The long wait is almost over. The all new season of Australia’s top-rated crime flick Wentworth is airing tonight, finally giving us our first look at the prison’s new top dog. With Bea gone, someone has to take her place and that replacement is none other than Karen “Kaz” Proctor (Tammy Macintosh). We’ve yet to see how she’ll govern over the prison rules, but in the meantime, here are five things to know about Bea’s successor:
1. She first appeared in Season 3, Episode 1.
Kaz is first seen yelling support at Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) outside the courthouse after Bea’s sentencing in the episode “The Governor’s Pleasure.” Her main storylines have centered on her admiration of Bea and being a vigilante against women abuse. But since Season 3, Episode 12 “Blood and Fire,” Kaz has a growing hatred toward the top dog after she used her to get information on Nils Jesper.
2. Kaz was assaulted as a child by her father.
In Season 4, Episode 5 “Love and Hate,” we can recall the show gave us some insight into Kaz’s past, and it wasn’t a pretty one, to say the least. Her mother visited her in prison to break the news that her father died. She insisted Kaz attend the funeral, sending the latter into a fury. It turns out she was abused as a child. The SoHo Wentworth website describes her character as:
“Damaged by growing up in a dysfunctional household with a violent and sexually abusive father, further scarred by experiences with angry boyfriends, she’s come to believe all her problems are caused by the violence men inflict on women. Her intensity and hair-trigger temper make her a pretty difficult partner, and she’s got a string of failed and acrimonious relationships behind her to prove it.”
3. Kaz initially believed “there shouldn’t be a Top Dog at all.”
In a previous interview with Foxtel, Tammy Macintosh, who plays the role of Kaz, said her character’s philosophy is that there should not be any woman nor man running women’s lives. “There should all have their own decisions, they should all have their own choices and rights,” she told the outlet. “For [Kaz], the whole Top Dog thing should be broken down completely.”
4. Her new rules include a directive not to hurt nor talk to Ferguson.
Although she was first introduced as a friend and ally of the late Bea Smith, Kaz declares in the new Wentworth Season 5 promo that Joan Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) will not be touched–at least not according to her rules. The overview also said that it won’t be an easy challenge for Kaz to maintain the peace inside Wentworth prison. If the latest spoilers are to be believed, she will strictly oblige to her duties even if it means sacrificing her friendship with other inmates.
5. …but Bea’s death “will not be forgotten.”
Macintosh told Switched ON (via Herald Sun), that Bea’s death reiterates to Kaz that the cycle of violence and killing between women has got to stop. This is probably why she won’t let the inmates, especially Allie Novak (Kate Jenkinson) touch Ferguson who was responsible for the former top dog’s death. Despite this, she assured that Smith’s murder “is not forgotten. It affects every episode this season. She is almost like a ghost character who drives the momentum.”
Wentworth Season 5 premieres Tuesday, 8: 30pm.