Shipping, showrunners and expectations.
I don’t post a lot about Sleepy Hollow, but I’ve had these ideas kicking around in my head for a while. So if you chose to indulge in my ramblings…yay?
Let’s get one thing out of the way: I am an Ichabbie shipper. I’ll go down with the ship. I make no apologies. That said…
The showrunners/exec producers/etc. keep insisting that they didn’t intend for people to want Ichabod and Abbie together romantically. That’s probably true. It’s why they tied to give us the “epic” Ichabod/Katrina love story.
Intentions are fine. It’s the follow through and the chemistry you can’t predict. Sometimes you go into something with the best of intentions but you find when you write it or the actors actually have to act it out…your intentions fly out the window. A good writing staff writes to their show’s strengths. They course correct to what works rather than try to force something that isn’t there. I, myself, have seen this several times.
In the early days of Fringe the showrunners and the actors said flat out that they didn’t want to put Olivia and Peter together. That they were “brother and sister” and some other dumbfuckery. But it was clear that the romantic spark was there. Many people (including myself) shipped them from the very beginning. By the end of season 2, the show finally bowed to what they characters themselves were telling them: that those two characters belonged together. (Incidentally, some of the people who created Fringe also created Sleepy Hollow, make of that what you will.)
Smallville, Arrow, hell Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Good writing is lead by the characters and not some artificial “intention” of the writing staff. The Arrow writing staff fought against Olicity for two years before realizing that it was exactly the kind of love story their characters were demanding. Chemistry is subjective, yes, but sometimes it’s SO OVERWHELMING that you have to be A BLIND PERSON not to see it. I firmly believe that Tom and Nicole have that kind of chemistry. The screen just lights up when they are together. So my question to the Sleepy Hollow producers is this: if we weren’t supposed to ship it, WHY did you cast actors with THIS kind of chemistry? They could have cast actors with a “friend” or “brother/sister” vibe. But they didn’t.
Will we get Ichabbie as a couple? I don’t know. I hope so. I want the show to earn it. To make it in character for Ichabod and Abbie. To deal with the Katrina issue (I personally think she’s shady as hell) in a respectful way. It’ll take time, obviously. In the meantime, I’m gonna keep shipping it because it makes me happy. I’m also going to take any edicts from the showrunners with a grain of salt the size of Montana because I’ve seen this song and dance before. Things change. For now, let’s just enjoy whatever moments we get, okay?