Sleepy Hollow Postmortem: What's in Store for Season 2? War!
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Sleepy Hollow's season finale. Read at your own risk!]
Sleepy Hollow dropped a mother of reveal in its season finale: Henry Parrish (John Noble) is not only War of the Four Horsemen, but he's also the son of Katrina (Katia Winter) and Ichabod (Tom Mison).
But the War reveal wasn't the only shocking moment in the finale. Abbie (Nicole Beharie) was left in purgatory, Ichabod was buried alive, Katrina was taken by Headless, who caused Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) to get in a horrific car accident, and Irving (Orlando Jones) took the fall for his daughter killing the priest. Suffice it to say, no one is in position to take on War.
What's in store for Season 2? Is Jenny really dead? TVGuide.com caught up with executive producer Roberto Orci to get the scoop:
When did you know that War would end up being Ichabod and Katrina's son?
Roberto Orci: We knew that really early — in the first few episodes or maybe even before we started. We knew it at the planning stages. We wanted to make sure John knew he was going to be involved in something juicy and to make sure that — because he's such a talented actor — that he'd be playing things on repeat viewings that you'd understand that he had it in his mind. You can actually see that if you watch some of the earlier episodes again with that knowledge.
Is it safe to say we'll see a lot more of John Noble next season?
Orci: Oh yeah. I can't believe we got him again. To be working with him again is insane. He just shows up and nails it every time. He's also the sweetest man in the world. You can see his intelligence through his performance. The idea that we now have the most twisted family on TV is something we have to keep playing with.
Will war be part of the theme of Season 2?
Orci: [Yes], in terms of how fear can cause us to turn on each other. A revolution is a war, neighbor against neighbor is a civil war, so it's all the kinds of war. Obviously, the Horsemen would love to have literal worldwide war, but it's one step at a time. It begins with you turning on your neighbors, you losing your grace and patience for others and only wanting to take care of yourself. The idea of starting that in a family dynamic and have that fall apart in the cliff-hanger is the beginning of war. And, of course, internal wars. The minute you have antagonists and heroes who have disloyalties and who are battling people they theoretically love will lead to inner conflict. It's going to be a great theme to explore on every level.
Pretty much anyone who knows the truth about Crane is locked up, in danger, or possibly dead. Did you want evil to triumph at the end of Season 1?
Orci: As you've probably heard, I sold myself to the devil early on, so I do like evil to triumph. [Laughs] We wanted to really have everyone to be caught off guard. No one said being a biblical witness who is supposed to stop the apocalypse is going to be easy. We definitely knew that we wanted to end with evil on top, to give it a face and a twist that wasn't just "Moloch throws them all in jail."
Abbie is stuck in Purgatory and Ichabod is stuck in a grave. Can you talk about where Season 2 picks up? Will there be a time jump?
Orci: We have to talk about that, but my gut right now is that we want to pick up where they are. If we wait, we wouldn't want to miss much in their subjective experiences. I don't want to get to next season and be like, "Let me tell you how I got out of that one!"
Who would actually have the power to save Abbie? Does it require new characters coming in?
Orci: We're always open to new characters, but we also want to make sure we pay off the characters we all love. You don't want a stranger who hasn't earned his place — a deus ex machina that comes in at the end. You want the characters who learned to rely on each other to figure out ways to help each other, even if they can't do it directly. Maybe that's where other characters come in to communicate with them. We're actually just processing people's reactions before we make any commitments so we can service what worked and what didn't and also hone our own instincts about what we've been thinking.
Instead of Ichabod betraying Abbie to Moloch as the prophecy said, she made the decision to stay in Purgatory. How important was that distinction?
Orci: Abbie deciding to go to Purgatory instead of Crane betraying her is both a gesture of love on her part and also a self-protective one. She doesn't want to give Crane the opportunity to betray her. That's horrible. It's like, "I break up with you before you break up with me." [Laughs] There's an element of love and self-protection and an element of the decision getting postponed down the road, in a sense. As Henry said, "Prophecies have a nasty habit of coming true." Just because she's gotten out of this doesn't mean that a betrayal is not still hanging over their heads.
Can you say anything about Jenny's fate?
Orci: She can't seem to catch a break, can she? Just when things seem to be going terrible, they get worse. That could be something that we play with in an interesting way. I can tell you either way that Lyndie would be back regardless of Jenny's fate. There are still things to be explored in the past, just like people thought we'd seen that last of Corbin (Clancy Brown).
Have we seen the last of Andy (John Cho)?
Orci: We'll have to talk to him and make sure he's actually around. John is very sought-after these days. I happen to know that Andy might have a backstage pass to Purgatory.
So maybe he could save Abbie?
Orci: Huh? I don't know! Interesting. [Laughs]
What does Headless want with Katrina?
Orci: All of us hope that no matter how bad we get, we can somehow be redeemed by the love of another person. No matter how evil he gets, I think it's either redemption through her saying, "I was right," or I'm going to make her suffer for the rest of her life. In terms of the master plan, certainly she's the object of Crane's lifelong affection. Assuming that things don't go correctly and that Crane doesn't die in that box, it's good to have a little bit of an insurance policy against one of the witnesses.
Now that Irving has taken the fall for his daughter, will we see his trial next season?
Orci: Do you want to see his trial?
It would be interesting if the demon possession isn't really over, and we see the demon jump from prosecutor to jury member to judge.
Orci: [Laughs] I actually love that. I'm a sucker for courtroom dramas. I have to run that by my partners, but now I have one vote for it, so thank you for that idea. Imagine if you're sitting on a jury like, "The guy confessed and the girl is sitting in a wheelchair." Are you really going to believe the DNA? Plus they have the same DNA, really. The story makes more sense that he did it. But they let Casey Anthony go, so all bets are off.
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