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Calgarys supernatural modern western Wynonna Earp ramps up for Season 3

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It’s an unusual measure of success.

But Emily Andras, executive producer and showrunner of the Calgary-based cult series Wynonna Earp, points to the garish and gothic surroundings deep in the bowels of the Calgary Herald building as proof that the supernatural series has come into its own.

“That’s how you know you’ve made it,” she says.  “In Season 3, you finally get your demonic banquet.”

It is an undeniably cool set: There are three frightening chandeliers that look like they are made of bone. There is a massive dining table piled high with meat, including a partially ravaged pig and plenty of roasted chickens. Chairs are covered in fur. There are cages big enough to hold humans throughout the room. A fine mist of artificially created fog/smoke hangs over everything. 

And, as one of the less-demonic details, there’s a bottle of banana liqueur tucked among spirits of a more manly nature.

“Banana liqueur,” confirms Andras. “Nothing is too good for these demons.”

It is the final day of shooting Season 3 of Wynonna Earp, the supernatural modern western that has earned a strong cult following in its first two seasons. This elaborate set has sprung up in what used to be the paper-storage area of the Calgary Herald, not far from where the printing presses used to run. It’s dark and creepy and more-or-less empty these days, all of which makes it an effective spot for this ghoulish banquet. For inspiration, the art department reportedly took cues from Michael Joseph’s famous inside cover art for the Rolling Stones’ 1968 classic Beggars Banquet and set design from Ridley Scott’s campy 1985 fantasy movie Legend. Occasionally, the whole sequence seems to give off a supremely unsettling vibe that recalls Stanley Kubrick’s final film, Eyes Wide Shut.

Whatever the case, we can reveal very little about how all this comes into play in the final few episodes of Season 3. Wynonna Earp has built a reputation on plot twists and cliff-hangers in its first two seasons, which makes producers understandably wary about revealing too much about what’s to come. Andras grew up in Calgary and created Wynonna Earp based on Beau Smith’s cult comic-book heroine, watching it amass a fiercely loyal cult of fans called Earpers who are spread across the globe. While upcoming episodes may put our demon-hunting heroes into some typically uncomfortable situations, she says the third season found cast and crew achieving a comfort level in how to present the show’s unique tone.

“Season 3 does make it feel like you’ve really arrived,” says Andras. “Season 1 feels like: ‘Oh my God, is anyone going to watch it?’ Season 2 feels like maybe you tricked them when they weren’t looking into giving you another season. Third season feels like it’s an actual thing. I think there’s a confidence to this season, and I mean that in the positive sense of the word. We really know what we are as a show. Tonally, we know the audience is here for the shifts in mood. You’ll be peeing your pants one second, screaming in horror the next and hopefully crying if we get to you. You see it in the cast performances and the crew. I feel like everyone is more invested this year, but because of that we’re more ambitious than ever this season. We want to keep challenging ourself with what we can do with our very underdog Canadian budget. We just want to keep pushing.”

While Andras says ratings for the series, which airs in the U.S. on Syfy and on Space in Canada, have been steady, there is no official word yet of whether there will be a Season 4 — which makes the last day of Season 3 particularly emotional for cast and crew. Along with the banquet scene, there is also a sequence that involves some gunplay and, just maybe, suggests an interesting twist that fans won’t see coming. The final scene of the day, also shot at the Calgary Herald, is of our three heroes — Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano), her sister Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon) — walking with steely-eyed determination in front of a green screen, a shot scene that will reportedly be used for a new opening-credit sequence.

“I feel in my heart that we’ll be back,” says Rozon. “I hope we’ll be back. All I want to do is come back. But mostly I’m feeling gratitude, No. 1, just to be able to do this season and have the wonderful arc that I was given by the writers and creator and not take for granted the honour it was to get to do that. And now, there’s sadness that it’s over and hopefulness that I get to do it all over again.

“There something about putting on the hat and guns and growing the moustache that just really, really makes me happy.”

As fans of the show know, Season 2 will be hard to beat when it comes to twists and turns in the plot. For one, there was a new Earp introduced into the fray. Alice Michelle, the daughter of Wynonna and Doc, was born in Season 2 and is now being kept far away from her parents and the demons they battle. The plot twist reflected a real-life one, when Scrofano informed producers before Season 2 went into production that she was expecting. The decision was made to just go with it, incorporating the pregnancy into the Earp storyline and throwing out parts of the planned Season 2 plot arc that had already been written.

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