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‘Sleepy Hollow’ scoop: See why there is more to love in Season 2

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The hellatus has been harsh on us all, Sleepy Heads. Luckily, the spirit of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ has been kept alive with constant chatter online (seriously, you need to follow @SleepyHollowFOX ) and juicy scooplets. We’ve got so much happy news to enjoy, so let’s dive in!

There will be more to love on Season 2 of ‘Sleepy Hollow,’ literally. That means more episodes, new characters and oodles of awesomeness.

FOX has ordered 18 episodes for this smash hit’s sophomore season. Yay!!! We always said thirteen episodes weren’t nearly enough and I’m glad FOX agrees with the fans. ‘Sleepy Hollow’ still aims to maintain its cinematic scope even with the episode increase. Plus, FOX hopes to air most of the episodes consecutively. Zap2It reports:

"The show is going to be really, really strong," promises FOX Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly on a call with reporters to discuss the network's 2014-15 TV schedule. The episodes might not run completely without interruption, but Reilly says he plans to air them "almost" all in a row.

Reilly says that like many of "Sleepy Hollow's" fans, he also loved it and wished he could've seen more episodes in Season 1, but he knows that fewer episodes meant that the show was stronger creatively. "I wish we would've had more last season too, but I think it's healthier for the show [to have fewer episodes]," Reilly says.

Given how well-crafted this series has proven to be so far, I’m confident the show will not lack in quality despite the increase in quantity. Yup, I’m already excited Sleepy Heads!

So what can we expect to see in ‘Sleepy Hollow’s’ longer second season? More Katrina, flashbacks of the Headless Horseman, a possible ally to Ichabod and Abbie, a new sheriff in town, and cool twists on historical figures.

TVGuide teases:

Throughout the first season, we watched as Ichabod acclimated to life in present-day America. Now it's Katrina's turn. More importantly, her history with Headless will ​help explain what the Horseman actually wants. Speaking of the Four Horsemen, we'll also get flashbacks to Jeremy's life before he crossed paths with Dear ​Old Dad. "There's a lot to be filled in from the five years between his wake-up until now, so you'll see quite a bit," executive producer Alex Kurtzman says.

I can’t wait to learn more about John Nobel’s Jeremy/Henry Parrish/War. That was an epic twist and Crane’s offspring still has a lot of explaining to do. Maybe he had a right to hold a grudge against his parents, but becoming War and manipulating them for revenge is going way too far, even for fiction. The finale’s final moments still haunt me. So I look forward to seeing War get his comeuppance.

It also looks like we still have a lot more to learn about Ichabod’s former buddy, Abraham von Brunt. Deadline broke the news that Neil Jackson will reprise his role as Crane’s foe and “heavily recur” throughout Season 2. Let’s hope this means we’ll see some more swashbuckling swordplay!

Speaking of swordplay, about a month ago EOnline revealed an impressive character introduction:

In episode two, we'll meet a new tall, muscular guy who's great at sword-fighting, stunts, and horseback riding. Can you say third horseman of the apocalypse? Do you think it will be Conquest or Famine? Have you ever been so excited about a dude on a horse?! (We love this show.)

Who could this mystery man be? Perhaps some episode titles can help us piece together a few clues.

Katie Winter (aka Katrina Crane) posted a photo of the script for the first episode, titled “Hellfire.” Yeah, that doesn’t present any cause for worry. Here’s the image (http://instagram.com/p/nLfJq6G-Fe/) and tweet (https://twitter.com/katia_winter/status/459370070645702656).

We’ve also learned that the aforementioned second episode is titled “The Kindred” (Thanks to ‘Sleepy Hollow’ writer-producer Albert Kim for tweeting this photo http://twitpic.com/e3nvh1. Follow him for more teasers.)

Could this mystery man be one of “The Kindred”? Does he share something in common with Ichabod and Abbie? Maybe this new casting scoop fits the bill. TVLine reports:

Fox’s Sleepy Hollow has cast Matt Barr as Nick Hawley, a “ruggedly handsome” bounty hunter who’ll assist Ichabod and Abbie on a supernatural case in Season 2, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The adventurous Mr. Hawley is described as having a sense of humor and a bit of swagger, but he’s also a loner whose education is masked by a rough-and-tumble demeanor.

