For many Wynonna Earp fans out there life is starting to feel like a bit of a bad joke as they eagerly await news from Syfy on whether or not the show has been renewed for Season 2. Yes, in a somewhat twisted string of events, just like the titular heroine herself, Wynonna Earp fans are finding themselves in a state of purgatory. It’s been 11 long days and counting since the Season 1 finale aired and many Earpers out there are getting restless for word on whether their beloved supernatural western will be returning or not.
It’s no secret that we here at The TV Junkies are big fans of the show and would love for it to return for Season 2. While the show initially had some problems finding a wide audience and ratings haven’t been the best, word about the show has been spreading. Not only are new viewers finding the show and coming into the fandom everyday (the numbers on the official Twitter account continue to go up and up), but the show has been receiving high praise for its treatment of LGBT characters and multiple strong, complex female characters.
So while Syfy continues the debate behind the scenes about whether or not to renew Wynonna Earp, we figured we’d join in and lay out just a few of the reasons why we think it’s imperative that Wynonna comes back for Season 2. Hopefully by the end of this article there will be no other choice for Syfy than to #RenewWynonnaEarp!
A multi-dimensional kickass female lead
For everything that is great about Wynonna Earp, it all begins and ends with Melanie Scrofano’s Wynonna. She’s the best hero to come across our screens this television season and the fact that she just happens to be a sharp-tongued, intelligent, badass woman makes us love the show even more. Make no mistake about it, Wynonna is not perfect by any means, but Scrofano brings a vulnerability to the character that turns these so-called “weaknesses” into some of Wynonna’s greatest strengths. Scrofano’s talents paired with exceptional writing from showrunner Emily Andras and her team have made Wynonna a hero we all want to simultaneously be and be friends with. Wynonna has finally realized that while she may not have been born to be the Earp heir, it’s what she wants. We just hope we get to see her fully step into that role in Season 2.
More multi-dimensional kickass females!
The awesome female characters on a show like Wynonna Earp do not stop with the protagonist. Andras has surrounded Wynonna by many different kinds of strong female characters. One could easily argue that her hella smart little sister Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) could at times, actually be the most heroic character on the entire show. Time and again she showed that while she may be small, she is certainly mighty and more than anything else the bravest character on the show, especially when she is being her true self. Then there’s Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell) a confident, sexy and sharp as a tack police officer who refused to sit quietly by while weird happenings continued to take place in the town around her. Finally, let’s not forget big sister Willa (Natalie Krill), the fabulously unhinged Stone Witch (Rayisa Kondracki), the fiery blacksmith (Rachael Ancheril), and the Earp sisters’ beloved Gus (Natascha Girgis). The list just goes on and on and we need shows like Wynonna Earp, that are bringing such a wide array of female characters to the forefront, to stick around.
It’s no secret that 2016 has been a rough, rough year for queer representation on television, especially when it comes to queer female characters. With so many of these characters getting killed off on series all across the television spectrum, Wynonna Earp came along and gave viewers a beacon of hope with the slow burn romance between Waverly and Nicole, aka WayHaught. From the pair’s very first interaction at Shorty’s, fans were hooked and the show instantly realized the importance of this relationship. From showrunner Andras’ promise to fans that the two women would make it out of Season 1 alive, to Barrell and Provost-Chalkley fully realizing the responsibility they had to make the relationship fully formed and realistic, Wynonna Earp has bucked the trend when it comes to LGBT representation. Please renew the series Syfy and let this positive representation continue on.
It defies Tropes
Not only does Wynonna Earp bring forth such positive representation, but it completely defies tropes and did what many other shows on television as of late have not: it put its lesbian character in a bulletproof vest! In the Season 1 finale Willa shot Officer Haught and fans everywhere held their collective breath, thinking she’d be another fatality to the Bury Your Gays trope. However, Andras–who actually wrote that scene in fall 2015–had put Officer Haught in a bulletproof vest and so she lives to see another day … and hopefully Season 2!
The Wynonna Earp men are pretty great too
We’ve made a lot of noise about the ladies on Wynonna Earp, but let’s not forget the men. Both Tim Rozon (Doc Holliday) and Shamier Anderson (Agent Dolls) have proved that they can more than hold their own on screen across from these kickass ladies. While their characters may have started off as adversaries, we saw the beginnings of an awesome bromance starting to brew between Doc and Dolls in the finale. That small taste of what could be an amazing friendship between these two has definitely whet our appetites for more and is just another reason Syfy needs to give us Season 2. They’ve also helped to form what may be the least polarizing love triangle in TV history as fans simultaneously find themselves cheering for both #TeamDolls and #TeamDoc.
An epic love story
Speaking of love stories, perhaps the greatest gift Wynonna Earp has given to us is the relationship between sisters Wynonna and Waverly. Time and again throughout the first season the bond between the Earp sisters was tested, perhaps shockingly most of all by big sister Willa, but Wynonna and Waverly know that they are far stronger together than they ever could be apart. These two are the heart of Wynonna Earp and are in many ways the show’s true love story. Andras seems to fully understand how much fans connect to and love the Earp sister dynamic and that’s why she decided to play on those emotions in more than one way in the Season 1 finale. With Willa now fully out of the picture we’re eagerly awaiting what she has in store for Wynonna and Waverly’s relationship in Season 2.
It’s pretty safe to say that Andras wasn’t planning to be one and done with Wynonna Earp. While there was some resolution to the Bobo and Willa storylines, Andras went ahead and introduced a whole new set of cliffhangers that have left fans on the edge of their seats dying to know more ever since the credits rolled. Is Waverly really not an Earp? Why did the Peacemaker glow blue? What is up with Dolls and his lizard eye? Most importantly though, what happens exactly after the moment where Waverly pointed her gun at Doc and Wynonna? These are all questions we NEED to know the answer to Syfy. So please renew for Season 2 and let Andras give us those answers!
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Wynonna Earp Season 1 is currently available to stream on syfy.com.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.