Will the Witnesses ever catch a break?
As if trips to Purgatory, dead loved ones, and the ever-present threat of the apocalypse weren’t enough, it looks like Abbie and Ichabod are about to lose Frank Irving. Orlando Jones, who plays Abbie’s former captain—and a key ally to both her and Ichabod Crane—will not be returning to Sleepy Hollow for its upcoming third season. Variety broke the news.
Jones’ departure comes at a time of transition for the series: Showrunner Mark Goffman stepped down before a season 3 renewal was announced, and two regular characters—Katrina Crane (Katia Winter) and Henry Parrish (John Noble)—were killed at the end of season 2.
Their deaths signaled Sleepy Hollow’s intention to clean house after a rocky second season. A lot of the season’s mistakes were visible in Jones’ character arc: Irving was barely present before his heroic death in the midseason finale, which turned out to be a fake-out. The captain returned, his soul owned by the Horseman of War, only to get his soul back before wreaking much havoc. With that taken care of, season 3 was set to get back to basics.
So what now? We’ve got some thoughts on what to expect from an Irving-less Sleepy Hollow.