If you’ve been on Twitter yesterday or today you might have noticed that both #WynonnaEarp and #FightForWynonna are trending. That might come as a surprise since Season 4 was confirmed way back in July. Is the show really in danger now? If so, why? We found what might be the answer.
Update: February 22, 2019
We have received a statement from IDW!
IDW is committed to continuing to tell the Wynonna Earp story. Much like the fans, we are passionate about not only the series, but the comics, the characters and the overall message that the Wynonna Earp franchise carries. We are in the process of working out the details for how the Wynonna story will continue and will share new details very soon.
The original story follows below.
First of all, a disclaimer. #FightForWynonna is an evolving story. There hasn’t been an official statement about this (which is part of the problem, SyFy and IDW!) so a lot of this is pulled together after the fact, and we’ll likely have to update this story as we learn more.
Still with us? Good, here’s what’s behind #FightForWynonna: there’s a money issue. Maybe.
When SyFy renewed Wynonna Earp back in July they apparently exercised some rights that led to IDW Entertainment needing to self-finance the show’s production for Wynonna Earp Seasons 4 and 5. The domestic rights for the show, which is what SyFy is paying for, cover about half the show’s production costs.
IDWE is trying to find foreign markets for Wynonna Earp (which should be easy considering Mexican Earpers have been flooding the #FightForWynonna hashtag) but for right now they’re short on cash. Other shows and projects are putting pressure on their finances. They’re having to take out bridge financing to cover the gap.
The financing report specifically lists Wynonna Earp as one reason for the loan.
This isn’t comforting for Earpers. When money or time run tight it’s often genre shows that get the ax. Remember Firefly and how it was cut TO MAKE ROOM FOR REALITY TV? It’s also unsettling that so many of the show’s cast and crew have Tweeted about the scare or jumped into the #FightForWynonna tag. They’re often among the first to know if a show is in danger so if they’re scared, Earpers are scared.
On the flip side, being specifically listed could be a good sign- like IDWE is showing the lenders they have amazing content that will make paying the loan back easy. Wynonna Earp is a strong show with an active fan base. #FightForWynonna started trending internationally off a now-deleted Tweet from showrunner Emily Andras about getting ready to fight for the show.
Right now there are more questions than there are answers. Neither SyFy nor IDWE have put out official statements about this (at least, not as we go to print) so all we can do is wait… and Tweet.
Social media campaigns have worked before, specifically for this amazing show whose fans got it a People’s Choice Award without being nominated just through write-in votes. If you want to see Wynonna Earp Season 4 (and find out how Waverly’s gonna get home to marry Nicole already) set up some scheduled Tweets to keep #FightForWynonna trending as long as possible.
Are you worried about Wynonna Earp or do you think fans panicking over nothing? Let us know in the comments below!
Khai is a writer, anthropologist, and games enthusiast. She is co-editor (alongside Alex DeCampi) of and contributor to “True War Stories”, a comic anthology being published by Z2 Comics. When she’s not writing or creating games, Khai likes to run more tabletop RPGs than one person should reasonably juggle.
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