“The Golem” built off of the information from “Sanctuary” where Crane learned that he had a son. The opening finds him still troubled by this news, not even distracted by Abbie’s attempts for a Christmas discussion (complete with an amusing factoid from Ichabod on the origins of eggnog). Crane wants to contact Katrina to find out more, and contacts Henry Parrish (John Noble reprising his role from the episode “the Sin Eater”) to help him. Abbie is a bit surprised by this, but Crane feels it is completely necessary. “How far would you go for answers?” Crane asks her. Abbie replies simply and confidently: “All the way.”
Henry’s not crazy about the idea, but Ichabod persuades him. Henry strangles Crane to make it easier to send him to the other side, where Ichabod finds his wife Katrina in Purgatory, where she had been sent by her coven, the witches known as The Four Who Speak As One. Crane learns of yet another tie between him and Abbie (not that more had to be established, as the relationship between both characters is fairly strong as it is)- Abbie’s ancestor Grace and her husband Joseph raised his son, who Crane learns was named Jeremy after Ichabod’s grandfather. Jeremy is given a doll by Katrina when she gives him up to keep him safe. But Jeremy has some inherited power, and starts a fire which kills Grace and Joseph. The boy has a fierce protector as well.
We get a brief glimpse of this protector right before Crane is brought back to the living. “You strangled me!” he admonishes Henry. “He means thank you,” says Abbie. Crane relays what he learned, and Abbie suggests that the Historical Society Library might hold some more clues to what happened to his son. Henry wants to be done with the whole thing, but Abbie uses a bit of twisting on the old heartstrings to convince him to do otherwise (Noble is a bit amusing here, as he keeps mentioning a later train to get him home, enabling him to stay longer to help). At the library, the trio meets a descendant of the witches who imprisoned Katrina in Purgatory who knows more than she lets on. Henry picks up on this right away (“Lying is a sin. I can sense a sin a mile away.”) and as the librarian tries to flee, she is killed by the mysterious creature that has followed Crane back from the realm of the dead.
As Abbie and Ichabod examine the dead librarian’s belongings, they come across a mysterious box. Henry tells them that this box is filled with pain, Jeremy’s pain, and they find out that the boy was protected by a Golem, a creature formed of clay by magic to serve as a guardian. The Golem is still seeking out those who have hurt Jeremy and separated him from his mother to take revenge. Abbie and Crane learn that the Four are at a nearby carnival, courtesy of some convenient ticket stubs in the dead librarian’s possessions. The go off to confront the Four, and Crane learns that it was foretold that when he would appear to them he would seal their doom. That doom comes in the form of the Golem, who, in a bit of B-movie monster scenes, appears and tears through the carnival, causing havoc and panic. Crane is told that the creature was born of his son’s blood, and can only be stopped by his son’s blood. Of course, since Ichabod is Jeremy’s father, that blood is one and the same, and when Ichabod gets a shard of glass imbedded in him, it didn’t take much to figure out that’s what would be used to stop the creature.
The show did do something a bit different though, as when the Golem lies on the ground dying, it and Crane hold hands, as Crane tenderly tells the beast to be at peace, as his son is at peace. The Golem dies, apparently having fulfilled its mission of revenge on the Four (though that’s not completely certain, as we never saw the Golem actually kill them). Before Henry leaves, he tells Abbie and Ichabod that he is glad that he helped them, and that it was fate that brought them all together. He imparts a bit of wisdom before leaving: “We never bury the dead, son. Not really. We take them with us. It’s the price of living.” The episode ends with Crane getting a creepy and vicious warning from Moloch, who tells him that he will deliver to the demon Abbie’s soul.
This was yet another solid entry in this strong series, giving us a bit more creepy moments this episode with a little less humor (though the one scene towards the end where Abbie gives Crane a Christmas stocking was quite funny. “You’ve embroidered my name on some over-sized hosiery.”) The bits with Frank, his ex-wife Cynthia, and daughter Macey seemed to be more filler, save for a scene in the park where Frank encounters a possessed person. It remains to be seen if his being allied with witnesses to the upcoming war between Moloch’s forces and humans will amount to anything. The last four episodes of this season should prove to be interesting as things more forward towards the impending apocalypse.
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