Wynonna Earp’s Melanie Scrofano Previews a Finale that will test sisterly bonds

Michelle Faye/Syfy/Wynonna Earp Productions
Michelle Faye/Syfy/Wynonna Earp Productions

What was supposed to be a very happy time for Wynonna Earp (Melanie Scrofano) has suddenly taken a drastically dark turn as fans of the Syfy series prepare for Friday night’s Season 1 finale. Instead of basking in the joy of being reunited with her presumed dead sister Willa (Natalie Krill), Wynonna and company are preparing for an all out battle against big sis and the evil Revenant leader Bobo Del Rey (Michael Eklund). Now that the pair has walked off into the Purgatory sunset, it’ll be up to Wynonna and younger sister Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) to stop them before they can open the gates to a far greater evil.

Willa’s true motives aren’t the only thing Wynonna has to contend with in the finale, “I Walk the Line,” written by Wynonna Earp showrunner Emily Andras. Her slow burn romance with Agent Dolls (Shamier Anderson) finally came to a head last week, just as Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon) was returning to town, and she’s starting to realize being the heir is a responsibility she wants to hold.

Thankfully, to help tide us over while we wait for what’s sure to be an insane, fun and action-packed finale, Scrofano joined The TV Junkies for an exclusive interview. “I had no idea it was that good. It was such a crazy thing to shoot,” she told us of the finale that finally will see Wynonna and Waverly realizing that Willa isn’t the Earp they thought she was.

The TV Junkies: As we head into the finale are Wynonna and Co. at all aware of just how deep into it Willa is with Bobo?

Melanie Scrofano: I think Wynonna is, as with everything, blissfully unaware. She’s a bit self involved so there’s a few things that might be right in front of her, where as I think Waverly is more in tune with things and has a really good instinct. The last time Wynonna saw Willa she was a pure innocent child, so to her there’s no way that girl could be anything but 100 per cent good, whereas Waverly never quite knew her the same way and wasn’t as close. It is definitely a shock to Wynonna.

TTVJ: Wynonna has had difficulties this season forming relationships and letting people in, so it was interesting to see her so accepting of Willa right off the bat. Why do you think that was, especially when it was clear that Waverly had some big reservations?

MS: I think it was partially thick-headedness. Wynonna’s mission the whole time is thinking ‘if I can get Willa back, this is all going to be OK.’ She doesn’t mean just closing the gates, but also that they can get their lives back to the way they were. That’s what she’s fighting for.

Michelle Faye/Syfy/Wynonna Earp Productions
Michelle Faye/Syfy/Wynonna Earp Productions

TTVJ: From the professional standpoint, you and Dominique have been building this sisterly bond for weeks and weeks, so what was it like having Natalie come in and having to bond immediately with her? How did that go?

MS: I’d be curious to hear what Dom says about that because she didn’t know Natalie. I knew Nat and have known her a while so I was just like ‘Oh cool Natalie! Perfect!’

TTVJ: Very similar to what you guys were going through on screen then where you and she were close but Dom didn’t really know her.

MS: Exactly! I wonder if Dom ever felt a bit left out, which would’ve fed nicely into the character. I don’t know. For me, also because I was so in love with Willa from our story, I Melanie, if I were a viewer I would’ve been like ‘Oh my god her sister is back! She thought she was dead!’ It was the most exciting and happiest thing that could happen, so when I came to play it I already had this love for Willa because I was so happy for Wynonna.

TTVJ: I was happy as well until she started being mean to Waverly.

MS: Even I was like ‘well she’s been through a lot.’ I couldn’t help but defend her a bit. As bad as it was for us, she’s had it way worse. So I was always defending Willa in my own head because I thought of course she’d be a bit off, due to the horrible things she’s been through and she never really knew Waverly.

TTVJ: How will the bond between the sisters be tested then in the finale? What about between Wynonna and Waverly?

MS: The picture of Waverly has now been painted for Wynonna and she’s seeing her fully for who she is with Nicole. Waverly is also such a hero for Wynonna in this episode. With Willa it’s so hard because they are fighting for complete opposite things and both fighting so hard. Wynonna knows she’s at Willa’s mercy, so Willa has to come through or Wynonna is done and so is Purgatory and everything she knows. It’s a very heavy episode for that. There’s also the struggle of reconciling the bond we had — which Willa and Wynonna still have — but there’s something bigger testing it. To see Wynonna really fight for that is really heartbreaking and powerful.

Michelle Faye/Syfy/Wynonna Earp Productions
Michelle Faye/Syfy/Wynonna Earp Productions

TTVJ: Despite all the craziness going on at the party in Episode 12, Wynonna and Dolls managed to have their big romantic moment. Why was that the perfect time for her to make her move and kiss him?

MS: Wynonna is at her weakest at that point. All season she just wants him to acknowledge that she’s important to him, as important as he is to her. He finally does and it’s a moment of now or never and if she didn’t kiss him in that moment it was never going to happen. He finally, finally gave her an opening for it so she grabbed it.

TTVJ: It would then seem that Wynonna has made her choice, at least for now, despite the fact that Doc returned to fight with her. But do you think she’s meant to be with either of them?

MS: I think right now realistically she can’t be with anyone. She’s just got such a huge mountain to climb and I think she needs both of them. Doc is such a source of wisdom and perspective. Dolls is such a source of strength and courage. I don’t think she could choose, at least not right now.

TTVJ: How are you handling the wait for news about a Season 2 renewal?

MS: I’m just trying to enjoy really watching the story unfold because when you’re shooting it you’re so immersed in what you’re trying to do. When you get to watch it you get to see the story in more depth and I get to see everybody’s performance. I get to see what everybody was doing. I get to see what Nicole was doing because I barely have any scenes with her. I see what’s going on with Doc. I didn’t know the depths of the show as much because I only got to see my stuff when we were shooting. Now it’s just enjoying it and deepening my knowledge of the story, so when we hopefully come back for Season 2 I’ll be even more committed because I will understand it better.


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Wynonna Earp‘s Season 1 finale airs Friday, June 24 at 10 p.m ET on Syfy in the US. In Canada, the finale airs Monday, June 27 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.