‘Sleepy Hollow’ S4 Ep 3 preview and advanced review: Headless returns in ‘Heads of State’

Huzzah, Sleepy Heads! The Headless Horseman is back to raise some hell. I’ve screened the episode and it is indeed, EPIC. Trust me, you don’t want to fall behind on episodes this season because the Sleepy Writers are doing a wonderful job of moving the story along at a swift pace.

Before the season began, we knew Ichabod Crane and Jenny Mills would be searching for the new Witness. Fans predicted that it would either be Crane’s new partner in crime, Agent Diana Thomas, or her daughter Molly. “Sleepy Hollow” didn’t waste any time for the big reveal. At the end of “Columbia,” Molly’s drawings of Crane and the fact that she went silent ever since Abbie’s death, were clear indicators that she’s the one who has inherited Leftenant Mills’ Eternal Soul.

Sleepy Writers added a cherry on top in last week’s “In Plain Sight” by opening the episode with Crane’s vision of Molly. Even better still, Ichabod soon sees Molly’s photo on Diana’s phone and realizes he has been teaming-up with the new Witness’ mom. Either it’s a small world or Destiny is keeping a fixed eye on Ichabod Crane.

We have a lot of questions about how the Eternal Soul works. How does it choose it’s new vessel? Why was Molly chosen? Can or should a child fight in this battle against Evil? Does she possess any supernatural gifts? Exactly how connected is she to Crane? M. Raven Metzner, Albert Kim and Clifton Collins have assured fans that we’ll get answers throughout the season, but for now, we’re in the same boat as Crane and Jenny. Breaking the news to Diana and Molly won’t be easy.

On the bright side, Diana proves she has the moxie to deal with supernatural foes. Ichabod, Jenny and Diana all worked well together to take out those crazy Dyer Sisters. (Why are witches such bitches? Those hags were annoying and creepy. Sadly, some of their victims probably deserved serpent tongues. But Crane sure isn’t one of them!) Diana has proven to be sharp and vigilant. Given the intensity with which Molly and Crane look at each other when they first meet, anyone can see there is a connection between them. And then she speaks! What are the odds?! Even Diana must put the pieces together at some point. Right?!? It isn’t coincidence, it’s Fate.

As we enter “Head of State,” we wait to see how, when or if Ichabod can bring himself to telling Diana the truth. We’ll just have to wait and see. While bearing this heavy burden in mind, Crane and his new crew work together to take down Headless.

Here is FOX’s description:


When one of Crane’s greatest foes comes to town to threaten the safety of Washington’s highest officials, the team must work quickly to find a solution. Jake’s extensive knowledge of the tunnels becomes an important piece of the puzzle as they uncover a secret from the past that could lead to answers in the all-new “Heads of State” episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Friday, Jan. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SLH-403) (TV-14 L, V)

Cast: Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane; Janina Gavankar as Diana Thomas; Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills; Jeremy Davies as Malcolm Dreyfuss; Rachel Melvin as Alex Norwood; Jerry MacKinnon as Jake Wells; Oona Yaffe as Molly Thomas

Guest Cast: Kamar de los Reyes as Jobe; Edwin Hodge as Benjamin Banneker

To keep this preview/review spoiler-free, I’ll just elaborate a bit on what we can see in the images (below) and the kick-ass promo (watch HERE).

Headless is back and receives a few upgrades…like a head and a motorcycle. In one swoop they literally take the “headless” and “horseman” out of the Headless Horseman. Well, we knew he’d never get his own head back since the Kindred rode off into the sunset with it. But, we never really thought he could just pop another head on if he wanted to. That’s crazy enough on it’s own, but what makes matters worse is that HH is in town to retrieve a specific head, one with great power (Here’s a clue: Take a careful look at the episode title).

Headless must be stopped and Crane’s Crew has until sunset to figure out how. Of course, some awesome twistory comes into play involving Benjamin Banneker (Edwin Hodge), who happens to be one of Jake’s historical icons. This leads to one of my favorite scenes between Jake and Ichabod. He’s already a fanboy, but now that he thinks Crane is time-traveler, he’s even more adorkable around him. Also, the stuff that goes down in the tunnels is awesome. I’m so glad they kept the tunnel element in D.C. They really come in handy and add to the ambiance of the show.

As the images reveal, Diana and Ichabod pay Malcolm Dreyfuss a visit because he has something they need. Mysterious Jobe’s eyes illuminate with their menacing yellow light as he braces to protect Malcolm from any possible threat. Seriously, what is Jobe’s deal?! Is he a demon? A god? How much mojo does he have? On the Evil end, Malcolm is still trying to track down those special supernatural relics. We still don’t know what the artifacts are all about. But we know it won’t be good if he collects them all.

Check “Sleepy Hollow’s” YouTube page (HERE) to see if it’s been updated with sneak peeks. Don’t know why they always post the clips so late.

Bottom line: Metzner penned a stellar episode! “Heads of State” contains everything we love about “Sleepy Hollow.” Clever twistory, a villain we enjoy hating, lots of humor, compelling and complex characters and the Headless Horseman.




What do you think, Sleepy Heads? Have any predictions? What are you most excited to see? Share your thoughts below!

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