This year at ClexaCon, fans were treated to not one, but two Wynonna Earp panels. Moderated by Bridget Liszewski, the first panel featured Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Waverly Earp), Katherine Barrell (Nicole Haught), Tamara Duarte (Rosita), and Wynonna Earp showrunner, Emily Andras in a discussion about season two and what we can look forward to in season three. The second panel, moderated by Dana Piccoli, was focused on Way Haught, the ship name for Provost-Chalkley and Barrell’s characters.
Unfortunately we weren’t given an air date for season three, but Andras did indicate that season two should be on Netflix soon. She wasn’t able to give a specific date but said it was sometime in the Spring. So get ready for some binge-watching and recruiting more viewers, Earpers!
In season two, fans got to see an alternate universe where Nicole and Waverly still found their way to each other. Andras said she has faith in the couple because a huge theme in Wynonna is destiny and fate and the idea that they’re soulmates gives Nicole and Waverly something to hold on to when stuff goes down. Barrell also talked about her love for the AU episode and how it shows that Nicole and Waverly are destined for each other, that nothing can stand in their way. However, it wasn’t the easiest episode to shoot. Provost-Chalkley talked about how difficult it was to get to that mental place to reset their relationship and kind of adjust where they were at.
One of the more… controversial moments of season two was when Waverly and Rosita kissed and it was touched on in both panels. Provost-Chalkley said Waverly needs to be cut some slack, everyone makes mistakes and has done things they’re not proud of and Waverly’s young and knew it was wrong the second it happened. She also mentioned she didn’t see it as such a big deal until the episode came out because it’s such a minor thing in terms of the rest of Waverly’s arc. She made an effort to tell the story truthfully and portray real feelings and something that happens sometimes in real relationships.
When it comes to storylines that fans aren’t going to be happy with, like the kiss, Barrell said it comes down to trusting Andras and believing that there’s someone looking out for the bigger picture. Andras added that you have to do what’s best for the show and tell a compelling story and that’s what she’s trying to do.
A fan asked Provost-Chalkley what it’s like going to Cons like this, and she said the fandom feels like a family and that ClexaCon is her favorite convention because of its “positive, warm, inclusive vibe.” Barrell and Andras also echoed the sentiment that the fandom feels like a family and how grateful they are for the fans.
Barrell talked a few times of her love for Nicole’s ambition and how important it is to see women on screen who are unapologetically ambitious. It’s rare to see a character like Nicole, who’s a three dimensional character and who isn’t there just to be a love interest.
ClexaCon was created out of a need for better representation and a need to bring people together to celebrate positive representation and discuss what needs to be changed. Barrell and Provost-Chalkley both discussed learning about the impact their characters have had and about the lack of LGBTQ representation. Their attendance at last year’s ClexaCon and their interactions with fans have been eye-opening for both actors.
Speaking of representation, Andras talked about having a number of First Nations actors on the show, and we’ll see more in season three; but she wants to make sure she’s respectful when it comes to those storylines. She would also like to have characters with disabilities, trans characters, and nonbinary characters and knows she would have to consult with members of the communities she’s representing.
If you’ve been wondering how Waverly and Nicole identify, fans were given both of those answers. Andras said that Nicole would identify as a lesbian and Provost-Chalkley said Waverly would identify as bisexual, if she had to be labeled, but would most likely not label herself. Personally, I’d love to hear Waverly say the word “bisexual,” because it’s very rarely mentioned in a positive way on television. It’s still a big deal to hear someone identify as bisexual and the bisexual community is severely lacking in positive representation.
When asked if they can talk about season three, Andras joked that her mic wasn’t working, but don’t worry, she, Barrell, and Provost-Chalkley did tease the upcoming season a little. So in no particular order, here are some things we can look forward to:
- It’ll be even gayer! According to Andras, it makes season two look like the straightest show you can think of and Provost-Chalkley backed her up, saying “it’s pretty gay.”
- We’ll see more of Nicole, including some domestic Way Haught with more of a comfortable family vibe, more of Nicole’s backstory (according to Barrell, “it feels like Nicole’s really in the Scooby gang), and more Nicole and Wynonna scenes, which are always top shelf.
- A possible return of Rosita and Mercedes.
- Waverly having a very emotional reaction to Mama Earp’s return. Provost-Chalkley said Mama Earp’s return is a “really big deal for Waverly” and “brings out a lot of emotions.”
- A surprising answer about Waverly’s parentage.
- The return of Black Badge, “in a very unexpected way.”
- Anna Silk, known for her role in Lost Girl, guest starring as a character named Kevin.
- Jeremy (Varun Saranga) could be getting a boyfriend! Barrell and Provost-Chalkley couldn’t give a definitive answer but did indicate that Jeremy has an awesome storyline in season three!
One of the things that was reiterated during both panels is how powerful the fans are, so make sure you’re live tweeting with the official hashtags and watching live, if possible, and spreading the word if you want the show renewed!
If you’d like to watch the full panels, you can check out them out below.