Sleepy Hollow Recap: Hello Mother, Hello Father

sleepy-hollow-s1-finale-dwIs it comforting or traumatizing to know that, even if you’ve been underground for 250 years, your family can always, always get the better of you?

Ponder that while we review the Sleepy Hollow season finale, an immensely satisfying couplet that finishes off the series’ freshman run. Questions are answered! Formal voicemails are recorded! Fists are bumped! Clothes are bought!

The whole spectacle is glorious madness, ending on a cliffhanger that makes us wish we could cast a spell to make the fall season arrive tomorrow. Barring that, we’ll just have to content ourselves with going over the major points of “The Indispensable Man/Bad Blood.”

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MILLS MANOR | The episodes open with Abbie coming home to her place, which I don’t think we’ve seen before in the series. She leaves a voicemail for Ichabod, signing off, “I am, respectfully, Leftenant Mills,” and smiles a little as she hangs up. It’s adorable, as is her giggle when autocorrect mangles her partner’s text response: “POOR. TELEPHONE. RECEPTION.”

Her meal prep is interrupted when Andy appears in the house. “We need to talk about boundaries,” she coolly informs him, brandishing a kitchen knife and handcuffing him in place. But all he wants to do is warn her: George Washington’s Bible has instructions on how to find a map Moloch wants. He also mentions the prophecy about Ichabod delivering her soul to Purgatory like Amazon Prime the week before Christmas: It’s definitely gonna get there.

“He will desert you, just like your parents, just like everyone you have ever loved,” Andy says sadly. “Except me. No one loves you like I do.” It’s so pathetic that all Abbie can do is use her soft voice on her former colleague, but apparently his pride is not as rotten as the rest of him, and he shuts her sympathies down. When she turns her back to call Irving, Andy breaks his own thumb (hardly the grossest thing we’ve seen him do, but still, eew), slips out of the ‘cuffs and escapes.

GET UP, GEORGE | Ichabod has a flash of memory about George Washington, and I’m going to shorthand it all, because we’ve got a lot of unconsecrated ground to cover before we sleep: The first president died and was resurrected by a group that included Rev. Knapp (who the Horseman killed in the pilot), then GW used his knowledge of the spirit world and Earth to draw a map from one to the other.

“Zombie George Washington. That takes the cake,” Abbie comments. But Ichabod suddenly has Katrina-crazy eyes: If he can find the map, “I can free my wife from Purgatory.” A wary Abbie makes him agree not to let his love for his absent wife cloud his judgment (good luck with that!), then they call in Henry Parrish to meet them at Knapp’s burial site for a little light graverobbing.

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‘YOLANDA WAS A BETTER LISTENER’ | Crane sadly learns the limitations of Abbie’s phone’s Siri-like feature, which is no NorthStar operator when it comes to commiserating about his love life. But there’s no time, Crane! Henry is here, and he’s on board with trying to read the sin-filled prayer beads Knapp brought to his grave. (Side note: Ichabod dated Betsy Ross?) But after the hexed jewelry nearly burns through Henry’s palm, Abbie suggests that maybe there’s a good reason to keep the map hidden. The Witnesses argue a bit but are interrupted by Moloch’s minions, whose appearance seals Ichabod’s resolve about the map: “We must find it, or this war will be lost.”

While all of this is going on, Moloch sends zillions of flying insects into the tunnels to wrap Andy in a cocoon. When he emerges, he’s a black-eyed, hairless, glistening, pointy-headed larvae of evil.

sleepy-hollow-s1-finale-abbieFIELD TRIP! | Thanks to pieces of visions he got from the beads, Henry is able to help the Witnesses find their way to Washington’s actual burial site, an elaborate underground tomb near Sleepy Hollow. It’s full of Mason symbology and statues that suddenly begin to flame – and it only gets weirder when Andy creeps in. He seems to have found Brad Pitt’s skull cap and Neo’s trenchcoat, and he really wants the map Ichabod has just dislodged from Washington’s cold, dead hand. One touch from Henry weakens him to the point that human Andy can emerge long enough to warn Abbie to destroy the map and also release him from his hell. She puts something pointy through his skull, but that doesn’t do the trick. As Team WTF escapes out the back door, Abbie triggers the tomb’s booby traps, which seem to take Andy out – for now.

Outside, Abbie makes Crane see that the map will only bring bad things, and so he solemly lights it on fire. “If using this map meant betraying your trust, that’s something I could not do. For the world, for our friendship. You and I will choose our own destiny. We have free will,” he says, and I die as he turns to look at Abbie. “I choose to forge my fate with you.”

