I’m gonna change up the game a little because I have been obsessed with this series since I found it on Netflix three days before I began writing this blog post (1/10/2018). I finished it in about four days – not that I recommend binge-watching, it’s not a healthy thing to do, but… during my last few days of winter break, I want to lie down and do nothing and why not watch a few episodes of From Dusk Till Dawn while I do that? Anyways, this might be a little long because I really want to talk about Kate. She was one of my favorite parts of this series.
So, let me start off with a quick summary of the show. You might recognize its title from the 1996 Tarantino flick. The series expands on this universe, giving more life to Seth and Richie Gecko as well as the Fuller family, and their motley crew of allies and enemies.
Season 1 starts off with the Gecko brothers, a criminal duo (and pretty reputable, from what I gathered), robbing a bank in Abilene; the deal is to transport the stolen bank bonds over the Mexican-American border and to a man named Carlos. Richie, the younger brother, has always been a little off – but Seth notices, with growing concern, that his brother’s sociopathic tendencies have taken a violent turn. After they are unexpectedly forced to take a hostage from Abilene – and that hostage is brutally murdered by Richie, who has started babbling about “visions” – Seth discovers that he’s got a massive wrinkle in his plans to get them into Mexico and that he has to deal with Richie’s newfound brutality. They’ve always lived by a code, one that ensures no one gets hurt because they’re thieves, not murderers, but Richie’s going off the deep end.
With most of Texas after them, the Geckos are forced to take refuge at an inn, where they bump into the Fuller family: Jacob, Scott, and Kate. These three provide the perfect cover to get into Mexico, so they are taken hostage and, after a series of events, the whole gang makes it to The Titty Twister, a strip club owned by Carlos. It’s here that they end up trapped in a conspiracy bigger than any of them had ever imagined as the existence of Mexican snake-vampires, culebras, is revealed – and they realize that the Queen of the culebras, Santanico Pandemonium, has great plans for Richie.
Obviously there’s a lot going on, but let’s bring to focus to Kate Fuller: a daughter, a sister, a hostage, a dear friend. Kate is first introduced as part of the Fuller family; she comes into contact with the Geckos during the aforementioned kidnapping, but before all of that happened, Kate was struggling with the recent passing of her mother – via a tragic car accident – and her father’s sudden decision to uproot their life and leave for the great and empty Mexican wilderness.
Kate is the quintessential Pastor’s Daughter; kind to a fault, compassionate and forgiving, and willing to give everyone multiple chances. Although Richie accosts her pretty creepily while she’s swimming, standing around and making strange comments, she meets his stiltedness with hesitant warmth. Even while she’s kidnapped by the Geckos, confused and frightened because of their reputation and the cruel indifference with which they seem to treat her family, she is willing to see the goodness in them. The Geckos are uncomfortably familiar with the Fullers – at one point, Seth basically intimidates the family into a heart-stopping circle of confession. He tells them that they are a family, a broken and ugly one, but a group nonetheless. He adds that they need to live life with love and forgiveness, playing off of their religiosity, and then corners Kate, admitting that he’s “left some bodies” back in Abilene and before, and that these people who he killed were good people, but stood between him and his freedom, so they had to die. Kate is forced to “forgive him,” and you can see how anxious she is, with glassy eyes and her scowl. But she can’t do anything, because Seth has a gun and, in a strange way, is protecting them from the darker elements of the club. She’s trapped in a codependent relationship with Seth: a theme which continues throughout the show.
Despite Seth’s intimidation techniques and the rest of the tribulations that the family must go through due to the Gecko brothers, she still connects with them. With Richie, she sympathizes with his craving for power and his strange draw to the club and the woman in his visions, and she understands, though doesn’t share, his struggles in always being overshadowed by his charming, natural leader of a brother. She kisses him at one point, though I’m not sure how much of the kiss was romantic and how much of it was due to a high-stakes, tense situation in which emotions were running high. Seth is not much better; he’s hot-tempered and imperious, he crowds her, intimidates her (whether this is on purpose, I don’t know), and he’s incredibly condescending at times. While she’s his hostage, he treats her with mild disdain and a lot of disinterest. Despite this, she stays calm and collected and has enough space in her heart to give him a place when it’s all said and done.
