Well we thankfully didn’t have to wait long for answers in Sleepy Hollow’s last episode of the year (sorry that this blog post got pushed to the back burner by the way… holidays and all), though we did end up with a few questions.
So if you recall from the previous episode Ichabod learned that he had a son, but that was it, because as it turns out Katrina never told him this little tidbit. If we learned anything for certain from the previous episode (in which Abbie had a vision of Katrina giving birth and a monster trying to attack Katrina and Baby Crane) it’s that you don’t want to attack Ichabod’s family, as his ax wielding skills are pretty intense. This week, we see him still using an ax to work out some of his frustrations and after a brief mention of the deterioration of our holiday practices, Ichabod brought in the only person he knows capable of “moving freaky mountains”, Henry Parrish, played by the awesome John Noble.
After some pushing by Ichabod and Abbie to get him to assist Ichabod in reaching Katrina in Purgatory, Henry reluctantly gives in, and gives Ichabod a bit of a shock by strangling him. Not shocking though is the actual concept itself that Ichabod needs to be near death to be in Purgatory (this was already somewhat established in Episode 5, John Doe).
Once there, Ichabod awakes in what appears to be a church. Katrina is there lighting candles, and is as usual surprised and disheartened to see Ichabod there, knowing that his presence in Purgatory can mean he is in danger. He wastes no time in explaining why he’s there, and she explains why she never told him about their son. She hadn’t known that she was expecting before Ichabod *died* and her witch coven persecuted her for having buried Ichabod the way she had, with him joined to the horseman. After she bore their son (read the blog on episode 9 for details) she gave him up to Grace (an ancestor of Abbie’s) and left him with a doll she made so that he would never be alone and always have someone to protect him. Now I realize that during the1800s that resources and skills at doll making were not what they are today, but was I the only on who thought that A) the doll was not that cute and B), would make a nice pair with Claire’s *baby* from LOST?
Anyway, just as Ichabod and Katrina are about to have a nice moment together, something breaks into the church, and Ichabod wakes up, completely unaware that he’s brought this *thing* back to Sleepy Hollow with him.
Awake in the cabin and armed with this new information he, Abbie and a still reluctant to help Parrish go into town to look up information on Ichabod’s son. I’ll be honest at this point, when Parrish gave in to Ichabod and Abbie, stating that he’d help so long as he didn’t miss his train, I was really worried that they’d kill him off.
While this is going on Irving has been searching for answers himself and doesn’t necessarily like what he’s finding. He asks the priest about who the witnesses of the Bible are, and its reliability. While discussing this he brings up his daughter’s reliance on her wheelchair (due to being hit by a car) as a reason for his lack of faith in God, or His plan.
Searching for information on his son Ichabod, Abbie and Parrish go to the library, finding that the librarian there is even more reluctant to help them than Parrish was, but they begin to get the information that they need. Ichabod’s son, Jeremy unfortunately did not stay with his adoptive parents long. He inherited at least some of Katrina’s abilities, and sadly caused a fire that left him an orphan. Getting some of the information that they sought, they go to see if they can get the next piece they need from the librarian, who suspiciously fled the library, but didn’t get far, as something violently stopped her in her tracks.
The next day, we start off with Irving stopping to pick up his daughter and has a tender moment with his estranged wife. Now initially when we had met Irving’s daughter and wife I had been opposed to the whole family element being brought in. On reflection though, I think that this gives the show something that other shows like this don’t have. For example, with Supernatural it’s (for the most part) the Winchesters against the world. They don’t keep family ties, and they avoid friendships, knowing that it can present a weakness or a danger in the long run. On the other end of the spectrum, take a look at Once Upon a Time, it’s all about family, and taking care of those you love. Sleepy Hollow seems like it’s right between the two. And it’s refreshing, that at least one member of the main characters has those connections.
When it comes to Ichabod’s family though… the team looks through the archives and into a box that the librarian had. Parrish can tell that there’s something evil about it. Inside they find a drawing of the doll Katrina made. When Henry touches the box, he’s able to see that as an orphan Jeremy didn’t have the best childhood, and we see just what kind of protection that Katrina left him, which lets Ichabod realize what he brought back with him.
Back with Irving, he’s taking his daughter out to the park, and what we and Irving get is a look at what Irving and the others are up against, in terms of demons. A possessed hot dog vendor threatens Irving’s daughter, while she’s not near him. As Irving reacts by grabbing and shoving the vendor, as soon as his body makes contact with a woman standing next to him, the demon transfers into her.
I’m not sure how intentional it was, when this scene was thought up, but the writers have done with demons what World War Z did with zombies. Instead of needing an exorcism, or anything all that noticeable, the demons can move through contact, which makes them all the more stealthy and sinister. I like it, and I look forward to seeing what other ways that the writers get creative with monsters, and things that go bump in the night.
Moving on with the others, as they look through the other things that the librarian had, Abbie finds a ticket stub with a drawing of four veiled women, who Abbie remembers seeing in a vision. They realize that these are members of Katrina’s coven, and that the golem will be after them too. They go to the carnival, and Ichabod alone goes to speak to the “Four Who Speak As One”. There, they explain to him that because of his son’s power and protector that they tell him that only his son’s blood can stop the golem, and that they are resigned to their fate, because Ichabod’s presence signifies that “tonight [they] die”. They also explain why the golem was even in Purgatory to begin with. They sent the golem there and they used a spell to stop his son’s heart, because he was too powerful, and that sealed the golem there. My main question though, is if it was a spell that stopped his heart… is Jeremy really dead?
Ichabod goes to rejoin Abbie just as the golem shows up and attacks the witches. Ichabod figures that his blood is the same as his, and he uses a piece of broken mirror to cut his hand and stab the golem. Ichabod goes to the golem though as he dies, and thanks him for being there for his son when he couldn’t
At the station, Abbie gives Ichabod a Christmas stocking, which he, perplexed and pleasantly refers to as “embroidered…oversized hosiery”. As Abbie leaves, the mirror in the room cracks, and as Ichabod stares at it he’s pulled into Moloch’s realm. There Moloch threatens him, saying “I offer this warning: the saint’s name is a sign. When you know my name, more will take form, then the end of days begins. Your death is assured, you and the second witness. I touched her soul once, soon it will be mine forever, and you will give it to me”. Ichabod wakes, with Abbie there. He tells her what happened, including Moloch’s threat that he “will deliver” her to him.
So what does this all mean? Are all the witches dead? Will Ichabod see his son again, and what about Abbie?
My theory is that Moloch will offer a trade of Katrina for Abbie, and I don’t think that Ichabod will give in. But we’ll find out in a couple weeks. As always, thanks for reading and happy watching.