Wynonna Earp’s Chantel Riley on Why Kate Loves Doc Enough to Let Him Go

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SYFY / Bell Media

Ever since she blew into Purgatory, Kate (Chantel Riley) has had an air of mystery to her. We soon found out that she was Doc’s (Tim Rozon) wife and that she’s a vampire, but we really didn’t know too much else about her. That all changed this week as Wynonna Earp flashed back and gave us a glimpse at Kate and Doc’s past together and more specifically, why she became a vampire in the first place. However, after realizing that his heart firmly belongs now to Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano), it appears that Kate is moving on and may be leaving town.

In part two of our interview with Riley, she discusses why she personally enjoyed getting these pieces to Kate’s story and why Kate finally realized that she needs to move on from Doc. Riley also stars as Trudy on CBC’s Frankie Drake Mysteries which returns for Season 2 on Monday, September 24 at 9 p.m. ET.


The TV Junkies: It was really nice to flashback this week and see how Doc and Kate met, how happy they once were together and that she became a vampire to find him. What did you think when you finally got those pieces to the puzzle and learned this information?

CR: It was really cool because I got to have a better understanding of where she was coming from, her connection to Clootie and Bulshar and then of course, it was the first time she met the love of her life. That for me was really exciting to finally see that puzzle put together. How did they meet? What was it that did it for her? The charm and the ruggedness of him, but also you see that she holds her own as well. Doing a flashback is always cool, and you’re going back to the 1800s so the costumes are fun and make it exciting to go back and watch their love story play out.

TTVJ: Despite initially taking the Stone Witch’s offer of independence, Kate did turn into a vampire so she could search for Doc. Now she’s dealing with the fact that not only did Wynonna find him, but his heart belongs to her. What does this mean for her now?

CR: At the end of the episode she finally admits to herself that he’s not hers anymore. She knows about Alice. She knows and sees the love that he has for Wynonna and has developed for her. They have a child together so Kate can’t really beat that. There’s a different kind of love when you have a child with someone and I think she accepts that. I think she loves him enough to let him go.

SYFY / Bell Media
SYFY / Bell Media

TTVJ: After dancing around each other all season, it was nice to finally see Kate and Wynonna really talk. Why do you think that was so important and has Kate maybe changed Wynonna’s mind a bit about Doc’s decision?

CR: I think after hearing her story that Wynonna has a better idea as to why Doc turned himself. Kate turned herself into a vampire to find Doc and he did it to basically protect Wynonna forever. She’s able to pick that up after hearing this. I know she was so pissed off at him, but hearing Kate’s story she’s able to have a little more understanding in her heart to understand why he did this. She can still think it sucks, but it came from a very noble place. Doc is very noble. He does love her very much and will truly do whatever it takes.

TTVJ: It’s sad too because I think in another world Kate and Wynonna would probably get along quite well.

CR: I do love how they did this episode because the last thing Emily wants to do is pit women against each other, I think. Of course we have our differences, and of course there’s going to be some head butting, but in the end there’s a camaraderie. We’re women and when it comes down to it, all we have is each other. So I love how they brought the two of them together to solve problems, figure some stuff out and deal with Clootie running around. I just love the woman power we are bigger than this man thing. It’s way bigger than that. I think the two of them recognize that and I love the direction Emily took with this episode.

TTVJ: I know you just wrapped Season 2 of Frankie Drake and that premieres soon. Is there anything you can preview about what’s to come there?

CR: In Season 2 we have a lot more butt kicking coming your way. It’s also great because you’re going to see a lot more of Rebecca Liddiard’s Mary and Sharron Matthew’s Flo. This year it’s the four of us coming together which is great. It just goes to show on TV that girls can do it no problem. We don’t particularly need the boys. It’s not to say we don’t love the boys and appreciate the boys, but it’s great to see four powerful women holding it down on television. We’re so excited to celebrate that on this level. It was a really fun season to shoot.


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Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on SYFY and Space Channel.