But later, alone in his cabin, Sadchabod holds Katrina’s emerald necklace and seems to come to a decision. He sits at the table, tears rolling down his cheeks, and uses his eidetic memory to recreate the map. Say it ain’t so, Ichabod!

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OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN | While all of this is going on, Irving’s superiors are questioning his family about the deaths of Officer Jones and the priest. To save Macey, Capt. Irving confesses to the crimes and is sent away, but not before he leaves an important datebook for Abbie. (Side note: I guess that means Luke’s alive?)

sleepy-hollow-s1-finale-jennyTHIS MEANS WAR | Jenny and Ichabod discuss his recent clothing purchase at a conveniently located Revolutionary War re-enactment (Crane’s outrage at the idea of a hipster “purveyor of artisanal marmalade” is quite funny) when Abbie arrives at the cabin with news of Irving’s confession. Soon after, Henry shows up with the news that he’s had a dream that the second Horseman of the Apocalypse, War, is going to show up by nightfall. It makes sense: Not only is an eclipse planned for later on, but it’s 13 years to the day that the Mills sisters had their supernatural freak-out among the trees.

The gang deduces that they need a witch to put a binding spell on the ground from which the second horseman will rise. And because apparently all of the Willows, Taras, Sabrinas, Pipers, Phoebes and Paiges in the surrounding area are unavailable – are there really no witches in Westchester County? – they need Katrina’s help. But she’s in Purgatory, and that map was destroyed, Abbie notes. “Wait for it,” Jenny deadpans from the peanut gallery. (Ha!) Ichabod is forced to confess that he’s recreated the map, and I’m surprised Abbie – who’s already suspicious that he’s going to sell her out – isn’t more peeved. “Admit it, you appreciate me a little,” he teases her, which eeks the tiniest of side smiles out of his stern partner as she replies, “Microscopically.” (Perfection, Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie.)

After tasking Jenny with finding out why Sheriff Corbin and Rev. Knapp were meeting so often (as outlined in the datebook), Jenny begs Abbie “Come back to me” as the sisters hug. Good God, we’re nowhere near the emotional climax of this episode, and I am already a mess.

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PURG IS THE WORD | And then there’s nothing left for Abbie and Ichabod to do but clasp hands, recite an incantation and step through a portal – oh wait! Here’s Henry with some last-minute instructions: “Hold onto each other in your hearts” and don’t allow any food or drink to tempt you, or you’ll be tethered to Purgatory forever. OH MY GOD, GUYS, PURGATORY IS TOTALLY THE DUNKIN’ DONUTS NEAR MY APARTMENT.

As soon as they enter the netherworld, Abbie and Ichabod are separated. She wakes up in Corbin’s sunlit cabin, where her mentor tells her the bandage on her head is from a concussion she got during FBI training. Andy’s there, too, and everyone’s so proud of her and cheery, can you blame her for wanting to believe it’s real? (Side note: Abbie’s happiness during this scene, the way she lets down her defenses, is nearly as painful to watch as what happens later.)

Corbin serves up some apple pie a la mode, and Abbie’s just about to take a big bite when she remembers Crane and their mission. Suddenly, the pie starts bleeding, and she makes for the door as a headless Corbin and a busted-neck Andy beg her to help them.

Similarly, Crane’s set-up finds him in a happy place: England in a revisionist reality where his father (hi, Victor Garber!) hasn’t disowned him and the British won the Revolutionary War. He’s just about to join the jovial toast when he remembers Abbie, and that doesn’t sit well with Big Daddy Crane. Ich’s pop turns into a bloody-mouth, black-eyed beast.

sleepy-hollow-s1-finale-katrinaTWO TICKETS TO PARADISE | Both Witnesses are spit out into a woodsy area full of displaced souls. With the tuneless music, amputees, disturbing visuals and random nudity, I half expect Sister Jude to walk through, swinging her rosary beads. When Ichabod finds Abbie, a fist bump (!) establishes that they’re both the real deal, then they find a gorgeous Katrina lighting candles at the church where we saw her last. (Purgatory: Terrible for your soul, great for your hair?)

The redhead warns that their plan won’t work: Even if they can get her out, Purgatory’s soul-for-a-soul plan means that one of them will have to stay behind. Crane and Mills argue about who’ll stick around. I really like that she calls him out on his earlier decision to kill himself (in “Sin Eater”) without asking for her permission, and that he in turn reminds her that she told him there is always another way. “This is the only way!” she cries, and that seems to seal it.

