Sleepy Hollow’s midseason finale is action-packed, but that also means there are a ton of spoilers in this article if you haven’t seen the Monday, December 1 episode of Sleepy Hollow. Is everyone still on board? Alright, let’s go.
Sleepy Hollow has featured a lot of twists and turns during its second season. Some of these have been more compelling than others, but tonight the drama released a midseason finale that delivered on the entire Moloch storyline, but also featured the death of one of the show’s most likeable characters. After volunteering to take down the Horseman of War, Orlando Jones’ Frank Irving lost his life, and showrunner Mark Goffman says the death will have a huge impact on Sleepy Hollow when the show returns at midseason.
“Irving’s death in the midseason finale needs to have weight, needs to be real and had a very strong impact on Abbie, Crane and Jenny. And that has to have ramifications in the second half of the season. “
After being sidelined in a psych ward and then tricked into handing over his soul, Frank Irving was pretty depressed over his situation during Season 2. Instead of warding off his mental demons, he turns into the ultimate badass, volunteering to duel with the Horseman of War, which ended up being quite the spectacle. Obviously, it didn’t go well for Frank, who ended up dying during the episode after taking out War. (War got in one fatal wound. Tragic.) The episode also didn’t go well for the villainous Moloch, who was destroyed in the episode by none other than Henry Parrish.
The potential good news for Frank Irving is that Sleepy Hollow is a supernatural drama, so using dead characters in the plot doesn’t have to involve something as mundane as a flashback. In fact, Sleepy Hollow has made great use of dead characters in the past. John Cho’s Andy Brooks was killed in the pilot for the series, but his character was so well-liked they brought him back from the dead to pop up in several episodes as a necromancer and later an individual trapped in purgatory.
With that in mind, Goffman tells TV Line that it might not be the end for the former Captain Irving.
“I’ll say this: One of the things I love about working on Sleepy Hollow is that “dead” doesn’t necessarily mean “gone.” On other shows, if you kill a character, it’s pretty hard to make them return.
Obviously, this death is a little different than Brooks death, especially since the leads will need time to get over Irving’s shocking passing. However, maybe in the future the show will find a reason to use the character in Ichabod and Abbie’s fight against evil, once more. In the meantime, Rest in Peace, Captain Irving.