Season 4 of Wynonna Earp officially began production on Jan. 15 in a studio in Calgary. As with all TV series, preparation had been ongoing for months.
But creator and showrunner Emily Andras admits it didn’t completely seem real to her until she heard the word “action” on the Wynonna set last week for the first time since May of 2018.
In reality, there was no real doubt that Season 4 was going ahead. In July, Calgary’s Seven24 Films officially announced the season was a go after months of uncertainty over funding woes. In the fall, Andras and her writers gathered to develop a story arc. But given the long, strange journey the supernatural modern western had to its fourth season, Andras can be forgiven for waiting until that first day of shooting before sighing a final sigh of relief. She even jokes that a small part of her thought the lead-up could be some elaborate prank and the rug would be pulled out from under the production at the last second.
“There are people here lifting heavy equipment, setting up lights, actors looking fabulous and people smiling,” says the Calgary-raised Andras, who took some time to chat with Postmedia from the set of Wynonna Earp last week on the first day of shooting. “I think today feels official to me. I just feel delighted. I just feel like I’m home.”