Previously on Sleepy Hollow: well, we got the first part of this twist-a-licious two-part season finale, the recap of which went up yesterday. Check it out if you’re just tuning in! And now onto Part Deux.
Henry Parrish wakes after a rush of visions, including Moloch summoning an evil, an eclipse, a Horseman galloping with a flaming sword, and that scary demonic growl translated to “Come and See.” HOCRAP.
Gazing at the Hudson, Ichabod suddenly spies a woman with red hair running in colonial garb. Is it Katrina, appearing to him in a visionary dream? Oh my god, lolololol, nope: it’s a sassy Revolutionary War Reenactor/Cosplayer! That’s not Katrina’s auburn locks you’re seeing Ichabod, but proper Fangirl Red.
The historical inaccuracies (*shakes tiny fist at historical inaccuracies; aren’t they just the worst?) at the “battle” site finally tip him off. OH, wait, she sells period-appropriate clothing? Time to replace the Crane ensemble! Abbie’s going to have to return those skinny jeans, is all I’m saying. He won’t even give up his “ratty coat”, telling Jenny he doesn’t want it worn “ironically.” It’s cute how he’s figured out hipster culture already.
Abbie, Jenny, and Ichabod discuss how Frank confessed to protect Macey (prompting skepticism from “the girl who spent a decade in Tarrytown Psychiatric because she told the truth,” that it’ll all work out just fine). Henry Parrish sweeps in, declaring “Today’s the day Moloch will unleash Hell on Earth.” “That’s one way to enter a room,” Jenny mutters.
Henry explains his vision: the four white trees, a talon-ed hand emerging from the dirt, a flaming horse against a solar eclipse: “fragments like pieces of a puzzle,” he explains. “Come and see,” Jenny and Abbie quote, recognizing the scene as incredibly similar to the one they witnessed “thirteen years to the day” when they were thirteen (and this is the thirteenth ep of s1, yes).
The celestial calendar confirms they’re getting a solar eclipse today. “War is coming,” Henry says grimly, meaning both the battle and the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse. “Today.” Cripes almighty, I love John Noble so hard; his delivery! *wraps around it limpet-style*
Abbie arrives at the station only to find Frank Irving has been transferred upstate. He’s left an envelope, which she hauls to Abbie & Ichabod’s Awesome Sekkrit Hideout, where they decide they need a binding spell cast upon soil to prevent the Second Horseman from coming. Whoops, all the witches they know are dead! Um, except that one stuck in Purgatory.
Abbie grants the need for the burned map, and Ichabod produces his hand-drawn facsimile. “A half truth is a whole lie,” Abbie says sternly, upset he destroyed the map in front of her and then secretly recreated it. But she does admit she appreciates him a little: “Microscopically,” she concedes.
Using Frank Irving’s research, they realize they need to find where the ley lines converge in Sleepy Hollow; that will lead them to the hidden door to Purgatory. Abbie asks Jenny to work through Corbin’s audio recordings about his meetings with Reverend Knapp; it might help them unravel Moloch’s mocking riddle about the saint’s name.
Jenny pulls Abbie aside, worried that she’ll lose her sister in this fight against Moloch. He already “ripped our lives in half” when they were kids. But Abbie wants to fight him: “for me –it’s for us,” she asserts. Together they remember their dollhouse “found it in the dumpster behind our house when we were little.” *clutches heart* While they played with it they would pretend, even though their father was an alcoholic and their mother mentally unstable, that they had a place where they could be together and safe. Oh my god. Excuse me while I go weep in the corner.
“I don’t want to lose you again,” Jenny says, fearing Ichabod will hand Abbie over. Abbie promises she’ll return, saying, “I need you to have faith.” “I have more than faith; I’m a mental patient with a gun,” Jenny reminds her. Gah, you two broken but incredibly strong women! I have to say, their troubled but blossoming relationship just may be my absolute favorite thing about Sleepy Hollow. “Come back to me,” Jenny whispers as they hug.
