‘Sleepy Hollow’ took Comic-Con by storm this past weekend and gave fans everything they were hoping for. As you see this cast in action, it is easy to realize why this show became an instant hit. Their collective chemistry is palpable as they banter about the show and their characters with ease.
On Friday, July 25 executive producers, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Mark Goffman, and Heather Kadin joined cast members, Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, John Noble, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter and Lyndie Greenwood for the show’s second San Diego Comic-Con panel, which featured a couple of sneak peeks from Season 2, some juicy scoop, and a fun Q & A session with the audience.
After debuting two tantalizing clips (which can be seen HERE), Goffman reiterates what was said at the TCA panel and emphasizes the major themes for Season 2:
“Deep seeded into this season is family, hope and redemption, all within the context of war.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
The concept of those themes seem clear enough. Ichabod and Katrina will strive to reunite their family and hope that their son can find redemption. The Mills sisters will strengthen their sisterly bond as they continue to work together and fight against the evil forces. However, Kurtzman cautions fans:
“The unexpected seems to go very well…we did as much as possible to put everyone in the worst position…whatever you think is coming isn’t coming.” (Give Me My Remote)
One of those unexpected surprises will be seeing Henry Parrish’s new status in town. TVLine’s Michael Ausiello serves up some fascinating scoop in a revealing interview with the cast, which can be seen here. John Noble says that Henry is “wonderfully destructive” as War. He also teases that Henry has become a lawyer and acts like the mayor of Sleepy Hollow. Uh-oh!
During the panel, Noble relishes in how deceptively evil his character has been throughout the course of the show. Henry fooled Ichabod and Abbie into trusting him and now it sounds like he’ll be doing the same thing with other people in town. Noble explains:
“He’s had his revenge but is still a servant of Moloch and evil… he’s become the personification of evil… he plants seeds of doubt in everyone. He’s very cold and calculating… but we do then need to look at the redemption aspect of it. Mum and dad, even if Henry has behaved so poorly, for me it’s just an adolescent phase.” (TVGuide)
If Henry is just acting out like a rebellious teenager, then maybe there still is room for some growth. Can a horseman of the apocalypse find redemption? Will Ichabod and Katrina be able to save their son’s soul? Henry’s identity crisis has put Ichabod in quite a conundrum.
In the TVLine interview, Mison explains how Ichabod can approach Henry from two different perspectives. The Cranes can appeal to him on a personal level as his parents, whereas Abbie and Ichabod must face him as War. Needless to say, neither approach will be an easy task.
Katrina will also be facing her own challenges since is she stuck in a strange Stockholm Syndrome-like situation with the Headless Horseman. We discover that breaking free from Abraham may be tricky:
“I’m not exactly free. I’m trapped with Headless,” Winter said. “There’s an interesting relationship forming between Katrina and Headless. She can see him as Abraham. There’s a little bit of a Beauty and the Beast situation. He obviously loves her and has an interesting way of showing it.” She added, “You’ll see why [Ichabod and Katia] love each other so much. I hope you’ll appreciate that a little at least.” (TVGuide)
Well that certainly sounds interesting! It is a clever tactic to have Katrina see Abraham in his human form. The sneak peek of their interaction gives us a juicy taste of what’s to come. In the scene, Katrina is really trying hard to appeal to any sense of humanity that may remain in the Headless Horseman. She is desperately trying to stop Abraham from killing Ichabod. Although Abraham may have some strange hold over her, Katrina can’t possibly choose Headless over her beloved Ichabod. Really, there’s no contest. Right?
Winter also excitedly shares that we will see Katrina use more magic this season. Does that mean she uses some magic on Abraham? It will probably take some supernatural methods to help her break free from his hold. Regardless of the reason, it is definitely going to be fun to see Katrina practice old-fashioned witchcraft in a modern world. Apparently, Katrina isn’t the only mama in town with a knack for the supernatural.
This season we will learn why Abbie is a Witness and we’ll discover more details about the Mills sisters’ past, including their mother’s “supernatural inclinations.” Beharie has taken great pride in in her work as the independent and strong-willed Abbie Mills. It sounds like this season will give her more opportunities to evolve and grow as we begin to learn more about what make Abbie so special.
