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Sleepy Hollow's Tom Mison on How Ichabod 'Has to Find Himself Again' After Abbie's Death — WATCH

There’s no rest for the wicked — and even less for those who try to stop them — in Sleepy Hollow‘s upcoming season, according to series star Tom Mison.

In the exclusive sneak peek above, Mison gives a quick refresher on the revamped drama’s new direction (Ichabod’s now the head of a secret, Washington, D.C.-based organization “set up to fight the supernatural”) as we watch the Revolutionary War captain and new partner Diana (played by True Blood‘s Janina Gavankar) come face-to-face with the aforementioned undercover collective… which just looks like a couple of nerds hanging out in a giant library.

Fellow cast members Lyndie Greenwood and Jeremy Davies also weigh in, with the former getting excited about the heralded return of the Headless Horseman and the latter calling his new gig a “deliciously preposterous” supernatural saga.

Mison also discusses how the death of his fellow Witness at the end of Season 3 gives him a whole new mission. “His only comfort zone in the modern world was Abbie, and now she’s gone,” he says. “He has to find himself again, and not only that, but find himself in a new city and with new people around him.”

It’s not all gloom and literal doom, though. In one glimpse of a future episode, we see Crane tackle that most evil and foul of adversaries: putting together a piece of Ikea furniture.

Sleepy Hollow returns Friday (Fox, 9/8c). Press PLAY on the video above to see what else is ahead. 

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18 Comments
  1. Annie Sisk says:

    Man, they are trying SO hard to make ‘fetch’ happen here. I appreciate the efforts, Tom, truly, buuuut…. still not sold.

  2. Natalie says:

    The show is no longer grounded in Sleepy Hollow. The original concept was outlandish but brilliantly grounded by the amazing two leads and their fantastic chemistry. Now we are just going to pretend that creepy monsters are running rampant in D.C? This show is so different than the S1 magic. It doesn’t bode well for the ratings knowing that they’ve essentially killed or written off everyone but two of the original cast members.

  3. Bobbie says:

    At the risk of infuriating everyone, I am actually looking forward to the reboot,I grew to disliking Abbie. The actors had great chemistry, not denying that, but don’t know if it was writing, acting, directing the character became less enjoyable over the years. I also have a hard time buying that there was a racial issue behind the scenes, they expanded Greenworld’s role and hopefully continue to do so, looking forward to butt kicking Jenny scenes.

    Of course I realize I am in the minority and that these will likely the last episodes of the show, just sad to lose both Sleepy Hollow and Grimm in the same year.

    • Glenda Bacon says:

      Bobbie you must not be a POC….I say that because giving a lighter skin toned
      POC more time and removing the darker one……smacks of racism!!

    • Ashlee says:

      I think it had to do with writing, They didn’t flesh out any of the characters well last season. Abbie has an intense history of abandonment issues and Ichabod left for nine months. When he returned, there was no discussion or sincere apology. Makes sense why she was angry and upset but they didn’t bother to elaborate. I wish they had faith in their actors and let Tom and Nicole truly work the characters issues out.

      As for Lyndie, she said that her character only got more screen time because the fans rallied for her. Tom Mison, John Noble, Katia Winter and John Noble have expressed their displeasure with the writing and sidelining of certain characters.

      I love Sleepy Hollow as well. I will tune into the beginning of the season but I’m not a fan of the extreme changes.

      • Katelyn says:

        The only reason the character left for nine months was because the hack new show runner for S3 didn’t want to deal with Crane’s grief over killing his wife and son. If they didn’t want to deal with that, they certainly weren’t going to deal with something as nuanced as Abbie’s abandonment issues.

    • ? says:

      Bobbie, I’m with you. I will watch and judge AFTER the show has aired. If it’s a train-wreck it’s a train-wreck. The people chortling about how bad it will be–no one is forcing you to watch–get a freaking life…

  4. Coco says:

    This is going to be such a delicious train wreck. Let the bloodbath begin. The premiere has gotten lukewarm reviews from almost everyone that bothered to write about it and rightfully so. It’s a hot mess. Jenny and Crane are no Ichabod and Abbie. Lyndie Greenwood can’t fill Nicole Beharie’s shoes and neither can Janina Garfunkel.

    • atia says:

      Are you sure you’ve actually read an actual review of the premiere? I don’t think any screeners were sent out, only images, and trailers, and a lot of cast interviews. Which actually makes a lot of sense in this situation, since the producers are probably afraid that any kind of possible negative buzz before the premiere might keep people from giving the new season a fair chance.

      • Katelyn says:

        Screeners have gone out. And contrary to the wishful thinking of the original poster, reaction has been largely positive.

  5. um says:

    I like Tom Mison and love Jeremy Davies and was really hoping the new season wouldn’t be boring. Sadly this looks very boring and too focused on Ichabod rather than the story. On top of that, TV doesn’t need another DC-based procedural. Old seasons of X-Files are out still there! Isn’t season 11 supposed to happen too?

  6. Allie says:

    Sleepy Hollow was at it’s best in the first half of S1, then they went all supernatural and I had to stop watching. Tom Mison was the only reason I stayed that long. Now it’s a yawn-fest.

    • Bobbi Showah says:

      This confused me at first because I was like wasn’t the show always supernatural, then I was like Oh the TV show supernatural! Never watched the show, but the changes they started making towards the end of season one killed the show and season two was even worse. It was all down hill from there. Too bad because this show could have been a cult classic.

      • delorb says:

        So true. They had everything season 1. Scares, humor, a great bad guy in headless AND off the charts sexual chemistry between the two leads. They could have coasted on that chemistry for years without making them a couple. But nope. Abbie’s past, dropped. Irving’s past, dropped. Jennifer’s past, dropped. The Corbin files, dropped. Headless, dropped. It’s like someone high up the food chain was on a mission to ruin this show.

  7. I can’t wait for this season, but let the whining begin.

  8. Jamey coleman says:

    Please find away to bring Abby back. The show is not as exciting as it used to be. Crane and Abby were great together.

  9. leonard short says:

    I have been a fan of Sleepy Hollow since it premiered. The first season was a joy to watch. Then came the second season and the decisions by FOX to change the storytelling from serial to episodic and to focus on the Cranes’ marital relationship at the expense of Ichabod and Abbie’s. Decisions that the showrunners have stated were made higher up at FOX.

    Sleepy Hollow was a fantastic show, with a racially diverse cast, and strongly defined characters. But it was a politically liberal show at a politically conservative network that supported the political right. And this is significant. To say that the decisions concerning Nicole Beharie’s role on Sleepy Hollow wasn’t racially motivated is insulting.

    Yes, Janina Gavankar is a woman of color. But she is not a woman of color in the same sense that Nicole Beharie is a woman of color. Janina Gavankar’s skin tone, her Caucasian facial features (the population of western India is Caucasoid), makes her more palatable at FOX where a relationship between a white man and a black woman isn’t okay, but is okay for that same white man to be in a relationship with an Indian woman because she’s not black. Having dated a black woman and having married an Indian woman I know from experience what I am speaking of.

    What has occurred with SLEEPY HOLLOW, what has been done to it, is just a reflection of the political conservatism at FOX and the political backlash against liberalism that we are currently witnessing in the country.