Katrina’s all, “Here’s an amulet that will protect you from Moloch, ‘kaythanksbye!” but Ichabod vows that he’ll be back to free her from the limbo dimension. “Remember our bond. I’ll come back for you,” he says softly, cradling Abbie to him as she tries not to cry. (Anyone else notice Mrs. Crane watching the exchange with a great deal of interest?) Then Moloch is outside, and the Cranes are gone, and Abbie uses her amulet to burn the beast before running away from him. (Side note: Baller!)

THE SAINT’S NAME | Jenny finds a lead in Corbin’s tapes, and it sends her to an abandoned church outside of town. Once there, she has a revelation and calls her sister on the drive back: When Moloch mentioned “the saint’s name,” “He meant it literally!” she cries into Abbie’s voicemail. “Whatever you do, you can’t trust—” but then the Horseman appears and shoots her off the road. Please don’t die, Jenny!

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FAMILY REUNION | But who can’t we trust? To quote Jenny from earlier in the episode, wait for it. Katrina and Ichabod land back in the real world, where Henry is waiting for them. She uses her powers to lead them to the four white trees we’ve seen throughout the season, but she has trouble trying to bind the ground.

At the same time in Purgatory, Abbie finds younger versions of her and Jenny hanging out in a cartoonish dollhouse. They tell her they’re parts of her memory that Moloch hid away, because they saw something in the woods 13 years ago that they shouldn’t have. And when they finally show Abbie, she’s horrified to learn what the Cranes are about to find out…

… when Henry uses his powers to throw them up against two of the trees and hold them there with vines. Ichabod is angry and confused, but Henry transforms before our eyes into a smug, hateful man. “I gave you the answer, so many times,” he says, gloating, before explaining that the Horseman of War was unearthed 13 years ago – and that’s what the Mills sisters witnessed.

It gets worse: Henry is that horseman, and he is also Jeremy Crane, whom Moloch raised after centuries in the ground. He took his name from the first place he encountered after his resurrection: St. Henry’s parish, which is what Jenny figured out just before Headless went road-ragey on her. (That’s some pretty impressive Keyser Soze-ing for someone who wasn’t even around for The Usual Suspects. Also, how did Jeremy age so much when he was essentially dead?)

Before Ichabod can process any of this, Henremy calls to Headless, who shows up and rides off with Katrina flung across his saddle. Then, the pissed-off teen/angry old man throws his father into the box where he was held for years, binds him with roots, and covers the grave as Ichabod screams for help. With the second seal broken, Moloch’s war has begun. To quote the Stones, whose “Sympathy for the Devil” plays us off, woo-hoo!

And that, Sleepy heads, is how you hang fans off a cliff without leaving them feeling cheated. But now it’s your turn: What did you think of the finale? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. Ric says:

    Loved it. Sucks we have to wait till sept for another 13 episode season.

    • robinepowell says:

      13 episodes? It hasn’t been confirmed how many episodes season two will have.

      • iMember says:

        It’s 13 episodes with the possibility of a few additional episodes. I hope they keep it at 13 every season because it works out so much better!

        • Roz12 says:

          I wouldn’t complain if it were 16 though! Sleepy Hollow is too much like that delicious dish you wish you could have second helpings of but alas! there’s nothing left! :(

  2. deena7202 says:

    Absolutely brilliant. Serious cliffhanger. It’s going to be a long wait. A superb show.

  3. Alichat says:

    All the wonderful, humerous moments aside (hello Yolanda, Betsy Ross, and the Purgatory Piano Man), the finale was really sad and twisty. I was hoping that theory about Henry was wrong. Still, awfully entertaining episode.

    • Alichat says:

      Oh…and I forgot to add……that voicemail greeting was classic!! And…..reenactment clothing! Only been saying that for three months now!! LOL!!

    • Angela says:

      The Yolanda line and Ichabod’s continuing frustration with his phone was hilarious. Loved all of that.
      But yeah, one minute I was laughing at his antics, the next Abbie and Jenny were saying their goodbyes and then so were he and Abbie and damnit, I got freaking tears in my eyes. Talk about a rollercoaster of emotions.

      • DeeJones says:

        yep, like complaining that his flip phone was antiquated…demonstrating by flipping the cover back and forth. Loved it..needed the comic relief for sure!

  4. KND says:

    That was seriously awesome!

  5. sladewilson says:

    What we just saw was a clinic on how to do create a proper season finale. That was insane. Best new show of the season….

  6. A. D. says:

    Great Season Finale!

