Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) survived a day in skinny jeans, but can Sleepy Hollow survive the death of its co-lead?
Heads rolled when Fox’s once-buzzy supernatural drama escaped TV’s version of the apocalypse — cancellation — after a controversial season 3 finale that brought the death of Nicole Beharie’s Abbie Mills. As the show improbably gears up for a fourth season, it’s tasked with reinventing itself with only half of its original duo, and the changes have already begun. Here’s what we know so far about Sleepy Hollow’s next season:
Where we left off
When Abbie sacrificed herself to stop a power-hungry god from conquering humanity, Crane did everything he could to bring her back, but she was ready to move on. In a kind of waiting room between life and death, the Witnesses said their final goodbyes — but even though Pandora (Shannyn Sossamon) called him out on being in love with Abbie, Crane never told his partner how he felt. Later, Crane stopped by her grave to reveal that he’d been accepted as an archivist at the historical society and was applying for citizenship.
On his way out of the cemetery, Crane was stopped by Abbie’s father Ezra (James McDaniel), who had some news: There must always be two Witnesses, and the new Witness, a member of Abbie’s extended bloodline, has already been called. Ezra also revealed the existence of a secret government organization dedicated to fighting the supernatural, which George Washington founded — and appointed Crane to lead. On cue, a group of men in suits rolled up in black cars, and FBI Assistant Director Jack Walters (Michael O’Keefe) asked Crane to come with him.
Where we’re going
Crane is trading Sleepy Hollow for Washington, D.C., where he’ll team up with a host of characters to fight the supernatural. Regardless of whether Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) joins him, she’s definitely not the new Witness; showrunner Clifton Campbell told EW after the finale, “There is no chance it will be somebody that’s already in the show.”
In addition to Beharie, season 3 regulars Zach Appelman (Joe Corbin), Nikki Reed (Betsy Ross), Shannyn Sossamon (Pandora), Lance Gross (Daniel Reynolds), and Jessica Camacho (Sophie Foster) exit the show. Appelman and Sossamon’s characters were killed at the end of the season. There is a possibility that Camacho will appear as a guest in season 4.
True Blood’s Janina Gavankar is set for a guest-starring role that sounds suspiciously like the next Witness: She’ll play Diana, a Homeland Security agent who clashes with Crane over the supernatural (she’s a skeptic) but would do anything to protect her daughter. When Diana loses her partner in the line of duty, she and Crane discover an unexpected connection.
Jeremy Davies (Lost, Justified) joins the cast as a recurring guest star. Davies is tech mogul Malcolm Dreyfuss, an eccentric billionaire who believes he’s the only one capable of fixing the world’s problems, even if he has to bend the rules to do it.
Oona Yaffe (Masterchef Junior) will play Molly Thomas, Diana’s 10-year-old daughter. Molly is bright, artistic, athletic, and mature beyond her years. According to the network, Molly “sees herself as an explorer at heart—an instinct that quickly bonds her with Crane.”
Jerry MacKinnon (Empire) will guest as Jake Wells, an eager but slightly obsessive research analyst who works in a forgotten federal archive cataloging reports of supernatural activity. Being relegated to the fringes doesn’t bother Jake, who has had a lifelong fascination with unexplained phenomena. But, says the network, “his interests have always left him somewhat isolated, which is why meeting Crane changes Jake’s life.” In Crane, Jake finds proof that everything he’s worked to document is true. He also finds a friend.
Rachel Melvin (Awkward.) will also guest as engineering prodigy Alex Norwood, who works with Jake in the supernatural archives. Alex, who was never formally educated, gained her skills through real-world experience, and she has a knack for improvising weapons and gadgets as needed. Alex is direct and keeps people at arm’s length, but she’s “loyal to a fault” to the people she trusts.
When it returns
Sleepy Hollow season 4 premieres midseason.