What do you think, Sleepy Heads? An educated loner who takes on supernatural forces. His “appearances can be deceiving” vibe makes him a good match for ‘Sleepy Hollow’s’ dynamic duo. Plus, a good bounty hunter will probably be a skilled fighter and rider. Do you believe these two character descriptions are for the same person? Can Hawley be trusted or will Ichabbie be deceived by yet another Horseman in disguise?

I wonder how the new sheriff will feel about Ichabbie working with a bounty. Unlike, Orlando Jones’ skeptical, yet open-minded Capt. Frank Irving, it sounds like this lady will be a force to be reckoned with. Ichabod and Abbie may be in over their heads. EOnline has the details on Sheriff Vasquez:

House of Cards star Sakina Jaffrey is set to join the cast of Sleepy Hollow in a major season two role, E! News has exclusively learned.

Look away, Irving (Orlando Jones)! Jaffrey will take on the recurring guest gig of Leena Reyes, Sleepy Hollow's new sheriff, who is smart, forceful, highly trained and commanding. But Leena also has a warm and maternal side. After working for the U.S. Border Patrol in Texas, Leena is returning to Sleepy Hollow to fill the recently vacated Sheriff's position. You know, 'cause Irving ended season one behind bars.

"There's a new sheriff in town. Obviously, Irving has been discredited and now he's been taken upstate, so the Sleepy Hollow Police Department still has to be run by somebody and that person may not be as open as Irving was by the end of the season with Abbie and Crane," executive producer Roberto Orci recently spilled to E! News. "So somebody may be making their life very difficult."

Of course, before we meet the new sheriff, Sleepy Hollow must first deal with its multiple finale cliffhangers. "We obviously left people in a bit of a bind next season, so I think one of the things we felt pretty strongly about was not coming up with cheap ways out of that problem," executive producer Alex Kurtzman previewed for us, while Orci added, "We're not cutting to a year later."

How will Ichabod and Abbie get along with Vasquez? Will Abbie respect her as a fellow female in law enforcement? Can this lady sheriff be swayed by Ichabod’s unyielding charms? How will Ichabod, Abbie, Katrina and Jenny get out of their respective dilemmas? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Lastly, get ready to meet another historical figure with a twist! The second season will put another captivating spin on another part of American history: Benjamin Franklin (played by ‘West Wing’s’ Timothy Busfield)!

Entertainment Weekly reports:

Fans will discover that Crane (Tom Mison) reluctantly apprenticed under Franklin before he awoke in present day upstate New York. “Last season, we created this history between Ichabod and George Washington that talked about this secret war that was part of the American Revolution,” says executive producer Mark Goffman. “This season, we’re continuing that and expanding on it with other characters. Benjamin Franklin is great because we are all familiar with so many of his contributions and now we get to pull back the veil a bit. This man founded the printing press and was responsible for so many [innovations] and now we find out he’s involved in this secret war and that Crane had a relationship with him. I’ve read several biographies of Franklin and we’re teeing off on some of his precociousness and eccentricities.”

Busfield previously worked with Goffman on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and says he’s particularly excited to play a person who is so widely known, yet infrequently dramatized in TV and movies. “Not a lot of people have actually played Ben Franklin, and the more I learn about him and read about him, he’s a really fun guy,” Busfield says. “He’s a writer, and I love how that informs his mind.”

Sounds pretty brilliant, doesn’t it? I’m sure the renowned inventor created clever contraptions to help vanquish evil. Don’t be surprised if we discover a whole new supernatural reason behind Franklin’s famous kite experiment.

September can’t get here fast enough! Luckily, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ continues to keep fans engaged and entertained during the hiatus, so stay tuned for more news.

UPDATE!

'Sleepy Hollow' Season 2 premieres Monday, Sept. 22 at 9/8c.

In the meantime, share your 'Sleepy Hollow' thoughts, hopes, observations, withdrawal coping mechanisms and more in the comments below!

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