“Sleepy Hollow’s” fourth season will undeniably feel different despite Crane (Tom Mison) still standing in the middle of the chaos. Equipped with a new partner in crime in Diana (Janina Gavankar), the show is said to tread new ground in the hope of moving on after the shocking death of Abbie (Nicole Beharie).
Crane, who moved to Washington D.C., will partner up with the secret service agent as he leads a secret organization created by George Washington that is specifically in charge of fighting the supernatural. The dynamics between the two will be far from ideal at the start but will eventually blossom to a supposed friendship that will be the new anchor of “Sleepy Hollow” moving forward.
It can be remembered that Abbie’s sudden death in the narrative caused the series massive backlash as fans were unhappy with how season 3 turned out. Shortly after, fans were unusually hoping that FOX would no longer renew the show for a fourth outing with the argument that a new season is already moot given Beharie’s non-involvement.
The decision to pick up the show “was obviously a very hard conversation. Crane and Abbie were the spine of the show in a lot of ways, so it was difficult to figure out of it was right thing to do, to continue or not,” Fox entertainment president David Madden admitted during the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
Fortunately, “Sleepy Hollow” creatives were able to make it work presenting brand-new territory where the story can go to.
“The first seven scripts are really fun. We think there’s a lot of good new stories to tell,” Madden added. “The only thing you can do is show materials from the show that will demonstrate to viewers that there’s still something very special about the series.”
Sadly, as early as now, some observers are already calling out the show’s supposed new plot arc which draws a lot of similarities with that of “Lucifer.”
There were rumblings that the network was put between a rock and a hard place when it came to eventually cancelling the show as they were trying to fill their midseason block. With “American Idol” already concluding their 15-year run earlier this year, FOX had to make their roster of shows work to cover all of their timeslots.
The fourth season of “Sleepy Hollow” is scheduled to premiere sometime in early 2017.