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Sleepy Hollow Season 4: Tom Mison On Nicole Beharie’s Departure

News Kayti Burt

5/31/2016 at 6:51PM

“Abbie Mills represented more than just another character on the show,” says co-star Tom Mison.

Nicole Beharie’s exit from Sleepy Hollow was one of the most controversial and unexpected departures of the spring TV season, and co-star Tom Mison stayed silent about Beharie’s exit in the immediate aftermath of the finale’s airing.

However, The Realistic Optimist caught up with Mison at London MCM Comic Con and the Sleepy Hollow star talked about what Beharie’s departure means for the showmoving forward into season 4, saying: “Abbie Mills represented more than just another character on the show.” He elaborated:

When you have a woman of color in the lead role, it’s not just a woman of color in the lead role. It immediately means so much more than that, across the whole of America. There’s a woman of color in a position that not very long ago she wouldn’t have been, and it comes to symbolize so much more. So when something like this happens, when they kill off said character, of course it’s going to mean an awful lot more, consequently.

Mison also spoke about the difficulty of that decision for the writers, saying:

It wasn’t an easy decision for them to make. I know that. The writers… they like writing Abbie Mills and I like acting with Nicole, but it was a decision that had to be made and I don’t know the machinations of the politics behind it, but there you go.

It’s unclear just how Sleepy Hollow will adjust its story structure now that one of its two main characters is gone. Many people tuned into the show because of Abbie Mills and/or because of the chemistry between the two leads. For Mison, this will also be a difficult transition for his character. The actor said:

I always thought of Ichabod as the sidekick. She’s the one that the audience can relate to. When you’re entering into this insane world of Sleepy Hollow, you go with Abbie. She’s been the guide and Ichabod is this curious man in the periphery, which also I loved playing that.

It gave me lots of opportunities to explore the character. I never really, funnily enough, was interested in Ichabod’s backstory when we started the first season. I thought, the less you know about him, probably the better, and that’s how he can get away with all of his quirks. And Abbie is the constant, smooth guide through it.

That changed a lot in season 2 when we did start to explore Ichabod’s backstory and family and things. And so it will be interesting to see where they go now without that crutch. Because I still think that Abbie was grounding that, as well.

Though Sleepy Hollow will be forever changed without Abbie Mills, Beharie’s departure has not changed her relationship with Mison, according to the actor. In response to a fan-asked question, he assured: “My relationship with Nicole has not changed because of her death on the show.” Mison said he would love to do another project with Beharie, perhaps a play, saying: “We found a real rapport and found a very good steady working relationship and if we can go and explore something else with that, yeah, I’d gladly do it.”

 

Source: Den of Geek

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