Need a quick rundown of last year’s thirteen episodes? Want some hints on what’s to come? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered in time for the second season!
PREVIOUSLY ON ‘WYNONNA EARP’…
We start with Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano), whose ancestor was the legendary Wyatt Earp. She returns to her hometown of Purgatory. Run amok by Revenants—demons of the outlaws Wyatt killed—it’s Wynonna’s legacy to kill them. Basically, to kill them you must yield Peacemaker, a gun which only the Earp heir can use.
Furthermore, it’s revealed through flashbacks that as Revenants attacked the Earp homestead, Wynonna shot a gun in self-defence. It killed her father and resulted in a missing sister Willa (Natalie Krill). But one sister who is pleased to see her is Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley). Waverly’s been doing her homework on the Revenants by collecting data, newspaper clippings and maps in order to trace the seven who attacked the homestead that fateful night.
In addition, we meet Agent Xavier Dolls (Shamier Anderson), a sharp-suited, strait-laced ‘Black Badge’ agent who specialises in hunting ‘demons’. Learning of Wynonna’s curse, the duo team up in order to eradicate the Revenants in Purgatory. As the pair antagonise each other, the legendary Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon) is introduced. Furthermore he’s everything we expected him to be. Whiskey-drinking, cigarette-smoking, and so quick on the draw. A proper Southern gentleman, as the legend goes. And he’s been living for a long, long time.
The big bads are Bobo del Rey (Michael Eklund), the leader of the pack of Revenants who has powers of telekinesis. Even scarier is Constance Clootie (Rayisa Kondracki), a witch who aims to resurrect her two sons—and gets Bobo to do her dirty work. Whilst the pair sporadically wreak havoc, Dolls and Wynonna hunt down the Seven. And eat doughnuts.
As for Waverly, she’s preoccupied with…well, many things. Dumping her very sexually-charged boyfriend Champ (Dylan Koroll). Becoming the Keeper of the Bones. Meeting the Blacksmith. Trying to please Dolls. And hosting a disastrous engagement party for a disastrous person (sorry, Stephanie) in which the most entertaining part was when she stabbed a stripper with a pair of scissors. Oh, and falling head-over-heels for the swoon-worthy new police officer in town, Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell). However, we literally cannot blame her. After a series of shyly flirtatious glances, the pair got it together and succumbed to their desires. On the Sheriff’s couch, no less.
Next, Willa Earp returned after being brainwashed by a cult. Upon settling back to civilian life, it was clear something was wrong with Willa. She was rude, aggressive and distant. As Waverly says:
Waverly: “I don’t think the Willa that came back…is our Willa.”
Groomed by Bobo del Rey from a very young age, Willa was almost like a sleeper agent, determined to break the Earp curse so the Revenants could bring hell upon Purgatory. Unfortunately nothing would stop her—not even Nicole, who wandered into the precinct at the wrong time and got shot. Luckily for her, she’d been wearing a bulletproof vest (and everyone sighed in relief). Meanwhile, at the party Bobo threw, the champagne had been poisoned, effectively turning the townsfolk into brain-dead walkers who wanted Wynonna’s head.
Meanwhile Willa continued her rabid mission with Bobo, whilst Doc and Dolls in a cheerfully effective team-up stormed Shorty’s in order to find an antidote. Nicole found herself welcomed to the Black Badge Division (and got a shotgun too). Wynonna and Waverly, after declaring her love for Nicole, chased after Willa.
With the intent of opening the gates to hell, literally, Willa warned Wynonna to stay away. The true tragedy lay here: manipulated by Bobo at such a young age, Willa didn’t know any different. Yet Wynonna still tried to save her. She still tried to convince Willa that their love—as sisters—was stronger than Bobo’s hold on her. But Willa was utterly convinced she was doing the right thing, and attempted to shoot her sister with Peacemaker.
Only Peacemaker didn’t fire for her. It raises the question: is Peacemaker a sentient being? As Willa was sucked away into the darkness, beyond the gate, and ensnared by a giant snake-like demon, Wynonna could only watch helplessly. Retrieving Peacemaker, she did something noble yet scarring. She shot her own sister to save her the pain of a horrific death. Meanwhile, Agent Lucado (Kate Drummond) swept in and took Dolls away to some sort of facility, whilst Waverly touched the black residue the demon-snake had left behind (never touch the black goo!). Therefire, something possessed the youngest Earp sibling, and the season ended with her swivelling around, pointing a gun at either Doc or Wynonna.
We’ve got a lot of questions for season two. Where did Dolls get taken to? Is Bobo really dead? Does he have some evil cousin ready to avenge him? Will Waverly shoot? What did Waverly touch?! That’s for Ms. Emily Andras to gleefully reveal to us next year…
Our Core Cast…
- WYNONNA EARP (Melanie Scrofano): With Wynonna’s fate left hanging, we’re not entirely sure what’ll happen next season. But there’s a favourable chance Wynonna, the eponymous heroine, will survive (knock on wood). However, what will be interesting going forward are the psychological ramifications of this season. Her youngest ‘sister’ has just been possessed by some demon goo. Dolls has been carted off to goodness knows where. And most tragically, she’s killed yet another Earp. That makes Ward and Willa. Just how much will those deaths affect her, knowing it was by her hand?
