“Abbie Mills represented more than just another character in the show,” the actor told The Realistic Optimist during a roundtable conversation at London MCM Comic Con this weekend. “It wasn’t an easy decision for them to make. I know that. The writers, they like writing Abbie Mills. And I like acting with Nicole.”
Echoing what Fox CEO Dana Walden told reporters after the supernatural series’ season finale, Mison said Abbie’s death-by-Pandora’s-Box “was a decision that had to be made,” and added, “But I don’t know the machinations of the politics behind it.”
Mison also addressed the fan outcry, much of which centered on the perception that Abbie — a black female character — had been marginalized and disposed of in order to prop Ichabod, her white male counterpart.
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“When you have a woman of color in the lead role, it’s not just a woman of color in the lead role. It immediately means so much more than that, across the whole of America,” Mison said. “There’s a woman of color in a position that not very long ago she wouldn’t have been. It comes to symbolize so much more. So when something like this happens, when they kill off said character, of course it’s going to mean an awful lot more, consequently.”
He added that he goes back to shooting in July, that he’d cut his hair before the show was renewed (but wasn’t sure whether that would mean a return to wearing Ichabod’s wig), and that he and Beharie still got along: “My relationship with Nicole has not changed because of her death on the show.”
Scroll down to watch the full roundtable discussion with Mison.