IDW brought cast and crew from the SyFy show Wynonna Earp to Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo this weekend. They did a panel yesterday and have signings all weekend, and you can pick up the comics (both old and new) at the publishers booth on the con floor. I attended the panel, moderated by my new best friend Donna Dickens of Uproxx, my first in-person experience with the people involved with this show. It was ACES.
We got to see the season two trailer on the projection screen, and in this case bigger is better. Next season looks incredible. Not just the setting, which cast members and writers alike both complimented and bemoaned. Alberta winters are brutal, and filming in the snow can be difficult on the body, but the shots are freaking gorgeous. In general the show is growing, adding new cast members (I see you, Brendan Fehr) including Varun Saranga, who was delightful on the panel. (His character, Jeremy, works for Black Badge. He says he wears a lot of hoodies and a lab coat, so maybe an ME? Will he be the Ravi of the Earp universe?) It’s also growing in scope, adding more bad guys – and animals (lizard!Dolls!) to the lineup. Basically, it looks EXTRA badass.
Obviously showrunner Emily Andras and the other panelists were asked a lot of questions about season two, which premieres on June 9th, and even bribed with bourbon, but they couldn’t give too much away. We do know, thanks to a fan question, how gay the new season will be. Emily asks us to think of “a dolphin at Studio 54,” glitter bombs, disco balls, basically “capital G Gay.” Bless. Our fave mod ever also asked if there could ever gen poly representation on the show, because all love triangles should be resolved by poly relationships. And honestly, who wouldn’t want to see a Doc/Dolls/Wynonna threesome?! Emily playfully responded, “Maybe. It’s a grown-up show.” I’m going to pretend she meant it and we’ll get that canon OT3 eventually.
The cast and creators are super active on social media, especially during the airing of each episode, and a fan wanted to know why they feel that interaction is so important. Tim Rozon, the only Doc Holliday anyone needs and all around lovely human, said they are all very aware of the role that fandom and social media played in getting their little underdog show a second season. Interacting with the fans is his way of paying those fans back. And they all said that the love and support they receive via social media far outweighs any negative interactions they may have with trolls. It was really a lovely sentiment, and exactly the sort of thing that endears a fandom to a show.
I watched season one sort of casually, and loved it’s cast, the Wild-West-Buffy kind of premise, and the Merlin-style over the topness from the beginning. But seeing the cast in person and hearing them talk about the show and the fandom has made me a full-on fan. If you haven’t watched Wynonna Earp yet, the first season is now on Netflix. Plenty of time to catch up before season two premieres!