Published On: Thu, Feb 23rd, 2017

‘Sleepy Hollow’ season 4: Janina Gavankar talks Diana, fan reaction, promises more ‘monsters’

Fans supporting season 4 of Sleepy Hollow have witnessed a ton of changes this season, the biggest is Ichabod Crane’s new partner: Diana Thomas (Janina Gavankar). In a new interview with Screener TV, Janina talks about transitioning with Diana in the wake of the surprise death of Ichabod’s former partner/Witness Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie).

“I’m so happy to say that it seems to be a fairly good response. I was worried, as I would hope anyone in my situation would be. I’m really happy. The fans of the show seem to be sticking by us as we make this transition, and they see that we’re doing it with love and respect.”

In a minor twist, it wasn’t Diana, but her daughter (Oona Yaffe) who was revealed to be the new Witness and that’s what fans are reacting to the most.

“I think that the fans love my daughter — they seem to, I don’t want to speak for them,” Gavankar said. “They seem to love the mother/daughter moments, which I do as well. Anything that humanizes the world of Sleepy Hollow is fine by me.”

Later she elaborated: “In the first third of the season, my character has gone through denial, has decided that there was no way these people were going to come close to her daughter. She’s tried to force them away from her, tried to keep her daughter away from her, didn’t want to tell her. Just figured, ‘I’ll fight her battles for her, and she doesn’t even need to know that this is a thing in her life…’ And then realized that wasn’t going to work either. So they sat down and had a heart-to-heart talk. Diana took the time to, to the best of her ability, explain what being the Witness is… Now they’re just going to try to get through it with the least amount of drama as possible. Good luck to them! She made it sound like a really positive thing, and she’s just hoping for the best — as most mothers do.”

Tom Mison and Janina Gavankar

While Headless has made an appearance, the show’s antagonist has been tech guru Malcolm Dreyfuss (Jeremy Davies), who’s trying to get out of a soul contract by becoming immortal. So, the former True Blood co-star had to preview what’s ahead.

“Oh my goodness — monsters, monsters, monsters. Molly’s going to have to really deal with what it means to be the Witness, and that means Diana’s going to have to deal with it as well. It’s certainly not easy. There are some incredible monsters that get conjured for various reasons. Dreyfuss’s immortality is going to be a major problem, and Dreyfuss fears for his infinite future. He’s going to do whatever it takes to not end up in hell. He’s a very powerful man so we’re going to have to figure out a way to make sure that he doesn’t scorch the earth in the process of trying to ensure his own perfect future.”

Check out the full interview HERE

Sleepy Hollow airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

Tom Mison and Janina Gavankar


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