*What tha …? OK, somebody’s got some explaining to do.
If you missed it, Friday night (04-08-16), on the third season finale of “Sleepy Hollow,” in a twist we totally didn’t see coming, the show killed off its leading lady and brave policewoman Abbie, who’s played by Nicole Beharie.
Yes, you read correctly. Abbie, played by Nicole Beharie on “Sleepy Hollow” is done. Kaput.
As you can imagine, that didn’t go over too well the star’s fans nor a lot of fans of the show. Many took to Twitter to share their feelings of hurt and disappointment. Hell, a lot of folks threatened not to watch the show again if it does return for a season four (which has not yet been decided). Many hoped that it was a mistake and she will return again.
Unfortunately it was no mistake. In a statement to Variety, 20th Century Fox and showrunner Clifton Campbell confirmed that Abbie’s death was, in fact, final:
“The 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,” the statement read. “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.”
In an interview with TVline, Beharie spoke out on the decision.
“’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,” Beharie said in a released statement. “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, Sleepyheads for all of your love – what an honor. I will never be the same. Stay tuned.”
On the other hand, Tambay Obensen from the Shadow and Act blog reminded readers that there have been problems with how the show has been performing, so some changes were expected:
“Last November, FOX announced that “Sleepy Hollow,” which had been under-performing in terms of ratings, would move to Friday nights at 8pm, when it returned after the holidays, with all-new episodes on Feb. 5.
This was the 3rd time the network shifted the show’s air date and time. In its first season, it was a Monday night series, airing after “Gotham;” and this current season, it was initially moved to Thursday nights, competing directly with “Shonda Rhimes Night” on ABC (“Scandal” specifically). And finally, starting in February of 2016, it headed to Friday nights at 8pm.”
We wish Nicole Beharie well. She’s a great actress with a future that got upside written all over it.
But the question now is will you watch the show (if there’s a season 4) now that Beharie is no longer on it?