Viewers who caught the truly excellent Sleepy Hollow season finale on January 20th might be worried about some of the freshman show’s minor characters. Well, put those fears to bed, because according to The Hollywood Reporter, John Noble and Lyndie Greenwood have both been promoted to series regulars for Season 2. (Minor spoilers follow.)
Noble, who we all know and love from Fringe, plays Henry Parish, a retired “sin-eater” whose true identity was revealed in the finale. (Cue creepy music.) Based on what we now know about the character, it makes complete sense that he’d be upped next year. Greenwood’s character, Jenny, on the other hand, was left unconscious in a car wreck, on the brink of death! Based on this news, Abbie’s badass sister either lives to see another day, or returns as a ghost. Good news either way.
If you missed the first season of Sleepy Hollow, Fox’s surprise hit of the fall, well, you should rectify that. Immediately. (It’s available to download on iTunes, and episodes 6-12 are streaming on Fox.) Although it appeared to be yet another failed new supernatural endeavor, Sleepy Hollow turned out to be a clever, thrilling romp that embraced its premise, introduced fleshed-out, diverse characters, and proved itself highly skilled at spooky world-building.
In fact, the running joke on Tumblr (likely perpetuated by cast member and self-proclaimed internet troll Orlando Jones) is that the show’s fans, who call themselves “Sleepyheads,” popped up overnight. From the get-go, this was a show that was fresh and different. Sleepy Hollow, in a nutshell, follows Lt. Abbie Miller (Nicole Beharie) and a resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) as they fight an army of demons and attempt to prevent the Four Horseman from bringing about the apocalypse. Ichabod also, understandably, spends quite a bit of time adapting to the 21st century, to hilarious effect.
Adding two more characters to the series regular fold is a good thing for Sleepy Hollow. (Also, please, can we get a new opening sequence? Four characters does not an ensemble make.) It’s got the right combo of horror, mystery, character development, and dark comedy to make it a new genre-TV staple.