I think that’s what I love most about Kate; in a show where everyone has a horrible streak – Seth and Richie are thieves and murderers despite Seth’s best intentions; Richie kills freely and without care (at least, in the first season); Scott is revealed to have a pretty violent facet to his personality; Jacob ruins family dynamics through misguided attempts to protect his children and proves to be incredibly selfish in his actions – but Kate is the innocent one, the moral compass with a golden heart; and I think that’s what draws everyone to her.
What I like about Kate Fuller is the fact that she is slowly corrupted by the world around her. We start with a church-going, young Southern belle; we end with an accomplice to the Gecko brothers in their string of thievery and mayhem. I never said that the development she experiences is positive and I personally believe that her story is a tragedy, but I admire the way that the writers of this show went about getting her from point A to point B, and that they ended with point B at all. It would have been tempting to keep her sweet and kind and forgiving, but with all the trauma that she endures over the course of From Dusk Till Dawn, it would have been unbelievable for her to stay rooted in her naiveté. Rest assured, they don’t entirely erase that kind girl from the beginning of the series. She still shows hints of warmth after everything that’s happened, but it’s shadowed by something darker.
Kate’s defining personality trait is her compassion, but another thing that makes her stand out to me is her bravery. This is proven over and over again throughout the show. In the beginning, she’s the one that confronts her father over the death of their mother despite fearing that her suspicions are true. It’s not easy to accuse your father of murdering your mother, but Kate is driven by her need to know the truth. Later, she handles this tall, dark, scary stranger at the pool, even voicing her wariness to him: she challenges Richie, asking if he’s hanging out at the Dewdrop Inn’s pool to hit on “underage girls”, despite the fact that he looks like this:
He’s foreboding, wears a mortician suit and, especially in Season 1, he’s always got this empty smile on his face. When he speaks to her, he uses cryptic language and ominous words and, rather than being frightened, shetests him. She never hints at being afraid of him, but tries to relate to him instead. When her family is kidnapped, she continues to treat Richie gently, not only because he has a gun to her father and her brother’s heads, but also because she seems to understand how lost he feels. Kate’s faith in God roots her; she believes that Richie can find the light if he turns to the Lord as well, and I think that it’s her faith that gives her some bravado.
In a more literal sense of her bravery: when a culebra corners her father, Kate doesn’t hesitate in cutting her down with a chainsaw. It’s bloody, gory, and traumatizing, and afterwards – unlike Scott, who adapts to killing with troubling ease – she seems haunted, but she’ll do anything to protect her family. The girl’s never even punched someone before she has to slice a woman apart with a chainsaw.
It’s Kate that insists they go after her brother after he vanishes into the depths of The Twister, and it’s Kate who continues to lead the search for Scott despite everything in their situation working against them.
Down in the belly of the temple, she’s forced to kill her own father; the man who raised and loved her, and all of this after she discovers the truth behind her mother’s death – that it was not his fault. That he was sad, and desperate to preserve his children’s memories of her, and so he whisked them away to Mexico where they could start anew. After Scott turns him into a culebra, he begs Kate to kill him (the aforementioned selfish move), and she is forced to stake him through the heart.
Not only does Kate fulfill her father’s dying wish, but she also finds it in her heart to forgive Scott and make it her life’s goal to rescue him from the darkness. I guess what I’m also realizing as I write this is that Kate’s bravery comes hand-in-hand with her compassion. She is a reckoning, but she’s also a respite from the brutal world of the culebras and the Geckos.
I talk about these previous examples because they are primarily from Season 1, where Kate has never even held a gun before. But there are more powerful circumstances later on as well.
Later on, Kate, all alone after losing her father and her brother to the darkness of the culebras, asks Seth if she can escape with him. That’s how they end up driving off together, running jobs and surviving on a thread: Seth searching for a way to get them out of Mexico, Kate trying to prepare herself to find and bring back Scott. The two of them stay in dingy motels and Seth, now using heroin, is kind of a mess – emotionally speaking. He can’t bear to acknowledge the world revealed to them, one in which monsters haunt the night. Kate’s broken as well, having staked her father and watched her little brother turn into a monster, but she’s more pragmatic about their situation. She wants to find a way to help Scott, a way to turn him back or to keep him alive without having to kill innocent people. Additionally, she manages Seth’s intimidation tactics and his authoritarianism without batting an eye.