    • DarkDefender says:

      I thought it was really quite good. I could see how they could have ended it on the first half.. But I am really glad they added the second episode.
      Was it just me or did anyone else notice after Henry cut his hand the first time that the music that played the scene out to commercial sounded suspiciously like it was from an episode of FRINGE?

      • DarkDefender says:

        I totally expected to see the FRINGE opening credits start playing..

        • Farley Ong says:

          it’s because the show’s writers are also the writers from Fringe.

          • DarkDefender says:

            I know that, silly rabbit. What I was saying was, did they do it intentionally because John Noble played Walter? I find it RARE that shows recycle music intros/exits unless it has meaning. They didn’t play it on any other scenes last night or this season.
            If it was meant as a nod to fringe and John Noble.. I loved it.. But I also maybe have been wishing it was Fringe music and was asking if anyone else heard it as I did.

  7. CourtTV says:

    Fall is sooo far away!!

  8. Trini says:

    Bloody Awesome….. No words

  9. Jesus crane says:

    Hated it! They spent a large part of the episode replaying old clips do they not think people would remember things. Henry being jermey maked no sense hes not fiery or wears a gold band or causes civil unrest as decribed in the bible and now abbie is stuck in a doll house jenny may be dead n frank is locked up. Crane im not worried about he needs time to think about his life im not even thinking about season 2 at this point. That was not epic sorry! It was alot of never ending speeches n rehash of old clips dang show!

    • uh huh says:

      Jeremy/Henry wasn’t all of those things described in the Bible as the Horseman of War because he WASN’T the Horseman of War until he broke the second seal. Get it?

      And the flashbacks, which were VERY brief, were to put the puzzle pieces together for the audience, to show them how it was all there all along for them to have put together. Very much like the movie “Unusual Suspects.” Look it up and learn something.

      Crane needs time to think? How old are you? Twelve?

      • Jesus crane says:

        The movie your taking about is usual suspect not UNusual suspect first of all and second they have showed some of the same scenes over and over again all season long! For example how many times did they show the scene of katrina screaming out save me? Its all filler! Don’t call me twelve u again r being a arse! They had problems in production n even had equipment stolen n it shows! If I’m not mistaken jenny said it was thirteen years since the incident in the wood n henry said he was risen ten years ago but some how the girls were in the woods n saw henry rising? That’s bad writing this season one n they need to keep up with their mythology!

        • Carla Krae says:

          There’s a recap at the beginning of every ep. Practically all dramas do this that have a serialized story. Calm down.

        • uh huh says:

          Your posts are very childish, so I’ll call it like I see it. I suppose you don’t realize that this is television, and that viewers pop in and out of episodes ALL THE TIME? The purpose of those flashbacks is to provide a window into what the heck is happening for anyone who is either watching for the first time, or who watches but DOESN’T pay the kind of close attention ardent fans do. For a show like this, they are not “filler,” they are VITAL.

          Henry said OVER ten years. But people round off years all the time. “250 years” was said about Crane being buried all the time, when in fact he was buried for 232 years. Big deal. Get over it.

  10. stepf says:

    That was epic. Everything a finale should be. Closing some doors and opening others.
    And yeah…I noticed Katrina staring at Ichabod and Abbie. Me thinks she’s starting to see the bond they have.

    • TVPeong says:

      Ichabod is all-Katrina. Abbie is just a friend. He even sacrificed Abbie to save Katrina.

      • uh huh says:

        He did nothing of the sort. Abbie sacrificed HERSELF so that Katrina could stop the Horseman of War and they could save humanity.

      • KCC says:

        Abbie chose to stay so that she could face her demons. Ichabod did not sacrifice her.

      • Rachel says:

        Not at all. Crane did everything he could to stop Abbie, but when Abbie insisted it was the only way (they needed a witch to cast the spell), promised he would come back for her. He was really emotional about leaving her.

  11. Stlblues2 says:

    WOW, still rewinding those last 15 minutes, still in shock, disbelief, awestruck… Just a superb season finale. Bravo to all those involved in this show, can’t wait to see how this all unfolds this fall.

  12. Linda says:

    A father trapped in a coffin by his son was so 2002 when Connor did it to Angel. ;) I knew when he revealed his grave, he was going to bury Ichabod. Jenny better not be dead.

    • hollow head says:

      actually, IMO the show is often ‘whedonesque-squee-ish’,earns 5 stars !! ab’s going to the window of the doll house for an outside pan out shot was a perfect ‘twilight ZONE’ moment…BRILLIANT !! *que music* ”doodoodoodoo doodoodoodoo ”. always done in a tip of the hat style!

