After killing the last of the seven demons who murdered her father and sister, we’re in new territory. The writing on “Bury Me with My Guns On” is sharper than previous episodes. Alexandra Zarowny scripts something that feels like an established series with characters comfortable in their roles. It flows like the first eight episodes were the first season and we’re back after a successful readjustment to the writing and storytelling.
When the characters of the series let the history slip into the background and focus on the present day, the story makes more sense. Episode Nine shows us a Wynonna who is more capable and less whiny. Her sense of humor is darker and less intrusive or distracting. Wavery and Haught have a subplot to enjoy (that still feels a little much like Willow and Tara). Wynonna and Doc have a thing going (which still feels too much like Buffy and Angel). But Dolls now has a sense of humor and is working with the local popo in Purgatory, which makes him more interesting that when he felt like a stand-in for Giles and The Watchers.
This episode demonstrates that the show wants to be about family as much as a fight against the forces of evil.
“Bury Me with My Guns On” is a solid episode that ties up some old loose ends and threads some new elements. While the first half of the season held some problems, this episode makes me think its found its stride and unique voice.
Now if it would get its history right, I’d be happier than Ed Schieffelin when he found his first silver mine in 1877.