Tragedy Strikes Sleepy Hollow, and Black Twitter Loses It

Angela Bronner Helm
Actress Nicole Beharie in 2011

Le Twitter noir lost its collective black mind after the season 3 finale of Sleepy Hollow on Friday.

Our girl, agent Abbie Mills, played to perfection by actress Nicole Beharie, sacrifices herself in order to stop the Hidden One (Peter Mensah), an ancient god up to no good.


Mills, an integral part of the series, co-starred alongside time traveler Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and placed Beharie in the vanguard of black woman at the center of television shows on today (see Gabby Union, Taraji Henson, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, et. al.); this time in a historical fantasy.

Beharie released a statement to TVLine and told Sleepyheads, “Abbie Mills has done all she was meant to do”:

Sleepy Hollow has been an incredible experience in every way. I loved playing Abbie. It’s been such a gift to have taken this wild ride. … Alas, “Abbie Mills has done all she was meant to do.” I’m excited about what the show has in store for us next. I’m rooting for my co-stars and crew … they have been my inspiration, my teachers, family, my friends, over the last few seasons. I want to thank the fantastic producers, writers, and directors who have worked tirelessly to bring this show to life. I want to thank Fox for their faith and support. But, most of all, [I want to thank the] Sleepyheads for all of your love—what an honor. I will never be the same. Stay tuned.

Entertainment Weekly reports that showrunner Clifton Campbell explained the writers’ reason for offing a main character (Walking Dead envy?), saying, “[Beharie’s] relationship with Tom and obviously with Crane has been instrumental to the development of the show. As with a lot of genre shows, as television matures and evolves, it becomes important to recognize the frailty of characters, particularly in a world such as ours, and it’s unrealistic to think that shows can live and breathe on one note.”

But uh, the Internets were not trying to hear it.

Comments ran the gamut, from the pissed—with tweets like, “You want a shocking death? Kill the white guy. Otherwise everyone already knows what you're going to do. It's a tired cop out”—to the encouraging. 


Here’s to bigger and better things for Nicole Beharie!

Read more at TVLine and Entertainment Weekly.

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