Originally, I had thought to do another female perspective post about Sleepy Hollow, much like the one I had done on Sherlock. Even after I had written the post that way, I still was not happy with it. Then I thought about how so many people are either Team Abbie or Team Katrina, I thought it might be a better idea to actually talk about that, since I have not chosen a team yet, I can be an unbiased. Let us look at the two main women in Ichabod Crane’s life.
I should mention that there will be spoilers if you are not caught up.
I decided to look at Katrina first because well she was first. Katrina is Ichabod’s wife, so that alone gives her points. Ichabod is such a noble character, let’s be fair he is not going to do anything while Katrina is still “alive,” by alive I mean trapped in purgatory/ kidnapped by the headless horseman. Lets talk about the headless horsemen and his part in this threesome. Before the horseman became the bringer of death, he was a normal person. More importantly, he was Ichabod’s best friend and Katrina’s fiancé. Then Katrina decided that she wanted Ichabod, betrothals and arrangements be damned.
I will give props to Ichabod, he did his best to let Brom know what was going on but it was not enough to stop the hurt and betrayal that Brom felt. It can be argued that if Katrina had just done what she was supposed to do in the first place that none of this would have happened. Alas, she did not so now we have crazy Sleepy Hollow. I will give points to Katrina she did what she could to help Ichabod after he had awaken; she did put a resurrection spell on him.
Lets talk about the fact that she is a witch, it can be argued against her how she never told Ichabod that she was one. In her defense, they were burning witches at that time, so it was pretty much on a need to know bases. Speaking of need to know bases, it should be mentioned how Katrina kept from Ichabod that they had a baby together and why she was in purgatory. Lets start with the baby; she could have mentioned that to him really quickly one of the his earlier visits. Hey, hunny just so you know we had a baby, I am not sure what happened to him I had to send him away because I was a witch.
Ichabod would have went looking for baby anyway so it’s not like her telling him early on would have changed that. The only that might have changed is that they might have figured out that Henry Parish was Ichabod’s and Katrina’s son earlier. I really don’t think it would have made much difference because he was already set to be War anyway. On to Katrina’s next omission, not telling Ichabod that Brom was Death and that he is the reason Moloch is keeping her purgatory. Granted that information would have pretty much negated an entire episode, that was a pretty cool episode because they had to question someone without a head. Katrina seems to have a thing about giving out information, if she does not deem is important she doesn’t say it. I will give her the first meeting, she was really happy to see Ichabod.
During that first meeting, she did have a short window to tell him things that he needed to know in order to understand why he was alive. The meetings after that Katrina should have been giving out more information. With all that being said, it is obvious that Katrina does care for Ichabod, she does always worry for him every time he visits her in purgatory. She was not happy to see him when he went into purgatory for real to get her out. I would like to point out how Katrina is not worried about Abbie, when Abbie was in purgatory and offering to stay in Katrina’s place Katrina wasn’t going to let her. Why is that, because Katrina had no reason to fear Abbie, Ichabod is not going anywhere.
On to Abbie, well she is already down a peg because well Ichabod is loyal to his wife. Lets be fair right now Abbie stands no chance with Ichabod. With that being said, she compliments Ichabod rather well. They both have the same mission – to stop the apocalypse. It can be argued that they were just thrown in together on this, since they are the two witnesses. In some ways that is true, but they have managed to make the best out of the situation and they have also found away to understand each other. They also have a strong desire to protect those they care about, for Abbie it is her sister and for Ichabod it is Katrina (obviously they have a strong desire to protect each other). Abbie is doing a really great job of introducing Ichabod to the modern world and helping him adapt.
I have to say those interactions are among some of the best in the show. Abbie does care for Ichabod and Ichabod for her; it is shown during many of the episodes. They are always trying to save the other one or help the other one in any way that they can.
Ichabod does what he can to help Abbie’s relationship with her sister. Abbie does everything that she can to help Ichabod get the answers that he seeks. There is a bond between Abbie and Ichabod, one that Katrina will never be able to have with Ichabod, a bond that is only seen between soldiers. Abbie fights, carries a gun, and is an all around badass, something Katrina is not. In Katrina’s defense, women of her time were not raised to be that way. In the modern world women are different and were raised differently. Unfortunately because of that, Ichabod is going to look at Abbie like a fellow solider and not as a romantic interest for a while, at least that is what I think. Abbie definitely gets that, she is does not want Ichabod to look at her like that, if she did then her ass would have never taken Katrina’s place in purgatory. Abbie is a strong independent woman who does not need a man because she is going to do what it is that she does.
Abbie is pretty much going to do what she needs to do to stop the upcoming apocalypse, if she has to beat up some demons the woods she will. If she has to go into a haunted house she will and if she has to fight the headless horseman she is cool with that. Abbie will go into dream worlds to help find answers, she will break into buildings, and if she has to try to destroy the headless horseman’s head she will do that too.
Points that can be made in Abbie’s favor that she has never lied to Ichabod or kept important information from him. Her actions did not help cause the horseman of Death or the horseman of War. Since the first two horsemen have a connection to Ichabod, I wonder if the last two will have a connection to Abbie.
As I mentioned before I have not chosen a team yet, I think it will be a long time before I do. I am a hopeless romantic so I just adore how devoted to Katrina Ichabod is, I would not change that about him. I think it would hurt his character and make him less likeable if he went after Abbie. At the same time, I like a buddy buddy relationship of Abbie and Ichabod. They have a lot of things going on in their lives right now that need to be dealt with. Lets face it Abbie does have quite a few issues that she needs to work out. Right now, I think a romance between Ichabod and Abbie would be harmful to the end goal and their friendship; it would destroy the bond they have built. Not to mention I kinda see Abbie and Ichabod’s relationship similar to Goliath and Elsa’s relationship on Gargoyles. They need time to learn to trust each other before it can be anything more. Much like Goliath, Ichabod does need to get over his ex. For now I am still not choosing a team, I would like to see more from the show first.
Are you Team Katrina or Team Abbie and why?