Kate Purdy is an award-winning soul-crusher. In her current role as a writer on Netflix’s BoJack Horseman, she has “written by” credits on some of the most heart-wrenching episodes in the entire series. Just this past Sunday, February 11, Purdy won a Writer’s Guild Award for the S4 episode, “Time’s Arrow” (2017). I’m not foolish enough to even attempt to give a synopsis of this episode to the uninitiated, but rest assured, it’ll break even the coldest of horse hearts.
Along with “Time’s Arrow”, Purdy has also penned other melancholic masterworks such as “Downer Ending” (2014) and “The Old Sugarman Place” (2017). At such a young age, the ability to grab your heart out of your chest and twist it at will is killer. The sheer amount of life experience one would think would be necessary to write “Arrow” and “Sugarman”, speaks to the emotional intelligence that Purdy has. An emotional intelligence that writers twice her age would kill for.
Art has always had the wonderful power to deliver profound sadness that audiences just can’t seem to get enough of. In this regard, writers are the architects of emotion. It’s safe to say that Purdy has hit her stride when it comes to absolutely shredding hearts. I can only imagine all the different kinds of sad shit she’ll come up with as the series dives to even darker places. It’s clear to me that Purdy’s trajectory as a writer neither stands still, nor reverses. It merely marches forward.