132 days. That’s how long Wynonna Earp fans lived in uncertainty. Similar to their beloved show, they had found themselves in a state of TV purgatory. Despite being renewed by SYFY and Space for a Season 4 and 5, financial issues with IDW Entertainment, the studio behind Wynonna Earp, caused production on the show to halt in early 2019. So for 132 days, Wynonna Earp fans began a #FightForWynonna campaign that let IDW, the networks and the world know how much they loved their show and wanted it back. From trending worldwide on Twitter to buying billboards in support of the show in Times Square, Earpers never let the Fight die and it worked! On July 2, it was confirmed that preproduction on Season 4 will resume in the fall and filming on Season 4 will begin in January 2020.
Now that it’s been a little over a week since the news about Wynonna Earp’s future was announced, The TV Junkies caught up with showrunner Emily Andras to reflect back on her thoughts about the Fight.
Don’t fuck with my family. ?
— Emily Andras (@emtothea) February 21, 2019
Andras’ took to Twitter on February 22, 2019 tweeting “Don’t fuck with my family,” which Earpers essentially took as a battle cry and that signaled the first signs of trouble for fans. Always one to have a close relationship with her fans through social media, Andras talks to us about the relief she felt once fans were aware and that she knew, along with the show’s cast and crew, that with the fans, they were all in this battle together.
Andras also shared with us how the fight of the Earpers has affected her personally and the lessons that she’s taken away from all of it. She talks about the dedication of so many of her fans, as well as those behind the scenes who worked tirelessly to make this deal possible. The Wynonna showrunner also discusses the important role the many fan conventions that have cropped up around the show played in keeping up morale of not only the fandom, but of herself and the cast. Wynonna Earp will have a presence at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con next weekend and Andras says that they plan to celebrate in full while there. However, once that’s over she will soon turn her thoughts towards Season 4 and carrying over the fans’ goodwill into the next season.
The TV Junkies: We’ve now had over a week to digest the information that work on Wynonna Earp Season 4 will resume later this year. Can you even believe the Fight is finally over? Has any of this sunk in yet?
Emily Andras: No, I can’t believe it! I feel like I have PTSD and am so scared of getting tricked that this is some glorious prank. I’m just so happy and so relieved. I feel like a weight has been lifted from my beautiful Canadian shoulders, and I have now moved into typical writing mode where I’m terrified that I actually have to do it, write it and make it good enough to reward all the Earpers. That’s a feeling I feel much more comfortable with though, that uncertainty and insecurity.
I’m just so grateful we didn’t have to wait until San Diego [Comic Con]. It took a long time, but the second the contracts were signed, the t’s were crossed and the i’s were dotted, we told the Earpers. I kind of like that it happened that way and I don’t think a lot of people saw it coming. It was just on a random July 2 and that was really fun.
TTVJ: When you sent out the rallying cry, did you have any idea that Earpers would respond the way they did and to that level?