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‘Sleepy Hollow’ S4 Ep 12 review and finale preview: What is the cost of ‘Freedom’?

We can all breathe a sigh of relief, Sleepy Heads…Ichabod Crane has been saved! I kept my “Tomorrow” advanced review spoiler-free, although I was dying to share the good news with you all. There were so many great moments in the episode!

We see how Jenny continues fighting against Evil like a badass and preaching the real tale of “the Dreyfuss” to children in secret. She makes her death worth something by exposing the truth to Lara. Jenny uses Delilah’s Dagger (the one used to chop off Samson’s luscious locks of might) to penetrate War’s armor, revealing Diana as it’s host. Once adult Molly sees that Malcolm turned her mother into War, she realizes that she’s been loyal to the wrong person.

Lara quickly turns to her fellow Witness for help. Of course, Crane has already thought of the perfect plan. Hence, her time travel mission. Albert Kim did a great job of catching us up on Lara’s experience and showing the importance of Molly’s visions. The sequence in the future and Lara/Molly’s journey was a very clever and fulfilling use of time travel on ‘Sleepy Hollow’. Bravo!

In the present, Lara uses her bond to draw Crane out of War’s chrysalis. When Lara gets injured during her daring rescue, Crane reminds her of their Witness pledge: “If any man hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouths and devoureth their enemies.” Lara remembers the first time he spoke those words to her. Goosebumps! So Crane sets out to “devoureth” their enemies.

I love how Ichabod brilliantly holds onto the mantle of War just long enough to kick demon ass and save his team. However, once Crane is freed from War, Henry happily steps-up to fill his father’s shoes.

Throughout the episode Henry kept claiming that he is different because he is created from Crane’s idea of him. How is that supposed to be comforting? Henry was badgering and riddling Crane with guilt in that horrible nightmare. I was relieved to see Jenny trap him in the Masonic cell (which I’ve really missed, the Vault could use a couple of upgrades next season).  I wasn’t surprised to see him resurface at the end. He’s like an cockroach…he’ll always find a way to weasle back into the circle of Evil.

Malcolm is thrilled to have made a new malicious BFF. Honestly, I wouldn’t be shocked if Jobe has heard about Henry in Hell. The demon must still have some contacts down there, right? I still feel like Jobe is stuck in a situation he can’t wait to get out of. The way he looks at Malcolm…its like his skin is crawling as much as our’s!

Obviously, Malcolm’s plan succeeds since we know the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will ride in the finale, “Freedom”. Let’s a take a look at what’s in store, beginning with this chilling promo: watch HERE.

ALLIANCES ARE TESTED ON THE ALL-NEW SEASON FINALE OF “SLEEPY HOLLOW” FRIDAY, MARCH 31, ON FOX

Dreyfuss finally garners enough power to infiltrate the White House, and his group of minions grow strong enough to take action. Can Team Witness stop Dreyfuss in time? Find out in the all-new “Freedom” season finale episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Friday, March 31 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SLH-413) (TV-14 D, 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: John Noble as Henry Parrish; Kamar de los Reyes as Jobe; Seychelle Gabriel as Lara; Terrence Mann as The Devil

I am freaking out, Sleepy Heads! It looks like Crane is about to make a deal with the Devil…WHAT?! This raises big questions:

Making a deal with the Devil or a demon usually means you sign over your soul. Ichabod has the Eternal Soul of a Witness. How does that work then? Will Satan gain more power by owning an Eternal Soul?! Or since it is an Eternal Soul, maybe the Devil doesn’t stand a chance at ever aquiring it.

What is Malcolm’s immortal soul worth now? Could Crane’s deal be about getting Mal’s soul to Satan? I’m sure the Devil wants his dues paid. He’s probably peeved with Jobe too. I’m guessing Team Witness summons Satan to serve as an ally against Malcolm and Jobe, who are clearly a threat to Hell’s head hancho.

How can the Four Horsemen be Defeated?! We’ve seen Team Witness achieve remarkable last second saves. But this is the first time they are facing all Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse at once. We’ve seen Molloch, Henry and Malcolm’s agenda, but I wonder how the Devil feels about the Horsemen being unleashed. Maybe he’s eager to stop them too.

How can Lara and young Molly co-exist? Won’t the changing timeline catch-up with her? Apparently not. Kim answered my time travel queries on Twitter:

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He justifies the co-existience of Lara and Molly, but that still leaves the question about their Eternal Soul. We’ll have to wait until the finale, but at least we know we’ll get answers!

Sleepy Heads are already sharing theories online. Rumor has it, someone will die in the finale. Which isn’t shocking because this is ‘Sleepy Hollow’ after all. I’m thinking Lara might die in battle and Molly will retain her Eternal Soul. It would be harsh to kill a child, but if the Sleepy Writers want Lara to move forward as an active, adult Witness, then maybe they will kill-off Molly to make room for her futuer badass self.

Yes, I know, I feel icky just writing that down, but you never know. I’m sort of looking at Lara/Molly/their Eternal Soul as a love triangle. The only way those ever work out is when the third party dies…if you know what I mean. On the other hand, maybe they can go on living with a shared Eternal Soul…we’ll just have to wait and see.

‘Sleepy Hollow’ is still in limbo and there’s been no word about its possible renewal or cancellation. All I know is that I can’t handle ending the series with a painful cliffhanger. I asked Kim about that too so I can brace myself accordingly. I was very pleased with his response:

FullSizeRenderPhew! “Freedom” will be satisfying, meaning we will get some much needed answers to some of the afroementioned questions. It is also a relief to know Sleepy Writers have ideas for Season 5 and storylines will be set in place. Hopefully, we’ll get more ‘Sleepy Hollow.’

I truly feel like this has been an inspiring and captivating rebound season for ‘Sleepy Hollow.’ I really hope FOX gives us another season with Crane, Jenny and the new team because they have a been a joy to watch. Even the baddies have been awesome. Season 4 has been strong from the start and has grown more compelling with each episode. Although I don’t want to see it end, I can’t wait to see how this story will unfold in the finale.

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What do you think of the scoop so far? Do you have any theories, ideas, or observations? Share them below!

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