Not only that but she also stands up to Seth, criticizing his drug-using habits, his imperious attitude, and his self-destructive tendencies. Also, while Seth is the protective element to their duo, she’s the maternal one. When Seth barely escapes his latest robbery, Kate scolds him for refusing to let her come along, pointing out that he’d do better with two pairs of eyes. When Seth lashes out at her later, furious about her inability to crack a lock in his expected time but with more anger directed towards her than need be, she reminds him that he’s not upset with her, but with Richie: that it’s his temper and his bossiness that drove Richie away. She also confronts him about his escapism through heroin, pointing out that she’s suffered great losses too but she’s not slowly killing herself.
Kate’s grit further presents itself when Amaru takes over Kate’s body. The queen is continuously bewildered by Kate’s ability to push her out, even if it’s just for a few moments. Kate can see everything she’s done; she feels every life that Amaru, in her body, takes. She sees the pain and destruction that she leaves in her wake, and, when she meets Seth again while controlling her body, she uses the small amount of time she has to beg him to kill her so that she can’t hurt people anymore.
Not only does she have to deal with this psychopath slaughtering people while wearing her face; she also has to fight to reclaim herself, and when she manages to do it despite the pain and control it takes, her first priority is making sure that someone puts her down for good. This fails to occur because Seth can’t bring himself to kill her; despite the setbacks, when Kate finally gets her independence back, she decides that she must end Amaru herself. The only way to do this guarantees Kate’s own death – but, without fear or hesitance, Kate chooses to do so as long as Amaru dies with her.
Another trait of Kate’s that caught my attention is her faith. It defines her, at least in the beginning. Kate is, as mentioned above, the daughter of a Pastor. She’s lived her entire life by the standards of the Lord; she goes to church every Sunday; she defines good and evil through the words of the Bible. But with everything that happens, her faith is put to the test – her morals are compromised (she killed her own father), and it only gets worse from there. When Amaru taunts her, asking if she’s seeking redemption from her God, Kate makes her stance clear:
Off-topic note but, she says this while looking at Scott, but also Seth, which struck me as a really character-defining moment: she states that she loves Seth Gecko despite everything he’s done to her, despite the fact that he completely ruined her once-beautiful world. Seth Gecko corrupts everything he touches, but she still has it in her heart to forgive him. Scott? Her little brother betrays her. He gets her killed. He pushes her away every chance he gets, his grief manifesting in bitterness and a lust for power, but in spite of this, Kate is willing to sacrifice herself for him. Again.
I think that’s incredibly brave of her and ~ again ~ we see that even though Kate has gone through the most traumatic events, having been imprisoned inside her own body and forced to slaughter hundreds of people, even after having to kill her own father and watch her friends die and after Seth abandons her, all of that – she’s compassionate enough to love him. After Scott betrays her, and you know you can cut yourself off from family members if they’re as psychotic as Scott – but she never gives up on him. That’s the core of Kate’s character: she has endless amounts of love for people. Despite all that the world has taken from her, she still finds the silver lining, and despite everything she says, she always has love to give.
Back to the matter of Faith: throughout the show it is proven that if she wants to survive, she has to sin. She has to murder her way through culebras and, later, Xibalbans; she has to steal and cheat and lie; she has to do things she’d never even dreamed of doing, like helping Seth do heroin and burying the body of an old friend in order to hide her brother’s crimes. It’s really saddening to see how much her faith is tested, and frankly, she doesn’t seem to have such an unwavering trust in the Lord anymore. Not after everything that has happened to her – which is understandable and a natural course for her life to take. But without her religion, Kate really doesn’t seem to have any hope left. She’s lost her family and she’s lost her God.
Her religion is an aspect of her character is unique in a cast who don’t seem to be very religiously inclined – the Geckos don’t have any outward beliefs; her father’s faith has failed him; and her brother, while having been raised Christian, doesn’t seem to struggle with the same moral quandaries. In fact, Scott has a taste for killing. So Kate has to struggle with this loss herself, just as she had to deal with losing Jacob, seeing Scott turn to the antagonists, being continuously kidnapped and tormented, and being trapped inside her own body, by herself.
(I’m a little bitter for her).
I’m not going to talk about Kate and Richie much because they didn’t interact a lot towards the end of the series. Their moments happened in Season 1. I believe that she had a specific role to play when she was introduced in Season 1 in regards to Richie Gecko and, while she and Richie are still important to each other, I think that their roles have changed. Kate is still the only person who understood Richie while he was going through the chaos that Santanico wrought upon him, messing with his head and his moral compass. Richie is still the brother that was kinder to Kate while she and her family were held hostage; he argued with Seth for their freedom, talked to her about her mother, and was someone to share her grief with. When Kate is killed by Carlos, she manages to speak to Richie and Scott one last time – and it truly seems like she’s given up on both her boys. Her words are furious and scathing; both are visibly affected by them.
