Keeping Up With The Earps: 3×01

Welcome, Earpers, to my first attempt at whatever this is. There is A LOT going on in this show and it’s very easy to miss something that could be important. Since I have little else to do besides rewatch and think about Wynonna Earp, I thought I would offer up this kind of “cheat sheet”. It’s broken down into two main sections, first a look at the specific episode, the second part is kind of a deep dive into mysteries and clues surrounding all the main characters and entities.

Disclaimer: Nothing included in this post should be taken as absolute fact. Even information that I took directly from the show is stated as I see it and is in no way endorsed by anyone officially linked to the show.

Brief 3×01 Recap: R.I.P. Lonnie

It has been 19 weeks since Bulshar aka The Demon Clootie was awakened and Alice Michelle was sent away from the Ghost River Triangle to keep her safe. The whole gang is together hunting Revenants with a renewed sense of motivation to break the curse. In addition to reducing the population of demon outlaws they’re also trying to find information that will lead them to big bad himself.
Hot European Vampires have made their way to the GRT to witness Bulshar retaking power. They glamored much of the town and gathered them at a party where the Original families aka The Old Ones, the ones who were in Purgatory when Bulshar was shot and entomed, will be captured and handed over to Bulshar as tribute. The rest of the townspeople will just be vampire food.
The vampires are defeated and it seems our heroes (and the audience) can take a breather, but no, that can’t be right, this is Emily Andras we’re talking about. The episode ends with a brutal, yet beautiful crash in which the truck carrying Wynonna and Waverly flips several times. Waverly is dragged off by someone whose identity is hidden as she screams for Wynonna.
Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

Gems You May Have Missed:

  •  Maybe something, maybe nothing: When Doc asks what Jeremy is doing in the basement, Jeremy hesitates and Doc suggest “tweaking Dolls drugs”, Jeremy quickly says yes. The way Jeremy paused and quickly agreed to the answer Doc gave seemed a little deliberate and a little suspicious to me.
  • When a vampire starts to lead Waverly to the the “Original Families” area Waverly protests, which is odd enough given her agreeable glamored state, and she intently says that “this isn’t right…”. Meaning she knows she shouldn’t be included in the Original Families category because she’s not an Earp? Or maybe her survival instinct is kicking in and she is realizing that this is not going to turn out well for any of them

Answers to questions you may have:

  • Just let it go that Mama was sitting on a cliff at the end of Season 2, maybe it was recreation day in the Psych ward of the Prison.
  • Petra glamored Nicole before Waverly got into the bathroom. Waverly just didn’t see Petra when she first went in.

Favorite Lines:

Agent Xavier Pamala Dolls?
Oh! You made me pee a little.
Her name is Petra, she’s a vampire, and I love her.
Please be a surprise Rhianna concert. Please be a surprise Rhianna concert.
Come in.
I’ll tell you what you can eat: a dick.


The Big Picture

My attempt at the timeline:

  • Bulshar entomed: approx 130 years ago
  • Wyatt died: 1929
  • Willa Born: 1987
  • Wynonna Born: 1988*
  • Waverly “Born”: Sept 8 1994*
  • Mama left: 1999**
  • Attack on the homestead: May 2000
  • Wynonna comes of age: 2015*
    *What we know for sure is that the attack was in 2000 and that Wynonna was 12 and Waverly was 6 when it happened. Keep in mind when doing the math, that Emily wrote the pilot in 2015. It all falls apart if you try to use the air date for the math. Also, because the month someone is born can mess up the math, this is all kind of give or take a year.
    **The original line was that Waverly was 4 when Mama Earp left, making me think it was two-ish years before the attack, but in 3×01 Wynonna says that Mama had only been gone six months when the Homestead was attacked.

Season Three Credits Breakdown:

  • Angel with one wing in an old cemetery. Surrounded by several dead looking trees. When we zoom in the the angel is wrapped up by a large snake.
    – This should be especially interesting to folks who subscribe to the “Waverly is an Angel” theory.
  • More ugly trees, the biggest one in the forefront has half a face

Main players: What we know about what we don’t know

Most of this will be things that were shown or stated in the show, however I am including theories that I feel strongly about, those theories with be in italics.

Mama Earp aka Michelle Gibson

  • Mother to Wynonna and Waverly. *
  • Rodeo star in 1996
  • has been in prison since she “left”.
  • Based on the voiceover at the end of season 2, she has knowledge about Bulshar
  • Hears voices that talk to her about Bulshar, Wynonna calls this “new”.”
  • Doesn’t want to leave prison.
  • I refuse to believe that it’s a coincidence that Mama Earp and the Widows wore the same perfume (I don’t know how to spell it…Shalotel?).
    *Michelle clearly considers Waverly her daughter, whether or not she gave birth to her is a debate for further down the page.

