Wynonna Earp: Emily Andras Talks “Keep the Home Fires Burning”

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

*** Warning: This article contains spoilers for the Wynonna Earp episode “Keep the Home Fires Burning” ***

Wynonna Earp breezed into town last week with a premiere episode that made us here at The TV Junkies instant fans of the new Syfy series. While we thought we enjoyed that first week just fine, it was Episode 2, “Keep the Home Fires Burning,” that really won us over, simultaneously becoming funnier and darker in its tone. As part of our full coverage of the show here at The TV Junkies, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be having a weekly dose of Wynonna Earp post-show interview action to bring your way.

What exactly does that mean? Well, every week Wynonna showrunner Emily Andras will join us here to discuss everything that went down in the week’s episode, as well as look ahead to some upcoming plot points that are coming our way this season. You can look for these talks every week as soon as the show is done with its Friday airing on Syfy (around 11 p.m. ET). As always, we invite fans to join in on the discussion, and add their thoughts and predictions about the show in the comments below.

So without further ado, let us kick off the first installment of our Wynonna Earp talks, as we take a look at Wynonna and Dolls’ working relationship and the newly introduced Big Bad played by Michael Eklund.

The TV Junkies: There’s a lot you have to accomplish in a pilot episode, so how nice was it to be free of some of those constraints and start to really explore the characters in Episode 2?

Emily Andras: The truth is pilots are really, really hard. I’m incredibly proud of the Wynonna Earp pilot. I think it establishes the world pretty quickly, and you understand what’s happening with the demon revenants, and you really get a sense of Wynonna, her sister and the players in our world. I really think when you watch 102 you just see the fun, as the characters settle into their roles the performances really pop, and it’s indicative of the tone of our show overall. It’s fun and it’s fast and there’s lots of surprises. I hope people love it as much as they seem to love the pilot.

TTVJ: We start seeing Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) and Dolls (Shamier Anderson) figuring out their working relationship this week. Was that scene at the shooting range basically their relationship in a microcosm?

EA: Oh I think 100%, but you also just see how extraordinary Mel is in the role of Wynonna–just her facial expressions when Wynonna is picking up this increasingly larger gun and having such fun playing with them. To me that really felt like exactly who Wynonna is–she’s a real girl–and that’s how I would feel like if I got to play with all these guns. ‘This is kind of terrifying, but kind of amazing.’ I would kind of be annoyed, but also intrigued, by the guy that was so straight-laced that this was no big deal to him. I think it’s a great example of the differences in the characters and what their relationship is going to be like.

There’s also some really interesting information in that scene, just about what the stakes are, about keeping the Black Badge Division a secret, or the whole town will suffer. It’s dressed in fun but there’s some really interesting stuff in there that may come back later.

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TTVJ: In Episode 2 we meet Officer Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell), who seems to have her sights set on Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley). At the moment, Waverly doesn’t seem interested, but is it safe to say that will be changing?

EA: I think that scene is just so fun for me because it’s not subtle, right? It’s just so fun and the music choice by Andrea Higgins is so fun. But there are a lot of emotions crossing Waverly’s face in that scene. I think she’s kind of mortified, but also intrigued, and maybe a little turned on and certainly flattered. I think that’s what’s so fun about it. Officer Haught really rides that line between kind of flirty and kind of professional. It’s nice to see Waverly so unsettled. I love those two characters and there’s definitely some fun and emotion to be played with–whatever their relationship develops into down the line. Stay tuned!

TTVJ: Michael Eklund’s Bobo seems poised to take on the Big Bad role this season. What can you preview about his motivations and what he’s after?

EA: I will just say that his motivations are that he’s very focused on one goal, but just when you think you’ve got him figured out, we’re going to twist it. He’s clearly a different type of demon and revenant than we’re going to see on this show. He’s the leader and so much more sophisticated and smart than the rest of his brethren. He’s just such an exceptional actor and so wonderful in the role of Bobo. I hope it’s a villain for the ages–not to oversell it. He is such an incredible nemesis for Wynonna and the gang and so compelling to watch.

I think the important thing to know at this point is clearly what he wants, which he says at the end of 102, is freedom. He wants to get the hell out of here no matter what it takes. That seems to be a massive thing for the revenants. We’ve seen that if they cross this line they are tortured and burned to death. So they need to find a way to escape this place without injury, and I would say that is Bobo’s focus right now.

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TTVJ: Some of the episode’s most enjoyable scenes came from watching Tim Rozon (Doc/Henry) and Eklund on screen together. Their characters obviously have some sort of history between them, so is there anything you can tease about what that entails?

EA: Interestingly enough, I’m not sure it’s so much about their history, so much as Doc can look at a room and figure out what the dynamics are immediately. He’s a con man. He’s a survivor. He’s so good with people. I think he just knows when you arrive in prison you better go find the toughest, meanest guy and either break a chair over his head or make nice with him.

Doc obviously has his own motivation–we know he’s after revenge, but don’t really know what for–but my feeling is it has something to do with the fact that he’s not dead. He’s lived for this long, and seems to have been trapped at the bottom of a well for 130 years in the dark. So I don’t think it’s as much about history, but just that these two souls recognize each other as alpha males who are a little bit smarter. They both recognize they can have a mutually beneficial relationship, which probably means bad news for Earps at this stage.

TTVJ: What can you preview about Episode 3?

EA: Episode 3 is really an episode that is a little bit darker. It’s still super fun, but there’s definitely some emotional stakes for Wynonna that we haven’t seen before. We learn a little more about the prison that the revenants are in, which is called the Ghost River Triangle. Things start to come to a head about somebody realizing just who Tim Rozon’s character might be. So that’s finally percolating and will start to bubble over. Really it’s going to be about Wynonna realizing what the cost of fighting these demons might be to her personally.

 

Did you enjoy Episode 2 of Wynonna Earp? What do you think happens in Episode 3? Add your thoughts in the comments below!

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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