John Noble reveals how his Sleepy Hollow role is NOT Fringe's Walter Bishop

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Nov 4, 2013, 3:29 PM EST (Updated)

Sleepy Hollow finally returns tonight, and the new episode will introduce Fringe’s John Noble as a brand-new character. But the actor warns us: One thing he won’t be is Walter Bishop.

Noble’s new character is being described as “a mysterious, reclusive man who possesses special talents that make him a highly sought-after asset.”

Gosh. That does sound a whole lot like Walter Bishop to us!

But not so fast! Though they do sound alike, Henry Parrish won’t be like the Fringe character we all came to know and love. He’s “not going to be like Walter,” John Noble told TV Line. “Walter was one of a kind.”

But Walter Bishop is the reason Sleepy Hollow (and Fringe) executive producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman wanted John Noble in the first place.

The character of Parrish is a sin eater - someone who has the ability to absorb another person’s sins and thus “sanctify” them.

Noble describes Parrish as “mysterious and kind of sad, in a way ... historically, sin eaters were people that were socially ostracized. No one would have anything to do with them, except when they were called upon to eat sins.”

In tonight’s episode, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) goes missing and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) enlists a reluctant Henry for help. However, though he’s unwilling to lend a mystical helping hand at first, he’ll soon come to grips that “all of this was predestined, to a degree,” says John Noble.

Not only is Noble in tonight's episode, but he'll be in three more. How cool is that?

Are you looking forward to seeing John Noble on Sleepy Hollow?

(via TV Line)

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