Batwoman‘s “Kane, Kate” legit might be my favorite episode to date. Seriously, it had everything my queer little heart desired, the two Batwoman’s duking it out, and Alice setting the stage for a finale that I’m pretty sure will end in her death. I know, I know. It’s a lot. But it’s what made this episode great!
First off, all the queer drama. How did it take me this long to understand that Batwoman is a queer telenovela? The ex that everyone thought was dead and was back to normal actually wasn’t back to normal and betrayed her ex love. Like, come on. Pure telenovela vibes but with a healthy serving of sapphic love on top. And we’re not just talking Kate and Sophie.
Alice and Safiyah was queer trauma with backstabbing after backstabbing until that transformed into straight up stabbing. And I’m kind of….living for it. It’s messy AF but it somehow kind of works that Safiyah has been doing all of this because she loves Alice in her own twisted way. Too bad that Alice doesn’t return the sentiment.
Her stabbing of Safiyah is something they could come back from. They’ve legit done worse to each other so the bar is pretty high. But there’s still a tinge of something different to this that leads me to believe that one is going to obliterate the other to finally rid themselves of the feelings they have towards each other, be they of love or hate.
But let’s get back on track before I lose myself to the power of gay love.
The Batwoman‘s duking it out was chefs kiss. Sure, Circe/Kate won and made it out. But Ryan put up a good ass fight! She didn’t back down, met Circe/Kate with hit after hit, and showed this broken woman that there are plenty of people willing to fight for the heart and soul of Gotham and Ryan is one of them.
Circe/Kate winning is only going to be for a small while. Why? Because Circe/Kate doesn’t have a team like Ryan does. And as much as it hurts my heart to say this, I think this version of Kate isn’t going to stay. She’s going to fight through her demons and either die, for real this time, or leave Gotham behind with all it’s pain.
And I think a core piece of this and a key element to Circe/Kate being taken down is Alice. She has absolutely nothing left. No home. No love. No gang. All she has is the love that she carries for her sister and a burning rage that wants to see Safiyah fail. And the only way that’s going to happen is if Ryan and Co. succeed. That only happens by either taking Circe/Kate down or dying to bring her back.
I don’t like the thought of Circe/Kate or Alice dying. Alice is in fact my favorite character and has been since her crazy ass landed in Gotham. But what else is there for her in Gotham? For her story in general? I can’t name anything else besides her sister. And you know for a fact that Alice is going to team up with Ryan and Co. to stop Black Mask and Circe/Kate.
Ultimately, this show is going to surprise. I can feel it in my bones. And I sincerely hope that all my predictions are wrong. Didn’t expect that, did you? But if I’m wrong, that means that Batwoman isn’t following standard protocol when it comes to writing these characters, especially when it comes to Ryan Wilder’s storyline. They’re going in a different direction, a new one, that will transform this show into something it’s never seen before.
The Batwoman season 2 finale airs Sunday, June 27th on The CW.