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HEYYY, HORSEMAN HORSEMAN HORSEMAN "You think you're a match for Ichabbie? Have you seen us?"
Ever since that day, Ichabod tells the Masons, Bernard's death has weighed heavily on his soul; if he had acted sooner, the man would have lived. (Side note: It would have been more dramatically interesting if the show's writers had had a conflicted Ichabod decide to shoot Bernard himself -- but I can understand why they'd be wary about giving him a more serious sin.)
And with that, Rutledge and his cronies know that Crane really is who he says he is. This is when the twists start flying fast and furious, in true Sleepy fashion. Curveball #1: Their account of Ichabod was written by Katrina herself, who was in league with the Masons until she betrayed their trust. Curveball #2: Said betrayal came when she hid Ichabod's body from the Masons. Curveball #3: The Masons wanted Ichabod's body because of his blood tie to the Horseman; if he's killed, the Horseman will perish as well.
So we come to the true reason the Masons have abducted Ichabod: They want their brother to sacrifice his own life, thus ending the Horseman's un-life. Abbie and Jenny arrive at their underground lair just in the nick of time... only to find that Ichabod himself is prepared to kill himself for the greater good. No! Was this scene written before Sleepy got a season 2 pickup?!
Spoiler alert: Ichabod doesn't die. He does, however, drink the Masonic poison, only after sharing a beautiful moment with his lieutenant -- and calling her by her first name for the very first time. Swoon! Of course, just as he's beginning to drift away, the cavalry arrives in the form of Henry Parrish. The sin of Ichabod's regret is eaten, thus lightening his soul and removing what the Horseman's been feeding on; Ichabod and the Horseman are officially untethered, which should make defeating the baddie a whole lot easier. Hooray, John Noble really does make everything better!
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