Fox has confirmed that following main character Abbie Mills' death, actress Nicole Beharie would be departing from "Sleepy Hollow".
The statement reads: "We feel we provided a wonderfully poignant conclusion for Abbie and showed some of the best moments between the witnesses that we've seen onscreen".
According to showrunner Clifton Campbell, Abbie made the ultimate sacrifice by stepping into Pandora's box in order to save the world. After a devastating farewell from the realm between life and death, Abbie left her partner, Crane (Tom Mison), behind to continue fighting the bad guys. While some people may hold out hope for her return, it's quite clear that we will not be seeing this particular Mills sister anytime soon.
For her part, Beharie has been a key part of Sleepy Hollow's success. Within the three seasons of the show, Abbie was able to complete her mission as the Witness and will pass on her essence through her bloodline. The character, sources say, originally was supposed to be killed off during the midseason finale, but insiders are said to have gotten cold feet. Nevertheless, Sleepy Hollow's effort to pass the Bechdel test may not be enough still; the show-runners are still in talks with Fox over whether or not there will be a fourth season, and the show's meager ratings don't help.
As for what the upcoming season will bring, Campbell said the creators have some ideas up their sleeves.
"'Sleepy Hollow" has been an incredible experience in every way. The latest episode only averaged a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.6 million viewers on the night it aired.
It was NOT a good week for some of TV' most fearsome females. Hell, a lot of folks threatened not to watch the show again if it does return for a season four (which has not yet been decided). The new season of "Sleepy Hollow" could start to explore the organization that Ezra mentioned during the graveyard scene. There is, of course, always a possibility that we could see an adjustment down a tenth, like what happened to SH last week but as of now the series is up.
Sleepy Hollow caps a deadly week on the small screen that featured multiple series regulars and recurring guest stars being killed off, as broadcast and cable networks alike use the plot point to draw eyeballs and make headlines.