- WAVERLY EARP (Dominique Provost-Chalkley): Firstly, we went into this thinking nothing would happen to Waverly. Then she got possessed by demon goo. It’s safe to say we’re excited and scared for her storyline next year, because we know Provost-Chalkley will do a wonderful job. There’s also the matter of her parenthood. Bobo told her she wasn’t an Earp. How will that affect her moving forward? And will she tell Wynonna, who’s just lost a sister?
- AGENT XAVIER DOLLS (Shamier Anderson): Dolls has had a rough ride this season. We know he’s some sort of lizard-type creature and regularly controls his, er, lizard tendencies via injections of a mysterious drug we know nothing of. If you inject too much, Dolls becomes something akin to the Hulk. We also know that behind his strait-laced facade, Dolls is an empathetic and caring soul. He cares deeply for Wynonna. He talks easily with Waverly. Eventually he welcomes Nicole. And we need him back.
- DOC HOLLIDAY (Tim Rozon): Doc and Wynonna were together when Waverly was possessed by the demon-goo. We’re not entirely sure who Waverly was pointing the gun at. At San Diego Comic Con, Rozon wasn’t sure either. Let’s hope Doc’s smooth-talking can get Waverly out of her funk and our immortal gunslinger remains immortal.
- NICOLE HAUGHT (Katherine Barrell): The last glimpse we saw of her was getting shot by Willa. Luckily she may be the only LGBT character this year to wear a bulletproof vest. Standard procedure, huh? Apart from a few bruised ribs, Nicole is fine. How she will react to Waverly’s demon possession is another story, though.
Make Your Peace.
- BOBO DEL REY (Michael Eklund): Bobo was rightfully sent back to hell after everything he’d done to Purgatory. Clearly, the grooming and sick manipulation of Willa was the last straw for Wynonna. But it did seem by the end that Bobo was genuinely infatuated by her. However the damage done to Willa was irreversible, and we doubt Wynonna felt remorseful sending him back to hell.
- WILLA EARP (Natalie Krill): On the other hand, Willa’s death has remorse written all over it. Not long ago Willa had tearfully blamed Wynonna for Ward Earp’s death, demanding she took responsibility for “everything that you’ve done”. Wynonna killed Willa out of mercy. But Willa will likely go on to haunt her for a long, long time.
What are we hoping to see in season two?
Firstly, season one spent a good chunk of time world-building. It meant that the first seven episodes were very procedural-like. Whilst this was a setback in pace, it was a necessity. If Emily Andras & co hadn’t laid the foundations of this world, the second half of the season would make zero sense. Now season two’s been green-lit for ten episodes, we hope they gas it from the beginning. Therefore: no more Revenant of the week. The writers showed exceptionally well how they could serialise the latter half of season one. Here’s hoping for an entire, bonkers season of that.
Briefly, here’s our wish-list:
- That the ramifications of Waverly’s possession aren’t solved too quickly;
- Answers on why Dolls is a lizard-type being, and where he went;
- More backstory on Doc;
- More of Nicole Haught and Gus;
- Wynonna dealing with Willa’s loss and Waverly’s possession.
Can Dominique Provost-Chalkley answer any of our questions…? Here’s what we got at San Diego Comic Con!
The scoop we’ve received so far…
At San Diego Comic-Con, the cast teased tidbits about what’s to come. Firstly, Melanie Scrofano explained that as kids, Waverly and Wynonna were never close, and “it’s going to mess with them again if Waverly isn’t an Earp. That would be very destructive to their relationship.” Also, this was backed by Provost-Chalkley’s uncertainty at the press round-tables as to whether or not Waverly would tell Wynonna at all.
Tim Rozon also said at the round-tables, sporting a ‘Peacemaker’ shirt that he didn’t feel his chances were particularly good if Waverly was pointing a gun at him or Wynonna. But surely the show wouldn’t kill off Doc Holliday…right? As for Shamier Anderson, he came up with a wackier storyline of a “Prison Break: Dolls edition” and hinted that he’d love to see more back-story regarding Dolls.
But the biggest mystery, really, goes to Provost-Chalkley. Talking of Waverly’s possession, she said:
Provost-Chalkley: “Maybe she doesn’t know she’s possessed and her natural anger comes out. Maybe she doesn’t realise she’s over-the-top. But, obviously, that will affect her relationships.”
Relationships with a certain Officer, perhaps? Katherine Barrell, a rapid fan-favourite, spoke warmly of the reception from the LGBT community: “I had just as much idea/notice as the audience did. Emily [Andras] said ‘you didn’t know?’ and I said I didn’t and she asked ‘are you okay with it?’ and I said ‘of course, it’s fantastic.'” As for Nicole’s backstory? “For me, I think she came from a big city. I imagine for her, being gay wasn’t a thing.”
WYNONNA EARP returns June 9th 9/8c on Syfy.
See the trailer below for a hint of what’s to come…
Just how much of that black goo has gotten into Waverly’s brain? Furthermore, did Nicole Haught manage to get any haughter with the hair chopped off? (Yes. And she’s an Agent.) And now the Revenants are gone, who’re the big bad? From a surprising, sharply-penned surprise success to one of the most hotly anticipated second seasons, stay with us as we smash our way through Wynonna Earp come June 2nd. We can’t wait. And we don’t think you can, either.
Lights out, bitches.
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