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A Devastating SLEEPY HOLLOW Finale For Fans, and its Lead Character

By on April 10, 2016
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SLEEPY HOLLOW: L-R: Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie in the "Ragnarok" season finale episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW. Co. Cr: Tina Rowden/FOX

By Chris B.

There is no way around it: the Sleepy Hollow finale was devastating.

In order for the box to be restored, and for The Hidden One to be defeated, it required “an eternal soul from one who bears witness.” This it took from Abbie.

Betsy returns to 1776, leaving Crane and Abbie to return to 2016 and learn of Joe’s death. With the help of Ezra, they develop a plan to get her box to Pandora, but the plan backfires when Abbie enters the box to give it the power to drain the omnipotent god.  Restored Pandora, angered by Jenny finishing off her husband with a bullet to the head, is every bit as mercurial as her husband and refuses to release Abbie.

Crane calls forth the Headless Horseman, offering him his skull and ordering him to neutralize Pandora.  He does, but not before Pandora informs Crane and Jenny that Abbie is dead. The box powers up to explode, and Crane secures it in the Masonic cell but is knocked out by the subsequent blast.  While unconscious, he sees Abbie; she sits in what she refers to as “a waiting room between life and death.” Her soul, as that of a Witness, will be reborn like a mythical phoenix. The duo cycle through some of their memorable moments before she disappears for good.

While Crane visits her grave, he is informed by Ezra of a secret organization within the government, one started by George Washington to deal with supernatural phenomenon.  At that moment, Jack Walters crashes the scene and sweeps Crane away in a fleet of black SUVs, destination unknown.

Bait and Switch

The writers and producers of Sleepy Hollow appear not to care about the corrosive nature of the habit of saying one thing and doing another.  It erodes the trust of the audience and demonstrates a staggering disrespect for those people who watch multiple times, tweet live and trend weekly, and fight for the show’s renewal.

The degree of shameless baiting that has gone on this season is sickening. From early on, season three was billed as one that would focus on the Witnesses and “explore their bond.”  This ushered in two unremarkable characters, Zoe Corinth and Betsy Ross, whose very presence was supposed to be to move Crane forward. When she finally left in “Kindred Spirits” (after Crane had ditched her in his fervor to rescue Abbie), Zoe pronounced Crane ready for a relationship with “someone.” When Betsy at last exits this episode, she proclaims to him, “Only one truth matters:  your heart belongs to Abigail Mills.”  Even Pandora joined in: two weeks ago, she brags to her husband about how the Witnesses succeed “because they love each other,” and the finale has her telling Crane of Abbie, “You love her, don’t you?  She is your hope, your everything.

For her part, Abbie previously contributes to the Tree of Fear at the prospect of losing Crane; in the Catacombs, she clings to him to get through.  When she returns, while Reynolds is secretive and harsh, Crane contrasts with openness and care.  He lavishes her with attention, and it is to him that she turns for help.

But all of this was utterly worthless.  As Abbie sits on the brink of final demise, her claims her life has supposedly fallen into place thanks, in part, to being good with Reynolds (yeah, the one who never came clean to her about willingly spying on her), not due to the man who has lived in her house, fondled her lingerie, and called her his “better half.”  As Abbie explains to Crane her fate, she places herself as just another cog in the wheel of those who have helped him over the years, not as anyone special, his soulmate.  Then, in their last moments together, she tells Crane merely to “bash some monsters for [her] and look out for Jenny,” offering him a fist bump; when he takes her closed hand and kisses it, she makes a joke of it, chuckling, “Be still my heart.”  For his part, as the woman he’s claimed is his destiny says her final words, Crane offers quite calmly, “I will miss you”  and gives her a polite bow.

Neither cry.  They do not hug.  Not an “I love you” is exchanged.  The build-up, the overt foreshadowing, the blatant statements—they go nowhere.  The tortured somersault of the last three years just ends.  It is an epic let-down; a dissatisfying, anti-climactic slap in the face to Abbie, Crane, and all of us who have loved them.

NEXT: A Question of Character

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