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'Sleepy Hollow' writer previews this week's Abbie-centric episode

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Your prayers have been answered, Sleepyheads: This week’s episode is all about the Sisters Mills.

“Coming into season two, one of the things we really wanted to do was explore and open up Abbie’s backstory—fill in some of the blanks for her character, her role as a witness, her family’s history,” Sleepy writer Damian Kindler explains to EW. (You can trust him; he’s the guy who invented Yolanda.) The show will dive into those questions on this week’s episode, in which Abbie and Jenny investigate a series of mysterious deaths at Tarrytown Psychiatric—the same hospital where their mother, Lori Mills, died 15 years ago.

Lori Mills, you’ll remember, didn’t go quietly: “She was insane and she killed herself,” Kindler reminds us. “So I think that gave us a lot of mystery to uncover. And we also wanted to tell a cool ghost story. We’ve got the psychiatric hospital where Jenny was, where Irving is—which leads to the revealing potential involvement of Abbie’s mother, which uncovers another mystery. And it’s all happening around the time when Moloch is rising. It’s a story that had to service a lot of different masters, but ultimately the biggest aspect of it was revealing who Lori Mills was, the truth of her life and her struggle to protect her daughters from evil.” See Abbie and Jenny try to tackle some of those questions in this exclusive clip from the episode.

Things in Sleepy-land are going to get worse before they get better, says Kindler. “It’s sort of like the third act of Ghostbusters: Shit’s happening,” thanks to Moloch’s imminent ascendence. “So that gives us the license to say “Well, Tarrytown’s super f—ing haunted right now.” But don’t expect the scary stuff to outweigh the heart-rending stuff: “There’s going to be some incredibly emotional scenes,” he promises. “I think that’s what makes a good Sleepy Hollow—when it really scares you and pulls at your heartstrings. Hopefully within the same 45 minutes.”

Catch Sleepy on Monday night at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

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