“You’re my girl and you’re coming with me,” was the directive Wynonna Earp showrunner Emily Andras gave one of her former Lost Girl writers and frequent collaborator, Alexandra Zarowny, when it was time to build out the writers room for her new series. The Edmonton native, who is a self professed fan of westerns and the genre, didn’t need much convincing and soon found herself in Calgary as a writer and co-executive producer on Wynonna’s first season.
The first of three episodes penned by Zarowny (she also wrote Episodes 9 and 12) will air this week. In “Constant Cravings,” Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) tries to hunt down one of the Revenants responsible for the attack on the Homestead, while Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) unravels a mystery left behind by her Uncle Curtis. Zarowny recently talked with The TV Junkies about her role on the show, an upcoming revelation about Dolls (Shamier Anderson) and how Doc (Tim Rozon) and Wynonna will react to their hookup at the end of last week’s episode.
TTVJ: The cast of Wynonna Earp seems very close and the chemistry between them was evident right from the pilot. What about in the writers room? Were you guys able to pick up on Emily’s vision about the show right from the start? AZ: It’s hard for me to say because I just get her. So getting her voice is something I’ve done for years before, and not that this is the same voice as Lost Girl, but there’s a lot of Emily that was in Lost Girl and there’s a lot of Emily that’s in Wynonna Earp. It was very easy for me to pick up on that and imitate it. For other people I can’t necessarily speak for them, but I know Caitlyn Fryers–she’s our baby script coordinator who has a perfect head of hair–she got it right away too and picked up on the tone. I think tone is one of those incredibly hard things to nail down and we did have to play around with that in the beginning–in terms of how dark and gruesome you can go. How funny you go was never a question. We always knew that Buffy/Emily style of humor was always going to be in there. We always knew there was going to be a lot of heart and I think the people that got the genre, humor and heart that traveled through all that, they really got the show.
TTVJ: Did everyone get fringed leather jackets at the start in order to really get in character? AZ: We begged for them! [laughs] Then we realized that we’d never pull it off the way Melanie does. So we were like, ‘Let’s just put our sweatshirts on again.’
TTVJ: Were there any challenges for you in having to wait until Episode 6 for your first Wynonna script? AZ: Yes! Because I’m Emily’s second, and I’m one of the people that gets her voice faster, I was able to help her in the story editing department. It made sense for me to be around and story edit scripts for her and wait to do my own episode. This way I was really able to focus on helping her hone a voice that was consistent from the very beginning–and then change it subtly as we discovered things along the way. By the time we got to 6 I was so excited to write it, but also felt really confident, which was a gift that no other writers had. I was really lucky to be able to hone my voice in writing Wynonna via other people’s scripts until I got to my own.
TTVJ: Seeing that you did wait, was there anything you picked up on about the cast or how they were playing the characters that you incorporated into your writing? AZ: I think at that point we knew that we wanted to give Shamier [Anderson, Agent Dolls] something to play that was a little bit different than what he had been playing before. It’s really hard to be the straight man in a show and this was the role he has played and done an amazing job with it. But Episode 6 was the point at which it felt like he needed to have something more to chew on, and we needed to reveal something about his character that was mysterious and showed a layer of depth that we hadn’t explored before.
TTVJ: In this episode you’re dealing with the fallout from Doc and Wynonna’s sexy rendevous. What will that be like for those two and how fun is it to write that relationship? AZ: It’s so much fun and I got the gift of being able to write a lot of their ongoing relationship. Their relationship is going to be very complicated because of many different reasons. I think it’s going to be confusing for both of them, and any kind of relationship between the two of them is going to bring up a lot of questions about who Doc is, the curse and what happened in the past and how that affects them nowadays.
TTVJ: Wynonna boasts some very exciting and eclectic villains. How do you go about writing characters such as Bobo Del Rey and Constance Clootie and what are they up to in this week’s episode? AZ: They are so delicious because they are insane! In the Bobo character you can still imagine to a degree the man he was pre-1900 when he was mortal. I think you can still see that humanity in him which is what makes him so dynamic. Michael Eklund still maintains that humanity which is very difficult to do. He takes it right up to the line but he doesn’t cross the line into unbelievability.
This week is quite fun because we get to see Doc doing a bit of investigation into the Bobo-Clootie connection. He is always the man who can strike a good deal with people and he’s striking a lot of good deals this week.
TTVJ: Waverly also has a pretty exciting week. What revelations and decisions will we see her make? AZ: When Wynonna first arrives in Purgatory that opens up a book of questions for Waverly, just about who she is as a person. This week she begins to explore that and the different possibilities that she never thought were open to her. She’s beginning to consider her place in Purgatory, her place as an Earp, her place in this world a little bit differently and see some of the possibilities that might be open to her.
Waverly was always the one that had to be the straight man in her family, the solid Earp that people relied on in order to keep the Earp name good in Purgatory, and that was a huge burden on her shoulders. Because she had to be the helpful girl, the good girl, the smart girl and the one who didn’t cause trouble, that probably stifled her personality. We’re not saying she’s going to become the opposite, but I think that some of those character traits are going to be stripped away a little bit and she’s going to be able to examine herself more honestly than she ever has in her lifetime and it’ll free her a bit.
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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.
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