Of course, Kate does care about Richie and he cares about her. I’m just not sure what to what extent they trust each other after the events of Season 3. Richie has shown multiple times that, while power is the most important thing to him, he also feels the need to protect Kate, so I don’t think their relationship is anything to scoff at. I believe that they have a pretty platonic relationship (yes, despite having kissed in Place of Dead Roads, because did you know that you can kiss someone but not develop intimate feelings for them? Crazy).
Towards the end, while Kate is taken over by Amaru, Richie fully believes that she still exists somewhere inside Kate’s possessed body, whereas Seth is ready to write her off as gone – but I interpreted that as Seth dealing with his grief in his own manner, which consists of picking yourself up off the ground and moving on with your life. Richie was ready to save her despite not knowing whether she had survived because he believes in the existence of Kate. I think with the bond they share, Richie and Kate can sort of see each other’s true selves and Richie knows how strong she is – but Seth needed proof that she was still there. He’s more of a pragmatic character. So both brothers have their own unique bond with Kate – Richie’s consists of overt affection. He’s the one who continues trying to talk to Kate like a normal person despite the Queen possessing her body. He’s the one that’s hesitant to shoot her. Seth, on the other hand, is the leader; he’s the one you can “trust to make the tough calls,” to quote Kate directly, and he does. Seth looks at Amaru/Kate and has to contemplate whether it’s worth dealing with all the destruction Amaru will wreak upon them to save Kate, and in the end, he decides that yeah, it is. And this leads me to the discussion of two characters’ – Scott and Seth – relationships with Kate.
Scott is her younger brother and the only living family that Kate has left. Unfortunately, Scott goes kind of crazy with culebra blood-lust and power, and besides that, he joins up with Carlos – who himself is crazy with blood-lust and power. Even after seeing, and dealing with the horrible things that Scott puts her through, Kate refuses to give up on him. Every time he disappoints her, she puts a little more faith in him in hopes that next time, it will be different. Next time, she can save him. And honestly, Scott puts her through some pretty horrific stuff, such as forcing her to kill an innocent man in order to complete a culebra ritual:
This messes Kate up but again, she maintains her faith in Scott. That might sound stupid of her to do, but I truly believe that Kate’s love for her brother is what causes him to shift from the antagonistic side to that of the protagonists (well… lesser antagonists). And there’s a reason for her unconditional love for Scott, beside the fact that he’s her brother: in his dying moments, her father reminds her that Scott can be saved. That for every bad thing that Scott is told to do, a little more of him will wither away unless she is there to prop him back up. She is the rope pulling Scott to redemption, or at least, keeping him in place until he finds it in him to change for the better. And she wouldn’t be able to support him so devotedly if she didn’t truly believe that he has good intentions and a kind heart.
Changing Scott back into the familiar younger brother he was before is Kate’s goal all throughout Season 2; all she wants is her family to be together again. In the meantime, however, she’s accompanied by another broken-hearted character: Seth.
Right off the bat, I’ll admit that I really like Seth and Kate’s relationship. I know that there are people who ship them together, and I want to clarify that I’m very ambivalent about introducing romance into their twosome. I don’t want to discount the idea entirely, but right now at least, it seems like all the two share is a really intimate friendship. Not that this makes them closer or more distant than they would be if they were lovers: they’re family, for all intents and purposes, and both Seth and Kate would die for their family. And I do think that, by the end of Season 3, they would die for each other.
From the beginning, Seth has protected Kate. He physically keeps her behind him in most instances of danger – even in the very beginning, when she was a hostage, he holds her in a protective stance so that she won’t suffer a stray bullet while he has a shootout with the cops. He keeps her away from Richard, who recently murdered the bank teller, and tells his brother: “You don’t talk to her, don’t touch her.” The Twister’s temple has him holding her behind his back so that the culebras will get to him first, if that should occur; Season 2 introduces Seth robbing banks while Kate keeps up the image of an innocent missionary to the public. Seth keeps her safe behind the walls of the house, even watching out for her even when she doesn’t realize, such as in the instance of their landlord – soon discovered by him to be a culebra intent on getting to Kate – and who is quickly eliminated. He could tell her about the culebra landlord, teach her a lesson about being safer and more undercover, but Seth chooses not to. I think that he was trying to keep her from feeling paranoid again.
