Wynonna Earp Finale Season 1: I Walk the Line

As might be expected, the Season Finale answered some questions, and raised some more! It resolved the issue of Willa as Bobo’s lead, but left us with Dolls, Wynonna and Waverly in peril! “Good is a moving target.”

If you haven’t seen the Season One Finale,  yet, be warned: this review is full of spoilers. You can watch it here (with your Syfy TV Provider), on CHCH.com, or catch up with the Official Recap.

What can I say that hasn’t already been said on Twitter during the Friday night live Tweeting? I’m sure I’ll find a few things!

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The episode began and ended with a trio: Doc, Wynonna and Dolls at the beginning, and Doc, Wynonna and Waverly at the end. In between, there were plenty of surprises, reveals and hints of more to come.

In typical Wynonna Earp style, humour alleviated the tension of what really was a terrifying situation. Wynonna’s “Not now Alan!” as she stopped her attacker, followed by Doc and Dolls throwing Wynonna out the window so smoothly, was adorable choreography!

One of the most charming parts of this episode is the Dolls and Doc Team-Up. They have so much respect and trust for each other, despite their obvious rivalry for Wynonna’s affections. When Doc and Dolls praise each other to Wynonna, it’s like they are her children, wanting Mummy’s approval of their working together, and she responds accordingly, although looking slightly puzzled:

“As long as you boys had fun.”

When Dolls was shot, Doc revealed how much he was looking after him:

“I brought your drugs. You are the laziest junkie I ever met.”

As it turns out, Dolls has two drugs, which seem to turn “on” and “off” the parts of him that he usually keeps “dead”. While we don’t yet know exactly what that is, he seems to be something like a Werewolf, with lizard eyes and super-strength. Doc switching it on was a serendipitous mistake, since that strength was exactly what they needed at the time.

Since we last saw Dolls in the back of the Black Badge truck, charged with treason (which Dolls reminded us earlier, carries the death penalty), we just have to hope that Wynonna and Doc can rescue him in time! They don’t seem to know that Purgatory is about to be obliterated on Lucado’s orders, and perhaps it will be up to Dolls to stop that. But: will he get the chance? Hopefully Bobo’s disappearance buys them some time: Dolls could say that he jumped out of the truck and ran back to Purgatory.

Dolls’ insistence that Wynonna not touch his wound was most likely to keep his secret from her. Perhaps she would have found “other” flesh, or become contaminated by his blood. Maybe he’s also sending her back to Doc? Doc did practically propose, while he and Wynonna were collecting weapons. Farming chickens and barley doesn’t sound particularly romantic, but it would be peaceful, and it was a definite “we”.

Wynonna manages to multi-task, having serious relationship discussions amidst managing a major crisis. She’s adamant that she’s not going to shoot the townspeople, nor Willa, if she can avoid it. But, as Doc so wisely says:

“Doing what’s right in the face of ridiculous odds…You are beginning to sound like a hero.”

Wynonna was truly heroic when she walked into the darkness to rescue Willa by shooting her. That giant python/land lamprey was determined to have the Earp heir. Peacemaker glowing blue instead of red seems to indicate that Willa is not going to the fires of hell, but somewhere else. Perhaps her violence is excused in recognition of the many influences on her, leading to her recent beliefs and actions. That surprises me, really.

Both the Nedleys were a surprise this episode: Chrissie, Waverly’s friend, kidnapping Waverly and holding her hostage was a shock. She had seemed to be better than that last time we saw her. Then again, she was under the influence of a psychotropic drug. It’s perhaps fortunate that she wasn’t worse!

Sheriff Nedley telling the crowd that Wynonna is “one of their own”, and “what we made her” actually brought tears to my eyes. The fact that they listened was a relief – presumably they hadn’t had as much to drink as some of the others.

Fortunately, Officer Haught also hadn’t been drinking. I might have been as relieved as she was when Doc told her what was going on, and Dolls’ saying:

“Agent Haught…welcome to the Black Badge Division”

It’s about time that Haught became an “official” part of the Team.

Haught’s bullet-proof vest has been a huge hit with fans! As are Waverly’s declaration of love, and Wynonna’s approval. Of course, in true Wynonna Earp style, these occur at very inconvenient moments, and amidst humour, such as Haught’s indignant “Kind of?”, and Wynonna’s “Yep, you guys do that!” Considering Wynonna’s reaction to Fish’s revelation, her quick acceptance is not surprising, even if it took her a while to figure it out.

