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Sleepy Hollow has had some difficulties keeping up the magic during its sophomore season. Some of the problems have been contributed to Ichabod’s wife, Katrina, becoming a bigger part of the picture during the show’s second season, driving a wedge in the glorious partnership between Ichabod Crane and Lieutenant Abbie Mills. Fans know there are problems. The ratings have shown it, and if Fox doesn’t know it by now, the network should. Regardless, it’s still a little unpleasant to hear the actress who plays Katrina, Katia Winter, explain that her character really sucks.
Here’s what Winter had to say in a recent interview with TV Guide when asked why fans have had troubling falling in love with Katrina.
God, I've had a hard time at times. I'm doing the best with what I've given. I'm not in control over the story lines, so I've at times been frustrated with certain things. So I totally see why it's been difficult for fans.
So, there you have it. Winter has been as frustrated with her Sleepy Hollow character as fans have been. The actress doesn’t stop with that comment, though. Instead, she goes on to tell TV Guide that there are numerous problems that Katrina has had during Season 2 of the fish-out-of-water, supernatural drama.
She's been trying to do this good thing, but she always seems to upset people. There's always someone upset with Katrina. Her son or Ichabod or Abbie or Headless, you know?... She hasn't really had that strength that I think people expect from a witch. Especially because it's been said so many times in the series, "She's got so much power!" and then she hasn't been able to prove it yet. So I think that's where a lot of the frustration lies. And also the fact that a lot of people don't like the idea of Ichabod being with someone else other than Abbie. That doesn't help.
That latter quote pretty much sums up our gripes about Katrina, although I’m not sure it’s a sharp move for the actress to complain about her personal problems to a reporter without a heads up to the Sleepy Hollow staff. Winter’s preaching truths, though. Her character is not particularly faithful to Ichabod and seems pretty sneaky. Although she is sneaky, she’s not a particularly strong female character and has had to be saved in numerous situations. Yet, fans are still expected to believe that she is a powerful witch with numerous skill sets, instead of an annoyance who looks good in a corset. Winter’s frustrated, fans are frustrated, but will Sleepy Hollow do anything about her character? We’ll have to tune in to find out, I guess.
Interestingly, I think it’s worth pointing out that killing off the character might solve some of the show’s big problems this season. However, while Sleepy Hollow has had a penchant for killing off characters, those characters often return. John Cho’s character, Andy Brooks, was killed off early, but later returned as an undead being. More recently, Orlando Jones’ Captain Frank Irving was killed off in a shocking episode, yet he became a part of the series again soon after the show returned at midseason. It’s harder than you would think to kill of a character on Sleepy Hollow, and I’m not sure Fox’s drama is angling for that, anyway. One thing is for certain, Winter is not happy with her character’s direction, and hopefully that will be reflected in the long game.
Fox’s Sleepy Hollow airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET. Find out when other shows are returning to the schedule this winter, here.