Violet recaps Season 1 Episode 8 of Sleepy Hollow, titled Necromancer, in which Crane interrogates the Headless Horseman! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts on the episode.
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Sleepy Hollow, Season 1 Episode 8: Necromancer Recap Overview
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- Crane and Abbie find Brooks so they can use him to interrogate the Horseman, while Captain Irving gets in touch with Jenny. Meanwhile, Hessians discover that the Horseman has been captured.
- Irving and Jenny discover that the Hessians have stolen an ancient relic to lift the hex spell protecting the Horseman‘s cell. Crane interrogates the Horseman, and discovers he has Katrina’s necklace, which was a gift from the man to whom she was betrothed — his best friend, Abraham.
- The Horseman accuses Crane of killing Abraham. Hessians bomb the power grid, and the UV lights holding the Horseman go out.
- In a flashback, Abraham swordfights Crane when he discovers Crane is the reason Katrina broke off their engagement. Abraham is then shot by Hessians, and Crane runs off.
- Brooks uses the relic to lift the hex and summon Moloch‘s minions, who attack Abbie, Jenny, and Irving when they go for more weapons. Crane swordfights the Horseman and realizes Abraham is the Horseman.
- Moloch forbids the Horseman from killing Crane. Brooks casts a spell that makes him, Moloch‘s minions, and the Horseman disappear. Crane and Abbie realize that Katrina is the Horseman’s weakness.
Sleepy Hollow Episode Recap: Necromancer, the Details
A Dead Guy, a Mental Patient, and a Time Traveler from the Revolution
Season 1 Episode 8 of Sleepy Hollow, titled Necromancer, starts where we left off last episode, just after Crane, Abbie, and Captain Irving have captured the Headless Horseman. Abbie teaches Crane how to fist bump in celebration. The Horseman is chained up, as they observe him through a glass panel and discuss what to do with him. Crane wants to interrogate the Horseman. But how? Through Brooks, who Crane insists holds unrequited feelings for Abbie. Abbie asks the Captain to get in touch with her sister, who just got out of the psychiatric hospital, while she and Crane find Brooks.
We see two guys hunting in the woods, when the Headless Horseman’s horse comes running up to them. It turns out one of the guys is an undercover Hessian, who calls and reports the missing rider to his team. Then he kills the guy hunting with him.
Abbie and Crane go searching for Brooks down in the tunnels. They find his lair with all his belongings. Meanwhile, Captain Irving has Jenny brought in, and informs her that they have captured the Horseman. A police officer interrupts to tell the Captain that there’s a situation at Adams Antiquities. Jenny says she used to do “freelance acquisitions” for the owner. She goes along with the Captain.
Abbie and Crane go through Brooks’ stuff, and find some Egyptian hieroglyphs. Brooks returns. Crane figures out that the Egyptian symbols are for communicating with the dead, and that Brooks is the Horseman’s necromancer — his voice. Crane proposes to bring Brooks to the Horseman’s cell so they can speak to the Horseman. Brooks doesn’t want to do it, warning that his soul doesn’t belong to him, and that when Moloch visits, he has no choice but to obey. But Abbie convinces him to come with them.
The Hessians Steal a Relic; Crane Interrogates the Horseman
Captain Irving and Jenny visit the antique shop and discover that the robbers broke the jewelry case, but left all the most expensive stuff, as well as the money. Jenny takes the Captain through a secret door to another room, where they find Adams, who has been shot. He points out a box, which is now empty. An ancient relic which can break a hex spell was taken from it — a hex spell like the one protecting the Horseman’s cell. They figure out it was the Hessians who did this. Jenny realizes the Hessians are going to take out the power grid next in order to turn off the UV light holding the Horseman.
Abbie and Crane bring Brooks into the Horseman’s cell, cuff him, and strap him to a chair. Crane slowly approaches the Horseman while talking to him, and even goes so far as to shove him — at which a necklace falls to the ground. At that, the Horseman begins speaking through Brooks, who confirms it belonged to Katrina.
Outside the cell, Crane and Abbie try to figure out why the Horseman would have the necklace. Crane explains that the necklace was a gift from the man to whom Katrina was once betrothed — Crane’s best friend, Abraham Van Brundt. We then get a flashback of Crane helping his friend pick out the aforementioned necklace for Katrina. Later, they are at a party, where Abraham gives Katrina the necklace. While Abraham talks with some men, Katrina speaks with Crane, and she knows he really picked it out. She tells Crane she’s breaking off the engagement with Abraham because she loves Crane. Back in the present, Crane continues to wonder why the Horseman had Katrina’s necklace.
The Hessians Strike the Power Grid
Meanwhile, at the Sleepy Hollow power grid, Jenny and Captain Irving move in to thwart the Hessians. The Captain knocks one out, and Jenny is able to catch two. But then four more walk up and it looks like they are outnumbered — until the rest of the police force shows up and arrests the men.
Down in the Horseman’s cell, Crane asks the Horseman how he got Katrina’s necklace, and what he knows about her. However, the Horseman doesn’t want Crane to know just yet. He gets angry and vows to kill Crane. The Horseman reveals that Crane was his mission on the battlefield, and still is his mission now.
Back at the power grid, Jenny discovers an empty bag in the back of the Hessians’ van. Captain Irving orders a search.
The Horseman says he was searching for Crane on the battlefield to avenge the death of Crane’s partner, Abraham. He then accuses him of killing Abraham, which angers Crane. Abbie goes in to get Crane.
