‘Sleepy Hollow’: Why Missing San Diego Comic Con is The Best Thing for Season 3

There’s some grumbling going ’round the interwebs about Sleepy Hollow not making it to San Diego Comic Con as well as some grumbling about Betsy Ross possibly joining Team Witness (which isn’t going to happen). I’ll tell you why worrying about Betsy isn’t worth it and why the lack of Sleepy Hollow at Comic Con is actually great. 

First things, first: Comic Con. There are fans who aren’t happy that there won’t be any Sleepy Hollow news at Comic Con. But instead of being upset, be thankful. Thank your lucky stars there’s no talk of Sleepy Hollow, because that would mean the crew didn’t learn anything from the S2 debacle and are rushing to show the fans that they’ll win them back.

This is evidenced in the tweets from Clifton Campbell and the writers.

It’s tweets like this that makes me even more trusting of Campbell’s leadership in combination of the core writing room leaders coming back into the fray. They are taking all the time they have to craft some very good stories for us, and I think they’ll deliver. Fans: you don’t have to keep wringing your hands with worry. Just wait and see what they deliver. I think what they’ll deliver will be something worth the wait.

Okay, onto this Betsy Ross thing. TVLine reported that the show was looking to hire an “Angelina Jolie” type to play Betsy Ross. Their version of Betsy is a spy who worked within George Washington’s Culper Ring. At first glance, she sounds a lot like Katrina, which immediately made fans upset.

Personally speaking, I don’t think Betsy Ross is going to be another Katrina, aka a white female character who doesn’t pull her own weight and is still expected to be treated above board, particularly above Abbie. The writers wouldn’t have issued the mea culpas they have issued through interviews if they hadn’t learned their lesson from the Katrina Travesty of last year. They wouldn’t have fired Mark Goffman and hired Campbell if they hadn’t learned their lesson.

Also, nowhere in the scoop does it say that Betsy Ross is joining the group. From what it sounds like, it seems like the character will just be a one-off character in flashbacks, like Abigail Adams (poor Michelle Trachtenberg–she got the worst kind of flashbacks that could exist; she could literally do nothing with that role). Why do I think this? Because there’s literally no place for her within the group, as far as the Ichabbie stuff is concerned. They don’t want the fans getting mad again and the show going off the rails towards cancellation, so they aren’t going to create another wedge.

If they did add another character, I’d think they’d lean more towards bringing back Abbie’s ancestor, someone who doesn’t have a stake in any Ichabbie relationship, but adds pertinent information and a necessary point of view, i.e. the black historical point of view, because we’ve heard Ichabod’s white point of view throughout all of our history books for centuries.

So these are my quick thoughts on Sleepy Hollow. Interesting news has come out, but nothing to get bent out of shape for. What do you think, though? Give your opinions in the comments section below! Also, make sure to follow COLOR on Facebook and Twitter!

P.S.—An impromptu campaign for me to interview Campbell has been popping up on Twitter. If you want to promote me getting an interview, just RT this tweet. You can add whatever vote of confidence you want 🙂

Photo credit: Brownie Harris/FOX

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4 thoughts on “‘Sleepy Hollow’: Why Missing San Diego Comic Con is The Best Thing for Season 3”

  1. People thought Betsy Ross was going to be another Katrina?! When I read the story, I just automatically assumed she would be seen only in flashback.

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  2. Ouside of the article there are people (Ichatrina fans) on twitter assuming the the Betsy Ross role will be a full blown romance (alas Katrina) between Ichabod and Betsy. They are also wondering why they just do not bring Katrina back with the attributes the Betsy role calls for. So the statement, ‘People thought Betsy Ross was going to be another Katrina’ could be considered as being, true.

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    1. Okay. But just because the Ichatrina fans think Katrina could come back or why Betsy isn’t Katrina or whathaveyou doesn’t mean they’re bringing Betsy on to be the next Katrina. As I said in the article, Betsy is a non-issue. She just sounds like she’s going to be a background/flashback character. Sleepy Hollow’s not about to bank the entire show on Ichatrina, so there’s nothing to worry about. Fandom in general shouldn’t be a worry. Sustaining a fandom fight is really not worth it.

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      1. I really don’t like it when things with this show are framed between fandoms or shipping factions or who Ichabod will ‘be’ with. That sounds so 4th grade. There were REAL issues with season 2 that had nothing to do with one faction not liking Katrina because she was some ‘wedge’.

        I really wish people would take apart the actual episodes. Then they’d see what tons of people saw. People who could care less who Ichabod was ‘with’. They cared more about what he said and did than who he did. They are the some of the same people who anticipated John Nobles turn as Henry, only to see it turn into a nightmare of awful portions.

        I fear that years from now, no one will be talking about how awful the writing was season 2 and only about how Sleepy ‘caved’ to a bunch of (mostly black) fan-girls and killed Katrina for no reason. That all the critics who denounced the season with well reasoned logic will get little play on this mad dash to blame a group of women.

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