*** 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 “Bury Me With Your Guns On” ***
While many of us are still fanning ourselves from everything that happened between Waverly and Officer Haught (aka WayHaught), this week’s installment of Wynonna Earp also delivered more than one surprise to viewers. Both Bobo Del Rey (Michael Eklund) and the Stone Witch (Rayisa Kondracki) made triumphant returns but met very different fates in “Bury Me With My Guns On,” written by Alexandria Zarowny and directed by Ron Murphy.
Yes, Doc (Tim Rozon) finally got his vengeance on Constance Clootie, but what is next for him now that he has it? Meanwhile, Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) struggled to get over the events of last week as she was still clearly affected by taking down the last of the Seven. Will she continue to feel these effects going forward? What’s next for WayHaught? What was Bobo’s true motivation for buying Shorty’s? Wynonna Earp showrunner Emily Andras joins us, just as she does every week, to examine all those events from this week and gives a look ahead at what’s to come.
The TV Junkies: Wynonna remains affected by the events of last week’s episode and finishing off the Seven. She also discussed with Doc how easy it is to get lost in the power of killing. Will that be something that continues to affect her moving forward?
Emily Andras: I would say so and I really like that theme. It’s something that happens a lot with PTSD, and if you listen to people who have returned home from war talk about their PTSD, the thing that’s a little bit humiliating and hard to express is that it’s not always the guilt about killing that leads to PTSD, it’s the power. It’s the exhilaration. There’s something warped in that power from taking a life. That’s a very distasteful thing to talk about but is quite common among people that have PTSD. I think Doc is the perfect person for Wynonna to talk to about this.
I definitely think having this kind of power and having to make decisions about who deserves to live and who deserves to die is going to continue to haunt Wynonna throughout the life of the series. That’s just the reality of being the chosen one.
TTVJ:This was the second week in a row where Wynonna’s time being institutionalized was brought up. Is that something you wanted to explore and why is it so important to show how that still affects her?
EA: I think it’s important to understand Wynonna and why she is the way she is. She’s a little cynical and a little hard on the outside and uses humor as a weapon because for so long she was accused of being a liar. She was accused of being crazy. I would say deep down Wynonna still fears that she is crazy. I don’t think that’s entirely wrong because I think you’d have to be crazy to do what she does and keep going. We see that with the analyst that this is obviously a very sore spot for Wynonna. I think it’s important to remember just how hard her life was before she came back to Purgatory. To make her a full rounded character I like that she has a dark past and has had a troubled time and it’s definitely something to keep in mind.
TTVJ: So after Wynonna and Doc left her stranded in the salt, the Stone Witch is certainly down but I’m hoping not out. Is there a chance we can hear from her again?
EA: There’s always a chance in genre! I just love that image of leaving someone buried in the salt in the middle of nowhere. Knowing she can’t die just seems like such a horrible, horrible fate but very fitting seeing as the Stone Witch cursed Doc and tried to kill our little Waverly. I would say there’s always a chance. Never bet against a witch.
TTVJ: Doc’s been driven solely by his vengeance for the Stone Witch. What’s next for him now that he has it?
EA: Isn’t that a good question. He did what he set out to do in Purgatory and one could argue that there’s nothing left for him to do in town. So we’ll have to see if Doc decides to stick around or if he finds meaning in another way.
TTVJ: What can you tell us about the lead Bobo is looking for and was hoping to get from the Stone Witch?
EA: Bobo seems to think that the lead is the key to him escaping the Ghost River Triangle without pain or consequence. He’s obviously obsessed with it and he obviously has a plan. I think he must figure he doesn’t need the Stone Witch anymore because he lets her go in the way he does. Bobo is an incredibly smart, crafty, gentleman (maybe not that gentle) and if he gets that lead so help us all!
TTVJ: Does he maybe think that the lead is buried at Shorty’s and that’s why he bought the bar? You’re probably not going to tell us.
EA: I’m not going to tell you.
TTVJ: Is this the last that we see of Gus?
EA: This is not the last we see of Gus. Gus is the toughest lady on the whole show. Right? She’s not taking any shit. She’ll be fine.
TTVJ: OK we’ve somewhat buried the lead here because WayHaught finally happened!
EA: I don’t know what you’re talking about.
TTVJ: Why was now a good time for Waverly to make her move?
EA: Because the decks have been cleared for Waverly and she has no more excuses. She doesn’t need to pretend to be who others expect her to be anymore. She has been encouraged by the people she loves to become who she was always meant to be. The truth is Waverly has been on this incredible journey the past couple episodes–seeing death and demons and danger. She almost lost her sister last episode. I think she realizes that life is short and you need to grab happiness where you can find it. I like the subtext that Gus knows she has feelings for someone else, probably Haught, and just tells her to go for it. I found that really surprising and quite moving in this small town.
I just love that scene. I thought it was such a tender romantic moment. I thought it was important that Waverly was the aggressor just because I don’t think Nicole is predatory. I think Nicole realizes that Waverly has a lot farther to go to figure out who she is and what she wants romantically. So I liked very much that it was our youngest Earp girl’s choice. Of course this is the very beginning of whatever this relationship is going to be. It’s going to be a fun journey to watch them figure this out and how it’s going to work in this crazy town.
TTVJ: Can you tell us anything about their relationship moving forward?
EA: It has a sweetness and genuineness that we strive to continue to foster throughout the rest of the season. But this is a dangerous place and I think they are going to have to guard their love as carefully as they guard their life.
TTVJ: Speaking of love, Dolls and Wynonna continue to get closer and closer and it’s starting to show that he really cares about her. How will that affect their working relationship moving forward?
EA: Stay tuned Bridget. It’s complicated.
TTVJ: I will say I was Team Doc at the beginning and am slowly being pulled over to the idea of Dolls.
EA: They are two very different guys. Wynonna recognizes some sexy darkness in Doc but I think Dolls is more of a person that she’d aspire to be good enough to be with. It’s interesting and a very complicated working relationship where things are not what they appear. Let’s not forget that Dolls has a major secret and some eye trouble that may need to be dealt with. I do think they are getting closer and they do trust each other. Whether that trust is compromised or continues to grow? Stay tuned!
TTVJ: What’s to come in Episode 10?
EA: Episode 10 is really fun and is a lot of Dolls and Wynonna working together. Doc and Waverly once again have an incredible B plot and yes, Nicole Haught is in it. We encounter a really creepy, awful, not good to women villain who you will very much want to be seen shot with Peacemaker. We explore the terror of winter. Then possibly our most shocking ending yet! Stay tuned right to the very last minute.
Were you surprised by Bobo’s move? Are you excited about WayHaught’s future? Add your thoughts 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.