Wynonna Earp
– Most of the mystery surrounding Wynonna has to do with the years she was away from Purgatory and doesn’t seem like it’s going to have much of an implication on the show (I’ve heard it’s explored more in the comics).

  • Earp heir
  • Great hair

Waverly Earp-ish

  • We know she’s not an Earp, but it’s still up for debate if Michelle is her mother or not. We know Mama referred to Waves as her “angel” and when Wynonna is leaving the prison Michelle shouts that her “daughters” are off limits. I tend to believe that Michelle is her mother, on of the things I base this on is reading interviews where Emily specifically talks about the mystery of Waverly’s “father”.
  • I agree with the popular theory that she is not 100% human, even though we know she’s not a revenant. There have been a lot of possible clues that allude to this, most notably possible hints about her being an angel.
  • Bobo referred to her as “kin”.
  • Promised to Bulshar by Bobo.

Xavier Dolls
Like Wynonna, there are plenty of questions, but I’m not going to dig TOO deep unless I think it’s going to have an impact on the show in the near (this season) future.

  • taken as a child by BBD (per Ewan in S2)
  • Is what Black Badge made him (a dragon)
  • I think he has more of an interest or more knowledge regarding Nicole than he has let on, but I’ll talk more about that in Nicole’s section. 

John Henry Doc Holliday
Like Dolls, there are plenty of questions, but I’m not going to dig TOO deep unless I think it’s going to have an impact on the show in the near (this season) future

  • Knows “Countessa” from his past, seems to care at least a bit for her “what have they done to you?”

Jeremy Chetri

  • has some kind of psychic* abilities, likely stemming from an accident he and his mother were in when he was a kid.
    *maybe not the right word, but they shown times where he knew things that it didn’t make sense for him to know, like that “Wayhaught” needed Doc to meet the baby or when his groin told him Doc was alive.

Nicole Haught

  • Says the first time she heard the name Bulshar it “twigged” something in her. She also had a panic attack when she saw Bulshar’s mark carved into a body at a crime scene.
  • Feels like she is “supposed” to be in Purgatory. Feels like she has been in Purgatory before.
  • Dolls picked her to keep Bulshar’s ring safe.
  • Is “the” Cult of Bulshar survivor. Up for debate if she’s saying she survived one of the massacres or if she escaped from the cult. The way she tells Waverly that she is “THE” survivor seems significant, like there might be more meaning behind it then her “just” escaping the cult. 
  • I think there is something to the fact that Dolls was so eager to do whatever it took to save Nicole last season, even going so far as to say he would “order” Waverly to hand over the third seal to save Nicole. I also think his eagerness to have Nicole working on the Bulshar stuff is worth noting.


  • vampire
  • knew Doc in their past. Seems to care at least bit for him saying that what they did to her was something she didn’t want them to do to her.
  • admits to Doc that she did come back “for” him.

Bulshar/ Cult of Bulshar:Cult

  • Entomed for over 130 years ( I know I should know the exact time, but I can’t find it).
  • Somehow makes creepy trees that are probably people pop up all over the place.  I assume that is what he is doing with the Vampire at the end of 3×01 “You will show others the path”.
  • Specifically wants decedents of the Original Families of Purgatory.
  • Per texts convos from Yarn: People have going missing in the woods. We don’t know what happens to someone once the trees get them, but based on at least one of the victims the trees could be targeting the Original Families for Bulshar. Claude Simone was one of the people who went missing and according to Waverly the Simones “have been in Purgatory forever”.
  • There have been massacres linked to the Cult of Bulshar every 7 years since at least the 1920s. BBD file started in 1926, but the massacres were likely happening before that.
  • Per a BBD file shown on Yarn there was a massacre in 1996 at a family campground in the GRT. The incident was a fire and ruled a natural disaster with “no survivors” (hmm interesting) The file also includes pictures of “new” bushes which were burned, as well as Bulshar’s mark in a tree, unburned.
  • The victims of the massacre at Pussy Willows died simultaneously by a serrated blade, but there was no murder weapon to be found

Black Badge Division:

  • Supposedly a highly classified branch of the U.S. Marshalls, but as we according to Agent Moody BBD “isn’t a government agency, never was.”
  • They disappeared from the Ghost River Triangle
  • Early members include Robert Svane aka Bobo Del Rey.
  • All the main characters except for Nicole have signed a contract in blood.


Ok, friends, that’s all I have for this week.  Feel free to discuss theories in the comments. If you think I got something totally wrong from the show that I should correct, please offer proof. Also, like I said at the beginning this is attempt #1, if there is something you think should be taken out or something you think should be added, please let me know.

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5 thoughts on “Keeping Up With The Earps: 3×01

  1. I think you did a great job in summarizing everything up till now including things I had not thought about like Dolls insisisting on saving Nicole. It was very thought provoking and thorough.