As Abbie and Ichabod prepare to find the echo church Katrina haunts in Purgatory, Henry reminds them they’ll face a “maze of temptation”; they’ll need to resist taking food or drink, or they’ll be trapped there forever. They get ready to repeat an incantation Washington inscribed. “Remember your link with each other,” Henry tells them. “Hold on to each other in your hearts, and nothing can separate you. You were chosen for this moment.” I swear, these lines could fall flat and sound like mere platitudes, but John Noble, folks. *kisses fingertips*
The incantation summons a crackling then shattered glass, which reveals a long walkway of arches. Ichabod takes Abbie’s hand — OH MY GOD, HER TINY HAND IN HIS! *falls down in a swoon*
Abbie awakens in a sunny bedroom, and oh hell — it’s August Corbin saying, “How are you feeling, kid?”, offering her homemade apple pie a la mode, accompanied by still-normally-alive Officer Andy. Oh, and Ichabod and everything? A result of a concussion putting her on furlough from Quantico (where she’s top of her class). “I miss you so much,” she says tremulously, touching his face and hugging him. “There’s my girl,” he soothes. “I’m supposed to remember something,” she tells herself in some confusion. Not before you eat that thrice-damned pie, Abbie! Mmm, mmm!
Meanwhile, poor Ichabod has his own delusional date with his father figure: in this case, his actual dad who disowned him when Ichabod changed to the American side of the war. “You’ve returned home a hero to your country,” his proud papa exclaims, telling him he’s been granted a full professorship and is “a child after my own heart.” Let’s all celebrate with a terribly cursed toast of demonic nectar, shall we?
Just when Corbin tells Abbie to “eat up, kid,” and notes that the three of them having apple pie together is “just like old times,” she freezes. Flashback to Ichabod saying they can never go back to their earlier lives. “This isn’t real,” she says shakily. Blood begins to seep from under the pie (and that is such a sad misuse of pie, my god). When she tries to leave, Andy begs, “please don’t let him take my soul!” while Corbin pleads, “Don’t leave me here, kid, please!” UGH, MY GOD!
“This is a dream,” Crane realizes at his hallucination hall. “You are not my father.” His “father” declares that Ichabod has shamed him. “I’ve felt the pain of your shunning once before, and I loved you nonetheless,” Ichabod says fiercely. “Yet my answer remains no.” He throws his glass into the fire. The illusion of his father eats the glass holding the libation, blood coming from his mouth as he screams, and Crane is sucked away from his childhood home.
Back at Sekkrit Hideout, Jenny trawls through the audiotapes, cross-referencing things almost instantly from Corbin’s objects and files (I swear, these people have luck o’ the Irish when grabbing the most relevant thing at any given moment).
When Corbin mentions the answers are found in an old church, Jenny heads out.
Ichabod wanders among the dead, wonderfully and horribly depicted with bleeding blank eyes or smooth blank faces. Our old pal the fog-machine runner is getting quite the workout! When he finds Abbie collapsed, they doubt each other, but remembering what she taught him after they caught the Horseman — their fist-bump — confirms their identities.
They make it to the echo church, where stunted lost souls clamor to enter but cannot, and find Katrina inside.
When they explain they’ve come to free her so she can stop the Second Horseman’s rising, she explains them she can’t depart without forgiveness, or risk breaking down the walls between Purgatory and the world. Oh, but there is one way. “If another were to take my place,” Katrina says.
Yes, this obeys all generic underworld rules. But for like about twenty seconds I decided Katrina wasn’t really Katrina, and was tricking them into betraying each other. Yet when Abbie volunteered to stay (overruling Ichabod, who said he would remain), I think it ended up a lovely twist undermining Moloch’s prophesy. Or at least, I hope so — if Abbie declares she wants to stay, Ichabod hasn’t technically betrayed her. That’s assuming he and Katrina will, as they promise, get her out. Eeep.
