|Karen "Kitty" Stiles|
George Kitka (father)
So much shit
I’m ordinary. I don’t want to have to compete again in a world where I don’t... I don’t fit in. I want to keep being myself. Ordinary. I guess I can reach far, but it hurts. I don’t do it right. I know I’ll learn, but in the meantime, just let me be lost, weak, lonely. Let me be confused, scared. I’m just another girl, just another victim of this cruel world, just another lost soul, and I demand the right to be weak. I demand the right to lie sobbing on the floor, my own arms tight around my body. I demand the right to say that I can’t stand this anymore, that I’m too exhausted to go on. I demand the right to scream, to shake, to wither away.
Karen "Kitty" Stiles (née Kitka, formerly Drake) is a main character in Eden Rising. Kitty was introduced as the submissive, doting wife of Xander Drake, and the flustered younger sister of Lori. Initially, Kitty often put on a front as she struggled to find inner strength, trying to mimic her best friend Gwen's tough girl behavior, but failing spectacularly at it. After Xander's death, Kitty escaped her shell, showing true signs of leadership, strength and comfort as she found solace in her budding relationship with Rory Stiles. The two eventually became engaged and married at Eden. However, the marriage was tragically short-lived as Rory was murdered. The mystery surrounding the murky details of his murder gave Kitty fuel to her fire, as she became determined to bring Rory the justice he deserved. When she discovered that his murder was orchestrated by Leigh but carried out by Tom, Kitty became overcome with rage. She shot Tom during a firefight with Leigh, seeing her opportunity to take out her anger on him and leave unscathed. During an attack from the infected, Kitty and Tom were stuck together and Kitty admitted that she shot Tom, telling him that she is currently pregnant with Rory's child, explaining her spout of rage.
Despite her anger, she acknowledged the importance Tom had on her life and how she wouldn't have ever made it to Eden or met Rory in the first place if it wasn't for him. Kitty stayed put and waited to be found in order to protect her baby under orders from Tom, as he made his final stand in the greenhouse. Kitty's discussion of faith with Tom renewed an interest in a belief system for her. Carrying this child to term and continuing the legacy of her husband Rory through this child has become a new goal, coupled with her renewed spiritual interests, Kitty shows more growth and confidence in the grieving process than she ever did before.
She got diarrhea and shit herself to death.
Kitty's most noticeable qualities are her compassion, understanding and empathy for many people and their situations. She is idiosyncratic; however, she is easily prone to anxiety, creating an inability for Kitty to filter her speech, which causes her to come off as annoying. Because of her lack of self-worth, Kitty has had experience getting walked over and taken advantage of; making her vulnerable, insecure and sensitive.
Prior to the apocalypse, she was also incredibly dependent on others and let their role in her life shape and define her instead of thinking for herself. More recently, Kitty has been able to show her hidden inner strength through her experiences, making decisions autonomously. She used to be one to dwell on the past and curl up in a ball when things took a turn for the worst, but now Kitty is much more confident, successful and independent.
Kitty's husband Xander is a man who was once "so perfect" but in the years since world order collapsed, has grown cold and verbally abusive toward her. Kitty is a medical assistant who had to put her training as a trauma surgeon on a standstill in order to be a full-time nanny for her sister Lori's son, Joey, in Lori's constant absences. It is noted that before the series began, Kitty was once diagnosed with lung cancer though fought it off.
Kitty joined Tom Snyder's group alongside her family after the invasion of New Venice by The General, and initially struggled to find her place in the group and make herself useful under her husband's constant berating remarks. She became a protege of sorts to Kate, a nurse who helped tone Kitty's medical skills.
Kitty was devastated when her young nephew Joey went missing. In the news of an incoming attack, the group announced they had no choice but to leave the area, meaning abandoning any hope of ever finding Joey. Lori announced that she was okay with this decision, recognizing an overwhelming sense of relief in losing her son. Kitty yelled at, and slapped Lori.
Her medical skills came in handy during the first season's finale, where Sidney is shot by Lori. Kitty allowed her sister to get eaten by a zombie, and then put two bullets into her reanimated corpse, before taking Sidney to a makeshift clinic on The General's camp to perform an emergency surgery. Sidney's operation was a success and she was stabilized, but Kate tragically dies. Kate's death leaves Kitty as the group's chief medical help, and she along with the others, arrived at an airport with hopes of rescue there at the season's end.
