WYNONNA EARP – Season 2 Episode 11 – SPOILERS
WAVERLY: “So you think this world is under a spell? What, like Narnia, or Mar-a-Lago?”
Wynonna Earp disappeared at the end of the previous episode, the result of a spell cast by the Iron Witch (Rachel Ancheril). In this episode, the witch tells Waverly that what was cast is a “cheap glamour spell”. (A glamour spell is a sort of mass hypnosis that causes people to react to things in a specific way. There is no physical alteration of appearances.) If what the witch says is true, people in Purgatory who are under the influence of the spell are seeing the same things they usually see; they’re just interpreting what they see differently. Doc and Dolls never actually got shot, and that barn never exploded.
Bobo, the Widows, and Sheriff Clootie (those touched by the demonic, as the Iron Witch puts it) were unaffected by the spell, so the things they do actually happen. (Demons and revenants don’t accomplish much in this episode beyond breaking the third seal and waking up the long-entombed Clootie.)
In essence, people were caused to imagine what life would be like without Wynonna. It’s the inverse of what happened in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE when George Bailey was shown what the world would be like if he had never existed. The ultimate effect of the spell should be to make Purgatorians appreciate the Earp heir. The question is, how many of the townspeople will remember what happened? Nicole and Waverly were present when Gretta briefly lifted the spell, and so they will likely remember, and Doc was immune to the spell. But will Dolls and others remember the alternate existence they experienced?
Some relationships are too strong to be affected by such things. Waverly and Nicole are still in love, but Waverly believes herself engaged to her high school sweetheart, Perry Crofte (Patrick Kwok-Choon). This alteration of reality was likely suggested by her recent discovery of Nicole’s marriage. That didn’t change her feelings for Nicole, but it might have made her insecure about the future of their relationship.
The actual effects of the barn blast are much like what one would expect from a flash powder explosion (the type used in photography in Doc’s time). Perhaps some flash powder had been stored in the barn, or someone was for some reason manufacturing it there, and the equipment involved was perceived by everyone in the alternate existence as a meth lab. A small explosion, just enough to have a comic effect on Waverly and Nicole’s hair, resulted. The barn remained largely intact.
Sheriff Nedley was probably hospitalized after the events of the previous episode, so for folks to perceive him as dead wasn’t that large a leap.
Once the spell is broken, Wynonna wakes up lying on her back in a field. She remembers nothing of how she got there, and must have herself been affected by the glamour spell. During the time it was in effect, she may have had no idea who she was, or she might have believed she was someone else. Since she has no memory of it, we will likely never know which.
Vas Saranga (brother of WYNONNA EARP’s Varun Saranga) is the recurring character Dexter in the CBS series SALVATION (Wednesdays at 9/8c). He will next appear in episode twelve of that series, “The Wormwood Prophecy” (in which Darius, Grace and Harris join forces to prove the president was murdered). That episode is scheduled to air on 13 September.
Two songs by Zayde Wolf are featured in this episode. Strike a Match is playing when Nicole and Waverly fight their way through a crowd of revenants to get to the revenants’ homestead barn. King plays in the background as Bobo escapes from the mental hospital. Both songs are from the 2016 album RARE BREED.