If you were to mention to the average person that you couldn’t wait to get back to Purgatory, they might respond with a strange look. The word itself tends to evoke any number of images, many of them affiliated with a place most would rather not find themselves. However, to the corner of the Internet devoted to the show
The show, which returns for its second season on Friday June 9, has been the recipient of some well-deserved praise and fan accolades for its thoughtful portrayal of LGBTQ-related storylines, its complex, multi-layered fictional females, and its whip-smart dialogue. And there’s even more good news for self-proclaimed “Earpers”: season two doesn’t lose any of that solid momentum. Our favorites might have to deal with a whole new set of problems, but at the heart they’re still the characters we fell in love with in season one. It’s what makes falling back into
While the first season was primarily devoted to Wynonna establishing the boundaries of the newly formed relationships in her life, season two revolves around building and growing those dynamics within the team she’s unexpectedly found herself spearheading. Things are noticeably tense between Wynonna and her sister Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley); the aftermath of their sister Willa’s death plays out in slow, buildable increments between them, creating small cracks in the foundation. Adding to the already-strained situation is the outcome of Waverly touching that mysterious black goo in the finale. It’s an act that leads to some serious repercussions for herself as well as the ones closest to her, including Officer Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell), who continues to try to juggle working both as a part of the Purgatory sheriff’s department and liaising her services to the mysterious Black Badge Division.
Season one also saw Wynonna’s longtime boss Xavier Dolls (Shamier Anderson) facing retaliation from BBD for withholding information and being hauled away to a secret location on charges of treason, and the show doesn’t waste time in picking up right where it left off there either, as Wynonna and Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon) try to make good on their plan to rescue him. Of course, things don’t always go swimmingly in the world of
As for romance, the show doesn’t skimp on that either, but all of the pairings feel a little more lived-in. Now, characters like Waverly and Nicole face not only the ramifications of that nasty black goo but also the logical next step in any long-term relationship: the balance of work life and love life. And while Wynonna herself didn’t finish out the first season with any serious beau, there’s an exciting undercurrent to her attempts to navigate (or ignore, depending on the day) that equally confusing and delicious tension between her and Doc, not to mention her shifting awareness of her connection with Dolls.
The monsters of season two are creepier than ever, yet the forces that create the most genuine scares over the first four episodes are the ones coming from inside the house. Purgatory plays host to more than the demon revenants that Wyatt Earp’s heirs are responsible for taking down, and these new monsters-of-the-week help to expand the mythology of
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