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  2. This is great! I’m heavily tracking everything too, and am happy someone else is going balls deep in theories. One thing I think is significant is that Mama Earp was a rodeo star in 1996, and there was also a Cult of Bulshar massacre in 1996.

    A few other things I’ve noticed:
    The Doc and Wynonna scene at the end of 301 is bookended with a few clues, I think? Doc looks at a tarot card “the lovers” (brief paraphrased description) which means someone is going to have to make a choice between two people, and will have consequences. And then at the end of the scene Wynonna says “what’s gotten into you” and Doc replies “something I thought was lost”. I think this whole scene is talking about contessa being back in Doc’s life and hints to what his journey might be this season.

    When Doc wakes up in a panic at the bar the camera lingers on a stranger for what seems like too long for it to not be significant. So that might be a character of importance later.

    Love all of your observations! Always down to discuss theories!


    1. Oops, one more thing. I also thought it was interesting that the Vampire leare said Wyatts CHOSEN descendant has to battle the curse. So could have something to do with peacemaker and how the curse works.


      1. Ack! I’m bad at this. But another thing. Doc’s hand is still in a bandage 19 weeks after being stabbed. I think that’s something too.

        Ok, I think I’m done now…


  3. I speak english just a little bit, so, my theory has been writed in spanish. Please if someone wants traslate it, i would be very happy. Thanks a lot.
    Mi teoria es esta,visto lo visto hasta ahora:
    Purgatory no es un pueblo real ni en la propia serie, es realmente el Purgatorio(cencepto religioso) con el q tanto el escritor del comic como los de la serie estan jugando.

    Los protagonistas estan ahi porq han resultado ser, si bien no malos, pero tampoco del todo buenos y esperan ser limpiados de sus culpas para ascender al cielo(es como darles la segunda oportunidad) digo esto en el siguiente sentido y tomando en cuenta q todos excepto Waverly murieron en algun momento.3

    Wynonna Earp: Mato a su padre sin querer, pero derramó sangre y tiene q ser penada por eso, debe pagar esa culpa sin ser del todo culpable; ademas despues de eso llevó una vida disoluta y abandono a su hermana menor a su suerte.

    Waverly Earp: es un ángel caído (Wynonna ha rwcordado q sus padres la llevaron a casa dwsde el hospital pero nunca dijo q hubiera nacido de Michelle, además, Willa escribió en su diario: " ¿Por q tenían q traerla?" Como si no fuera lo mas natural q unos padres llevaran a casa a su hija recién nacida. Pareciera q ella sabía q Waverly no era parte de la familia y q sus padrea la estaban adoptando) Su culpa es haberse enamorado de Nicole en algun momento en la historia y por alguna razon, cuando no le era natural hacerlo(recordemos q se ha manejado el q ellas son almas gemelas y q no importa el tiempo q pase, ellas siempre se encontraran asi q este angel se las ha arreglado para buscar a su amada en el tiempo) Puede q como angel(bajo concepto de q no tienen ni sexo ni genero) adoptara la forma femenina para estar con Nicole quien es lesbiana.

    Doc Hollyday: No era un mal hombre, de hecho apoyó a Wayatt Earp en su labor de defender la justicia, pero era dueño de un burdel y traicionó , segun la serie, a su amigo, ademas de hacer un pacto con una bruja para salvar su vida.

    Xavier Dolls: Es un monstro creado por la ciencia y usado por el ejercito para ser una maquina asesina. No lo elegió, pero ha matado gente al servicio de los intereses de su patria. En algun punto murio y fue al purgatorio.

    Nicole Haught: Se enamoró de un ángel y aceptó una relacion q le era contranatural, ademas puede q fuera parte de un culto  satánico y no victima de este, pero q  abandonó en algun punto cuando se enamoro del angel Waverly.

    La misión de todos para alcanzar la gloria eterna es luchar contra los demonios y demas criaturas malvadas, mandarlos al infierno a donde pertenecen y asi expiar finalmente sus culpas. Creo, aunq duela, q la serie no durara mas de 5 o 6 temporadas. No creo q Emely sea del tipo de productores q les guste alargar sin  sentido una historia q debe dar por terminada cuando es logico hacerlo. En algun punto Wynonna debe hallar la paz q necesita su mente y corazon. En algun punto Waverly y Nicole deben ser libres para compartir su amor  volviendo la primera a su estado original y la otra siendo convertida en ángel(si es q a caso los escritores creen q esto fuera posible). En algun punto Doc y Dolls deben recibir el perdon por haber sido hombres de guerra.

    En donde encaja en todo esto la pequeña hija de Wynonna….aun no lo se, ni se exactamente como expresar los muchos detalles q pueden haber entre esta teoria y la serie en si, lo q si creo de verdad es q Purgatory es realmente el purgatorio segun la idea religiosa y q en algun punto todos saldran debido a sus actos de redension.😆
    Is just a theory.

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