Wynonna Earp Postmortem: Emily Andras talks “I Walk the Line”

*** 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 major spoilers for the Wynonna Earp Season 1 finale episode “I Walk the Line” ***

Did that Wynonna Earp Season 1 finale leave your jaw on the floor and find you screaming at your televisions? If so, then don’t worry because you’re certainly not alone! We’re guessing it wasn’t only a tough finale for the Earp girls, but also for viewers who are now left wondering about not just one, but several cliffhangers introduced by showrunner Emily Andras and Co. To say a lot went down is a bit of an understatement as first and foremost, Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) ended up having to kill her older sister Willa (Natalie Krill) in order to prevent her from unleashing a whole new kind of demon and darkness upon Purgatory.

Elsewhere, little sister Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) ended up touching the vanquished demon’s blood, and was seemingly overtaken by a darkness that left viewers with that end shot of her pointing a gun at Wynonna and Doc (Tim Rozon). Does that mean we head into Season 2 with Waverly as our new “Big Bad,” especially now that Bobo Del Rey (Michael Eklund) was finally killed by Wynonna? Initially it seems like Wynonna will have to go at things alone given that Dolls (Shamier Anderson) was being trucked off to places unknown by his bosses at the Black Badge Division.

It’s pretty safe to say that the finale, “I Walk the Line,” written by Andras and directed by Paolo Barzman, left us with more than a few lingering questions. Syfy has yet to renew the show for a Season 2, but with the way the finale ended it’s clear that Andras and her team have set themselves up nicely should they get the go ahead. So without further ado, Andras joined The TV Junkies once again to break down the Season 1 finale and a hint a little at where things will be headed come Season 2.

The TV Junkies: That final shot was so not cool. What are you doing to our little Waverly?

Emily Andras: She had a little bit of a time this episode. A lot of stuff just happened, so what better time to test the tentacle goo to get to the saddest place, with something presumably horrible, and pull a gun on your sister and her 130 year old lover? It happens. It happens! It’s a very common side effect of stress and related trauma. It was pretty crazy. Anyways, see you guys in eight months! Bye everybody!

TTVJ: Here I was thinking that Bobo telling Waverly she’s not an Earp was going to be the biggest bombshell related to her that you would drop. Can you give us anything more on what Bobo was referring to there?

EA: Regardless of all the cliffhangers we have in this finale — and it is chock full of cliffhangers — that is the one that is emotionally the most devastating. I found that one the most moving when Bobo just says to her ‘you’re not an Earp.’ I think it’s so interesting that despite everything Waverly has gone through this season, in regards to really examining who she really is, what she really wants, whether she can decide who she is going to be versus who she is told to be — the one thing that has been her anchor and kept her centered is the fact she thinks she’s an Earp. She thinks she’s morally in good standing with the Wyatt Earp name. It’s really how she defines herself. So the idea that she is in fact not an Earp is really going to cut to the core of things for Waverly. It’s incredibly shocking. Also, what does it do to her relationship with Wynonna going forward?

That being said, Bobo Del Rey is Bobo Del Rey. He’s a known crazy person. Is he playing her? Is he telling the truth? How does he know this? How are we going to figure this out? There are a lot of unanswered questions with that information, but boy, he sure cut to the quick of it for Waverly. If you could pick one thing that would devastate her that would be it.

TTVJ: We had some great Dominique and Michael scenes earlier this season, so I did love that we got another one here before the end.

EA: Wasn’t that an incredible scene? It’s so funny because that was the very last scene we shot for the entire season. It was the last thing we did on our set so everyone was really emotional, standing around in the background with glasses of champagne, and I just thought they were both so exceptional. They are so good together. She’s so brave and he’s so wounded and almost human in the scene. I absolutely love that and think it’s beautiful.

TTVJ: At least given you messed with Waverly so much, you did go and give us the WayHaught moment in the police station. When you wrote that scene, with Haught in the bulletproof vest, at the time, were you considering the “Bury Your Gays” trope at all?

EA: I’m actually really proud of this. We were done with production well before 2016. I am very aware of the trope from years past, and just my experience on other shows with heavy LGBT representation, but I didn’t know the trope would come to pass in such a horrible way in 2016. I didn’t think it’d be so front and center and an issue that we’d need to discuss given what was happening to other characters on other shows. So I’m just really proud because without being cynical about it, we had this planned since September. We knew we were going to shoot Nicole. We knew she was going to be wearing a bulletproof vest. We knew she was going to survive. It was a little bit of a play on the “Bury Your Gays” trope, but I feel like it’s taken on so much meaning given the year we’ve all had with television.

Since the very first time we introduced Nicole Haught, I feel like fans have been tweeting at Kat Barrell, Dom and myself saying, ‘Please put Nicole in a bulletproof vest.’ I was like ‘did they get the script? How do they know that’s where we’re going?’ It’s been kind of funny in the background knowing that’s what we were going to do and people hopefully would see something like that.

TTVJ: Waverly obviously wasn’t the only one who had a hard time in the finale, after all Wynonna was forced to kill her sister. How does one go about coming back from that and move forward?

