Welcome to Sleepy Hollow Observations – the easter eggs and connections guide for Fox’s new supernatural seriable. Here’s are look at some of the interesting bits and pieces we observed in the pilot episode.
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- The bird (which at one point appears to have three eyes) is seen throughout the episode and turns out to be sent by Katrina to guide Ichabod. A bird symbol is also marked on Katrina’s grave.
- The Book of Revelation makes reference to two witnesses (thought to be Ichabod and Abbie in the Sleepyverse) ,”brought together for a seven-year period of tribulation to defend humanity from the forces of hell.”
- At the start of the episode Sleepy Hollow’s population is 144,000 – another nod to Revelation, further tying the show’s mythology to the Bible. Serials such as Carnivale and The X-Files were masters at drawing from real world events/religious context to illuminate their own mythologies.
- A small but nice little cinematic touch as August only sees the head of Headless’ newly acquired horse, before he emerges from the shadows.
- [Carnivale Spoiler] One of the bonus reasons for getting Clancy Brown to play the part of the decapitated sheriff, was surely down to his iconic role as Brother Justin in Carnivale, where he was also involved in a famous beheading (inset). Note: you can read our Carnivale reviews here. [/Spoiler]
- The decapitated horse riding sign is a cute nod to Headless, and foreshadows the priest’s imminent beheading (inset).
- Abbie and her elder sister Jennifer are case file 632 - added together becomes 11. As touched on above, Revelation 11 makes reference to two witnesses – and indeed the sisters were witnesses.
- The news clipping confirms Abbie and Jenny were 10 and 11 respectively at the time of their sighting of the demon-like figure and four white trees. It also reveals that their disappearance was the third reported case that year.
- Sightings of the white trees/demon have recurred throughout history – giving more significance, however possibly coincidental, to the name Mills.
- The Horseman’s skull is found buried in Katrina’s grave, in a jar – a possible nod to Futurama, where heads are often seen preserved in jars long after death.
- The soundtrack upon Ichabod entering Sleepy Hollow is, fittingly, The Rolling Stones song “Sympathy for the Devil“. Lyrics:
Please allow me to introduce myself
I’m a man of wealth and taste
I’ve been around for long, long year
Stolen many a man’s soul and faith
I was around when Jesus Christ had
His moment of doubt and pain
I made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate
- Interesting contrast with Ichabod buried underground and Headless underwater. One of Ich’s first acts upon his awakening is to drink from a nearby watering hole, which also reinforces the idea of their entwined fate.
- Abbie asks August: “what’s wrong with your face?” It’s a stretch, but can later be viewed as foreshadowing his eventual decapitation.
- “Turn around, put your hands on your head”. We’ll leave the head references, as I’m sure you get the gist.
- Ichabod to Abbie: “The connections are all around us, you just aren’t yet willing to accept them.” I like the yet.
- Over 100 witches were put to death in Sleepy Hollow between 1712 and 1816, according to August’s recording. Katrina, as she informs us, was never buried in her grave (upon her apparent death in 1972), instead she’s trapped in another plane of reality, where she communities with Ich via dreams and other means. Where exactly is she?
- Ichabod and Abbie both see into other realms via the aid of mirrors, albeit also a narrative device. Ichabod during his dream and Abbie and Ich after the Beast kills Andy. Interesting that the Beast turns back and threatens them by shattering the glass – but doesn’t attempt to kill them. Perhaps it can’t, directly?
- Behold! Beheadings:
45 decapitations in the first episode (Headless, the Farmer, August, Immortal Priest and Andy Dunn, who technically had his head ‘snapped’). Let’s see how many heads roll as the season develops!
Further reading: Sleepy Hollow 1.01 Pilot Review