There’s a new show in town, fangirls and fanbros, and it has rocked our world! We’re talking about Wynonna Earp, a new show created for TV by our favorite TV writer and beloved person Emily Andras. Before we say anything else about it: if you’re not watching it yet, go catch up (it’s airing on Syfy in the USA, CHCH in Canada, or you can buy it on Amazon Video or iTunes) because:
- It’s awesome, first and foremost
- This post contains spoilers
Also: we’re a T-shirt company with a mission (making the world a better and more equal place for girls and women), so we won’t bury the lede – we have new shirts and gear inspired by Wynonna Earp. They’re available until May 26 – get yours today!
Wynonna Earp is everything that has been missing from our TV lives. We love TV shows with strong women characters. Strong means a lot of things – it can mean a physically strong badass lady who catches and dispatches the bad guys and girls, but that’s not all. Strength is expressed in a variety of ways – through being vulnerable, being open to change, and by being supportive of your friends and loved ones.
That sums up Wynonna Earp, the title character. She is invested with demon-killing powers on her 27th birthday when she becomes the heir to her great-grandfather, Wyatt Earp’s legacy and inherits Peacemaker, his demon-killing gun. Thanks to her newly acquired superpowers, she can kick some demon ass. She rides a motorcycle, can drink most people under the table, and you don’t want to mess with her.
But Wynonna carries some serious guilt from horribly traumatic events that happened in her childhood. She was sent away to juvenile detention, and consequently, her younger sister Waverly Earp was left to fend for herself in a small town, bearing the burden and stigma of her family’s tumultuous history. When Wynonna returns to her hometown of Purgatory, Alberta, it’s to a sister who has grown up without her and in some ways apart from her, suspicious townfolk who remember Wynonna’s chaotic behavior as a young teenager, and a bunch of resurrected Revenants that she has to put down.
While Wynonna was away, Waverly lived with her aunt and uncle and had to forge her own path. Even now, in her early twenties, she still has a lot to figure out about what kind of life she wants to have, and who she is. That’s refreshing to see on TV – not everyone has it all figured out early on, and learning that we don’t have to live our lives to make other people happy or to meet expectations they have for you is a rare and wonderful thing to represent. Facing changes bravely and with honesty is another kind of important strength.
Despite their long separation, Wynonna and Waverly quickly affirm their mutual unconditional love for each other. Emily Andras described to Blastr how she pitched the show as “Frozen meets Buffy” on the strength of the sisterly relationship between the Earp girls.
There’s another character in the show, Officer Nicole Haught, who will have an important role to play both in the story and in Waverly’s journey of self-discovery. In the seventh episode of the series, some of her backstory was revealed through a night spent hanging out with Wynonna. There has been much buzz about a possible budding relationship between Nicole and Waverly, but she’s not just a love interest – she’s also a complex character in her own right.
If you follow TV news, then you probably heard that there was a big flap about CBS’ passing on a pilot of Nancy Drew, with one executive apparently saying that it skewed #TooFemale. Amid this, Wynonna Earp has been boldly telling a story week by week that centers around strong female characters in both lead and supporting roles. Read this blog post for a really incredible exploration of how Wynonna Earp is beginning to feel like a safe space for queer characters.
There is a strong fan community that has already risen around the show. Check out Wynonna Earp Fans for podcasts, blog posts, social media and interviews with the cast and creators. And subscribe to Fanalysis, a sci-fi and fantasy TV podcast from ASK Genre TV that reviews Wynonna Earp each week!
We’re a T-shirt company with a mission. We make T-shirts that celebrate awesome women characters and the TV shows that bring them to us. We donate a portion of sales to nonprofit organizations working to make the world a better place for girls and women. So both because we love this show and because we want to help spread a message of awesome female empowerment, we’ve made some shirts. We’ve got crewneck, V-neck, hoodies and tank tops. We even have stickers! They’re available until May 26. Go get ’em!
Here’s a link to the entire selection, or click any image below to go directly to that product.