9 Things To Know About "Sleepy Hollow"by IMDb-Contributing-Writers | last updated - 12 Jan 2017
IMDb attended the "Sleepy Hollow" panel at New York Comic Con with executive producers Len Wiseman, Albert Kim, and Raven Metzner as well as stars Tom Mison (Ichabod Crane), Lyndie Greenwood (Jenny Mills), Janina Gavankar (Diana Thomas), and Jeremy Davies (Malcolm Dreyfuss). Here are 9 things we learned at the panel. — Carson Blackwelder
There will be lots of changes for Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison).
Executive producer Raven Metzner had a few teases about big changes for Crane in Season 4. First, he’s "going to sign a lease for his very first apartment — too bad it’s haunted." Our favorite man out of time — who always makes us laugh with his observations about modern society — will also "proudly post his first social media" on a platform still TBD. Perhaps the most intense clue about what’s coming up for Crane, though, is that he will be "learning a shocking truth that will redefine the most iconic moment of the series."
Who exactly is Crane's new partner, Diana Thomas?
Gavankar spoke at length about how the character of Diana was created — and had a lot to say about the newcomer’s religion. "We’re all very complex people and we don’t have to constantly talk about their race," the actress about Diana, who is an Indian-American single mother. What Gavankar wanted to show with the role was just how diverse the Indian community is worldwide. "There are over a billion Indians on this planet, we have a diverse set of last names. And since we’re talking about biblical histories, it would be interesting to make this girl Christian.” With there being millions of Indian Christians, Gavankar said they changed the character’s last name to “[give] her a very Indian Christian last name." Don’t expect Crane and Thomas to totally get along at first as she’s a single mom who will stop at nothing to protect her daughter, Molly Thomas (Oona Yaffe), and isn’t exactly used to supernatural happenings.
John Noble is returning to "Sleepy Hollow."
John Noble will be back in some capacity, the audience learned via a sizzle reel for Season 4 that has yet to be released to the public. Noble appeared during the show’s first and second seasons, playing Henry Parrish, who was Ichabod's son with Katrina Crane (Katia Winter) named Jeremy Crane who posed as the Sin Eater and was later revealed to be the Horseman of War.
While there’s a bit of a reboot going on, they’re staying true to the show’s spirit.
With things changing in a big way, executive producer Albert Kim promised that they won’t be departing from what made the show great in the first place. "We close the door on one chapter last year. It was tough. It was really tough for all of us, because it was a show we all loved,” he said. “What was really important for us was even though a lot of things are changing — new characters, a new partner, a new setting — we stayed true to what the spirit of the show was. Going forward, we looked at what was really important — the horror, the humor, the history — and all of that stays the same going forward. It was the whole idea of one door closes and another opens."
We’ll see a little-known historical figure come to life.
With a show as rooted in history as "Sleepy Hollow" is, there’s the unique chance to show parts of America’s past that haven’t been highlighted in the textbooks. The inclusion of Benjamin Banneker in Season 4 will do just that thanks to flashbacks. Banneker is a little-known figure who was a freeborn African American known for being an almanac author, surveyor, naturalist, and farmer. Having lived during the Revolutionary War period, Banneker was on the survey team that helped create Washington, D.C. and often corresponded with Thomas Jefferson about topics like opposing slavery and racial equality.
So, who is the new big bad?
Crane’s relocation to D.C. won’t be without its challenges — meaning we’re going to get a brand new big bad. This season that will be a new character named Malcolm Dreyfuss (Jeremy Davies) who seems like a worthy opponent for our hero and his crew. "He, in broad strokes, could be defined as someone who was egregiously genius," Davies teased. "Almost from the time he was born, he was the smartest guy in the room. You could say he's one part Steve Jobs and also part Lex Luthor. Perhaps a dash of Hannibal." Mison added: "I love that Jeremy said he's the smartest guy in the room, because Crane always thought he was the smartest guy in the room."
What will Crane's dynamic with his new partner, Thomas, be?
Don’t expect Crane and Thomas to totally get along at first as she’s a single mom who will stop at nothing to protect her daughter, Molly Thomas (Oona Yaffe), and isn’t exactly used to supernatural happenings. In fact, it'll take Thomas a little while to figure out what exactly is going on around her. The Homeland Security agent will be there to ground Crane once again and make him feel like "a fish out of water again."
Jenny has grown stronger because of the loss in her life.
Jenny Mills (Lyndie Greenwood) is one of the characters who has experienced the most emotional damage on this show — having now lost her boyfriend and sister. But that’s going to fuel her going forward and make her more determined than ever. “It was a bad year," she said of Jenny losing both her boyfriend and sister. "But she’s a soldier; she knows how important this ultimate battle is. Even with the losses, she’s focused on keeping going...she goes and looks for clues to find the new Witness."
The hunt is on for a new Witness.
With Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) gone, that leaves Crane with the task of finding a new Witness. "A bit part of the end of the last season was the idea we’re going to be searching for the next Witness, and who is going to be carrying on the mantle that Abbie carried for so long," Metzner said. "It’s really important for Crane and Jenny, and will become important for all of our characters. We carry that with us."