Kitty was berated for her surgical skills while helping Darla's amputation by Rory, a cocky biological researcher living at the airport. Kitty is devastated along with the others when the plane that was set to take them to rescue was blown up. Xander grew increasingly irate, revealing Rory's true feelings as he defends Kitty in the situation, showing that he was only mean to her because he had an intense crush on her. Xander was killed and Kitty and Gwen's friendship was broken under the revelation of her affair with Kitty's husband.
Four months later, Rory and Kitty have progressed into a full-on relationship. Kitty's health, however, begins to decline and she discovers that the lung cancer she fought off years ago is coming back with help from Rory's friend Phoebe. She instructs Phoebe to hide this from Rory, as she wants to tell him at a better time and on her own terms.
After a saboteur's attack leaves Phoebe, Regis, and Sidney dead, Kitty is left in charge of the airport as the others head out to save an injured Manila's life by taking her to the Last Chance Society. With Rory left distraught after Phoebe's murder, since a lot of evidence pointing to her being a potential accomplice in the sabotaging going on at the airport, and an uproar caused by Rory's fellow scientists believing the airport isn't safe anymore, Kitty has a lot on her plate but she manages to handle the situations well. Kitty allows Rory to make his own assumptions on Phoebe and Rory decides to move on thinking that Phoebe was honestly an innocent victim who was framed, while the scientists decide to stay as Kitty tells them it's not up to her, but up to them, where they go from here (although they are all killed in a zombie horde attack in the season finale).
Kitty informed Rory of her lung cancer diagnosis after he goes through Phoebe's computer in search of evidence, and he admits he will love her no matter what and will be at her side through it all. Kitty and Rory both survived the finale and made it onto the rescue plane taking the survivors to Eden.
At the start of season 3, Kitty's condition has worsened and Rory was working in the laboratories inside Eden. It turns out it was not lung cancer Kitty was suffering from, but a new disease that is striking plenty of Eden residents. It is a new disease formed by the parasites that caused the outbreak in the first place, as discovered by Rory, who worked diligently to find a cure so he and Kitty could be happy again. Rory was extremely dedicated to this work, to the point one could say is unhealthy. Kitty wanted Rory to spend more time with her, just in case she dies soon, but he refused to give in and let her die, instead refocusing on his work in the lab.
Kitty began to worry that Rory was ignoring her, as he was disappearing constantly. Kitty's fears turned out to be moot as Rory disappeared that day to plan a flash mob engagement. He burst out into an ensemble to Phil Collins's "You Can't Hurry Love", before proposing marriage to her. She accepted.
Kitty and Rory went to track down Darla in the greenhouse. They end up being taken hostage alongside Darla and Séverine by Eddie, during his rampage after the death of his brother Sebastian. Kitty is released, while Rory is held hostage again. Kitty gets comfort from Gwen, and ends up reuniting with Rory after everything is settled. Later, Kitty was offered the opportunity for her to take her boards and get certified as a trauma surgeon for Eden. Kitty passed the exams, and married Rory in a surprise laser tag ceremony, thrown together by PJ, Darla and Manila.Kitty was worried when the power went out and Rory disappeared immediately after their wedding ceremony. During her panic, Kitty feared the worst. She, Manila, PJ and Darla were escorted back to her room to stick around there and keep each other company by Ash. Her fears were confirmed later that night when Tom and Gwen showed up at her door and confirmed Rory's death. Tom gave her a story that Gareth murdered Rory. However, at a memorial service the next day, Gwen told Kitty that Gareth murdering Rory was impossible and she suspected Tom was in on it, possibly under Leigh's orders as revenge for Rory putting her away and knowing too much. Kitty was the last one to stay at Rory's memorial cross. She broke down here. As she exited, Tom waited for her and wanted to offer his condolences. However, Kitty merely brushed him off, looking more determined than ever.
- Numerous counts of infected
- Lori Kitka (Reanimated)
|Season One appearances|
|Every New Beginning Come from Some Other Beginning's End||Next, or: How I Learned to Start Worrying and Love the Back-Up Plan||Cacophony||Cutthroat Jugulators and Crying Little People||Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (As We Know It)|
|D.O.C.||Equivocacy||Birthday||Death March, Part I: Tunnel of Love, and Dismembered Limbs, Among Other Gory Things||Death March, Part II: Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them?|
|Season Four appearances|
|Let's Deal the Cards Again, Part I||Let's Deal the Cards Again, Part II||Halcyon||Bury the Hatchet|
|Converge||'Tis Pity She's a Dead Whore||Our Mutual Friend||The False Knight on the Road and the God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues|
|Show Me Your Teeth||Shadowboxing||I Just Wasn't Made for These Times||Mad World|