Sleepy Hollow feeling more “hollow” with departure of additional cast

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FOX’s “Sleepy Hollow” will return this fall without a majority of the cast from last season.

And…the Sleepy Hollow news continues to get worse – for me, at least.

There are several reports floating around today┬áthat some major changes are coming to Sleepy Hollow for Season 4: a majority of the season 3 cast will not be returning, and Sleepy Hollow won’t actually take place in Sleepy Hollow. Say what?

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Sleepy Hollow renewed for fourth season

Credit: FOX

Well it was the news sleepyheads were waiting for: would we get a chance to find out what happens to Crane now that Abbie has died?

This afternoon FOX answered with a resounding “yes”. Sleepy Hollow, which saw some fan outrage at the end of the last season when Nicole Beharie – one of the two leads on the show – was written off the show, announced earlier today that there will be a fourth season. 

Last year the show began it’s third season with major cast changes, as the characters for Katie Winter and John Noble were killed in the season two finale and it was announced during the post-season hiatus that Orlando Jones was leaving the show. As I discussed in Episode #245 of SFPL (and also in this blog post), the beginning of the season felt a bit “off” for me; the chemistry between Crane and Abbie felt off-kilter, there seemed to be a distance between the characters (and/or the actors), which I couldn’t define at the time. Since I don’t read a lot of pre-season interviews in an effort to avoid potential spoilers, I did not find out until after the season finale that Beharie had (apparently) been speaking of leaving the show since before season 3 premiered. Whether this was true or not, I do not know but I felt weird about it. When I met both Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie at last year’s Dragon Con, she did seem a bit quiet and distracted (yet very pleasant), and I attributed it to the travel and the sheer wow-factor of the con. Now I’m wondering if it wasn’t something else relating to her (possibly) knowing she was leaving the show.

In any case, the season ended with not only the death of Abbie, but also of Joe Corbin (Zach Appelman), The Hidden One (Peter Mensah) and Pandora (Shannyn Sossamon), who were the main antagonists of the season. This means that aside from Crane, Jenny Mills (Lyndie Greenwood) is the only other character left from the premiere season. This means new characters, new adventures, and a new purpose for Crane. 

I’m not exactly sure how I am feeling about all of this. One of the main draws for me to this show from the very beginning was the undeniable chemistry between Mison and Beharie. You see partnerships on TV and in films and most of them are believable, but theirs was one of the few that I actually felt through my TV screen. Now with Beharie gone (and let me not forget to mention the fact that Captain Irving just “disappeared”, which I am still pissed about), I don’t know how I will feel in the fall when I turn on my TV and have to watch Crane mourn the loss of his partner and soul-mate. But I will watch, if for no other reason than to try to get my own closure on the death of one of the characters I’ve admired most in a long time.