*** Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on The TV Junkies and has been republished here with the consent of its author and Emily Andras. ***
*** Warning: This article contains spoilers for the Wynonna Earp episode “The Blade” ***
After getting the bombshell of Henry’s true identity dropped on her, this week’s Wynonna Earp saw Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) dealing with the fallout and deciding whether or not she truly believes Doc (Tim Rozon). “The Blade” flashed back to reveal some of Doc’s history with Wyatt Earp, and alluded to a military past fighting demons for Deputy Marshall Dolls (Shamier Anderson). Meanwhile, Wynonna and Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) were also forced to confront some unspoken issues and feelings of resentment.
Now that more has been revealed about Doc and Dolls’ past lives, will we learn more? Wynonna Earp showrunner Emily Andras joined us for our weekly post-episode discussion to talk all about the events of “The Blade.” She also addresses the fact that a fan favorite was noticeably absent this week. Be sure to add your thoughts on the episode and get in on the discussion in the comments below!
The TV Junkies: We saw some flashbacks this week that revealed a bit of Wyatt and Doc’s history and how they ended on bad terms. While Doc seems to be purely looking out for himself, is there a part of him that feels guilty about Wyatt and wants to look after his heirs?
Emily Andras: Oh I definitely think so and you can see it in those flashbacks. I would venture to say that Wyatt Earp is the only person who Doc Holliday ever truly loved. Because Wyatt was such a good man and he in turn loved Doc, it meant that Doc was a good person on some level. Wyatt’s approval made Doc believe that he could be a good person. So I definitely think Doc had incredibly strong feelings for Wyatt Earp, he called him “my brother,” and I really feel that’s the original bromance. But a lot has happened in the 130 years since Wyatt and Doc “broke up,” so whether or not that translates into warm feelings for the Earp descendants is another story altogether.
TTVJ: We also learned a lot about Deputy Marshall Dolls this week and his past fighting demons in the Middle East. Is that something that’ll continue to be explored?EA: Yes, it’s definitely a huge part of who Dolls is. There were some really interesting Easter eggs there, and I think he actually mentions the name of a specific demon during the occult ritual. It’s no surprise to find out that Dolls has a lot of his own secrets and his own tragedies in his life, and has in some ways seen more horrors than anyone else on the team. We’ll continue to explore that and also explain why he–this incredibly capable former military man–is by himself in the middle of this small town fighting demons. I don’t know if that’s a promotion, but some of the history of how he got there may come to life.
TTVJ: Wynonna and Waverly were forced to discuss some difficult issues they’ve kept hidden from one another. How do they move on from here and does Waverly truly forgive Wynonna, or is this tension something we’ll continue to see rear its ugly head now and again?EA: That’s the thing about family, right? It’s never really cut and dry. What I like about the girls’ relationship in Episode 4 is that I feel like the sisters are forced to be honest with one another, and start to see each other as the people they are, versus the children they were. I like seeing the relationship evolve. I wouldn’t say things are perfect right now, but at least they are talking about it and going into it eyes open. Look, in a show about sisters, there’s always more tensions creeping around the corner–everybody has secrets, and these two are still getting to know one another so to speak. But I think that was a pretty major hurdle for them to clear.
TTVJ: Not only did Wynonna have to face things with her sister, but she had to face some ugly truths about things she’s done in her past. Why was it just as important that she forgive herself so she could move on with this line of work?EA: I think we have alluded to all the terrible things that Wynonna has done–not only killing her father but subsequently after that–so Wynonna has to start to see herself as the good guy if she’s ever going to become one. In real life that means accepting who you are, flaws and all. Confronting those mistakes she’s made is an important part of healing and allowing yourself to leave the past behind. That being said, it’s early days and Wynonna has a long list of wrongs to make up for.
TTVJ: A lot of fans are going to be upset that Officer Haught (Katherine Barrell) was missing from this week’s episode. Where was she and will we see her again soon?EA: We will see her again. It’s going to be a few episodes, but she is very present in the back half of the season. It’s still the early episodes of the season and we have a lot of work to do in setting up the Earp sisters, Doc, Dolls and Bobo on the chessboard before we bring in the other players. She’s definitely coming back in a big, big way and her presence is felt in all sorts of ways over the next few episodes.
TTVJ: How do you feel about the response Officer Haught and Waverly’s relationship is getting?
EA: Oh my god, completely thrilled! I noticed how you snuck the word “relationship” in there. Nice try Bridget! I would say “burgeoning friendship.” [laughs]
What I love is that people pick up on the adorable charm of those two characters. It’s incredible that Kat Barrell has had that response from basically a two and a half minute scene. It really speaks to the acting abilities of those two lovely ladies, the chemistry they have with each other and the realness of the scene. I felt like it was very genuine and it certainly came from a place of genuineness as far as writing was concerned.
It’s been incredible, but I like to watch all the ‘ships develop. I don’t think a show should be just about those things, but there’s nothing that is happening in the fandom that I’m not absolutely delighted by. But what I love about Haught and Waverly is that it’s a slow burn.
TTVJ: All the best ones are!
EA: All the best ones are! We wanted to do right by whatever that relationship turns out to be. It’s a real romance so that’s what makes it so delicious.
TTVJ: What can you tell us about what we can expect from Episode 5?EA: I really love Episode 5. It’s completely insane, but I feel like it really progesses the mythology of all of our characters. We learn a lot more about Bobo Del Rey (Michael Eklund) and his abilities. We learn a little more about what’s motivating Doc. We learn a little more about the Earp sisters’ history, and once again we throw Wynonna into a really challenging situation. Again, we’re really exploring those shades of gray that happen in westerns, versus everybody being just good or just evil. Plus, insane stuff happens and I really, really like that episode. It’s just really fun.
Now it’s your turn. Tell us what you thought of Episode 4 of Wynonna Earp? Is everything OK now between the Earp sisters? Add your thoughts in the comments below!
Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 10 p.m ET on Syfy in the US. In Canada, episodes air Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on CHCH. All episodes will also stream live on CHCH.com in conjunction with the SyFy and CHCH broadcast airings.