WYNONNA EARP – Season 2 Episode 8 – SPOILERS
With the aid of a pentagram, Peacemaker, and Wyatt Earp’s badge, Wynonna goes on what Juan Carlos calls a spirit quest. She has an out of body time traveling experience and learns how Bobo Del Rey became a revenant, where the third seal is hidden, and who the widows are. After being rescued from the burning church that housed the pentagram, she dies for seventy-seven seconds, and then is revived by either someone from the local fire department (The Order), or Dolls (it is not clear which).
When the Earp heir dies, all the revenants he or she has sent to the underworld return. Wynonna was dead for 77 seconds, and there are a total of 77 revenants. (There seems to be no reason for this bit of numerical synchronicity, as some of the revenants were alive, and some were dead at the time Wynonna died.) All seventy-seven revenants should be alive again now. This includes Killer Miller who brought the darkness in Episode 1.2. Miller comes to mind because Doc Holliday treats us to a (most likely apocryphal) story about how Miller was “filled full of lead” by Wyatt Earp.
Ambrose and Levi, the romantic revenants from Episode 1.5, will also have returned. Maybe they’ll get together quickly, stay far away from the heir, and live a long and happy life together. There’s Jonas, the fellow who might be the father of Wynonna’s kid, who was just put down in the previous episode. He’ll be back to boast and make trouble for Wynonna. And then there’s Bobo, whom we actually see come to life again.
Bobo (Michael Eklund) was inadvertently killed by Peacemaker. Sometime in the 1880’s, Purgatory’s Sheriff Clootie, a demon, was using him as a human shield against Wyatt Earp’s bullets. Svane told Wyatt to take the shot, and the bullet passed through Svane and into the Sheriff. The Stone Witch tells Svane that he is included in the curse on Wyatt’s descendants. This may or may not have been true (the curse was cast by the Sheriff, not by Constance). It is implied that Svane might have avoided the curse had he committed a truly selfless act and helped Doc escape from the well, but he was jealous of Doc’s friendship with Wyatt and instead tried to trick Holliday into giving up the ring that gave him immortality.
The sheriff did not die, could not be killed, and so was buried alive behind three magical seals (the last of which is the ring Doc wears) by his wife, Constance Clootie, who apparently did not like her husband very much. The widows are Sheriff Clootie’s other two wives, and they are trying to find and break that third seal to release him.
When Dolls insisted that Wynonna shoot Hypnos (in Whiskey Lullaby, Episode 2.6), it seemed that Wynonna began to realize that some demons are maybe not as bad as others, and that it might not be necessary to kill all of them. (When Nicole and Waverly did not track Poppy (Kiana Madeira), the cleverly named daughter of Hypnos, when she ran off, Wynonna told Waverly: “She’s not the enemy.” It might be that the ability to form alliances with some demons and possibly some of the revenants is central to eventually breaking the curse, but such an approach might precipitate conflict with Dolls.
Waverly needs to know her ancestry, so she has her DNA tested. Nicole makes the mistake of trying to keep the results from her, and the two have a bit of a falling out.
From Waverly’s reaction to her DNA analysis, we can assume that she is not a blood relative of the Earp family. (She has only Wynonna to compare her DNA to. The test should tell her if she and her sister have the same mother, but a different father, or if they are entirely biologically unrelated.) Waverly has some sort of connection to Bobo, and Wynonna might paradoxically have created that connection while time traveling. (She told Bobo, then known as Robert Svane, that Waverly was his “angel”.) Bobo’s relationship to the Earp sisters is complex and still not fully understood. He rescues Waverly from an icy pond, tricks her into burying a talisman that allows The Seven to attack the Earp Homestead and kidnap Willa. Then he falls in love with Willa. He might be Waverly’s father, but even if he’s not, he probably knows who is.
It seems unlikely that Waverly will turn out to be a key of some kind created by The Order.
The death of Juan Carlos (Shaun Johnston) is the latest in a series of departures of older characters on the show. Shorty and Judge Cryderman died in Season One. Gus hasn’t been seen since she sold the bar to Bobo, and Sheriff Nedley has announced his intention to retire.
Rayisa Kondracki (Constance Clootie in WE Season One) is Anna in the made-for-TV thriller SLEEPER, the story of Jennifer (Kara Kilmer), a woman who begins to question who her husband Freddy really is after seven years of marriage. After a miscarriage, Jennifer begins to question whether the spark may be gone. Then Jennifer catches Freddy in a few minor lies, and when a sudden accident throws Freddy into a coma, a larger story begins to unfold, making her question if she ever really knew the man. Filming in Montreal was completed in June. Broadcast details have yet to be confirmed.
New Touch, an unreleased song by CAVEBOY, is playing in the background when Rosita arrives at Shorty’s with the piñata. The group plans to release their next album sometime in the fall, and “New Touch” will probably be on it.
Peter Skagan (Shorty) is Mr. Cravens in DEAD AGAIN IN TOMBSTONE, a film in which Guerrero (Danny Trejo) returns from the dead once more to protect a stolen relic which has the potential for creating hell on earth from getting into the hands of a gang of renegade soldiers. Marnie Madden (worker #1 in Episode 1.5) and Gwyn Auger (party guest in Episode 1.13) make uncredited appearances in the film, which will be released directly to DVD and Blu-Ray on 12 September. DEAD AGAIN IN TOMBSTONE (the first sequel to the 2013 film DEAD IN TOMBSTONE) can be pre-ordered from Amazon. A trailer is available on YouTube.