EA: Wynonna is already a bit of a broken person. She killed her dad, accidentally. I think the difference here is that she makes a very conscious choice to put Willa out of her misery — to kill her before this terrible creature from beneath the Earth can take her away. At least it was a choice and at least it was a decision. I think it really highlights the challenges with being a hero. It doesn’t always mean doing heroic things. It just means doing things that are difficult and maybe that others cannot. That being said, yea, Wynonna is going to have to deal with this.

Melanie said something really smart the other day that I thought was so astute. Wynonna is banking so much on Willa still being the girl that she loved as a child, and when it becomes obvious that Willa cannot come back to be that, and has transformed into something else, she is already lost on some level. On some level the Willa that Wynonna loved is already dead.

That being said, it’s pretty brutal. But isn’t it interesting that Peacemaker glowed a completely different color and had a completely different design when she killed her sister?

TTVJ: You must be clairvoyant because my next question was about Peacemaker’s new color and design. That was a beautiful special effect by the way.

EA: I love that special effect and I think it’s so beautiful. Usually when Wynonna shoots a revenant it turns yellow and has satanic runes along the barrell. This is blue and the gun even made a different sound which I think is neat. That begets the question, how aware is Peacemaker? Is it sentient? Does it have some way of determining intent or what’s in the user’s heart? It seemed to pick Wynonna over Willa and realize Wynonna was the true heir because Willa was too far gone. She was on the side of evil versus the side of good. I love that Peacemaker did that and would love to explore what else Peacemaker can do going forward.

TTVJ: Willa told Wynonna that Bobo wasn’t the only one who came to visit her in the treehouse. Who was she referring to?

EA: Something came to the treehouse and made promises in the dark, promises of mercy, that’s what Willa said. I feel like Willa liked Bobo and was willing to take him across the line, but she seemed pretty ready to keep going on without him. She didn’t seem that concerned about going back and getting him. I’m not sure how surprised Willa actually was when this horrible tentacle came out from under the ground. I feel like Willa knew she made a deal with something to do something else. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

TTVJ: I know he was a super bad dude, but I feel like we should have a moment of silence for Bobo Del Rey because Michael Eklund was once again fantastic.

EA: Isn’t he so phenomenal and the absolute best villain you could’ve had in the first season, and the only one who could make a guy named “Bobo” absolutely terrifying. He was so dedicated, so committed, so delicious, and brought so many layers to the role. Pour one out for Michael Eklund and Bobo!

TTVJ: How hard is it to have to kill a character like that who is just so much fun?

EA: It’s really hard, right? That’s the truth. I just love Michael Eklund and he brought so much to Bobo, but the show is called Wynonna Earp. In order to give Wynonna satisfaction, she had to best her biggest foe, her greatest nemesis on some level. It would’ve been unsatisfactory for him to get away. Although she almost does it out of respect because she doesn’t know about Lucado and the experiments and torture she wants to do to him. He has been a worthy foe and he has earned a righteous kill. I feel like her killing him was so personal and so complicated. It was emotional, which I liked.

He was so amazing, though. R.I.P. Bobo forever! Michael Eklund elevated the entire series and I’m so grateful to him. I just think he is incredible.

TTVJ: The scenes between Doc and Dolls this episode were gold. How can you rip Dolls away like that just when he and Doc had a perfect little bromance brewing?

EA: I feel like the bromance is percolating and just starting to spark. Dolls risked everything for the gang and everything for Wynonna. He committed treason and Lucado really, really doesn’t like him. Black Badge is nothing to be F-ed with and we are really seeing that. The fact that they are carting Dolls away is scary. It’s scary for us. I don’t think they are taking him to Disneyland.

TTVJ: Where’s he headed?

EA: Nowhere good. Syberia? A black ops site we’re never going to find?

TTVJ: Will they have his “lizard drugs”?

EA: I don’t know. Maybe they’ll keep him in a maximum security aquarium — like a terrarium. There’s so many things wrong with Dolls being taken away. It’s not good for him. I think Wynonna is also a little mad at him that he shot Willa. It’s complicated.

TTVJ: I know you’re already spinning ideas for Season 2.  Anything you can share?

EA: If we are lucky enough to get a Season 2, more of everything you love about the show. Whatever you the reader like, that’s what we’re going to give you more of. [laughs] The truth though about Season 2, if we’re lucky enough to get it, is that it’s a gift because Season 1 is so hard with laying pipes for mythology, what the rules of the show are, what the tone is, and who the characters are. Now, hopefully, this incredible fan base already loves the characters so you can put any of those characters in scenes together and already have something magical. We just have to up the stakes as far as danger, drama, tension, and comedy. That’s a challenge I just hope we have the chance to do.

For the writers, too, it’s such a joy because I feel like we can put any two characters together and I know what that relationship is and that the fans enjoy it. That’s such a gift and gives you a lot more tools in your toolbox to play with. On the other hand, yea you have to up it — up the stakes, up the tension, up the action, and take it to the next level. It’s still challenging but in the best possible way.

I am really proud of Season 1 and the response to the show has transcended all my expectations. That’s an honest, true thing to say. I’m just blown away by the fact that people understand this crazy show, get it, enjoy it, and fell in love with it. Whatever happens next that’s just been a career high for me.

What did you think of the Season 1 finale of Wynonna Earp? Be sure to sound off in the comments below and let us hear any predictions you have for next season as well!


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