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‘Sleepy Hollow’ Review: Necromancer

SLEEPY HOLLOW: Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) searches for clues in the "Necromancer" episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Monday, Nov. 18 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Brownie Harris/FOX

This week’s episode of Sleepy Hollow picks up where last week’s Paul Revere themed The Midnight Ride left off. Previously Ichabod and Abbie found a way to capture the Headless Horseman using ultraviolet lighting while Irving saw things with his own eyes and became a believer. Necromancer begins with the Headless Horseman chained up in a well-lit cell while our heroes contemplate their next move.

Ichabod decides they need to get some answers from the Headless Horseman. “You want to interrogate him? I don’t think he’s going to talk,” argues Captain Irving. He’s got a point. The Horseman is after all missing his head. Luckily they know someone who can speak for the Headless Horseman. With the use of necromancy, a form of magic used to communicate with the dead, Andy is able to act like a sort of puppet for the Headless Horseman to use to speak.

As Ichabod begins his interrogation, the Headless Horseman drops a necklace which belonged to Katrina. We learn that the necklace was given to Katrina by Ichabod’s best friend the excessive Abraham Van Brunt. Katrina and Abraham were betrothed but Katrina broke off the engagement because she was in love with Ichabod. When Ichabod advises Abraham that Katrina had confessed her feelings for him, the friends get into a sword fight. It’s during this fight that Abraham is shot by red coats who just happen to be passing by. At Abraham’s bidding Ichabod runs, leaving Abraham to die.

Abraham didn’t die though. He made a deal with the devil and became the Headless Horseman! Abraham’s prize for selling his soul is Katrina. She is being held captive in purgatory until all four horseman have risen bringing on the apocalypse. Katrina is the Headless Horseman’s weakness. Talk about one hell of a love triangle. It will be interesting to see what Ichabod and Abbie will do with this newly found information.

Giving the Headless Horseman a face and name was an interesting twist. The fact that he used to be human and shared a connection to Ichabod is probably not a coincidence. This reveal brings up a lot of questions. Were the other four horseman created in the same manner? Are they all people whom Ichabod, and possibly Abbie, unintentionally wronged?

Some important pieces fell into place during the last two episodes. Not only do we know the origins of the Headless Horseman but our superhero team has been fully assembled. Captain Irving falls into a leadership type role and will probably provide a voice reason. Jenny is a mixture of researcher and the hotheaded muscle. Andy’s role is a bit more complicated. He has feelings for Abbie and feels guilt for choosing the side of evil. He’ll help when he can but, with his soul being controlled by the Sandman, that could be difficult.

What did you think of the big reveal? Hit the comments to share your thoughts.

Jenn Bishop
Jenn Bishop was TVSource Magazine's Soap Editor. She's a thirty-something fan girl of soapy television and anything involving Joss Whedon. She began sharing her views on daytime soaps in 2012 with her blog Save Our Suds. A former philosophy major, she loves discussing different view points with fellow TV addicts and aficionados. When not watching television, she enjoys art, live music, exploring the Midwest food scene, and drinking too many lattes. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceJenn.

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  1. You’re right! I got my demons mixed up. It was a very good episode.

  2. Andy’s soul is being controlled by the demon Moloch, not the Sandman.

    That being said it was a VERY good episode! I wasn’t expecting the Horseman of Death to have a human origin or be connected to Ichabod and Katrina!

    It was a nice and unexpected surprise!

  3. I loved it! Sleepy Hollow is awesome.

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