After a month hiatus, Sleepy Hollow returns Monday night (Fox, 9 p.m. ET) with an episode that star Tom Mison promises will be a scary one. “It’s a constantly tense one,” he says. “I like that the show does simmer, and then there are a few moments that jump out at you.” The hour explores more of Jenny Mills’ (Lyndie Greenwood) past, Mison teases, “and the fact that she was once possessed — who wasn’t.” As the clip below reveals, Sheriff Corbin (Clancy Brown) helped Jenny through the possession, which had an effect on her relationship with her sister, Abbie (Nicole Beharie). As for Ichabod, “As is so often the case,” Mison teases, “he suddenly remembers something from the 18th century that eludes to demonic possession, so he struts off with Abbie running along in tow to find a way of dealing with present-day demonic possession.” Though Mison tried to keep who is possessed now a secret, the show’s promos have already let that cat out of the bag. The demon wants Washington’s Bible and will use Macy (Amandla Stenberg), the daughter of Capt. Irving (Orlando Jones), as a bargaining chip. “I was trying to keep it mysterious and exciting, but yes, alright, fine,” he says, with a laugh. He also reveals that Abbie’s ex, Luke (Nicholas Gonzalez), is a part of the story: “He is also affected by demonic possession. Basically, the theme of tonight is demonic possession,” Mison quips.
Jones says the episode brings a lot of the show’s story lines together in preparation for Jan. 20′s two-hour season finale. Yes, he’s aware that a lot of viewers think his character won’t make it to season 2: “People are freakin’ out,” he says of his Twitter followers. “They’re like, ‘Ohmygod, you can’t die.’ I’m like, I don’t know how to respond to that tweet. What do you say? ‘Yes, I can,’ or ‘No, I don’t want to’? Either way, they’re not good tweets. So I just was like, ‘I appreciate your not wanting me to die, but I can’t say anything about that.’” What he will offer is more vague teases: “I know everybody has this idea — am I good, am I evil? — but I point out to people that you don’t know if Ichabod is good or evil either, you just think you know,” he says. “This is the best example: Andy Brooks, played by the wonderful John Cho, is in theory evil. But he has a crush on Abbie, and he died but he’s still alive on the show as an agent of Moloch who kinda helps us but then kinda helps him. I don’t know if you call that a good character or an evil character, because he’s playing both sides of the fence. So with that as an example, I don’t think anybody can be too comfortable about what they think.” And he concludes, with an evil laugh, “That’s the best part of it.”
Season 2 of Sleepy Hollow is set to go into production in March, which will give the creative team more lead time to meld its complex stories and special effects before air. Fox head Kevin Reilly said he anticipates the show’s sophomore season will be longer than 13 episodes. “We may do a few more,” he told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Jan. 13. ”It’s better for the audience’s attention and focus to do shorter orders… Many dramas are better creatively on a shorter order pattern.” (With additional reporting by James Hibberd)