One of the things I’m most thankful for in pop-culture this year is Wynonna Earp. The IDW comic turned Syfy series premiered back in the Spring and very quickly earned a devoted fan following. The series follows Wynonna Earp (Melanie Scrofano), great granddaughter of Wyatt Earp, as she hunts down demons, called Revenants, to end the “Earp Curse.” I was hooked by episode one by the witty dialogue, intriguing story, and fun, multidimensional characters. In no particular order, here are five reasons I’m thankful for Wynonna Earp.
1. The Cast and Showrunner
I’ve been in a lot of different fandoms and seen actors and showrunners engage with their fans in a lot of different ways, but there’s nothing quite like the Wynonna Earp cast and showrunner, Emily Andras. They regularly engage with fans on social media and are extremely generous with their time, whether it be at a con, in an interview, or joining a fan hangout to talk to fans. I haven’t (yet) attended a con they were at, but every fan I’ve talked to said the cast took their time talking to each fan, trying to make sure they spoke to everyone and were even late getting back to their table or a panel. I have had the opportunity to interview Melanie Scrofano, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, and Emily Andras and I couldn’t have asked for a better interview experience. It was so great listening to them talk about the show and the cast and it was really easy to tell that they really enjoy working on the show.
2. The Fandom!
The Wynonna Earp fandom is one of the most fun fandoms I’ve been in, due in part to the hangouts that took place after each episode and that have carried on during hiatus. The hangouts, hosted by Bonnie Ferrar and Kevin Bachelder, are a really great way to talk about episodes after they air and flail in a safe space. Ferrar also helped organize the “No Chill Weeks” that basically involved spamming Syfy and anyone else involved in the renewal decision with reasons the show should be renewed, and it worked. Earpers on Twitter have also created an insane number of hilarious parody accounts, like “Haught’s Cuffs” and “Nedley’s Office” that they’ve used to engage with each other during the hiatus.
3. Badass Ladies
There’s no shortage of awesome female characters in the show, from Wynonna to Constance Clootie (Rayisa Kondracki) to Waverly and Wynonna’s “Aunt” Gus (Natascha Girgis). They’re written like actual people instead of fitting some obnoxious trope or one-dimensional archetype. They aren’t defined by just one thing. Constance Clootie isn’t just a scary witch; she’s also a mom trying to do right by her kids. Wynonna’s kind of a hot mess, but she’s brave and willing to do anything for her sister. Waverly isn’t just Wynonna’s kid sister; she’s unbelievably smart and spent more time researching the Ghost River Triangle than anyone, just so she could help break the curse. It’s a little insane that treating women like actual people feels so refreshing, but it does.
4. Way Haught
I can’t talk about Wynonna Earp without talking about Waverly Earp (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell), a couple affectionately named Way Haught. In a year that saw over 20 queer female characters die, Way Haught came around at exactly the right time. Not only did we get a lesbian character with more of a role than “love interest,” but that character is one of the only lesbian characters to survive getting shot, thanks to a bullet proof vest. We also got one of the best meet-cutes, courtesy of a broken bar tap.
5. The Earp Sisters
The relationship between the two Earp sisters is what holds the whole show together. Waverly and Wynonna have such a complicated relationship, there’s a lot of hurt and resentment, but they still put each other first. There’s nothing Wynonna wouldn’t do for Waverly and vice versa.
Wynonna Earp has so much heart and it helps to fill a certain Buffy shaped hole in TV. Wynonna Earp will return for a 12 episode second season sometime in the Spring.