“Remember our bond,” Ichabod tells Abbie, holding her close. “I’ll come back for you.” Okay, never mind what I just said above: THIS IS NOT OKAY. Ack, I still was having evil!Katrina thoughts when Ichabod looked back regretfully (and you had best not pull a punishment of Orpheus thing, Sleepy Hollow!), and Katrina just went ahead without looking behind her at. All. Then again, girl has been captive in Purgatory for a few centuries. Maybe I should cut her some slack.
Abbie remains with the amulet Katrina has given her to protect her from Moloch. And yet, she runs to confront him right away, hitting him with a branch. “Now you are mine,” he roars. “I was never yours, and I never will be,” she shoots back, and smacks the amulet against his chest. It sizzles, and Moloch cries out. Oh god. Is this a good idea or not? Do you really want to hurl away your protective amulet, even if it can sting a scary horned demon? D:
Henry graciously introduces himself to Katrina, who remembers he’s the Sin Eater. Though her powers are weakened, she executes a pathfinding spell. “I married a witch,” Ichabod says. “How…cool.” She looks confused, and he tells her it’s a figure of speech. Ichabod, you needed post-its to orient you, like, just a few months ago, so don’t get all smug.
“Okay, old man, I’m here,” Jenny says at the abandoned church, still listening to the recording of Corbin. He expresses confusion over why the name of the church was hidden, and she looks around quickly, remembering Moloch’s name of the saint riddle. As she grabs a dangling key and uncovers a sign, the eclipse begins to take place.
Jenny runs to her truck, frantically calling Abbie (oh, Abbie!) and explaining Moloch meant the saint’s name literally. “Whatever you do, you can’t,” she begins to say, trying to warn Abbie (Oh Jenny!)– when she’s shot by the Headless Horseman galloping past. Her truck crashes, rolls over, and HOCRAP, she’s unconscious as the Horseman rides off! Jenny, nooooooooo!
In Purgatory, Abbie sprints away from Moloch, falling into the earth and emerging in — jeepers creepers, she’s in the dollhouse with the versions of Jenny and herself that encountered Moloch years ago. The reason she can’t remember what happened in the woods is Moloch “took us out of your head,” so she and Jenny would forget the truth. Urk. My god, the convergence here of child abuse narrative and demonic interference is blowing my mind.
Katrina, Ichabod, and Henry find themselves at the four trees, matching the visions they’ve had. “Something’s wrong,” Katrina says; her binding spell isn’t working, and there’s nothing underneath the ground. “It’s here, I assure you,” Henry says, explaining apocalypse, “to reveal”, has indeed come. He glances at them, and they’re each flung back to the trees, trapped by winding branches. Ermahgerd! HENRY!
“Your power is nothing compared to mind,” he snaps at them, explaining how he abused the human need for hope and faith to blind them to what was before them all along. “I gave you the answer so many times,” he says wryly (flashback to his observations on puzzles misleading and fooling us, and OH MY GOD, I swear I didn’t link that to Henry going rogue at any point, possibly because I love crossword puzzles too, and OH MY GOD, HENRY).
“Can’t you guess?” he asks, almost playfully. There was nothing to bind. The Second Horseman was unearthed over a decade ago — so that’s what the Mills sisters probably actually witnessed? YES, back at the dollhouse, the girls explain “we were sent there to stop him,” because Abbie was the Witness with the capital W even back then.
I actually — I can’t decide whether I love that — that Abbie was destined to be the Witness all along, just her fated role — or whether it’s disheartening, because I had thought in part her terrible trauma with Moloch had given her, as a kind of screw-you to evil, the ability to stand against the apocalypse as Witness even though it tried to drive her mad.
“It’s you,” Katrina realizes, just as Abraham was a mortal man before he became, Death: Henry Parrish became War. But wait, there’s more! And I had to rewind this bit, because I grabbed onto the couch and shrieked when I realized that our wonderful Sin Eater, Henry Parrish, is not only the Second Horseman, but Katrina and Ichabod’s SON, Jeremy Crane.
DID I OR DID I NOT WONDER ABOUT JEREMY BEING BURIED ALIVE? Like, that was so clearly only a stopgap — the witches who trapped him in a grave never were shown to have ended his life! We get the buried-alive flashback, and Henry/Jeremy stabs his hand, explaining the strength of his blood which he shares with them.
