The two-hour finale of “Sleepy Hollow” on Monday, Jan. 20 capped off the first season of the best new drama on network television in spectacular fashion.
“The Indispensable Man” and “Bad Blood” continued the series’ incredible story-telling mixture of fantasy, science fiction and horror with terrific historical aspects surrounding the Revolutionary War thrown in.
I don’t want to get bogged down too much in the details about the episode, except for, of course, the major twist/shock at the end of the finale (that will be a spoiler if you’ve yet to see this episode or series, which I highly recommend.)
All season long Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), a soldier from the Revolutionary War era revived in modern day after 200-plus years in a spell-induced coma, and Sleepy Hollow police lieutenant Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) have fought evil bestowed upon the town of Sleepy Hollow by the demon Moloch, his minions and the headless horseman, the first of the four Horseman of the Apocalypse. The two have also tried all season to release Crane’s wife, Katrina (Katia Winter), from Purgatory.
The highlights of the finale include Crane and Mills entering Purgatory in an effort to save Katrina, who’s also a witch and put the spell on Crane effectively saving his life to be revived in the future. However, when they reach Katrina they realize that they can only save her from Purgatory if one of them were to take her place. Mills, selflessly wanting to finish her longstanding battle with Moloch, offers to take Katrina’s place and stay behind in Purgatory.
The real shock of the finale is what happens when Ichabod and Katrina return to modern day Sleepy Hollow. It turns out that Henry Parrish (the always excellent John Noble), the Sin Eater that helped save Crane’s life and has continued to help out him and Mills, is indeed Ichabod and Katrina’s lost son, Jeremy, who was thought to have been killed by Katrina’s coven. Even more shocking is that Moloch has turned Jeremy into the evil War, the second horseman of the apocalypse. Henry/Jeremy/War summons the headless horseman (previously revealed to be Ichabod’s former friend and Katrina’s former fiancé Abraham) to take Katrina away.
My only complaint with the finale was how the series casually wrote Sleepy Hollow police captain Frank Irving (a nice little homage to “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” author Washington Irving) out with having him take the blame for the murders of two people killed by his daughter under demonic possession. The character portrayed by Orlando Jones was, in fact, one of the many highlights of the season and I felt like the two-part finale (he didn’t even appear in the admittedly busy second part) sort of dealt him a raw deal.
So, the first season of Fox’s sleeper hit “Sleepy Hollow” ends with Abbie stuck in Purgatory, Katrina lost once again, Capt. Irving taking a murder rap that he’s innocent of, War coming to Sleepy Hollow and Ichabod left having to save not only his wife this time, but Abbie, as well.
I must admit that the idea of modern-day telling of “Sleepy Hollow” was at first unappealing, if not downright idiotic to me, but after hearing good things about its premiere I broke down and gave it a shot. I’m incredibly thankful that I did so, because I was entranced by this series by the end of its pilot and it never let go of me for one second during its 13-episode run. I just can’t believe I have to wait nine months for a second season, which seems like some sort of evil that even Moloch himself couldn’t perpetrate.
“Sleepy Hollow” can be seen locally on Fox16 Conway Corp. channel 16.