*** 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 “Constant Cravings” ***
Deputy Marshall Dolls (Shamier Anderson) certainly was not himself on this week’s episode of Wynonna Earp and just as the show faded to black viewers were given a glimpse of why that may be. “Constant Cravings” revealed Dolls to be dependent on some sort of drug that is turning him into a demon? A monster? Well we’re still not quite clear on that part. Meanwhile, Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) received a special gift from her Uncle Curtis that may have landed her squarely in the Stone Witch’s cross-hairs.
In order to sort out everything that went down in this week’s episode, which was written by Alexandra Zarowny and directed by Brett Sullivan, Wynonna Earp showrunner Emily Andras joined The TV Junkies just as she does every week. She teases just what’s going on with Dolls, why things may go from bad to worse between he and Doc (Tim Rozon) and what’s ahead for Waverly. After you read Andras’ thoughts be sure to add your theories as to what’s going on with Dolls and everything else!
The TV Junkies: First things first, what the hell is going on with Dolls?
Emily Andras: [hysterical laughter] Now that you’ve seen the show, what was the likelihood that one of our characters didn’t have a massive secret? Zero. Slim to none odds. What is going on with Dolls? I would say something pretty significant. For all his strut and confidence, he clearly is a slave to something larger within Black Badge and is dependent on them for certain substances. What is he? He’s incredible. That’s all I’m going to say.
TTVJ: Dolls alluded to the fact that he needed evidence of revenant activity to show HQ. I’m guessing whatever pressure he’s under is going to rear its head again soon?
EA: I would think so. We’ve seen Dolls operating as a lone wolf thus far, and I saw a great theory online that he is completely rogue and not beholden to any agency. I thought ‘Oh man, that’s a great story idea! I wish we had done that!’ But in fact we are starting to see the presence of the authoritative and mysterious Black Badge Division. They seem like they have very strict rules on how they operate and they really seem to keep their agents in line. The question is how far is Dolls willing to go to stay in their good books?
TTVJ: Things got tense this week between Dolls and Doc. Can we expect that tension to get even worse before things get better?
EA: Who says it’s going to get better? It’s definitely going to get worse. Those two really don’t like each other. I just really want to give kudos because I think Shamier was amazing in this episode. He did such a great job at being an addict trying to shade all his withdrawal from the people he works with. I also thought Tim Rozon was amazing in the scene where he comes to Dolls to make a deal, but in the moment you see him searching Dolls’ face and he figures it out in two minutes. It’s incredible. If you watch it again, he’s talking but he sees something is wrong with Dolls and he recognizes the signs of addiction. I just think those two are so well matched. I don’t know who to bet on. I’m “Team Do!”
In a weird way I also think Doc is no stranger to his own demons and addictions. He doesn’t have the most healthy relationship with alcohol, and in a different world he may be sympathetic to Dolls, but Dolls doesn’t know how to ask for help. I think those two really don’t trust and like each other right now and that’s definitely going to become a problem. … A sexy problem! [laughs]
TTVJ: Speaking of sexy problems, Wynonna put Doc in the “friend-zone”, which doesn’t seem like it’ll last very long. Can we expect this triangle between Doc, Wynonna and Dolls to keep building?
EA: Oh I think so! What I liked about it is that I like that we made Doc and Wynonna fall into bed–or on leaves–together, but I do think it wasn’t the best idea. They are too close and can’t actually trust each other at this stage. So I like that Wynonna took a step back and for ONCE was like ‘we should maybe put the brakes on this.’ My favorite part about that scene is that when she’s putting him in the friend zone he’s just smirking at her so sexily. Neither of them really buy this for very long, and I feel like there’s as much chemistry in that scene as we’ve seen between them at any point. Do I think you can keep Doc in the friend zone? I think it’s probably not that easy.
TTVJ: We learned some pretty valuable information about what Bobo (Michael Eklund) is doing with the dig and how it’s connected to the Stone Witch (Rayisa Kondracki). How will that intersect with the gift Waverly received?
EA: Waverly has been granted interesting status by her uncle, which is this very mysterious moniker of “Keeper of the Bones.” She’s obviously in possession of something that some very powerful demons and enemies want so I’m scared for her. I’m scared for my little Waverly. At the same time she was brave enough to finally end it with the man/boy! She’s got depth.
TTVJ: Will that breakup with Champ stick and what lies ahead for her as a single woman?
EA: I anticipate a few years of her traveling around Europe, finding herself …
TTVJ: Eat, Pray, Loving …
EA: Eat, Pray, Loving … The fans won’t have a problem with that–not like there’s anyone waiting in the wings. [laughs]
I get the feeling that Champ and Waverly have broken up multiple times before. When we meet Waverly she’s carrying a shotgun and firing it at someone she thinks is trying to sleep with her boyfriend and seems pretty casual about it. I’m not sure that’s the first time that’s happened. That being said, we’ve already seen with the return of Wynonna, Black Badge and the Earp curse that Waverly is starting to reexamine who she is.
The breakup aside, the thing I liked about her journey in this episode was Waverly saying she doesn’t want to just be a nice pair of legs. She likes her brain. She likes being smart and I think she’s as satisfied doing research and working with Black Badge as she is with a guy that doesn’t value the things about her that she values. I think Waverly still has a long way to go to figure out who she really is, but at least she kind of shed off some dead weight. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Champ though.
TTVJ: We seem to be flying through “The Seven” awfully fast. Should we expect that story to be resolved by the end of Season 1?
EA: We really like a runaway Bronco as far as our mythology and our story. There’s plenty left for Wynonna to do and to deal with. I don’t think it’s going to be that easy to vanquish “The Seven.” Who is the last of “The Seven?” I don’t think it’s going to be that easy so I think she still has some pretty big challenges ahead.
TTVJ: What should we look for from Episode 7, obviously other than the return of Officer Haught?
EA: Yes, we’re back in “the Haught Zone.” Officer Haught (Katherine Barrell) is really going to be established as her own character, with her own storyline and not just as a romantic interest. Seven is a fabulous Waverly episode and really is about her coming into her own, making some choices, some really interesting moral choices from Doc that people may find hard to understand, the return of a very interesting villain who wears a very shiny cape and Wynonna finally circling the last of “The Seven” and realizing that she may be out of her depth. The other thing I will say is stay tuned for an absolutely mind-blowing ending.
What do you think is going on with Dolls? Add your predictions and what you hope to see next week 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.