The time has finally come for Wynonna Earp fans. After several loooong winter months, six brand-new episodes of the supernatural western begin airing on Friday, March 5 at 10 p.m. on SYFY and CTV Sci-Fi. When we last saw Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) and Co. at the end of last summer things weren’t going so great for the gunslinger. Yes, she had just got Peacemaker back, but she had a huge falling out with Doc (Tim Rozon) after shooting one of the Clantons in the back. Thankfully things were much happier on the WayHaught front as Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and Nicole (Katherine Barrell) officially became engaged.
In the Season 4 midseason premiere, “Love’s All Over” written by Shelley Scarrow and directed by Paolo Barzman, fans will see WayHaught still riding high on that engagement. Scarrow, who wrote the chili cook-off (for Freedom!) episode, “Look at them Beans,” once again previewed for The TV Junkies a little about what fans can expect to see when they return to Purgatory on Friday.
The TV Junkies: This episode was originally just a midseason episode, but due to the shutdown in production, it’s serving as a midseason premiere. Did that affect or change the episode at all? How does it work as a premiere?
Shelley Scarrow: Thinking of it as a premiere, it’s definitely different. After the dramatic and emotional two-parter that was “Holy War”, it felt to the story team like there was a little emotional reset required. And this episode got given that task. It was supposed to be kind of our Midseason Night’s Dream.
As in the play we were inspired by, there are stakes and drama and emotion. But maybe there is less CAPITAL D DRAMA than your modern television premiere.
However, don’t we all deserve a little extra helping of love and fun at this moment in time? Anyway, we felt like our characters definitely did after the arduous task of vanquishing the Clantons (erm, theoretically…)
TTVJ: I know you can’t spoil anything, but last we saw Wynonna she wasn’t doing so well, having fought with Doc over shooting Holt in the back. How is our girl faring when we catch up with her again?
SS: I think Wynonna is facing the true consequences of being who she is – when there is NOT a curse forcing her hand. Doc felt at the end of “Holy War” that she made a flawed choice, but Wynonna felt that she made the only one she could then and there. It was easier to say she ‘did the only thing she could’ while she was facing down Revenants. Because the curse literally made that so, being for a large part out of her hands. But now? She’s having to make those same kinds of dramatic decisions while going ONLY off her own compass. And that’s harder on a person emotionally.
What I love about where she starts this episode, though, is that she also feels some real pride in the skills she has developed, in her unflinching abilities, in the joy of having Peacemaker back in her hands. But I think the dredging up of history that happened in the last few episodes set her and Doc off on opposite journeys – which is never conducive to romance. He’s trying to reconcile the legend of Doc Holliday with being the man he wants to be. And she is trying to reconcile the woman she already is with the legend she has become and, in certain ways, is prepared to continue being.
TTVJ: Conversely, WayHaught was in a great place when we last saw them. Will that good mood continue for the couple?
SS: Act I, Scene 1: ‘The course of true love never did run smooth…’
Listen, just because you decide to get married doesn’t mean that happily ever after starts straight away (or, um, exists!) An engagement and planning a wedding are big and dramatic inflection points in anyone’s life and almost universally cause family drama. I would DEFINITELY say that Waverly and Nicole are not exempt from that, given that their found little family is even more complex than many. Here, they’re about to face some of that reality down. Deciding to merge your lives puts up a brand-new obstacle course of emotional challenges. And there’s also a weird societal/community stake involved in the public declaration of an intent to marry. In this episode we just personified all those things, and in a pretty Earpy way…
TTVJ: Wynonna Earp was one of the first shows to resume shooting during the pandemic. Did new COVID protocols change the episode in any way?
SS: The episode was supposed to start shooting last March, the day after our week-long March Break hiatus – but over exactly that week, the shutdown happened and went for months before the thing could safely shoot. It was an accident of timing but the change of weather in the interim allowed the team to move a number of scenes outside to be safer. And that kind of spring fever feeling suits what we were trying to achieve with “Love’s All Over”. So as far as little baby silver linings go, I’ll take it. (It’s also nice to see skin in Purgatory and not have to guiltily worry that everybody is freezing to death/scan for goosebumps in HD!)
I wasn’t on staff by the time it shot but I know Emily [Andras, showrunner] and Paolo reconfigured and rewrote some scenes to have less people in them, to keep/maintain distancing when/where possible. But none of that hurt the story at all!
At first I was genuinely worried about it because there is a lot of physical contact… But I think viewers will agree we didn’t skimp on it after all.
TTVJ: The title of this episode comes from the title of a Dolly Parton song. We know you’re a huge Dolly fan, and you previously used her songs when you wrote the “Jolene” episode. What’s the significance of that song here, or is it simply just pure Dolly love?
SS: I’m obsessed with Dolly Parton and have been since I was a little girl, so part of it is just me paying the homage I feel I owe her for inspiring me for years. She broke so many boundaries for women in music and isn’t treated seriously enough, though I feel like her newly minted status as vaccine superstar is going some distance toward getting her the accolades she deserves — i.e. ALL THE PRIZES.
What I appreciate about “Love’s All Over” is that it’s a double-edged meaning. Is love ending or is it spreading? I love seeing Earpers freak out over and try to analyze titular meanings so this one has it all, never mind that both meanings also happen to suit the episode.
Also, it’s from Dolly’s way-back catalogue, from the Porter Wagoner days. Before she broke up with him creatively by writing “I Will Always Love You” and showing that the apprentice had become the master. What a damn QUEEN.
(Also, one time Emily and I went to see Dolly live and the man behind her yelled at us for dancing. Imagine??)
TTVJ: Is there anything else you want us to know about this episode?
SS: Can I tease the heretofore unrevealed return of a significant Season 3 character…? Ooh, I just did! (Special thanks to: Noelle Carbone for no particular reason…)
I really really hope everyone has fun with this one.
And I-I-I will always love you-ou-ou-I will always love you-ou-ou-ou…
Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 10 p.m. on SYFY and CTV Sci-Fi.
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