Sleepy Hollow Season 3 Spoilers Ezra Mills

Sleepy Hollow EPs: Intel on Abbie's Mysterious Dad Isn't 'Necessarily True'

The story of Abbie and Jenny Mills’ deadbeat dad has been canon since Sleepy Hollow‘s first season: Unable to handle his wife’s increasing mental instability, Ezra Mills bailed on his family when the sisters were young.

But what if Papa Mills’ story has gotten as twisted as every other historical tale the Fox drama tells?

“I think the hardcore fans have always wondered about Dad,” showrunner Clifton Campbell tells TVLine. “There was a picture painted of him early on that was the guy who ran off, who couldn’t deal, and who fled. It’s very nice to find that that’s not necessarily true, and the part of it that is true is much more realized in the back half [of the season].”

Adds executive producer Albert Kim: “He’s been a figure of mystery for both Abbie and Jenny for most of their lives,” and once he’s around, it becomes clear how much was “missing from his perspective.”

NYPD Blue alum James McDaniel will take on the role when Sleepy returns on Friday, Feb. 5 (8/7c); Kim says that McDaniel’s scenes, so far, have been “awesome” and “amazing,” and that the series is looking for ways to “work him in even more than we have.” (Though he wouldn’t say whether Ezra shows up for the funeral of Abbie — who seemed to perish in the midseason finale — or under some other circumstances.)

But does Dad know that one of his daughters is a Biblically foretold Witness to the apocalypse and the other dabbles in demon-fighting? And might he share some of their tendencies toward the occult?

“As with everything in Sleepy Hollow, he has more in his past that we don’t know about that will come to bear on Abbie and Jenny’s story,” Kim says. “That’s a big spoiler: whether he’s keyed in or not.” — With reporting by Matt Webb Mitovich

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  1. Angela says:

    Wouldn’t surprise me if their dad has some experience with the supernatural in some form or another. This is Sleepy Hollow, after all :p.
    I rather like the idea that he might not be quite the deadbeat dad that Abbie and Jenny originally thought he was. I’d be curious to know what other possible reasons would’ve ultimately led him away from his family. And hopefully, if and when Abbie and Jenny learn the truth about their father’s past, that can allow them a chance to reunite and bond a little (and yes, I include Abbie in that reunion because I do not believe she is gone for good :)).
    Sounds like an interesting storyline with the Mills family coming up. I look forward to watching it play out!

  2. evababy says:

    Honestly I don’t think this comes as a huge surprise. Since the stuff about their mother was uncovered, many have speculated that Papa Mills might also have some tie to the supernatural.

  3. InquiringMinds says:

    Okay, we’re getting both of Abbie’s parents and their role in her Witnessing. When do we get to explore what Crane’s parents knew about HIS foretold role as a Witness? Still waiting to find out who put that tablet in Crane’s memorial tomb, clearly knowing Crane would be back for it. Writers?

  4. scyren says:

    I was thinking it would be interesting if that lighter ends up being something mystical which propels the siblings into his orbit out of curiosity.