It’s been a long and cold winter. Not only does Mother Nature seem intent on keeping the snow around in many parts, but the Wynonna Earp hiatus has also felt extremely long. Thankfully, things are starting to look up and spring may be pushing through and summer is on the horizon, which means that Season 3 of the Syfy/Space Channel supernatural series will also be just around the corner. Production is currently underway in Calgary and this past weekend some members of the cast and showrunner Emily Andras gathered with fans as part of ClexaCon 2018. During the convention, they also participated in a couple of panels that dropped a few hints about what can be expected in Season 3.
ClexaCon is a convention celebrating LGBTQ women in entertainment and was held at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. The first Wynonna Earp related panel happened on Friday, April 6, 2018 and featured Andras along with cast members Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell and Tamara Duarte. Then on Saturday, April 7, 2018, there was another panel featuring Provost-Chalkley and Barrell talking specifically about the WayHaught relationship.
As a refresher, the Season 2 finale saw Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) giving birth to the next Earp heir that she had with Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon). Elsewhere, Waverly (Provost-Chalkley) found out she wasn’t a revenant and girlfriend Nicole Haught (Barrell) shared a troubling look with Agent Dolls (Shamier Anderson) that left fans curious if she has a past with the mysterious Cult of Bulshar. In Season 3, Mama Earp (Megan Follows) is set to return to Purgatory and hopefully will shed more light on Bulshar. The cast and Andras are still keeping information about Season 3 pretty close to the vest, but below are a few items we were able to gather from what was said during the panels.
It gets even more gay
One of the reasons Wynonna Earp had such a presence at ClexaCon is because of what the show has done in regards to LGBTQ representation. There was a lot of talk about the responsibility of proper representation on TV for LGBTQ characters such as Waverly, Nicole and Rosita and those who watched Season 2 of Wynonna know that Andras kept true to her promise that she tweeted to “make things gayer.” So can the show top that in Season 3? When asked how gay things get this year, Andras answered with her own question saying “What’s the straightest show you can think of? I feel like Season 3 makes Season 2 look like that straight show.” She’s not alone thought. “Wouldn’t you say it’s pretty gay?” Andras asked as she then turned to Provost-Chalkley. The actress quickly agreed that “it’s pretty gay.”
Casual and comfy WayHaught
After a few ups and downs in Season 2, things ended with WayHaught in a really good place. Fans can look for that to continue says Provost-Chalkley who noted that “we get to see WayHaught in a really lovely place this season.” Barrell agreed that “it’s really nice to see them a little bit more comfortable with each other,” which means that “there’s a more of a family vibe just hanging out in the Earp Homestead.”
But there’s still drama
Despite hearing those affirmations, it doesn’t mean there’s not going to be any struggles for the couple. Naturally, Andras was quick to joke that of course “nothing bad happens. It’s just them sitting on a couch. You’re going to love it!” However, for those nervous about drama, there was discussion about Season 2’s alternate reality episode that confirmed WayHaught to be soulmates and why that was so important. “I really believe a huge theme of Wynonna Earp is destiny and fate. So much has happened to Wynonna, Waverly and the rest of the gang that it feels like the universe has not given them a choice, but maybe being soulmates, if they are destined to be together, is something that’s actually kind of beautiful and that they can hold on to when all the other stuff happens,” said Andras.
More Nicole in Season 3
“It’s important for us, especially at this time with what’s going on in the media, to see women who are ambitious and not apologizing for it,” Barrell enthused about the Purgatory police officer character that she plays. Luckily for fans who also love Nicole, Barrell promised that “we definitely get to see so much more of Nicole’s storyline in this season.” That will include “a lot more of her back story,” and Barrell quickly added that she “loved shooting this season so much because it really feels like Nicole is in the Scooby gang.” Provost-Chalkley confirmed Barrell’s teases saying that “you’re going to see a lot of Kat this season.”
Another possible Nicole/Wynonna team-up?
Along with more Nicole, does that mean we’ll also get another episode where Wynonna and Nicole bond? During the first two seasons some of fans’ most beloved moments have occurred between the two unlikely friends. “I love Wynonna and Nicole and I love that tension because anyone that’s dating Wynonna’s little sister isn’t going to be good enough for her,” explained Andras. She also jokingly teased that she sure hopes “there’s not another episode where they get into trouble and rely on one another to get through it. That would just be the worse.” However, was quick to note that “there might be!” Andras also explained that one of the reasons these moments work so well is because “Mel and Kat have incredible comic timing, but they don’t have the same comic timing, so it really turns into something incredible.”
Rosita’s story is not done
One of the hardest moments in the Season 2 finale was when Duarte’s Rosita betrayed Wynonna as she was about to give birth. Is that betrayal something Rosita could come back from? When asked, Duarte turned to Andras and said “I don’t know, can she?” Andras quickly said “Yes, of course!” She also added that she definitely thinks “her story is not done.”
Megan Follows is as good as advertised
One of the most exciting news items to come out of the Wynonna Earp hiatus was that Canadian legend Megan Follows (Anne of Green Gables, Reign) had been cast as Mama Earp. Andras noted that getting Follows was huge because “she’s so revered and is so amazing,” but also “so hilarious to have her on the show and be like ‘maybe a demon is chasing you in this scene.’” However, as expected, Follows was a total profession and “she really got into the spirit of it and is so good on it.”
Mama could cause trouble for the Earp sisters
“It’s a big deal for Waverly. It’s a huge deal,” said Provost-Chalkley of Mama Earp’s return. “Waverly was Mama’s favorite. We’ve been honest that I had not the best relationship with my dad, but they had a special bond. So it’s a really, really big deal for Waverly. It brings out a lot of emotions,” she noted. Also adding to that, Andras said that “it feels like at the end of Season 2 that Wynonna knows where Mom is but I don’t know that Waverly knows.” It sure sounds like there’s a high possibility that Mama will cause trouble between the Earp sisters.
Waverly’s identity continues to be explored
By walking across the border at the end of the finale, Waverly found out that she wasn’t part revenant as she had feared. So what is she? Provost-Chalkley confirmed that “that storyline continues through Season 3,” as Waverly continues to explore who she is. The actress for one is happy that it is because “I want to know what the answers were” said Provost-Chalkley. Andras quickly then asked her “were you surprised?” To which, Provost-Chalkley enthusiastically replied with “Yes!”
Black Badge isn’t gone
Though it may have seemed like the blood contract and everything with Black Badge was easily handled in Season 2, especially when Agent Lucado (Kate Drummond) succumbed to the good, Andras put a stop to the notion that BBD is gone completely in Season 3. “I would say they do come back in a very unexpected way,” she teased before adding “a way that’s very personal.”
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Wynonna Earp Season 3 will air Summer 2018 on Syfy and Space Channel. You can watch the full Wynonna Earp and WayHaught panels on the ClexaCon YouTube channel.
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