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Sleepy Hollow is one of those shows that’s so hard to talk about because there is so much crazy stuff happening each episode. Example: in the first few minutes of this week’s episode, when Abbie’s car breaks down, she and Ichabod are forced to take a motorcycle (which Ichabod is at first baffled by and then instantly in love with) to Fredericks Manor with the Sword of Methuselah in their quest to slay the newly Earth bound demon Moloch. Try explaining any one moment of this show to someone who’s never seen it before and see what kind of looks they give you. I’m going to do the best I can to discuss such an important episode in a way that hopefully makes at least a modicum of sense.
Once they arrive at Fredericks Manor, Ichabod and Abbie look around but are distracted by a noise. It’s a woman screaming for help! Who could it be?
It’s Katrina. OF COURSE. After previous episodes I’ve felt the need to defend her because I thought some fans had been too harsh, but even my patience is wearing thin at this point. How can Katrina do absolutely nothing to help herself right now other than scream. SHE. IS. A. WITCH. In the past few episodes, both Abbie and Jenny have been able to perform successful magic better than Katrina. There have been a ton of odd supernatural excuses at various point in the series as to why Katrina’s powers are so weak that she can barely use them. But we also know that she was a spy back in the day, so why can’t she seem to cleverly think her way out of predicaments either? The whole reason Moloch has risen to full power on Earth is because even though she knew full well that he was actually a demon from the deepest pits of Hell, that fact was pushed from her mind instantly when Henry disguised him as a cute human baby.
So Ichabod and Abbie need to swoop in and save her again. When Ichabod wants to question Abraham about where Moloch is, amazingly Katrina is able to perform a bit of actual magic (which would have served her well about 45 seconds previously) so that Abraham’s head illusion thing is visible to everyone. Abraham provides the nifty tidbit that whoever uses the Sword of Methuselah gives up there life and their soul. Great.
Thankfully the writers have finally remembered in the past few weeks that Jenny exists and can be super useful, and she’s the one who points out that Captain Irving would be the perfect choice to wield the Sword, since his soul already belongs to Henry. Even though Irving ran off last week, they find him. It’s in such a convoluted way that it’s not even worth going over. Point is, they meet up with him and he reluctantly agrees. Probably because it’s the only real thing he’s been able to participate in all season.
Now that Ichabod and Abbie have their team together they need some fancy weapons. And who better to provide them than Hawley? When Jenny explains the situation to him, Hawley is all, “That sounds like total crap.” Then it starts to hail blood. In your face, Hawley. In punishment for his lack of faith, he’s forced to babysit the Horseman of Death, who’s been trapped in the special cell designed by Thomas Jefferson (seriously, this show just goes for it and does’t care at all).
Meanwhile, Ichabod and Katrina engage in an angsty angst filled conversation, that essentially boils down to Ichabod telling Katrina, “You’ve lied about pretty much everything and maybe our marriage is the worst.” This was perhaps not the best moment to have this conversation, but what the hell do I know? I’m not the one trying to make my 200+ year marriage work.
Once the battle actually starts and Irving finally gets to some badass stuff he is loving it. My main thought throughout most of this scene: the Kindred that Ichabod and Abbie created back in Episode 2 that hasn’t been seen since would come in real handy here. Is he just chilling somewhere?
Just when Irving takes down the Horseman of War armor with the fervor of a man who has been criminally underutilized this season, we realize that he’s been seriously injured and starts bleeding out. Katrina can’t manage to save him with a spell (SHOCKER) and he dies. Normally that would be extremely upsetting, but this is Sleepy Hollow, the show where John Cho’s character has died and come back like 60 times. So I’m fairly confident that Irving will be back, although it’ll be interesting to see in what kind of capacity.
Moloch is his usual dick self when he asks Henry to go sacrifice himself in order to retrieve the Sword of Methuselah. (That’s where the episode title “The Akeda” comes in, a parallel to the biblical story of Abraham sacrificing his son Isaac.) But when the time comes for Ichabod to kill Henry, he can’t do it. They have to assume that Henry will be grateful, I mean there’s no reason not to trust him he’s never lied to them before oh wait he lies all the time and is actually incredibly evil so in a move that should have been surprising to no one Henry gets the sword and forces everyone to go to Moloch.
Even though Henry looks like a grandpa and wears Mr. Rogers sweaters, in actuality he’s essentially an emo teenage boy with Daddy issues off the charts. So our favorite Horseman of War takes the Sword and runs Moloch through in revenge. Whether he’s dead for good or if Henry is dead we don’t know because that’s where the episode ends!
Way to leave us hanging until 2015, Sleepy Hollow! Not cool.
What did you think of the Midseason finale?