Sleepy Hollow hasn’t been at the top of its season 1 game for a while, and that has been pretty obvious for many fans of the show, who have either stopped watching– as shown by the huge drop in ratings compared to last season and the fact that it hasn’t been renewed as opposed to other shows in the FOX schedule– or have taken it to social media to complain to the writers and executive producers of the show.
Whether you find this fair or not, most of the complaints have been reasonable. The erasure of characters of color to highlight white characters that has been pointed out not just by the viewers but by the critics is real and the fact that some characters who don’t work have been given more screentime than one of the main characters (Abbie) is undeniable.*
Obvious diversity problems aside, many complaints do come together in one name: Katrina.
Yesterday, Katia Winter, who plays Katrina herself, posted this on twitter.
All I can do is my very best with what I am given. I’m not at all in control over the story that is being told. That said. I agree with you.
— Katia Winter (@katia_winter) January 27, 2015
It honestly made me a little sad. Now, what can you do as an actor when you know the material you are given does not live up to the audience’s expectations and to make it worse, it doesn’t live up to yours? Katia Winter’s performance has never been the problem when it comes to Katrina, and the fact that she has had to address this means there is a lot of work to do to fix this problem.
So what can the Sleepy Hollow writers do in order to make Katrina an interesting character? No, I don’t mean likable and I don’t mean lovable. I mean interesting. Here are some ideas: