“Save Something For The Wedding Toast?” — Let’s Talk About ‘Wynonna Earp’ Season 4, Episode 12

by Erik Amaya

Okay, here we go, one last time (for now).

Wynonna Earp came full-circle in the end; in that the pivotal moments book-ending the series see Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) at the Purgatory border. This time, though, things are different. And that change in the weight she feels is all the meaning in the world. It is, after all, the culmination of four seasons and five years of this show. It’s the salute to the fans who found it in the early days and embraced it tightly. It is, also, the chance to see our beloved characters happy until they are called on to defend the world again.

What more could anyone ask?

Sure, Purgatory is still going to Purgatory. With Nicole (Katherine Barrell) choosing to establish an accord with demons and supernatural citizens, things are always going to be odd. Will Bunny Loblaw (Jann Arden) learn to tolerate vampires? Will Mercedes (Dani Kind) end up running the show in the vamp quarter? Those sorts of questions will keep Nicole and Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) plenty busy even as Wynonna and Doc (Tim Rozon) travel the States and finally visit with their little girl. It’s very much the ending we want for these characters (for now, anyway) and in the hellscape of the last few years, it’s nice to see these misfits win some happiness.

Also, someday, we’ve love to see Brigitte Hogback (Charlotte Sullivan) back again, but maybe reformed under Waverly’s tutelage…

But, man, look at where these people ended up. Even Nedley (Greg Lawson) found another new family with Rachel (Martina Ortiz-Luis) and Billy (Billy Bryk). Jeremy (Varun Saranga) walked away as the new deputy director for BBD’s Ghost River division and he’s willing to try again at love. Yeah, it suggests Robin will never get his memories back, but at least it means Jeremy has a way forward. It’s what he deserves, after all.

Meanwhile, there are still things for the Earp family to face some day. Eve is still in the wind. No one ever found Kate (Chantal Riley). The Garden gate is still in the forest and Waverly’s dark half is still within her. Also, it is easy to imagine someone will come to town looking to upset whatever balance Nicole manages to establish between humans and supernatural creatures. There’s always something looking to disrupt the peace. It’s just not Wynonna sole responsibility to deal with it anymore.

And, honestly, that’s something special for a show like this. Landings are tough and the real life circumstances surrounding this one could make anyone bitter. Nevertheless, Wynonna Earp found a way to put everyone where they belong. It even put most of the characters with who they belong with. It even took Wynonna from someone loathed to come home to someone denying the chance at love because she doesn’t want to leave it again. We imagine, when we all meet again, that it will still be an issue for her, but maybe that’s why this ending works; the plots may be resolved, but the characters are still rough in their way.

It also found a way to honor long-gone characters and the fans’ memories of those people. Seriously, seeing the place cards for Dolls, Robin, Julian, and Gus struck us way harder than we expected. Hell, even the mention of Mama Michelle (Meagan Follows) screwing her way through Turkey was a surprisingly emotional revelation.

We wonder if she ever heard about what happened between Wynonna and Julian…

Personal story: A little over five years ago, I was working at another site and received an invitation to visit the Wynonna Earp set in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. No one really knew what to expect from the show and I was one of the first people outside of the production to get a glimpse of it. The footage showrunner Emily Andras showed me and another reporter was interesting enough, but what really set things apart was the sense of community we experienced meeting Andras, Scrofano, Provost-Chalkley, Rozon, Shamier Anderson (who played Dolls at the time), and Beau Smith, Wynonna’s comic book creator. They were the most welcoming cast and producers I’d ever encountered.

Returning from the trip, I hoped so hard for the show to be good because it would be tough to face them again if it didn’t engage me. Luckily, the show quickly clicked for me and I was able to be an enthusiastic fan in addition to a reporter covering the show for my outlets.

Soon after, that sense of community spread to the fans and the Earpers set the show apart in the same way its cast set it apart for me. They also kept the lights on at the homestead while Wynonna, Waverly, Doc, Nicole, Dolls, and Jeremy fought the things that go bump in the night. They fought for the fourth season and the chance to see the #WayHaught wedding. This is for them. So let’s leave Waverly and Nicole at the homestead — and Wynonna and Doc on their way to Miracles, Montana — and consider that, sometimes, the right people actually get what they deserve.

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