Wynonna Earp Writer Caitlin Fryers On Flying Solo and Why Wynonna Is Still Wynonna

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Michelle Faye/Syfy/Wynonna Earp Season 2
Michelle Faye/Syfy/Wynonna Earp Season 2

Now that Wynonna is aware of the major change about to take place in her life, what does she do next? Furthermore, how will those who are near and dear to her react when they learn the big news? That’ll be the focus of this week’s Wynonna Earp episode, airing Friday night at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy and Space. In “Whiskey Lullaby,” written by Caitlin Fryers and directed by April Mullen, the team will also be racing against the clock to save Purgatory after the Widows start stirring up trouble.

The episode also marks a first for Fryers as it will be the Wynonna Earp story editor’s first solo script for television. After spending Season 1 as the show’s story coordinator, where she co-wrote Episode 107, “Walking After Midnight,” with showrunner Emily Andras, she was promoted in Season 2. She recently discussed her first solo effort with The TV Junkies and what it was like having to tackle the episode after the big reveal. She also drops some hints about what fans can expect from Friday night’s new episode.

 

The TV Junkies: Congratulations! This episode is your first solo television credit, an amazing accomplishment. What was it like flying solo for the first time?

Caitlin Fryers: Thanks! I’m very excited!

Every script I write begins with me staring at the computer thinking “Wait…how do I do this again?” It’s like you forget how to write every single time. So I definitely had that moment of terror, compounded by the fact that this script had to get shot eventually so I couldn’t remain in that moment for long. But Emily and all the writers are supportive; it boosts your confidence when you know your boss believes you can do it and has enough confidence to set you loose on your own… even if you’ve suddenly forgotten how to write a slugline and can’t remember what that thing is when the characters speak out loud…Plus, you know if you really hit a roadblock, you’re not alone. We’re a team.

I’m thrilled and very proud that this is my first solo script. Extra thrilled that a kickass lady director (April Mullen) was at the wheel, too. She did some incredible things with the material. And Melanie delivers a jaw-dropping performance. Again. That was incredible to watch, as the writer.

TTVJ: So not only is this your first episode on your own, you get assigned the episode AFTER the big pregnancy reveal. How did you feel about that and do you think knowing that affected you at all?

CF: Yeah, and I had to follow that blistering, action-packed episode five! Come on!

Really, I was excited to get this episode. I tried to bring something personal to the story, channel some of my own fears and questions into it in addition to thinking about how Wynonna would handle the multiple shockers that are coming at her. But it definitely introduces a new element and I had fun with it.

Michelle Faye/Syfy/Wynonna Earp Season 2
Michelle Faye/Syfy/Wynonna Earp Season 2

TTVJ: If you don’t mind sharing, what did you and the other writers think when you heard the news about Melanie and that there was going to be a new change in direction?

CF: My first reaction was: my God, that baby is going to be hella cute! Imagine the dimples! We were all very happy for Mel. Of course, then we all looked at your shooting schedule, and you worry about having your wonderful pregnant lead traipsing through the snow in a freezing Calgary winter. But Melanie is so game, and the other cast members and crew are incredibly supportive – it really is like a big family. We knew we could trust them to look after each other and her. So with Melanie’s blessing we decided to just go for it. See where it took us.

TTVJ: So speaking of the big pregnancy reveal, Emily and Melanie have promised that we’re still going to get the Wynonna we all know and love and she’s still got demons to hunt. I know we’re all still recovering from the news as fans, but how is Wynonna dealing with things this week?

CF: First, she’ll learn that a good cup of tea can solve as many problems as whiskey…Ha!

Yes, Wynonna’s still a fierce demon hunter, that won’t change – it’s who she is. She’s also a complex character, so there’s much to explore, and this revelation is a shock for her as well as us. To say nothing of Waverly! Still, this is Purgatory so we know something wicked this way comes. Wynonna has to keep going all Wynonna this week, but also she has this little, teeny tiny secret…

TTVJ: I don’t know how much you can tell us, but there’s already lots of speculation and many theories flying about on who the father of the baby is. Will we get any movement on that front?

CF: I think speculation is positive. I’d hate to deter speculation. Speculate away.

TTVJ: Elsewhere, Black Badge has up and left town! Any hints on what happens next?

CF: Dolls is a smart guy, so I don’t think he’ll be satisfied with Jeremy’s initial intel. He’ll be asking a lot of the same questions we are. Like: What the hell is going on?! He’s still a wanted fugitive so the stakes are high for him – especially since Lucado touched the goo. That’s hard to explain away…

Michelle Faye/Syfy/Wynonna Earp Season 2
Michelle Faye/Syfy/Wynonna Earp Season 2

TTVJ: One thing Emily has mentioned is that WayHaught may have to deal with the fact that Gooverly was around for so long. Will we see them address the tentacle in the room at all?

CF: Poor Waves had a rough episode last week! I hope fans of WayHaught will be especially pleased with some fun moments in this episode. And some tender moments. And some awkward moments. Y’all should be warned, I like writing awkward. It’s what I know.

TTVJ: Jeremy has been a great addition to the team this year and so much fun. What is it like getting to write for that character and for Varun?

CF: Oh man, the other writers will tell you, I’m a Jeremy fan. I love writing him (remember what I said about writing awkward?), and we had fun developing his character in the room – and then Varun walked in and he WAS Jeremy. He just nailed it! Everything from the rapid jargon to the adoring gazes at Doc; he brought the character to life and gave him this sincerity that really makes you love him immediately.

TTVJ: It’s still pretty unclear as to what The Widows want or how bad they really are. Will we get an idea of that this week?

CF: If my memory is correct the veiled ladies will make an appearance. By now our audience knows that we like to have as many complex, fierce women on screen as possible, and these ladies definitely check both boxes. I think the viewers will find them delicious.

 

Got any predictions about this week’s Wynonna Earp? Add them in the comments below!

Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy and Space Channel.

 

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