When creepy Tanner hits on her, or the weirdo outside the Twister tries to make a move on her, or when the Regulator attacks them, or when she wakes up as herself after Amaru leaves her body – Seth does his best to protect her. And that last GIF is a significant moment in the finale; when Kate strides past Amaru to walk into Hell, Seth pulls out his gun and tells her that if she takes one more step towards the gate, he’s going to “pop her knees”. He seems resigned; the world might end, but he’s not going to let Kate die again. Especially not like this.
Unfortunately, due to some impulsive choices and emotional issues, he isn’t there for her when it really matters, like when she needs some compassion after encountering the Regulator and while they’re on the run during the three months after Richie joins Santanico and Kate kills her father. Or, you know, when she needs him to acknowledge the existence of culebras and he absolutely cannot. As big and bad and scary as Seth is, accepting that Richie is a culebra and Santanico is a culebra and that they are inextricably twined in the world of culebras is too much for him.
Factor that in with the fact that he is the reason her life was undone…
But in the world of FDTD, you may not forgive, but you have to forget and move on. That’s exactly what Kate does.
When Kate dies, Seth seems stricken. I know that with the death of a good friend, you would expect him to give up or to at least shed a few tears, but Seth continues with his work. Maybe this could be mistaken as his being unattached to her but we can quickly refute that idea with the evidence that Seth continuously brings her death up throughout the following episodes, (“This place is built on bad blood and the body of a dead kid.”) and seems to hold both himself and Richie accountable for her passing. He’s also furious with Carlos, her murderer, and they have the following exchange (referencing Richie as the person who brought about Kate’s death):
And I mean, Seth and the others cut Carlos to pieces, seal him in separate bags and hide the pieces of his body across the land. So I would say that they avenged Kate as best as they could, yeah.
We do get a little tidbit of conversation which hints that Seth and Richie went looking for her body, which is good because I actually wondered whether they had done that after watching the Season 2 finale… or if they had just left her there for the vultures. But they looked for her at the bloodwell and they couldn’t find her because fortunately (I guess, unfortunately, considering the lasting damage of the event), Kate’s body is taken over by the spirit of the Xibalban Queen Amaru, and she is resurrected – but as the vessel of a psychopath. Amaru’s rejuvenation of her physical form must have triggered something, further because Kate’s soul survives and is forced to sit back and watch as Amaru creates chaos along the border, hunting her loved ones and killing innocents. Seth encounters Kate/Amaru, but seems determined to count her as dead and gone – Richie wants to find and rescue her, but Seth is adamant that “Kate” is no longer with them. I think this is his way of mitigating damage; if he doesn’t get his hopes up, he won’t be inevitably disappointed. But he’s not disappointed, because Kate is actually in there, and he encounters her several times. Each encounter takes a significant toll on him, both due to her tortured presence and accusations, plus the knowledge that it was his machinations which brought her to this point. When Kate is brought back for good, Amaru’s soul having mostly left her body, Seth seems loathe to put her in danger and lose her again. His protectiveness is exaggerated during these scenes and even Kate calls him out on it.
But one of my favorite scenes with these two during the Amaru plotline, is the exorcism of Kate Fuller.
When they discover that they might be able to save Kate and get rid of Amaru, but only through torture, Seth is reluctant. With coaxing from Dr. Tanner, however, he agrees to the act – if they can save Kate, it’s worth it. While it doesn’t exactly work out that way – Amaru’s spirit can endure more than Kate’s body can – it gives us this a very intimate scene between Kate and Seth. She manages to take control of her body for a few precious moments while Amaru is stunned by the pain, and Seth immediately recognizes her:
(the last three gifs are not pertinent to that particular scene but I can’t find any sets with only the exorcism, so enjoy a lil extra something.)
This is a high-stakes, emotional situation that I don’t think I have to go into too much. Seeing the gifs isn’t as impactful as watching the scene play out on its own, but I’m sorry, it’s the best I can do. Kate and Seth have a moment to themselves in which he apologizes for all the things he’s done to her; or maybe for the situation at hand. Either way, Kate does not forgive him, and her wept words leave him stunned.
Do I think that Seth and Kate have a romantic relationship, or one that brushes the line of romance?
