The mid-season finale of the Fox hit Sleepy Hollow aired last Monday, and fans were left with lots of questions looking forward to the final seven episodes of the season. SleepyCast: The Official Sleepy Hollow Podcast on the Nerdist Podcast Network had asked for listener questions for showrunner and Sleepy writer Mark Goffman, and the Sleepyheads did not disappoint. They asked, and he answered, with Goffman expanding on the events of the fall finale (yes, Irving is really dead), talked a bit more about the controversial Katrina Crane, and hinted at things to come in the season two finale as well as what fans could expect if and when Sleepy Hollow returns for season three.
Regarding Orlando Jones’ character Frank Irving’s death, a question that posed a lot of questions for fans, Goffman definitively stated, “We’ve always said that the really fun part of Sleepy Hollow is that dead doesn’t necessarily mean ‘gone.’ He definitely died. There’s no question that he died. The question is, is he able to come back and if so what form will he take? We know that his soul is owned by Henry… Irving is an incredibly beloved character and incredibly important to the team… I hope we get to see him again in a way that helps and doesn’t hurt us.” Ah ha! Because if Irving’s soul is owned by Henry, who is to say that Irving will still fight for the good guys? While speaking on the topic of magic and its cost to those who use it in Sleepy Hollow, Goffman hinted, “It’s a lot easier being evil.”
As for the remainder of season two, Goffman was able to echo a sentiment he put forth last week on the SleepyCast, that the mid-season finale was a turning point for the series. This week, he elaborated, telling me, “One of the things that I liked about Moloch’s death is that it kind of liberates the show from the Book of Revelation and that version of the apocalypse, and every culture has a version of the apocalypse. We have a bunch of episodes that start to get into other visions and ways in which the end of days can come. I think it’s a really intriguing and great direction of the show to expand our world just beyond the traditional Judeo-Christian view or, at least, the view in the Book of Revelation.”
Speaking of magic, we also discussed Katrina Crane, one of the most divisive characters in the Sleepy universe. Would we see more of her using her powers? Is she the only witch left in town? Mark was mostly tight-lipped, but did tell us that Katrina is definitely looking for opportunities to make some powerful friends, saying that her thought process is, “‘Wow, wouldn’t be cool if there was a coven,’ and all I can say is, stick around. I think she and we will explore that…”
Goffman also elaborated on if we’d be seeing more from Grace Dixon, a pivotal figure in the Sleepy mythology and a true fan favorite, myself included. Will we be seeing more from her this season and beyond? He couldn’t say much, but he did tease a bit, saying, “She’s a fantastic character. Really, right in the middle of the war. She was at Fredricks Manor, which was sort of the hub of good for the Revolution… I’m actually really excited about a couple of ways in which we’re going to get to see Grace again this season.”
Goffman also reveled some future plans for Abbie Mills. While the front half of season two focused a lot on Ichabod Crane and his relationship to his wife, who is also the mother of this season’s “Big Bad” Henry, apparently the future of the series has a lot to do not only with Abbie and her sister Jenny, but their elaborate family tree. “I think Abbie’s family history is going to weight very heavily on the series,” he said. “I think as we’ve only started to dip into the waters of how rich and interesting it is for her role as a witness, and so we have a lot planned, a bit more in season three than now, but we’ll definitely see more of that history in the back half and then I think some bigger surprises coming up in future seasons.” Goffman continued, “This season finale is a big Abbie story… I mean, obviously it’s both Abbie and Crane but it’s an interesting one in that a lot of it is from Abbie’s perspective, and that’s been exciting to dive into and to see. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. I really do.”
For more from Mark Goffman about future creatures, the return of The Kindred, the Founding Mothers and more, listen to our conversation on SleepyCast right now!
Sleepy Hollow returns on Monday, January 5, 2015 on FOX.