Warning: This post contains all the spoilers for the second season finale of Wynonna Earp. Do not proceed unless you have seen "I Hope You Dance."
On Friday, fans of the SYFY series Wynonna Earp were treated to an emotional finale full of answers to old questions and brand-new questions yet to be addressed. Wynonna had her baby, the Demon Clootie rose, his wives died, Doc trapped Bobo in the bottom of his old well, Dolls breathed more fire, and Waverly discovered that while she isn't an Earp, she's also not demon spawn. It was a wild ride of an hour, but they saved the biggest twist for the end.
Mama Earp isn't so long lost after all. Not only is she alive and well and living pretty nearby, but she's been in touch with Wynonna and recently. And on top of all that, she seems to have quite a bit of information regarding the Earp curse that she's been sharing with her middle child.
While the season finale introduced us to the concept of Mama Earp's involvement in her daughters' lives, other than a voiceover and a blurry shot from behind, we didn't get a clear look at the missing Earp matriarch. Showrunner Emily Andras has hinted that Mama Earp will play a role in the upcoming Season 3, so the question is: Who will take on the role?
Of course, we're far too impatient to wait for an official casting announcement, so we're taking matters into our own hands. I gathered together some of my fellow Earpers here at SYFY Fangrrls, and we've put together a list of 10 women we'd kill to see next season on Wynonna Earp.
Let's get the obvious choice out of the way first, shall we? Who among us didn't immediate think that the perfect matriarch for a sisterhood of badasses would be the woman who played the biggest TV badass of them all? Not only is Lucy Lawless a mainstay of sci-fi and fantasy television and an iconic actress for her roles on Xena: Warrior Princess and BSG, but according to an interview with TV Line, she's also Andras' own bit of dream casting for the role of Mama Earp.
Who better than sci-fi's most famous mother to take on the role of Mama Earp next season? Linda Hamilton exploded into our hearts as the original Sarah Connor in the Terminator films and has since continued to appear in TV and movies. She played another ass-kicking mama in a turn on Chuck and even made a recurring turn on Lost Girl, where Andras previously served as head writer and executive producer.
If you've been a fan of SYFY programming for a while, then you know this name. Tapping is a staple of Canadian television, especially sci-fi. While most fans will recognize her from more than a decade playing Samantha Carter in Stargate: SG-1 and its spin-offs, she also had a starring role in the SYFY series Sanctuary (where she played another commanding matriarchal figure) and has appeared on everything from Supernatural to Killjoys.
If you've watched TV anytime in the last 30 years, you probably know Sela Ward. She's had a long an illustrious career in American television and film, playing a wide variety of characters. While she may not have an extensive background in genre media, Ward has appeared in a handful of science fiction films, including The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day: Resurgence. But what's most interesting about Ward are the characters she plays, who are nearly always strong, interesting women who command a room. You know, like that time she played the President.
I don't know about the rest of you, but there's a big big part of me that got a very specific vibe from that scene introducing Mama Earp to the fans. Namely, that there's a chance she might be Native American or First Nations. There's already a history on the show for tapping into Native mythology, so what better way to explore that avenue further? And who better to take on that role than the woman who played Disney's Pocahontas? Irene Bedard has been acting for decades and her turn as a Disney Princess is far from her only role. Most recently, she had a recurring role on the Stephen King adaptation series The Mist.
Sure, McDonnell is still starring on TNT's Major Crimes, but that doesn't mean she wouldn't have time to head up to Calgary to appear as Wynonna's long lost mother. Plus, it would be great to see BSG's former President Roslin back on SYFY as another commanding - and possibly deceitful - matriarchal presence. So say we all? Yeah, I thought so.
Another face that will be familiar to TV fans no matter the genre, Melinda Clarke has appeared on everything from CSI to Charmed to Firefly to The Vampire Diaries. Not only is she a veteran television actor with plenty of chops, but she has a history of playing mysterious women with something hidden just under the surface. I think that describes Mama Earp to a tee, don't you?
Sure she's mostly made her name in police procedurals - or playing cops and agents in other network dramas - so maybe it's time Jill Hennessy tried her hand a something a little more supernatural. We don't know exactly what kind of a person Mama Earp is gonna be, and that stalwart crime solver attitude might be exactly the kind of person who gave Wynonna and Waverly their stubborn exterior.
A little younger than the other entrants on our list, but no more fitting. Carmen Moore is a veteran television actress hailing from British Columbia. She's made appearances in Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, Supernatural, iZombie, Arrow, Bates Motel, and will soon be appearing in the Freeform adaptation of the British series Misfits. She's played everything from a cop's wife to a special agent so we have no doubt she could slip into the role of Earp matriarch.
It's actually a law that I have to include Gillian Anderson anytime I do any kind of fan casting. Not that I'm complaining. Anderson is a powerhouse of an actress and a constant star of our television lives. You might know her best as Agent Dana Scully on The X-Files, or as Stella Gibson on The Fall, or maybe as Dr. Bedelia du Maurier on Hannibal, or even as Media in her most recent turn on American Gods. Wherever you know her best, I don't think anyone would argue that the next place you should know her from is Wynonna Earp.