      • Angela says:

        Oooh, you’re right, it did have a “Twilight Zone” feel to it! That scene with her in the dollhouse was incredibly eerie. The show’s vision of Purgatory…yeah. Not a place I’d be anxious to stick around in anytime soon. So much creepiness lurking there.

        • Linda says:

          Can someone please tell me why they would think that they are safe in the doll house? It sits out in the forest like a bright beacon, totally out of place?

          • Angela says:

            I never assumed they were safe in that dollhouse. That dollhouse IS in Purgatory, after all. I was actually waiting for the other shoe to drop when the child version of Jenny kept telling her she’d be safe there.
            But if it actually is a safe haven, you raise a good question. Maybe there’s some sort of special power around it or something?

      • Farley Ong says:

        Abbie looking out at the window from the dollhouse was soo Twilight Zone and Fringe which are both great shows.

    • Christine says:

      I thought the same thing! I was thinking, “Where did I see that before…oh yeah, Angel”.

  13. Mike says:

    Terrific finale to a great season. Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie are on fire when they are together.

  14. Jenna says:

    Truly brilliant and thoroughly entertaining. THAT’s how you do a cliffhanger finale.
    And thanks for a great recap, Kim!

  15. Brittany says:

    I’m not okay *tears up*

  16. Francine says:

    I’ll echo those that said this is how you do a cliffhanger finale. Fantastic. Funny, sad, intense… everything you could ask for.

  17. Jesus crane says:

    How is henry jermey? He is too dang old! What was the purpose of frank confessing when they already got maceys dna? why would abbie stay in purgatory thinking she could beat molach when the fight is suppose to last 7 years? R headless n katrina suppose to go back to purgatory or go hang out under the lake bottom in his coffin? Why didnt abbie listen to andy jenny henry n the bible? These questions wont keep me up at night I will chalk it up to sloppy writing!

    • Bozo says:

      Answering in the order you asked:

      – He was buried for 200+ years. He aged.

      – They haven’t had time to run the tests. Confessing all but shuts down the investigation since they believe they have their guy.

      – She was only going to stay in purgatory long enough to allow Katrina to cast the spell to prevent the 2nd horseman from rising. As soon as that was finished, they were going to switch back.

      – Does it matter where they “hang out?”

      – She wants to forge her own destiny and not be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

      • Kelly says:

        – If that is how old you look in 200 years, I want whatever cream or potion he used! He looks great! *sigh* I guess it is just evil magic or whatever. (Lame crutch)
        -I would agree, but I bet the skeptical cop runs a test the DNA on his neck to compare the Capt. and it will not match.
        – Yeah, except that was what the prophecy said would happen! Just because she made a choice does not make the end result any different. She would have walked out with Crane, or never gone. They wanted it all along. Ignore the prophecy at your peril.
        – I matters as this will likely be a major plot point next season – Save Katrina, oh and stop the end of the world if you have time.
        – Wanting to choose your own destiny is fine. I felt her story line was sloppy at the end. She was smart and kick ass until the last 30 min, then she went in a way that I felt was not really her. She was smarter than that most of the season.

        I personally loved it until the last 5 minutes. It ruined it for me, and I am not sure how they recover. Also, Washington;s bible had extra verses printed when? If Henry/Jeremy was on earth for the last 10 years, why not just break the seal before Ichabod was brought back? The witnesses were separated then, yeah?

        I feel like the last 5 min were a kick in the teeth because they made the rest of the season kind of pointless. Why did they bother if the seal was broken, and War was already there all along. I am curious to see how they get everyone out of their respective peril by the end of the first hour. That should be something to see indeed.

        • uh huh says:

          Henry was waiting until he could get his parents back together and exact his revenge on them. THAT is why he didn’t break the seal until now.

          Is that not obvious? Seemed pretty obvious to me.

          • Andrew Williams says:

            That was pretty obvious to me as well. I wish people would quit nitpicking the story apart–didn’t like it? Great, next fall watch something else. I thought it was a great first season finale and am looking forward to how they resolve it………..

          • Francine says:

            Yeah, I thought that part was obvious as well. I’m also assuming Henry aged or was made to look different on purpose. I dont understand the bad writing comment. It’s a season finale. Of course there are going to be questions. I have no doubt we’ll get those answers and more next season.

          • FxT2 says:

            An even better twist would be if he’d changed his appearance after/during his revelation to look young, like he would have before he aged. A young product of Ichabod and Katrina running around would have given us some extra eye candy, but it would have also made his deception even more clever.

        • Jen B says:

          Seal has to be broken during an eclipse?

