Ain’t That A Bitch: Sleepy Hollow Kills Off Abbie Mills


Sleepy Hollow Kills off Abbie Mills, Fans in Mourning

Wow. Just wow. In its third season finale which wrapped up just moments ago, Sleepy Hollow writers did the unthinkable and killed off its female lead, Abbie Mills, played by actress Nicole Beharie.

Despite all the juicy clips Fox made available for fans earlier today, I chose not to watch, sensing fuckery was afoot. I personally knew something was off when the network did not make the finale available for screening as they have done in the past.

However, at 9:00pm I promptly logged onto Twitter to see what fans had to say and as you can imagine, “Fuck, Sleepy Hollow” was pretty much the theme of the day. And for fans who think the killing of Abbie may just be a rouse, ala what The Walking Dead did with Glenn earlier in the season, it is not according to showrunner Clifton Campbell, who released the following statement after the show wrapped up.

“The [season] finale featuring the tragic death of Abbie Mills was a very dramatic ending and a bold move for the show, but Sleepy Hollow has always been known for its shocking finales. We feel we provided a wonderfully poignant conclusion for Abbie and showed some of the best moments between the Witnesses that we’ve seen on-screen. We thank Nicole Beharie for bringing Abbie and Sleepy Hollow to life. We are currently discussing season four, and should the series be picked up for another season, we have some exciting scenarios and new avenues we want to explore.”

Now, how I feel about the killing of Abbie will 100% be determined by whether Nicole Beharie wanted to leave the show, or if she was simply written off by the powers that be. If Nicole wanted to bounce, cool. But if she was killed off, everyone associated with Sleepy Hollow should be fired. Nicole is Sleepy Hollow and without her this show doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of ever being successful again.


Update: Nicole Beharie’s official statement.

Sleepy Hollow has been an incredible experience in every way. I loved playing Abbie. It’s been such a gift to have taken this wild ride… Alas, ‘Abbie Mills has done all she was meant to do.’ I’m excited about what the show has in store for us next. I’m rooting for my co-stars and crew… they have been my inspiration, my teachers, family, my friends, over the last few seasons. I want to thank the fantastic producers, writers, and directors who have worked tirelessly to bring this show to life. I want to thank Fox for their faith and support. But, most of all, [I want to thank the] Sleepyheads for all of your love – what an honor. I will never be the same. Stay tuned.


  1. Almost three hours later and the show is still trending on Twitter. I guess this explains why Nicole and Tom were missing from so many events. I bet Tom announces his departure soon too.

  2. The powers that be are already talking about a new beginning in season four… puleeze 😆

  3. They killed Abbie in the worst way possible. They diminished her importance even in her last minute on screen. A final giant FU to her fans from Campbell and FOX.

    Fly far and high, Nicole. The only reason this show got this far is because of you. Your amazing talent and beauty. You’re finally free. And so am I.

  4. I want to know what happened but now I’m too scared to watch. Can I get cliff notes you guys?

  5. Last night was very difficult. Once I started reading how Abbie died and seeing gifs, I totally fell apart. I can’t believe she’s dead. I just wasn’t expecting that. I was expecting some Betsy Ross bullschit, not for Abbie to be killed and have her existence come down to only being needed to push Ichabod towards his destiny. This is just devastating. Fans are disgusted. Critics are disgusted. It’s all just such a mess. 🙁

  6. I feel so bad for the fans that stuck it out and wanted better for the character. I never thought they’d kill her off. I hope we get some behind-the-scenes tea but I doubt it. I don’t think anyone will ever tell us if Nicole wanted to leave or was fired. I hope we see her again in a starring role soon.

  7. I’m going to keep it straight Mephisto: “I hope this show dies of gonorrhea and rots in Helll”.

  8. I know this is just speculation, but have you guys thought that something may be wrong with Nicole medically? Last season shooting was put on hold while Nicole was ill. A few weeks back Nicole posted to Instagram saying she was going to the doctor and was nervous. Is it possible something majorly serious happened to cause her to have to leave the show. I know it’s not a given that Nicole chose to leave, but seeing as how the show was a huge success in season one I can’t see her wanting to leave unless something major came up. You don’t leave a hit show unless something even better is lined up or you are forced to due to unforeseen circumstances.

  9. It’s been a minute since I posted on here. Brownsista tried to tell us that something was amiss when they started adding more characters and not developing Abbie more but I was one of the naive ones who thought the show would work the story line out. Man, I sure was stupid.

    A pretty, feminine Black woman ( not biracial etc) is unheard of… I should have expected it.

    Fck Fox and fck the showrunner…Nicole Beharie deserves better. I wish her all the success and I hope the show gets cancelled.

  10. As black women it seems like there is no place for us in the world and it gets reflected on screen. Even roles traditionally allotted to black women on film and television are now given to white or Latina actresses. Once upon a time if you had a black actor and he had a girlfriend or wife she would be black too. But now, like Chris Rock said, they want anyone but a black girl. They even wanted a white woman to play his mother in a show about his own life. How crazy is that?

    As I look at the television landscape all I see is OTHER. Rarely anyone like myself unless she’s the sassy, overweight mammy type. And while I think there is room for everyone, I’m tired of being placed in that box and I no longer watch tv because of that. I have a few random shows I check out, but mostly I stream old shows from Netflix and HULU.

    Sleepy Hollow let me down years ago. Being Mary Jane was a depressing mess and Scandal is just all over the place. We are being pushed out and if we don’t create our own opportunities, then we will find ourselves completely on the outside looking in.

  11. What??? I have yet to get into SH but always made a note to at least purchase the season 1 DVD. I feel bad for the fans cause I know how much Abby meant to all of you and have been keeping up with the disminishing present of the character. To think they went so far as to kill her off is really sad.

  12. This show was awesome the way they brought America’s History the good & bad and intertwined it to the present was a great idea gave some of us history lessons. To all the sleepy heads out there lets raise our voices we want a season 4 & hell bring Abby back anything is possible in Sleepy Hollow. And to Kanyade maybe the history part of the show went over your head stick to reality shows. (SUPPORT YOUR SISTAS!)

  13. The powers that be aren’t going to bring her back. They are the ones who killed her. Also, if I was Nicole I would not want to come back. I love Nicole and I used to love Sleepy Hollow. But truthfully, my love for the show died ages ago. I only stuck around because of Nicole. Sometimes you just gotta take a chance and try something new. Sleepy Hollow was hellish. I wish better for Nicole. I wish her to lead a show where she is actually respected. Nicole was a lead in name only on SH. She often played herself down in interviews and at fan events. I noticed that during season one. I hope Nicole keeps working and growing as an artist. I also hope she realizes the power she has. She has a loyal fanbase and need not play down her popularity to placate her co-stars. Rise up and shine, Nicole.

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