It was such an intriguing twist way back when to learn that betrayal in love and friendship had created the First Horseman from Abraham. But how much more poignant is it here to figure out that War, the Second Horseman, is in essence sprung from an abandoned and mistreated child? And we know from abandoned kids on this show — Abbie and Jenny have so clearly suffered in ways supernatural and most mundane — so what a serious, amazing, marvelous choice of revelation, that this is the fate that befell orphaned Jeremy Crane.
Henry/Jeremy explains death would have been a gift compared to his suffering for centuries as he cried out to “the pitiless god that put me there, and to the two [his parents] who abandoned me to eternal suffering.” Then he heard “the voice of my true father,” Moloch, offering salvation, rescuing him. The Witness was not strong enough to stop him then, and “I have defeated her now.”
“I have to find a way home,” Abbie says, hurrying to try the dollhouse windows and doors. “This is your home now, Abbie,” the girls tell her. ACK! But you know, if anyone can find a way out? Abbie can! It just might take until next season, because there are scant minutes left in the ep. DDDDDDD:
Henry/Jeremy smirks when Ichabod rails against his deception, that he invented an entire family history, “even your name.” “No, not my name; that was given to me by God’s grace,” Henry/Jeremy claims. It was the very church where they abandoned him as a child that he saw it when he reawakened from the dead. “ST. HENRY’S PARISH,” the sign reads. Oh my god. NICE. And awful! “So I took the saint’s name to spite him.”
“We are all children in the absence of our parents; believe me, I know this to be true,” Henry/Jeremy says even as we see Jenny still unconscious in her overturned vehicle and Katrina pleads that “every choice I made was to protect you!” “You cannot fathom how meaningless your words are to me,” he sneers. Now that the two Witnesses are separated, there’s nothing to stop him breaking the second seal, “and fulfilling the promise to an old friend.”
In rides the First Horseman, Death, whom we know to be Abraham. He hands a pouch to Henry/Jeremy. “She’s finally yours, Abraham, Henry/Jeremy says. “Pleasant dreams!” Katrina slumps over in sleep, and Henry flings her across his horse and rides away.
“Katrina!” Ichabod yells in desperation. Just one glance from Henry/Jeremy, and he collapses. He immediately falls into the open grave where Henry was buried alive all those years ago. Branches curl over him, trapping him in place. “Now you’ll know what it’s like to lose faith,” Henry/Jeremy says. “When it’s gone you have nothing. And when you have nothing, there’s nothing holding you back from what you’re capable of.”
Henry/Jeremy takes out the Second Seal the First Horseman handed him, breaking it. “War isn’t coming to Sleepy Hollow,” he intones. “It’s been here waiting all along. And now it begins. Goodbye, father.”
Okay, okay, and how much of a new spin does this put on Henry Parrish’s seeming reassurance to Ichabod, when Ichabod was mourning the discovery and loss of his poor mistreated son episodes ago? Here’s the quote: “We never bury the dead, son. Not really. We take them with us. it’s the price of living.” Never mind Henry/Jeremy’s hint (if you take out the pause or comma in the first sentence: “We never bury the dead son”), the meaning is entirely changed from a persisting, haunting melancholy to something insidious we cannot escape! HOW OMINOUS IS THAT IN THIS NEW CONTEXT????
OH MY GOD!!!!!! AM I RIGHT? This. Seriously! Stunned me! It barely occurred to me Henry could be evil, but to imagine he was Jeremy Crane? Absolutely fantastic weaving in the narrative threads, and absolutely devastating to the characters, that the sort of person they most want to protect — that abandoned child, that neglected kid that we’ve seen in Abbie, in Jenny, in Macey, in Jeremy — is the architect of the world’s destruction.
Definitely let me know your thoughts on this fabulous episode, and tell me your Season 2 speculation! No actual spoilers, though, please! I’d love to hear theories, but don’t reveal things you’ve read are supposed to happen, okay?