    • Paula says:

      U r too technical. I saw the different mistakes and don’t care. It is a fantasy and a fun roller coaster ride. Let us “sleepy’s” enjoy the fantasy. Watch something else if u don’t like it.

      • Jesus crane says:

        Welp..the rating for the finale r in 2.3/6 6.93 on a night with no Voice they only rose up .5 when they come back in the fall they will be facing giants like dancing with the stars the voice n sports. Fox is notorious for pulling shows. If sleepy falls. Below 2.o its a wrap u should keep tabs on the show ratings cuz the exes r! I care enough for them to improve their mistakes n get a season 3 n in the fall with even more new shows coming in u should also want them to improve those numbers. These numbers r arould the same as the season lows. I need to be technical I like the show enough to care about how its performing on paper u should be looking for improvements too!

  18. enri says:

    Amazing episode! Crane & Abbie were awesome!

  19. TVPeong says:

    That’s why the beads burned his hand… he was pure evil.

  20. JP says:

    Fantastic season finale. Tom and Nicole were sublime. John noble was freaking awesome as always (though i
    Called it weeks ago when we learned about Jeremy, that he was their son.. Even posted on that recap to this site)…. Cannot wait until September… Is there a hex we can use to make it come sooner?!?’!

  21. TVPeong says:

    The first horseman is Ichabod’s friend and Katrina’s former love. The second horseman is Ichabod and Katrina’s son. I have a feeling the next 2 horsemen will be connected to both Ichabod and Katrina, and maybe even be one of them.

    • robinepowell says:

      We already met another horseman. Remember Famine (the horseman for disease)? So far, he doesn’t have any ties to Ichabob or Katrina. At least not that we know of yet.

      • robinepowell says:

        Oops I meant that we saw Pestilence earlier this year (Horseman for disease). We just now have to wait for Famine (Horseman for Hunger) to show up in season 2.

  22. robinepowell says:

    Can’t wait for season 2.

  23. Brett says:

    Amazing season finale. Fall is too far away – but I’m already super exciting for more. Can’t wait to see how they can get Ichabod, Abbie, Jenny and Katrina out of their current predicaments.

  24. angel says:

    Is it fall yet?

  25. Mckenzey says:

    Holy bananaballs! Parrish was always a suspicious name but I didn’t think they’d go there

  26. Rita says:

    Now that is a finale!

  27. 98% of the time, I figure out the twists, the murderer, or the secret. Henry being Jeremy completely caught me off guard. I am so invested in this show. It is intriguing, smart, and totally sucks you in. LOVE THIS.

  28. tan says:

    I went back to my Verizon FIOS VOD and watched all the eps last weekend (I had seen the first few live but had stopped watching due to scheduling conflict) and was completely hooked. Tom Mison is amazing and the chemistry between he and Nicole Beharie is so much fun to watch!! Sleepy Hollow was not even on my radar to watch in the new season and now I am a HUGE FAN! I watch a ton of PBS and wonder why I have not seen Tom Mison before. Victor Garber appearing as his father was simply the cherry on top of this season finale- hope we see him in season 2! John Noble is wonderful in everything he does as is John Cho. Great cast all around and cannot wait for fall!!!!!!

    • uh huh says:

      Tom Mison appeared in “Lost in Austen,” though I’m not sure if that aired on PBS (he’s a delightfully bumbling Bingley), and in Parade’s End (also playing a bit of a boob), which aired on HBO, not PBS. You won’t believe he’s the same guy. Great actor.

  29. Drew says:

    This was a great season finale, and a great season! I am glad that they kept it short and sweet. Hopefully Fox won’t Wonderland this show into sucking.
    Part of the fun was that I was able to avoid major spoilers for the show and there were a lot of twists that I didn’t see coming. I hope it stays that way!

  30. Paige says:

    OMG!!!! Awesome! I hate having to wait for the fall but that is how to do a tight season with no fillers. I’ll take a 13 episode tight season than a 20-22 episode rambling one. The question I have is how many episodes it will take for Abbie and Ichabod to reunite and whether it means Katrina back in purgatory.

  31. Jesus crane says:

    Bozo: I’m guessing the same spell that was cast on crane was also cast on jeremy crane has not aged n moloch got jeremy out his grave as a seventy something fully beared old man. If they stopped your heart u should either be a skeleton or the same as when the spell was cast. I love john noble but it makes no sense! Abbie would of served a better purpose going back with crane. The bible calls for two witnesses there nothing in it about needing a witch. Katrina comes back n she’s dragged off again to be a damsel in distress . Again I’m not gonna lose sleep over this I will just chalk it up to bad writing. Abbie can choose her own destiny but it made zero sense to stay since she doesn’t even know HOW to defeat molach yet!

