If you find yourself counting down the minutes until this week’s midseason finale on Wynonna Earp, we’re guessing you aren’t alone. Plenty of fans are going to be eager to find out what happens after Nicole (Katherine Barrell) asked Jeremy (Varun Saranga) and Nedley (Greg Lawson) to kill her in order to break the Clanton’s spell on her. In this week’s episode, “Holy War: Part 2,” written by Brendon Yorke and directed by Ron Murphy, the gang will be racing to save Nicole, but in true Wynonna Earp fashion, be hindered by some unseen forces along the way.
Not intended to be a midseason finale, thanks to the global pandemic, shooting on Wynonna Earp Season 4 was halted after this week’s episode was shot as the world went into lockdown. However, the cast and crew of the series have resumed production and are currently shooting the last six episodes of the season in Calgary, AB. Writer and co-executive producer Yorke recently shared with The TV Junkies his thoughts on this week’s episode and the challenges of production resuming during COVID. He also reminisced about starting work on Season 4 and what it was like to conceptualize the Garden, as he also wrote the Season 4 premiere episode, “On the Road Again.”
The TV Junkies: I’ve talked to a few of the other Wynonna writers about their feelings surrounding returning for Season 4. What about you? How did you feel when you all finally got to get back at it and could move forward on Season 4?
Brendon Yorke: Wow – would you believe this happened almost exactly a year ago? Having been alongside Emily [Andras, showrunner] for the entirety of the “Fight For Wynonna” campaign and all the ups and downs that went along with it, what I felt mostly was disbelief. After the show being on life support, then gradually coming back to life, when at any time Emily could have got a call saying ”Nope, it’s done done,” were we actually about to start brainstorming how the hell we get our characters out of the Garden? It was like a gift that could have been snatched away at any given moment. But once we were in the writers’ room (technically the dining room of a house Emily and I rented during a renovation) it started to feel like it was probably going to happen.
TTVJ: You also tackled the Season 4 premiere episode. What were the biggest challenges for you in writing that episode?
BY: Challenge #1: Remembering what happened at the end of Season 3! It had been a while. But once we got down to it the biggest challenge was figuring out the practicalities of what the Garden would look like, and how Wynonna would manage to bring her friends back from another plane of existence. Obviously shooting in January in Calgary meant that the concept of a lush bountiful Garden of Eden type look would be impossible. We conceptualized it as sort of an anti-garden: A cold, sterile landscape which would be the exact opposite of what people might expect.