for. Does the new teaser leave you with even more chills, Sleepy Heads?

Blasts from the Past

We’ve talked about all the new baddies that will surface this season, but we will also meet some other interesting people from the past. Some will be good and others will not be so welcome in town. Here are some more highlights from Goffman’s interview in The Huffington Post:

· HuffPost TV can exclusively reveal that Clancy Brown will return as Sheriff Corbin in the sixth episode of the season, which is titled "And the Abyss Gazes Back."

· As previously reported, Matt Barr will recur this season as Nick Hawley, an arms dealer who gets drawn into Ichabod and Abbie's work. Hawley has a past with Jenny, but in Season 2, he and Abbie end up being drawn to each other, despite the fact that, as Goffman noted, "neither of them is particularly looking for a relationship." Hawley has "a very different energy from Crane," Goffman added. "They complement each other well. He has a completely different point of view in the world. He doesn't care. When you talk to him about the Apocalypse, he's like, 'Which one?'" because every culture has a myth or lore about an Apocalypse. "He's not worried about that, he's much more out for himself and living for the moment," Goffman added. "I think that actually part of the reason we came up with this character was because …there’s so much weight of the world on our characters with the Apocalypse -- we didn’t want it to always feel heavy. We need that levity, we need to show that life still is going on."

· Abbie's mother will arrive midway through the second season to play a "pivotal" role. "She's a big part of Abbie's arc" even before she arrives, Goffman said.

· "Crane has a former love interest that he was betrothed to in England and it turns out she’s come back as what we’re calling 'The Weeping Lady,'" Goffman said.

· We will meet Benedict Arnold in Season 2.

As we discovered earlier, Corbin’s son, Joe, will also make an appearance in the sixth episode. It would be nice to see Corbin interact with his son and gain an understanding of their relationship. Did Joe know about Corbin’s secret supernatural investigation? Has he returned to look into the circumstances of his father’s strange death? How much does Abbie know about Joe? How will Joe react to Ichabod and his quirks? Will he join the team in their fight against evil? Having a marine on hand could really help their cause. At least we know Hawley will be lending a helping hand and maybe more.

Ichabod is an old-fashioned gentleman, so it will be a joy to watch how protective he will be over Abbie. It is comforting to know that Crane and Hawley’s interaction is constructed to provide some comic relief in the midst of such mind-numbing drama. An interaction that probably will not be so light-hearted is the introduction of Abbie and Jenny’s mother.

There is a lot of anticipation to meet Abbie’s mother. The cast teased that she is a little supernaturally savvy, so it would make sense that her daughters followed suit. What role will she play? Does Mama Mills have a history with Moloch too? We have so many questions!

Then there’s Ichabod’s psycho ex-fiancee. She will appear in “The Weeping Lady,” which hints at the idea that good ole’ Mary may be the “Weeping Woman” of legend. There have been many incarnations of the Weeping Woman, but her origin story is grounded in Mexican folklore which refers to her as “La Llorona.” Essentially, all versions of the tale have one thing in common, “The Weeping Woman” is a woman scorned. Given that Ichabod chose to marry Katrina, it sounds like Mary may be coming back for revenge. (Fun-fact: ‘Supernatural’s’ pilot episode featured their own version of the Weeping Woman, so chalk this up to another SuperSleepy moment.) What do you think, Sleepy Heads?

There still aren’t any details on Benedict Arnold’s appearance, but suffice it to say that we will learn how and why he became a traitor.

Beauty and the Beast

You all might have noticed the emerald necklace Abraham was placing around Katrina’s neck. If you need a refresher on the significance of that necklace, go HERE for a recap of “Necromancer.” It is a little surprising to see Abraham still holding onto the jewel given its history. Katrina and Abraham’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ dynamic is going to be very strange, but it will be fun to see Ichabod put up a fight for his beloved wife. Bring on more swordplay!

A season split in two

Lastly, we have the official word on how Season 2 will be divided this year. Last year we faced a few interruptions due to the World Series and so on, but this season will be more streamlined. Give Me My Remote reports:

“We have 18 episodes [in season 2]: we’re running 11 in a row, and then seven, starting in January,” showrunner Mark Goffman explained. “So we’re really looking at is as two halves [of story]. The season is a complete story, and it’s full of chapters, but we’re building towards a much bigger cliffhanger to leave people on with episode 11, and is one no one will see coming.”

So we’ll have to brave another mind-blowing cliffhanger, but let’s face it, that’s something we’ll need to get used to as Sleepy Heads.

What do you think of the latest scoop? Are you super excited for Season 2? Did you notice anything suspicious in the trailer that may have been missed in this article? What are you most excited to see? Did you notice that Orlando Jones is missing from all of the new promos? What is happening with Captain Frank Irving?! Will the premiere show us how prison life has been treating him?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

‘Sleepy Hollow’ returns Monday, Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. on FOX.

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