Nicole Beharie Discusses Sleepy Hollow’s Season 2 Decline
It is for that reason I am asking fans and non-fans alike to tune in to tonight’s episode of Sleepy Hollow, titled “Mama.” According to Beharie, who I had the pleasure of interviewing via telephone last week, “Mama” will give fans what they have long been asking for: a glimpse into Abbie’s past and possible answers as to how she became a Witness.
The Mills-centric episode will introduce us to Lori Mills, Abbie and Jenny’s mom, who committed suicide while institutionalized in a psychiatric hospital. Beharie says “Mama” will be a “big episode for the sisters” and that fans will see why Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) and Abbie “were dragged through the mud as children and how it all led to Abbie becoming a Witness and Jenny a kick-ass know-it-all.”
Nicole also teased a “big revelation” about Lori Mills and a “legacy” that runs through the Mills family.
As for what is next for Abbie and Jenny, I asked Nicole if maybe fans will get to see the sisters in their home, their own space- doing sisterly things like watching Netflix and arguing over whose night it is to do the dishes. Nicole said “probably not” as fighting the Apocalypse continues to come first.
As for their being love on the horizon for the Leftenant, again, Nicole said Abbie isn’t particularly adverse to being in a relationship, but that she is more than likely “waiting for the right man.”
I also got Nicole to talk a bit about the #AbbieMillsDeservesBetter hashtag on Twitter, which I am proud to say has been going strong for over a week now. For those of you not in the know, fans of the show are not happy about the Abbie character being sidelined this season to showcase what has been dubbed Crane Family Drama by the fandom. And by sidelined, I don’t mean in screen time. Abbie continues to be front and center in every episode. The sidelining comes via her character, a Witness, having no actual role in this season’s plot. Yeah, Abbie often saves the day, but she has been reduced to being just the muscle. The actual plot, the storyline, has nothing to do with Abbie at all. Everything instead revolves around her partner Crane, and his relationship with his wife (Katrina), his former best friend, Katrina’s ex-fiancé and the Horseman of Death (Abraham Van Brunt) and his salty son Jeremy/Henry, who is also the Horseman of War.
When I asked Nicole about what she thought of her many fans venting via the social network, she said she had been offline for a while and found out what was happening when friends contacted her and were like “whoa, you gotta see this.” Nicole said she was “thankful for the support her character has received” and acknowledged the rights fans have to want to see Abbie’s story told.
We also talked a bit about TV tropes black actresses often find themselves limited to (strong black woman, angry black woman, sassy black woman, ext). I asked Nicole specifically if she and the writers try to steer Abbie away from such tropes. Nicole said as a black actress she is “very aware of the stereotypes and tries to avoid them,” as for the writers she said “yeah, sometimes things are written and then they kinda go nah,” but for the most part she says they know what they’re doing.
Check out stills and a preview from tonight’s episode below.
Sleepy Hollow airs Monday nights on FOX at 9pm/8c.