    • Kelly says:

      Yes, all of that. Yes.

    • DarkDefender says:

      I am willing to bet the finale was going to end on that first episode… And that all the twists and Henry being Jeremy were developed only once they knew they were tasked with adding an episode.
      I think there is some explaining needed as to why a boy went in (he fed on roots for 200+years?) and came out a mean Walter Bishop? Oh sorry he took the other religious name, Henry Parrish.. Whatevs.

      Either way, I am excited to see next season.. And hope more American. Television will use this (the British model) of series making.. Just do 2 independent 12-13 story mini seasons and then we can have quality, less fluff and 24-26 full seasons.

      • uh huh says:

        The original order was always 13 episodes, so nothing was added on. And the entire plot was laid out 10 months ago, according to all of the writers and producers. Fox demanded it before it green lit the pilot to series.

      • Carla Krae says:

        Yes, the season was always 13 episodes and this was always the plan.

      • Jen says:

        Jeremy was not enchanted by the coven the same way Ichabod was. He was conscious for 200 or so years and likely aged at a very slow rate, needing extremely little (if any) food, air etc. This show has several magical long-living characters, like Rev. Knapp, so the concept didn’t fall from the sky in the finale. Also a possibility is when the Horseman raised Jeremy, it broke the spell and in the interim 13 years, he aged normally.

    • uh huh says:

      You said it yourself: YOU ARE GUESSING.

      Might I suggest you stop doing that, and just let them tell the story they want to tell, rather than jumping to all sorts of conclusions, and basing judgments on those conclusions?

    • Jane says:

      Has anyone considered that maybe Jeremy created and inhabited the body of a sin eater
      look-a-like? It’s not beyond the realm of possibilities because at first, the sin eater didn’t
      want to get involve and all of a sudden he shows up wanting to help purge Ichabod’s sins?
      That could be a reason for the age issue with Jeremy. I just can’t wrap my head around John Nobles’s character being totally evil.

  32. Znachki says:

    The audio cut out right when Crane was watching Katrina use the stick as a compass, and he said something to her that ended with “witch”, then he said it was a saying that he’d explain later. Can anyone help?

  33. Sean C. says:

    For much of the episode I was sure that the “Katrina” they were rescuing was actually War in disguise, and it was all a trick to get Our Heroes to release him themselves. But the twist with Henry was good, and Jeremy was obviously going to come up again.

  34. GeoDiva says:

    Amazing! WTF momments throughout! Totally blows away my favorite season finales of Lost “We have to go back!” and Fringe’s alt universe with the WTC.

  35. Jennifer says:

    The last 15 minutes was bananas! How will season 2 even start?! Everyone is trapped/held against their will/unconscious/arrested! Is zombie George Washington going to dig Ichy out? Will someone see the horseman and realize Irving was right about the “evil” in Sleepy Hollow? Will Season 2 focus more on Irving and Jenny working as a team to free everyone? Can’t wait!

  36. Mick says:

    Anybody else get really excited when they saw Laura Spencer from Lizzie Bennet Diaries. She was good.

  37. Jesus crane says:

    Uh huh: yes 13 episodes were ordered n yes the plot has been laid out but the scripts r written every week as they were going along n they had a lot of problems with production. There were many delays hence the breaks as well as lighting equipment n wires were stolen. They did a good job considering but the episodes weren’t as great as it could of been n certain things felt rushed n slopped together! The last episode felt like a extra order!

    • Totallyannoying says:

      Wow, you seem to be such an “expert” on all of this–why don’t you apply for a job with them? Maybe as head writer? Let everyone know how that works out for you….

    • cookiekirk says:

      I disagree with u Crane. The producers didn’t want to do a rush job and cheat the fans with a rushed story. So they gave the story exactly what it needed and I am so grateful that they did!! The building toward the finale was perfect, there was no way all this could have happened in one hour. I loved,loved,it!! So there is ur answer.

    • uh huh says:

      Yes, the actualy scripts were written as they went along, but the STORIES and the plot points that had to be exposed in each script (to lead to the finale) were laid out LONG AGO. They broke the overall plot out LONG before the scripts were actually written. They knew exactly how the last episode would end well before they started shooting episode 2.

  38. aaron says:

    I just can’t breathe. Don’t get me wrong it was a great finale (a freaking amazing one), but I that episode killed me. I don’t know whether to be afraid or excited about a second season.

  39. Angela says:

    I have not yet managed to pick my jaw up off the floor. Holy. Effing. Crap.