Speaking of figuring things out, this is really a guess, but I have a feeling that Juan Carlo is an Angel. He sent Doc back to help Wynonna. He talked to Wynonna at the end and then actually disappeared. He talked to Bobo before Willa opened the door. Bobo has had about 130 years of being a Demon. He’s developed significant powers, including his telekenesis, and seems to know quite a bit about what’s going on, including “the rules”. He tells Juan Carlo: “You’re not allowed to interfere, remember?”, and Juan Carlo backs off. Bobo also asked Juan Carlo: “What are you going to do? Tell on me?” This seems to indicate that there is some power that Bobo is accountable to, that Juan Carlo has access to. Then again, Bobo seems to be mocking Juan Carlo with the question, so perhaps that power is no longer available?

Bobo tells Juan Carlo: “I can save [Willa].” Perhaps he is hoping to have Willa feel love instead of hate as she opens the door. Juan Carlo even looks like he pities Bobo, and his attempt to save the human who is “too far gone”. It seems that Bobo really does love Willa. “Swans mate for life.” Willa referring to the townspeople as “meat sticks” is possibly a hint of where her head is at. When Willa is talking about killing the entire town, Bobo says to her: “You’re one sick puppy, in your own way.” Presumably, the 13 years or so (she was taken at 13, and “released” by the Stone Witch before she turned 27) living in a tree-house affected Willa’s thinking. Even before that, she’d spent her life being “trained” by Ward. The little we’ve seen of that included emotional abuse.  Bobo swears that he didn’t hurt or molest Willa, and that they fell in love later. When they met and kissed, this episode, it was Willa who was in control. After their failed attempt to open the door, Bobo leans on Willa for comfort and support. Yet, while he has his good points, Bobo is still a demon. His way of thinking would have influenced Willa’s. What is particularly interesting is that Willa had another visitor in the tree-house, “whispering promises in the dark”, but she didn’t tell Bobo about it. It will be fascinating to find out who that was, and what they were promising. Was it Juan Carlo, trying to influence her for good? Was it another Revenant, and what could they promise? Was it the Stone Witch, with her own agenda? Or was it someone entirely unexpected? Whoever it was, it seems clear that Bobo wouldn’t have been happy about it.

While we’ve seen Bobo do some dreadful things, we’ve also heard that Lou was “too sadistic” for Bobo. We know that he manipulated a 6-year-old Waverly, but also that she was happier with him than with her parents, and he has never harmed her, even though he’s probably had many opportunities to. He even tells Waverly that he used to watch the girls, and wonder how “a man like Ward…” (who beat his wife, and made a deal with a demon) “…ended up with so much goodness.”

It seems that Waverly was a “bonus” bundle of goodness. It’s possible that Willa knows Waverly isn’t really her sister: She’s about 7 years older, and spent a lot of time with Ward. If she’s not an Earp, she could be a baby that Ward’s wife conceived with someone else, maybe even Bobo. (I hope not, because that would be creepy: his “wife” would be his daughter’s half-sister.) Considering that Waverly comments on her mother not even remembering her birthday, it’s more likely that Waverly is from some other family. It sounds like Ward didn’t pay much attention to her either, so she must have been “placed” there, the Earp’s agreeing to, rather than initiating the arrangement. (BTW, I think Ward probably killed his wife, not that she left.) Who, then, is Waverly, really? Why was she with the Earps?

Right now, of course, Waverly is the “evil black goo-possessed” girl who’s about to shoot Wynonna.

I have a feeling that the very serious look on Wynonna’s face when Waverly asked “Are you ready?” with such a beautific smile, might mean that Wynonna noticed something. She might not be completely surprised by Waverly pulling the gun. Even if she is, Doc is “the fastest draw in the West”, and hopefully will knock the gun from Waverly’s hand before she can do anything dreadful. This final scene, is, of course, just one of the many reasons that we need Season 2 of ‘Wynonna Earp’: There’s still so much of the story to be told.


If you’re looking for more about Wynonna Earp, I’d suggest that you look to Twitter, and the many accounts tweeting #WynonnaEarp.

If you’ve enjoyed the first season as much as I have, join the campaign to #RenewWynonnaEarp by Tweeting @Syfy. Besides random requests, here are some coordinated times to join in!

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With love to the Wynonna Earp cast, crew and fandom, and looking forward to Season 2 (fingers crossed!)

Lyanna

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