“Wynonna Earp” Is Officially Coming Back for Season 4, Canadian Gays Win Again

For months, the status of Wynonna Earp has been in limbo, and for months I’ve been terrified I’d have to write an obituary for this show that is so near and dear to my heart, but I’m happy to say I’m here with good news: WYNONNA EARP IS OFFICIALLY COMING BACK FOR SEASON FOUR!!

While it’s becoming increasingly easier to find shows with decent queer representation, sometimes it feels like it’s increasingly harder to keep shows on the air. These past two years have seemed extra egregious, with the cancellation of shows like Everything Sucks and One Day at a Time (that was thankfully saved by Pop TV but the sting of the cancellation still hurt). Even shows like Abby’s seem like they barely got a chance to get off the ground before they were taken away.

When Wynonna Earp was renewed for Season Four only one episode into Season Three, it was a huge relief. Fans of the show, myself included, were able to watch the rest of the season without the worry of cancellation lingering above our heads the whole time. We could just sit back and trust that, whatever happened with Waverly and Nicole, they would both survive, and they would both be back for at least one more season.

waverly and nicole kiss

Oops I dropped this.

And it wasn’t just our angelic bisexual and soft butch sheriff returning to us. It was the themes of friendship and sisterhood, fighting your inner demons, smashing the patriarchy. Themes of letting people in, letting people down, lifting people up. It was about love and loss and, above all, family. Sometimes found, sometimes blood, always chosen. And how when you have people to fight for, you never give up.

That’s why it was all the more devastating when we learned, a few weeks past when production would have normally started for a new season, that IDW was delaying production because of financial issues. What’s worse, the possibility that they wouldn’t fund the series — which we have since learned that SyFy had already agreed to renew for a fourth AND fifth season — was a real concern. But Earpers set out to remind the world of something Clexa fans have already proven: that fandom doesn’t have to be all ship wars and inside jokes. Fandom can be a movement.

All it took was a tweet from showrunner Emily Andras that warned of a potential to soon have to maybe fight for the show, and within hours #FightforWynonna was trending on Twitter. As time went on and the fight felt more desperate, instead of losing hope or moving on to other fandoms, Earpers just upped their game. They bought digital billboards in Times Square and physical billboards in California. Actors and writers showed up to what was becoming Earp Square to see the Earpers in action, some even taking out billboards of their own to thank the fans for the ceaseless fighting.

And that’s another thing; while obviously these actors and writers couldn’t sit around waiting and have started on other projects here and there, none of them just wrote this off as a gig gone bad, a thing of the past. They were all in this fight too, tweeting and rallying and fighting alongside us. Emily rekindled our hope as much as she could as often as she could (and maybe even sometimes when she couldn’t) and never took the support for granted. The content of the show alone is enough to fight for, but it’s the people behind the scenes that make it easier to keep fighting when the going gets tough. We had people to fight for, so we never gave up.

Wynonna and Waverly smile

I would tear DOWN billboards with my bare hands to keep smiles on these faces.

Once in Season Two, I was tweeting about how perfectly gay an episode was, Emily Andras tweeted back at me, “We can get gayer.” A promise she has continued to follow through on. But her follow up tweet is also just as relevant then as it is now: “But we need more time.”

And luckily, now we have it.

Just a nerdy, TV-loving, Twitter-addicted Hufflepuff who loves reading, watching, and writing about stories. One part Kara Danvers, two parts Waverly Earp, a dash of Cosima and an extra helping of my own brand of weirdo.

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    • Not saying there are angelic queer forces at work, BUT– #FightForWynonna and #SaveODAAT both triumphed within one week… and in the middle of that week was the NYC queer liberation march/50th anniversary of Stonewall. I think the spirits of our departed ancestors are pleased. 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈

      • And on the same day ODAAT was saved, the Amar a Muerte producers announced that queer couple Juliantina are getting not only a spinoff series, but a movie as well — and fans get to suggest storylines.

  1. I’M SO HAPPY IT’S BACK!!! That said, I’m also a little disappointed it will take so long to start filming. Partly for the wait, but mostly because I was realllllllly hoping that the one positive out of this whole mess would be that season four could film some time that wasn’t the dead of Canadian winter. *siiiigh* I want to see Wayhaught in the summer SUN you guys! 🙁

  2. I got into the fandom in February, right as folks were figuring out that there was a problem, so I’ve literally never known anything but the #FightForWynonna! The community (and the fanfic lol) have kept me going but I’m SO. EXCITED. to get to be part of this fandom when the show’s, you know, ALIVE AND KICKING. I haven’t been part of a fandom in years and I’ve never been part of one that’s so vivacious and friendly. I TALK to people. I interact with them on twitter! I’m going to a CON, where I’ll see my internet friends in real life, for crying out loud. This is a lot of writing but I’m SO. FRIGGIN. EXCITED.

    Wynonna won!

  3. I was literally introduced to the wonders that is Wynonna Earp not two weeks ago during a Canadian-USA road trip with my sibling, and despite spending the majority of time in a car, I managed to binge watch the all three seasons while on the road. I’m kinda mad at myself for getting into this show so late – it’s totally up my alley what with the Western themes and Stetsons and leather jackets and freakin’ supernatural elements along with witty quips that is so reminiscent of Buffy PLUS a seriously epic love story but hey, I guess better late than never, right? So yeah, this is great news indeed. Super, super, SUPER stoked.

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