    I seriously have to wait until fall to see what happens next?!?! Not even close to fair.

  40. Lore says:

    What can we expect from the same people who told us that Peter never existed??
    Awesome finale

  41. Nichole says:

    Really glad they showed the two final episodes of the season together, packed a much more powerful punch then if they had showed them separately. I’m guessing that Henry turning out to be their son and another horseman means more John Noble next season too, YAY!! How creepy where those grey slimy looking faceless things crawling along the ground when they where heading towards the church in purgatory! Some really disturbed writers and creators on that show!! lol :)

  42. ewwww! says:

    @Kimberly Roots

    Great effing job with the recap. I almost enjoyed your writing and commentary more than the show. Your post was super well written, detailed and slyly hilarious. Dude, you just made a fan :)

  43. hm? says:

    It would be interesting to know who are the two remaining horsemen but it would be another jaw-dropping twist if Jenny was unconsciously one? Since she also was invaded by Moloch. Another heartstring tugged for Abbie to do her job as witness since the focus is now mainly on Ichabod and Katrina. Hm?

  44. Bob says:

    Fantastic season finale. But why did they have to turn John Noble’s character into a bad guy? You know he’ll get his in the end, because evil always does.

  45. LaLa says:

    My goodness, what a great show! Wow, I totally saw Parrish being something evil – but I thought he was infected after touching those rosary beads. It didn’t occur to me that he was evil all along, so thanks for that TVPeong. But man, that he was Jeremy . . . totally caught me off guard. So brilliant! And I enjoyed the flashbacks, because it reminded me how everything was tied together. I needed that – I have a short attention span. The emotional farewells, Ichabod’s obsession with his phone, the National Treasure-ist lean of the lead-in episode – all brilliant. But my question now is how the heck they are gonna get out of this? Jenny’s knocked out (hopefully alive), Irving’s locked up, Abbie’s trapped in a haunted dollhouse, Katrina’s been taken by the HH, (hopefully not into the trunk of a cursed tree), and Ichabod’s buried alive and held fast by roots and vines. Who is going to save the world, now? Great cliffhanger!
    Kimberly, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your recaps, interviews and spoilers. But you left out Prudence (Pru).

  46. Curly Girly says:

    Where are Sam and Dean Winchester when you need them?? LOL

  47. clearhaven says:

    I think what makes this show amazing is that it’s half serious, half ridiculous. So even when things get sloppy, you wouldn’t mind cos that’s the nature of the show, and when things get really grim it completely takes you off-balance. You can’t tell what can happen next. Sleepy hollow uses our feelings to see-saw.

    I am just really happy that the finale turned out to be nothing everyone expected, yet everyone loved it.

    Thumbs up Sleepy Hollow!!!

  48. Mikael says:

    I figured when they said the War wasn’t in the ground that Parrish was War, but the Jeremy thing was gasp-worthy! THIS is how you do a finale. I was also psyched to see Jack Bristow and Walter Bishop in the same episode. Hello, Alias & Fringe! I only wish they could’ve shared scenes together.

    • unitron says:

      I’m not sure how they’d go about putting Victor Garber and John Noble in the same scene, but Ichabod’s father could come to the colonies after the war, looking for his orphaned grandson, or, if he didn’t know about the boy, come over looking for his son or his son’s grave, depending on whether he’d heard about Ichabod dying (are there actually–in the show’s universe–records of Ichabod having died in battle, or merely of him having been wounded?), and encounter Jeremy without knowing they were related.

  49. Hawk says:

    Great finale. About 15 seconds before Henry revealed who he was to Ich & Kat I blurted out “he’s their son!”. Who else would have wanted both of them to be in the same place at the same time to take revenge on them?!?! And then I thought of something that Henry/Jeremy responded to Ich about earlier in the episode… Ich asked Henry how he could have let him kill his protector (the Golem) and Henry responded to the effect of – “sometimes we have to kill or let go of those we love most”. I get the feeling that at some point Ich will have to make that choice with either & or Kat & Jeremy.

  50. Supes says:

    Excellent finale by the entire Sleepy Hollow cast & crew and creative team. It was intense, and it felt “big”, I started watching from the pilot b/c it felt a lot like Supernatural meets National Treasure and it hasn’t failed to deliver all season. I’m pumped for S2…I think the show is in good hands with Bob and Alex as EP, the writting is very sharp for a network show…and I hope they keep it streamlined as far as episodes 13-15 seems right.

    Tom Mison for me is breakout star on TV for network drama, I’ve never seen him in anything else before and he is perfect for Ichabod Crane.