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.