Batwoman season 2 premiere finally reveals Kate Kane’s fate

Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman in Batwoman season 1, episode 20 "O, Mouse! -- Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW
Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman in Batwoman season 1, episode 20 "O, Mouse! -- Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW /

The Batwoman season 2 premiere episode unveiled the truth about Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane. 

Batwoman season 2 was one of the most eagerly anticipated new arrivals of the TV year. The Arrowverse series was well-received in its debut run but things took a major shift when it was announced that star Ruby Rose had chosen to exit the show just days after the impromptu season 1 finale aired.

Batwoman‘s plans were thrown into disarray as fans wondered and speculated as to what the creative team would do without Kate Kane on the show. Fans of the original Batwoman were concerned that their favorite character would be killed off while the more-likely theory was that she would simply be recast. None, however, happened as it was announced that Javicia Leslie would become the second Batwoman, playing an original character named Ryan Wilder.

But what did that mean for the Kate Kane character? Well, the Batwoman season 2 premiere has answers.

Is Kate Kane dead in Batwoman season 2?

The season 2 premiere of Batwoman, “What Happened to Kate Kane?”, saw the plane that Kate Kane was travelling back from National City on crash just outside of Gotham City. This saw Ryan Wilder cross the path of Batsuit – resulting in her becoming the second Batwoman.

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The CGPD and the Crows searched for survivors but they couldn’t find Kate’s body, with some suggesting that she may have ended up in the river nearby.

Naturally, Kate’s family, including her father Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott), her step sister Mary Hamilton-Kane (Nicole Kang), her best friend Lucius Fox (Camrus Johnson) and her ex-girlfriend Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy) were all shocked by what had happened. Even her villainous twin sister Alice (Rachel Skarsten) was caught off-guard by the occurrence.

It was later revealed that new villain Safiyah was directly responsible for what happened to Kate.  It’s unknown if the original Batwoman is actually dead, but for the moment, it seems that the show will use this to write her out of the show for now.

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What did you think of the way Batwoman season 2 wrote Kate Kane out? Do you think she’ll ever return to Batwoman? Let us know in the comments below!