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Sleepy Hollow Is a Case Study in Why TV Shows Lose Your Trust—and Why It's So Hard To Get Back

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Remember what made the first season of Sleepy Hollow so great? The show’s definitely trying to remember. Last night’s fall finale reads like a callback list of big moments from season one—right down to the final sacrifice.

This season of Sleepy Hollow has made me think about how shows build and lose trust, and what difference it makes to the way one approaches a show. A storytelling decision that would enrage strangers is a brilliant twist for those who have faith in the show to pull off whatever they’re trying. When Sleepy Hollow began, the revelation that the wild concept was grounded by an amazing central couple and had a refreshing supporting cast note-perfectly in line with the tone of the show meant that we took a lot on faith.

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