During the Women Who Kick Ass panel at Comic-Con (watch a video of the panel here,) Beharie explains how she loves the way Abbie’s behaivior isn’t based on her feelings for a man, which is a difficult trait to find a leading female character. Entertainment Weekly reports:
Beharie said being the female lead on the show has given her a position she’s never known before: “A lot of different men will come on as day players or guest parts, and I recognize that there’s a certain strength that I have now, or a certain command that I have being one of the leads on the show that I hadn’t had before…. Just owning that space and not being expected, as a woman, to shrink, or curtsy, or any of those sort of things.”
Beharie would choose to be John Noble’s character on Sleepy Hollow and hopes that Abbie and Ichabod don’t turn romantic. (Sorry, shippers.) The fact that Abbie wasn’t defined by a man was one of the things that drew her to the role. There is talk of a new character coming on the show as a potential love interest for Abbie, but Beharie thinks he’ll have to “work really hard to get her attention,” if it happens.
That new character is arms dealer, Nick Hawley (Matt Barr). As it turns out, he is an old acquaintance of Jenny’s and they met while conducting some supernatural business. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Orci reveals some more details about Hawley’s background and the role he will play this season:
Nick Hawley is an antiquities dealer in the way that Indiana Jones was. But our guy’s a little bit more of a mercenary. He’s been around the world uncovering artifacts, and he’s not a particularly superstitious person. He does it for the money—more of a Han Solo, I guess, than an Indiana Jones. He’s not aware that these things may be real or have real powers. It’s only when he encounters Abbie and Crane that he starts to understand wow, these things that I’ve been selling for money actually may be bullets that can be fired one way or another in terms of good and evil and the end of the world. And so he becomes sort of an interest for Abbie, and potentially an irritant for Crane.
Hawley may peak Abbie’s interest, but he won’t sweep her off of her feet that easily. It will be interesting to see how their relationship evolves. Will Ichabod plant seeds of doubt in Abbie’s mind if she shows signs of being smitten with the arms dealer? Will he make a career change a turn into a full-fledged hunter? More importantly, should Hawley even be trusted? As we learned from Henry, nothing is as it seems, so it is better to keep your guard up.
Yes, it may sound depressing and pessimistic, but you know it is true. We have been warned that evil works in devious ways. By planting seeds of doubt within the minds of Sleepy Hollow’s residents, Henry will serve Moloch by be turning people against each other. Ichbaod, Abbie and the rest of the gang will have an even harder time fighting off evil this season. Especially since the new sheriff in town won’t be savvy to the supernatural side of Sleepy Hollow the way that Irving was. Henry could manipulate Sheriff Reyes and turn her against Ichabod and Abbie before they even get the chance to gain her trust. Alas, let us not despair. There is still much fun to be had this season. As we all know, no matter how terrible and frightening things get, Ichabod Crane will always manage to make us laugh.
On that note, here are some more fun moments from Comic-Con:
Tom Mison charmed the pants off of everyone during EW’s Brave New Warriors panel. If audience members were not fans of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ beforehand, the certainly will be now after witnessing the depths of Mison’s charisma. Entertainment Weekly reports:
Mison must have been trying to prove his range as he consistently brought down the Comic-Con crowd with his jokes and English charm. “It’s nice after 10 years to finally be new,” Mison said, referring to working in America after years of success in the U.K. However, his anonymity has also given him a few laughs, like when in North Carolina (where Sleepy Hollow films), he overheard a couple of guys at a bar talking about the show, oblivious to the fact that the lead actor was sitting nearby listening. Luckily, they were saying positive things about the show. It wasn’t until Mison ordered a gin that they recognized his accent… and naturally paid for the drink. He also shared a story about getting cast in a French film after lying to the director, saying he was a fluent speaker. The sound guy quickly figured out the truth once filming started, and would whisper lines to Mison while pretending to fix his mic to help him out.
(Editorial side-note: Entertainment Weekly’s @DarrenFranich moderated the panel and asked for questions on Twitter, so I submitted this query: Mindy Kaling just called Crane the new Mr. Darcy. Did Darcy inspire Mison’s portrayal of Ichabod in any way? In case you missed it, here is a link to Mindy and Tom’s adorable Twitter interaction: https://twitter.com/mindykaling/status/491082385505546240.)
UPDATE: Watch EW’s Brave New Warriors panel HERE. (The question about Darcy is asked just before the 47:00 minute mark.)
Mison quickly says that ‘Pride and Prejudice’s’ Mr. Darcy was in no way an inspiration for his colorful portrayal of Ichabod Crane. He amusingly quips, “they’re both assholes…but with heart.” And with that, Mison proves yet again why we all find him so irresistibly charming.
(Thanks to @TomMisonFans & @wtsfan for tweeting the link!)
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