[NOTE: This Article is SPOILER-FREE]
Sleepy Hollow has been one of fall's dark horse success stories of the 2013 fall TV season, taking the legend of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman and expanding it into a much larger exploration of mythology, American history, cloaked in the skin of an odd-pair police procedural.
Series creators Alex Kurtzman (Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Len Wiseman (Underworld) joined show stars Tom Mison (Ichabod), Nicole Beharie (Lt. Abbie Mills), Orlando Jones (Captain Frank Irving) and Katia Winter (Katrina Crane) for interviews at the 2013 New York Comic-Con. Read on to find out SPOILER-FREE teases about what monsters, character arcs and plot twists are headed our way in season 1.
Kurtzman and Wiseman talked about how they approach the series' monsters as being manifestations of the characters' personalities - like how "The Sandman" (pictured above) was a representation of Abbie's guilt over betraying her sister.
As for what NEW nightmarish creatures we could be seeing throughout season 1?
Len Wiseman: We have our version of the scarecrow coming up - another twist on a classic character that ties into our mythology in a way that you've never seen on the show.
Alex Kurtzman: We have a version of a Gollum coming up which is a character that has existed in a bunch of different mythologies and the fun part is that we planned it with enough advanced warning that we can built these designs in a way that's really cool and we're not throwing them together at the last minute.
Besides revealing that the actor who plays the Horseman is of intimidating size and stature, show stars Nicole Beharie and Orlando Jones teased a little bit about when we can expect to see more of the demonic Hessian - as well as revealing that we'll get to know more of his backstory leading up to his fall into darkness:
Nicole Beharie: You'll see him again if you miss him. He's coming back, I don't miss him but he's there.
Orlando Jones: What I think is cool is that you also get to learn about his back story, that's really cool. Normally people just go use the headless horseman - but to actually see him before he was headless and to understand a bit of why he became [who he did]--
Nicole Beharie: It's like that show 'Wicked' the Broadway show, why is she the witch? Why is he the horseman?
Orlando Jones: Yea it's kind of dope to go back into that mythology and understand who he is as a human before he became what he is. That's one of my favorite parts of the legend.
The Big Picture
Kurtzman made it clear that Sleepy Hollow is a show that is being conceived and executed with a much bigger picture in mind - they're not just figuring it out as they go along. Needless to say, the road to the already-confirmed season 2 has been paved well in advance:
Alex Kurtzman: It's interesting because Fox was very vigilant about making sure we had a big plan and it was really to their credit and to our credit because they really wouldn't give us a green light to series until they knew where we were going. Kevin Riley said, 'what are the major pillars of season one and what you're setting up for season two? You don't have to give me every detail but you have to tell me kind of where it's going.'
And it really forced us to sit down and come up with a real plan, and what's been great for us in the writer's room is that - knowing where we're going - we can be seeding these things along the way very, very deliberately and it's not until the end of the season that you'll realize what you were being set up for and told about.
Jones and Beharie agreed that blurred demonic figure who has been set up as the "big bad" of season 1 is one freaky customer - and to prove that the showrunners indeed have a road map for where the season will go, Wiseman revealed that the blurring is not a character gimmick, but rather a set up for character and narrative development over the course of season 1:
Len Wiseman: One of the demons that you see right now you don't see him that well, he's blurred. Over the course of the series as our characters get more [experienced], as their senses get stronger [with the supernatural], we'll be able to see that guy clearer and clearer and we get to reveal a little more of him.