Enter season 4. Whereas it could be simple to learn this as the last word “Nicole Haught has been left behind” plot level (each for the ultimate showdown and the backyard rescue), the story decisions have had the alternative impact. Nicole is now central to each episode of Wynonna Earp in a method she wasn’t earlier than, and in a method few different characters have ever been for a stretch of six episodes – and maybe extra.
By selecting Nicole because the character to be left behind, the Wynonna Earp writers discovered a method to showcase all the pieces that makes her particular. Nicole saved issues occurring her personal, however moderately than that being a standard “conserving the house fires burning” gender essentialist kind of position, it’s a present of her power as a mentor, a pacesetter, a fighter, an investigator, and a grounding emotional middle. It’s laborious to think about another character going by 18 months of isolation, panic, and demoralization at shedding their love, their pals, and their job, because the city devolved round them. However Nicole defends the homestead, devises traps, and even tried operating a marketing campaign for sheriff. She mentors Rachel, a task that one would possibly assume would usually go to Wynonna, however as an alternative offers a chance to see extra of Haught’s expertise as a pacesetter/homosexual aunt.
For actor Kat Barrell, this season has given her a larger alternative to point out off her vary. At all times a spotlight of the proficient forged, her flip as Eve in “Friends in Low Places” was scrumptious, bringing in a very totally different perspective than we’ve ever seen exhibited by Haught, in addition to the enjoyable dynamic of Eve-as-Haught to toy with us. Barrell has subtly layered in hints at the potential for PTSD lingering for Nicole because of the trauma of the final 18 months, whereas main with extra outstanding feelings, like Nicole’s happiness to see everybody return. She additionally had the problem of enjoying a Nicole who couldn’t say what she had carried out within the mid-season finale, having to appear to be she was attempting to admit to Waverly and the gang whereas on the similar time convey her personal interior turmoil to the viewers.
When Nicole and Wynonna refer to at least one one other as “greatest pals” within the season 4 premiere, it rings a bit hole. However, by the mid-season finale, their friendship feels rock strong and foundational to the present, in the identical method that Doc and Waverly’s relationship, Wynonna and Nedley’s, or Doc and Jeremy’s does. Nicole and Wynonna have gone effectively previous their earlier equilibrium wherein that they had agreed to place any variations apart with the intention to do what’s greatest for Waverly and the crew. Afterward within the premiere, after the compelled declaration of greatest friendship, we see Wynonna struggle for Haught’s life and ship her distinctive mix of joking round and displaying real concern for her life, surpassing her obligation to avoid wasting her sister’s like to exhibit her personal appreciation and affection for Nicole’s grit. It’s been enjoyable to see them commerce roles, with Wynonna supporting Nicole’s lead in missions. When Haught finally faces how her time alone has affected her, she’ll want one other type of Wynonna’s help.
Lastly, one of many biggest presents of season four has been the centering of WayHaught. Nicole and Waverly’s love story has eclipsed Wynonna and Doc’s in prominence, a rarity for a queer couple on display for even an episode, by no means thoughts within the sustained method that the show, its stars, and fans have long prioritized WayHaught. Wynonna Earp broke with the trope of chaste queer pecks on the cheek (I see you, Trendy Household), giving us a reunion intercourse scene that’s equal elements sizzling and loving, and utterly in step with the on-screen chemistry and romantic historical past of the couple. In any case, it could be unusual for 2 individuals who tease each other (and are teased by their pals) about hooking up everywhere in the Earp homestead to not instantly, ya know, have intercourse everywhere in the Earp homestead. On a present the place Wynonna has had acrobatic intercourse in/on each car on the town or piece of farm gear within the barn, it solely is sensible. And after the 12 months and a half she’s had, Nicole deserves a while along with her fiancé.