Abbie tells Crane that the Captain arrested 6 Hessians at the DWP, and that it’ll be 2 hours before the power comes back on. Crane wants to resume the interrogation, but first, Abbie wants to know what the Horseman is talking about in regards to Abraham. Crane explains that the day after Katrina broke off the engagement with Abraham, he and Abraham were given the job of delivering the Declaration of Resolves, a precursor to the Declaration of Independence.
We then get a flashback to 1774, where Abraham is upset about Katrina breaking it off. Crane confesses that Katrina professed her love to him, and asks for Abraham’s blessing. Instead, Abraham attacks him with a sword. Crane tries to yield, but Abraham does not accept, so they swordfight. Abraham seems to have won, when he is shot — by a Hessian. More Hessians come riding up, and Abraham commands Crane to leave him.
Back in the present, Abbie doesn’t think it’s a good idea to let Crane back in to interrogate the Horseman because right now he might lose control. Crane exclaims, “I am in control!” clearly proving he is in fact not in control.
Minions of Moloch
Irving and Jenny arrive, though Abbie is unhappy about Jenny’s presence. Irving says they have been unable to locate the relic yet. Jenny explains that the Hessians would have to break into the cell and perform a Druidic incantation to lift the hex. Irving wants to call for backup, but the others disagree, because they don’t know who they can trust.
Irving, Jenny, and Abbie leave to get more weapons, while Crane stays behind with the Horseman. Meanwhile, inside the cell, Brooks digs a circular object out of his stomach — the object that was stolen from the antique shop. He speaks a few words in another language, casting off the hex, and summoning minions of Moloch. In the tunnels, Abbie and Jenny, as well as Irving, are attacked by the minions summoned by Brooks. Luckily, they shatter into pieces when shot.
Crane enters the Horseman’s cell and realizes what Brooks has done. The Horseman no longer possesses Brooks, and Brooks insists it wasn’t his decision. The Horseman breaks free of his chains, and flings Crane into the wall. He then slides a sword to Crane, and they swordfight. The Horseman bests him, and by the Horseman’s moves, Crane realizes that the Horseman is Abraham.
Katrina is the Key
The Horseman repossesses Brooks and explains what happened, as we see a flashback of Moloch coming to Abraham after Crane watched him die. The Hessians then dressed him in their uniform, shaved his head, put their mask on him, and branded him with their symbol. Abraham made a deal with the devil, who has given him what he’s always wanted: not revenge, but Katrina. She is being held captive for him. They begin to swordfight once more. Brooks regains control of himself, and summons the minions to the cell to secure the Horseman. He then tells the Horseman that he cannot kill Crane, because the master forbids it. Brooks asks Crane to tell Abbie he’s sorry, then Brooks, the minions, and the Horseman all disappear.
Later, Abbie tries to reassure Crane that he is not responsible for Abraham becoming a Horseman. Crane wonders why Moloch saved him from the Horseman, and that if he is not the Horseman’s to kill, then who? They think perhaps Katrina is being held until the Horseman rides with the other Horsemen, thus beginning the End of Days. They realize they have found the Horseman’s weakness: Katrina.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 8 of Sleepy Hollow: Necromancer
The main point we get out of this episode was that the identity of the Headless Horseman was that of Crane’s best friend, Abraham. A friend that we haven’t even heard of until now. We’ve heard all about Katrina time and time again, but never about his best friend — who was his wife’s fiance first! So when it came to the big reveal that the Horseman was Abraham, I found that I didn’t really care all that much. Maybe if we had gotten to know Abraham a little bit throughout the season, or at least heard him mentioned a time or two, but we just met him this episode, so I had no attachment to him, and didn’t feel betrayed at all, like I should have felt, like Crane undoubtedly felt. Besides, they made him out to seem like he wasn’t that great of a guy anyway, and it appeared odd that a guy like that was Crane’s best friend.
I’m glad that Jenny’s out of the psychiatric hospital and getting in on the action, along with Captain Irving. They both make great additions to the team.
As for Katrina, her betrothal felt a little out of place, because I don’t know about you, but to me, up to this point, it felt like she was part of a lower class than what she was portrayed to be in this episode. In any case, Abbie and Crane have figured out that she’s the Horseman weakness. I wonder how they are going to use that to their advantage?
This episode provided some interesting backstory, and yet another history lesson, educating us about the Declaration of Resolves. But other than that, I felt it was one of the weaker episodes this season, especially with the Horseman vanishing just when things were starting to get good. Hopefully things improve next week.
Josh’s Thoughts: Sleepy Hollow, Season 1 Episode 8: Necromancer
So we learn the identity of the Headless Horseman on this week’s episode of Sleepy Hollow, which, when we meet Ichabod’s past best friend, that now hates him because he stole his woman–becomes painfully obvious that he is him. I was wondering if we would learn who the identity of the Horseman was before his untimely death. It looks like we finally know. We also know why Katrina is now being “held” by Moloch.
The now dead Sheriff Brooks is an interesting character–as he is stuck on both sides–trying to help Abbie while being the “voice” of the Horseman. He seemed to be quite right in his thinking–going in with the Horseman would not be a good idea.
I guess I am curious to know why the Master “forbids” the killing of Ichabod. From what it sounds like, Ichabod may be a tool used in Moloch’s plan.
So I wonder in what capacity will Ichabod and Abbie be using Katrina to stop the Horseman? Based on their conversation, it almost seemed like they plan to “dangle” her as bait, in efforts to stop the Horseman. That doesn’t seem proper of Ichabod at all!
Scenes from Sleepy Hollow, Season 1 Episode 9, Sanctuary
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