17RIP Abbie Mills
But if you're a casual fan and you missed the Season Three finale, you may not know what all the fuss is about. All you need to know is this: Abbie Mills is dead, and she's not coming back.
Can you imagine Mulder without Scully? Neither can we. Even if you're not an #Ichabbie shipper, the entire premise of the show way back in Season One seemed ridiculous. The reason people watched was because of Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and how well the two characters (and actors) worked together. The concept was wackybonkerscuckoobananas crazy, but those two made it work.
Even Orlando Jones, who played Captain Frank Irving (but who left the show last year), was disgusted with what happened to Abbie on her own show. And he wasn't the only one. All you have to do is check out #shadyhollow or #abbiemillsdeservesbetter on Twitter to see the fandom's complete disgust at this turn of events.
But then, as if adding insult to injury, Fox decided last week to renew the newly Abbie-less Sleepy Hollow for Season Four. Think fans were done mourning Abbie? NOPE. Despite every other thing in the geek world getting canceled last week, Sleepy Hollow's renewal announcement drew serious shade on Twitter:
Cue scholastic dissection of where this piece of pop culture went so terribly wrong in 3...2...
As for Fox themselves, they offered a veiled explanation for upfronts yesterday:
Personally, we think Abbie herself said it best...just maybe not in this exact context.
Looks like another case of the powers that be not knowing what made a show good and special in the first place. How you stay so out of touch with the reasons your fandom watches in the current era, we really don't know.
Supernatural fans, just be glad your show's people seem to listen to you.