The premise of Sleepy Hollow is absurd, but thanks to its cheeky sense of humor and some genuinely creepy monsters, the freshmen drama has become the breakout hit of the season.
"The key to this world is, if you keep it grounded in this emotional reality it'll feel authentic, but it has to be funny," executive producer Alex Kurtzman said at New York Comic-Con on Sunday. "We know how crazy our show is going to be. We know we are one molecule away from insane every second and that's the balance that were constantly holding."
To combat any potential schtick-iness in Ichabod's (Tom Mison) fish-out-of-water befuddlement, producers explained they avoid playing his confusion as a joke, a practice best exemplified when Ichabod has a sincerely heartfelt conversation with his NorthStar savior, Yolanda. "When you get really, really nice moments like that, the flouncing tart in me just wants to ham it up," Mison said. "That's the biggest challenge. Not indulging myself too much in the very, very funny scripts that we're given."
While the actor said he hopes Yolanda will return, Kurtzman and co-creator Len Wiseman quickly dashed his dreams. Even without Yolanda, Ichabod already has his hands full juggling two women: his witch wife Katrina (Katia Winter) and his modern day partner Abbie (Nicole Beharie). "There is undoubtedly a connection with Lt. Abbie Mills," Mison teased of the fan-favorite pairing. "But then there's always in the back of his head, 'Oh my god. I have a wife and she's a witch and I'm going to be in so much trouble."
Exclusive footage shown at NYCC revealed that Ichabod's two leading ladies will have to team up to try and save him from a new evil in the Nov. 4 episode. After a hilarious trip to a local baseball game, Ichabod's day takes a turn for the worse when he's abducted. Katrina then makes a surprising visit to Abbie, warning that the Headless Horseman is returning to Sleepy Hollow that night and only Ichabod can stop him.
Katrina also dropped the game-changing revelation that she's found a way to reverse the spell she put on her husband, which bound his life to the Horseman's: Ichabod simply has to be sanctified by a Sin-Eater (to be played by recurring guest-star John Noble). While that sounds all fine and dandy, we have a feeling getting sanctified will be harder than it sounds.
What do you think a Sin-Eater is? Do you like Abbie and Katrina teaming up?
Sleepy Hollow airs Mondays at 9/8c on Fox.