Wynonna Earp: Colder Weather
Original air date: August 3, 2018
This episode dealt solely with grieving the death of Dolls. This wasn’t a sugar-coated episode, where everyone cried for two seconds and then went on with the day. The portrayal of each character’s grief process was the probably the realest thing I’ve ever seen on television. There were tears, yelling, drinking, inappropriate giggling… and through it all they were all there for each other.
I usually shy away from heavier episodes. I don’t like dealing with the unpleasant feelings (in shows); I like the action and the comedy. As sad as this episode is—it is the best, well-acted episode of the series. From the funeral arrangements to Wynonna’s drunk target practice, the grief was palpable. I think this episode wasn’t just for the characters to grieve, but for us the audience as well. By the time Dolls remains were set in the ground, I felt like everything was going to be okay. It won’t be the same, but it will be alright.
(Me preparing for the episode.)
This series has death in every episode, so it is easy to become immune to it. Bringing the series back to a very grounded place gives the characters and the audience a vested interest. We love these characters, and grieving with them has given us a bond. In a way, Dolls death was necessary: the stakes got real. So far Wynonna and the gang have always triumphed; there needed to be a loss so that they (and the audience) didn’t get complacent. The threat of Bulshar is now tangible– he isn’t just some looming shadow figure, but a very dangerous enemy. Their first encounter led to a death that I’m sure that will weigh heavily on them as they move forward.
On a lighter note, I will admit I was hornswoggled. (Has Doc used that word? I feel it is a very Doc word.) I was so consumed by the Bulshar plot and the Eurotrash vampires I missed what was right in front of us. The vampire that kidnapped Doc was named Kate. As in “Big Nose” Kate Horony (nee Márie Katalin Horony), Doc Holliday’s common-law wife in real life. It wasn’t until she said she was his wife, did all that fall in place for me. Next time I’m in Arizona I’m will hang my head in shame—it should have been obvious.
Well, now that I got that off my chest, I am curious as to whether Kate’s appearance is a good thing. She obviously knows things; her tarot cards seem to be spot on thus far and it looks like she knows some stuff about Waverly. Will she use this information for good or evil? I really want her to be a friend to the group, as they need all the help they can get. More importantly than that, I really want to see Wynonna’s reaction to finding out that Doc has a wife! There is going to be some drama.
Finally, I am also curious to learn more about how Nicole survived the Cult of Bulshar attack when she was a child. Who saved her? Is there something supernatural about her? I can’t wait to learn more! I hope that the series will give us a little respite from the heavy stuff and we get to learn more about Nicole, Kate and Waverly. Then let’s kick Bulshar’s ass!