Not right now, anyways. Seth refers to her as “a little girl” and “kid” or “teenager” all the time, so I don’t think he would be able to face the moral repercussions of feeling anything beyond platonic affection for Kate in the first place. Some people have pointed out how much he calls her “Princess,” but Seth calls everyone “princess”. He calls Santanico “princess”. I think he called someone else “princess,” though I can’t recall who, maybe Ximena or Lord Venganza, but yeah, it doesn’t seem like a nickname particular to Kate.
But also, regarding her youth, things have changed: as of the Season 3 finale, Kate has matured so much that I’m not sure you can discount her as a “little kid”. She was possessed by a Queen of Hell and driven along for a psychopath spree; afterwards, she killed the Queen by herself. She walked through Xibalba (Hell) and retrieved Richie. Even before that, she suffered heartbreak again and again at the hands of her brother, who turned their own father (whom she had to kill), murdered a friend of hers, and sunk further and further into the darkness despite her desperate attempts to save him. She was murdered in cold blood by a culebra. Kate has more than proven that she has all the requirements of being traumatized that goes with being an adult in the FDTD universe, despite her young age.
I have two suspicions: I believe that Kate was initially the embodiment of Richie’s “true-love”, throughout Season 1, but that as the writers fleshed her out, they decided to scrap the idea and let things manifest on their own. I also think that they’re fond of Seth and Kate, having physically stuck them together for a good majority of the show and also having focused so much on their relationship during the Amaru arc. Richie had his moments as well (please don’t burn me at the stake RichieKate shippers), but Seth and Kate had the whole “Amaru exorcism” scene, plus the scene where she fights Seth and Scott and nearly drains Seth of his soul because he drops his guard for a second. Also, the entire finale consists of Seth and Kate: Seth giving Kate his blood, Seth literally pulling her back from walking into places first in case a Xibalban decides to jump out at them, Seth threatening to pop Kate’s knees if she takes one more step towards the Gate to Hell, because if she goes in there, she dies. Seth and Kate’s conversation prior to their confrontation with Amaru, in which she blames him for not killing her when she asked and he demonstrates resentment at her request and also, regret for the events that have transpired ever since he kidnapped her.
I don’t think Kate is being seen as a side character any longer, which is amazing because Kate is amazing and Madison Davenport is an amazing actress; now she’s one of the main three, an idea which is reinforced by the visual of her sidling up alongside the Geckos during their latest heist.
My second suspicion is that Kate and Seth’s relationship is supposed to consist of the will-they-won’t-they dance. Their interactions take a wide range of turns: some are like an older brother to a younger sister, some are like a mom to a spoiled child, some are like a father to a daughter, sometimes they’re really good friends or partners in crime. Sometimes there’s a hint of something more. But none of that is clarified, on purpose, and I don’t know if what’s cropped up between them will ever be defined beyond “they’re family.”
A more interesting consideration is that I don’t think Kate forgave either of the Geckos for what they’ve done to her, her family, and her future.
I think I’ve said it enough times, but they were single-handedly responsible for bringing all this misfortune down upon them. Kate and Scott and Jacob were not involved in this wacky prophecy that seems to be dictating the Geckos lives; they’re bystanders pulled into a storm, and ended up becoming collateral damage. By the end of the show, Kate is with Richie and Seth, robbing banks. This is a leap from the sweet little Pastor’s daughter whom we met in Season 1, but as she states in the finale, “Everything has changed.”
I believe those three words extend not only to her relationship with Scott, but also to her relationship with the Geckos and with her existence, itself. Everything has changed. Amaru violated her most personal spaces. She used Kate to kill people, lots of people, and Kate was forced to watch everything happen. I think by now, Kate has for sure lost her faith in God, which was such a defining feature pf hers before everything happened, and without faith, she has no set path. She’s lost – and if there’s one thing I’ve garnered from watching the show, it’s that Kate has always been the most moral character. When her lines are blurred, what is she left with?
