Fox's Sleepy Hollow taps True Blood alum as Ichabod's new partner

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Jul 22, 2016, 10:09 PM EDT

With Ichabod officially looking for a new partner in Season 4 of Sleepy Hollow, we finally know who’ll be joining him as he investigates a whole new string of supernatural weirdness.

TV Line reports True Blood‘s Janina Gavankar (who also had a memorable role in The League) has been tapped for the major role of Diana, a Secret Service agent "who will work closely with Sleepy Hollow‘s remaining Witness next season." Strangely enough, the role is technically an extended guest spot, but Diana will apparently fill the void left behind by Nicole Beharie’s Abbie. 

Here’s the character’s official description:

A single mom and former military officer who’s currently a Special Agent for Homeland Security. She’s got a tough, take-charge personality, punctuated by a wry sense of humor. She also has a softer, more caring side which emerges when she’s with her young daughter. Initially she doesn’t believe in the supernatural, and that creates conflicts with Crane. They also clash because they have different ways of approaching missions: While he’s methodical and research-focused, she’s active and task-oriented, which is reflective of her military training.

She rarely talks about the father of her child — a person she cared for, even though she never saw a life together with him — but she’s fiercely devoted to her daughter and will do anything to protect her, an instinct Crane appreciates. After her partner goes down in the line of duty, she and Crane will find common ground in their shared sense of loss. And the two of them will quickly realize they have another important point of connection — though not one anyone would expect at first.

The new season will reportedly take the action beyond the confines of the town of Sleepy Hollow, teaming Ichabod with Diana — who works in an X-Files-esque division of the U.S. government. Which could actually work, maybe, at least considering how off the rails this series ended up last season.

What do you think of the casting decision? A decent replacement for Abbie?

(Via TV Line)