Sleepy Hollow: The Sin Eater (S1E6)

“There are two things in life I believe a person should hold onto for as long as possible. Virginity, and skepticism. Surprisingly I already lost the first thing so I’m going to hold onto the second one for as long as possible.” – Irving

The chemistry between Abbie and Crane kicks up a notch this episode, inspired by a baseball game of all things. The characters look just a wee bit shinier than usual, the gazes linger a little more; Abbie wears a little more lipstick and Crane wears… the same damn thing he’s been wearing since the series began. But we get to see that these people do in fact have personal lives. Unfortunately their carefree time doesn’t last, the Horseman’s time to rise has come again, and since his rebirth led to Crane’s awakening, it only follows that his death will be tied to Ichabod’s as well.

While visiting Katrina’s grave, Crane gets poison-darted in the neck and then taken by unknown assailants. Almost simultaneously while driving, Abbie gets a vision from Katrina, warning that the Horseman will rise again, and that Ichabod has been taken. The vision ends just as Abbie is about to collide head-on with a truck. Hey Katrina, how about you just show up as a spooky ghost to Crane’s kidnappers to release him and problem solved?

Abbie tries to convince Irving that Crane has been kidnapped and she needs to find the “Sin Eater” in order to separate Crane from the Horseman. Otherwise they are forever bound. Irving takes the news with a huge grain of salt, but allows Abbie to get a 24-hour reprieve for Jenny so they can research together. We get more nudge nudge wink winktm implications that Abbie cares for Crane from Jenny, but Abbie states that she feels a connection with him because they both don’t fit in.

Abbie finds the identity of the Sin Eater, real name Henry Parrish, pretty quickly, after Jenny reveals that he cleanses those on death row. They track him down but he says he’s Lord Denethor, Steward of Gondor retired basically but Abbie wants to know where Crane is being held. After accidentally touching him, he reveals that Crane is being held underground behind a door marked with a compass and a square – the mark of the free masons.

Yes, Crane is also a mason, and gets interrogated softly by one of the descendants of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Crane also shows off his detective skills and knows he’s being held by the masons, and has to prove that he is indeed the real Ichabod Crane by recounting a story about how he first heard the words “Order is chaos.”

Flashback to when Ichabod first met Katrina, while he was interrogating a man the Redcoats believed was Cicero – a man arguing for a secession from the British Empire. Katrina is there as a Quaker and senses that deep down Ichabod has a conscience, and is proven right as he can’t bring himself to eventually kill the suspect. He gets a brief vision of his commanding officer as a demon, and lets Cicero go after he convinces Crane that there is another war going on – between good and evil. Unfortunately, Cicero gets killed anyway, and yes, Crane’s commander does turn out to be Haldir of Lorien a demon and goes full-rage cheesy mode, knocking Crane out.

Crane makes it to Katrina’s house and collapses and from the whole flashback we get to see how their relationship started – talking about demons and morality. How romantic. The problem I see with this portrayed relationship is that Katrina ultimately comes off as very boring. She is basically the moral compass and will stop at nothing to protect Ichabod, which means she does care about him, but as of yet there is no exploration of the characters other than “evil must be stopped.” No banter, no flirtatious looks, their relationship just is. I hope they add some other dimension to this, otherwise the chemistry is pretty lacking.

With his story matching what was accounted in a book that, of course, Katrina had written, Crane’s kidnappers reveal that they have been searching for him for a long time, and that Katrina had betrayed them by hiding his body. She meant to protect him at all costs, even if that meant the rise of the Horseman. They acknowledge him as brother and then immediately hand Crane a box and tell him that he knows what sacrifice needs to be made. Thanks, bros.

Abbie and Jenny find the secret door just in time, and Crane and Abbie have a heart-to-heart about what he needs to do. Abbie says there is another way but Crane says that there is no time, and that even if they could find a way to separate him from the Horseman, that would mean letting go of this opportunity to stop him for good. Abbie reluctantly lets Crane kill himself, and while this scene is emotional, because this is so early on in the season, as the audience you know that Crane is not going to die so the stakes aren’t as high.

After Crane drinks the poison, the Henry shows up and is able to draw out the poison and sin from Crane’s heart by taking the form of Cicero and telling Crane that his failure, his sin, his inability to save Cicero was actually Cicero’s salvation. Crane needs to survive in order to prevent the rise of the other Horsemen. In order to separate from the Horseman, Crane needs to realize that and let it go. He does, and the Sin Eater absorbs the Horseman’s blood onto a piece of bread and eats it. *GAG* So Crane is saved, but the Horseman is alive and looking for him now.

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