But I also don’t think that there’s no happy ending; while I personally believe that FDTD is tragedy for Kate, I’d also be stretching it to say that she’s completely alone. After all, she’s with the Geckos. I was worried for a few seconds until the last few minutes of the episode, when you see Kate arrive at the bank – so you know they didn’t just leave her in Matanzas, Texas. I think that being with people will help, although I’m not sure that either brother is mentally or emotionally stable enough to support her recovery. But hopefully we will see. I’m banking on there being a fourth season because the show wasn’t canceled, I’m pretty sure? The actors were released from their contracts but with director Robert Rodriguez, who has such an integral part to this show, focusing on his new movie and El Rey Network pushing some of their other original shows, I’m hoping that they’re just giving FDTD a break and taking some time to work on a really good Season 4 to wrap up the story. There was a post-credits season in the Season 3 finale… maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I want to see more of post-Amaru Kate and how she mends her relationships with the rest of the crew. Also seeing Richie figure out what he’s meant for (because apparently he has his fingers in a lot of pies) and Seth reconciling with Kate (which I don’t think will be a problem for Richie, but idk, if I were Seth, I honestly would be a little hesitant). As well as seeing what on earth happened to Adrian Tanner, who was left in Xibalba, and how the Ranger is doing now that his family is back together. Although honestly, I’m sure he’s fine. But something would probably screw it up again. Santanico is also a question with a capital Q. A Question. What’s she doing now that the culebras are freed? And Carlos, where did he go? And in the Season 3 finale, it seemed like the culebras were walking in the sun with no consequence, so what’s up with that? I have a lot of questions, still.
One last thing I want to mention is that you’re probably (if you reached this point) going “Geez, would you stop talking about how traumatized she is? You’re being dramatic, it wasn’t that bad. Also, she seemed totally fine with the Geckos at the end, so…” but I would like to draw your attention to the song played in the credits scene: Monsters, by Madison Davenport. That’s right, Kate’s brilliant actress is also a talented singer, and I’m pretty sure that Monsters directly pertains to the FDTD Universe since it was composed particularly for this season.
I interpreted Monsters as being a sort of epilogue – a way to express the way Kate is post-Season-3. I’m going to post a few of the song’s lyrics – they’re a bit repetitive, so I’m not posting the whole thing, but:
I wanna run away and hide
But every single time I try
My mind would play tricks on me
And it would not let me be.
Monsters, under my bed.
Monsters, inside my head.
I tell them, go away –
But they say they’re here to stay.
I can’t keep them in my head.
You left without saying your goodbyes
But how would you have looked me in my eyes?
How did I ever trust someone like you?
After all the shit you put me through.
please. tell me that’s not pertinent.
That first two stanzas seems to reflect Kate’s current state of being; afraid and lost and angry. Her head’s still in a bad place – understandable, because, you know, she was possessed by a Queen of Hell, and all of this after she got shot twice in the stomach and killed. Her memories probably haunt her, especially the ones of all the lives she took. Kate isn’t a natural-born killer, nor does she seem to acquaint to it like most of the rest of the FDTD cast.
I believe that the last stanza is a reproachful comment on her relationship to both the Geckos, but also perhaps Scott. All three of them broke her trust; Richie and Seth dragged her into these awful situations in the first place, Scott was her family but abandoned her for power, and despite her doing everything she could to save them – empathizing with Richie and becoming his friend in Season 1, only to have him join the culebras; the same thing happening with Scott, who assists the man who murders her; and Seth, abandoning her on the side of the road after she spends three long months getting close to him and helping him do his drugs and of them taking care of each other. None of them were able to put her out of her misery while she had been taken over by Amaru, not even Seth, whom she specifically begged. Her boys have failed her repeatedly.
So I think that last stanza is Kate’s perspective on her relationships right now. As of Season 3’s finale, she’s angry and tired and alone, despite being surrounded by people, which is a particularly painful brand of loneliness.
Also, I’m pretty sure the girl has PTSD.
Geez, this ended up being long but I’m just so amazed by the amount of attention paid to Kate Fuller and the relationships that the characters have with each other in this series. Of course, actress Madison Davenport brought Kate to life (and brilliantly), but I really have to commend the writers for giving her an equally important role in the story as the Gecko brothers, and the director for putting so much focus on her. I’ve rarely encountered female characters who are as nuanced as Kate – compassionate and soft, but unforgiving and driven, empty and traumatized but willing to sacrifice everything for the people she has left.
I’m going to wrap it up here and continue hoping for a Season 4 where we get to see more of the Geckos, Fullers, Tanner (as much as he creeps me out), the Ranger, Santanico and the culebras, and everyone else. Thank you so much for reading this and the rest of the blog and for sticking through until the end because this is a massive blog post, I know. Probably my longest one yet. So I should stop typing now.