Wyatt Earp's great granddaughter, Wynonna Earp celebrates her 27th birthday by reluctantly returning to her hometown of Purgatory when she learns that someone—or something—killed her uncle. She's reunited with her younger sister Waverly, and learns that the Earp curse is alive and well.
Returning to her hometown of Purgatory for her uncle Curtis's funeral, Wynonna Earp— descendent of Wyatt Earp himself— runs into a little trouble on the Bluntline bus. One of the passengers, Kiersten Lesko, has left to go relieve herself in the woods, and falls prey to a ferocious and invisible demon, known as a Revenant, that can take on human form. Wynonna goes to find the endangered passenger, but only succeeds in locating her decapitated head, and the demon that severed it. Wynonna thwarts the Revenant with some agile fighting skills before notifying the police and walking the rest of the way into town.
Back at the scene of the crime, Deputy Marshall Dolls interrupts Sheriff Neadley's investigation to pick up clues as to who and/or what might have killed the passenger and three other women in the town. And at the local Purgatory bar Shorty's, Wynonna runs into some old drinking buddies and old drinking enemies. Wynonna seduces Champ Hardy, and invites her into his apartment, thinking he's going to get lucky. Right after they get onto his bed, Wynonna pulls out a switchblade at his throat and demanding he spill the details about her uncle Curtis's death: turns out when the body was found, it was missing a head too. After more "persuasion" by Wynonna, Champ reveals that Curtis was murdered on the Homestead.
Suddenly, Champ's girlfriend bursts into the room holding a shotgun and starts firing shots at her cheating beau and his mistress. When the smoke clears, Wynonna recognizes the girlfriend as her sister Waverly, Waverly and Wynonna are more than happy to see each other since Wynonna had left Purgatory three years ago and they hadn't seen each other ever since. But coincidentally, the time that Wynonna came back, she turned 27, which makes Wynonna the Earp heir, which Waverly fears that a curse has returned upon the Earp family and Purgatory, which is a curse that only the Earp heir can put an end to. But before they get underway, Deputy Marshall Dolls, who's come gallivanting into town, wants a word with Wynonna.
In a one-on-one, Wynonna learns that Dolls is with a secret branch of the U.S. Marshals that handles unexplainable phenomena (the "U" files). Small wonder he's investigating the mysterious deaths by decapitation in the town of Purgatory, and if Wynonna has any connection to them. After the law leaves, Wynonna goes back to her childhood home, a trip that brings back some hard memories. Like when her father had to beat back the Revenants of outlaws Wyatt Earp once put in the grave. Like how those same demons ran off with her eldest sister Willa and slaughtered her in the hills. And like how Wynonna accidentally shot and killed her father while trying to save him from the demons. Wynonna's great-grandfather Wyatt's pistol "Peacemaker" is the only weapon that can return the risen dead back to where they belong — and Wynonna's got to fetch it. But will she lead a band of thugs to it as well?
Wynonna's aunt Gus McCready, Curtis's widow, urges Wynonna to take her sister and leave town, but our heroine will have none of it. Instead, she doubles down on danger, and retrieves Wyatt's Peacemaker from the dried-up well (shortly after, we see a hand with a distinctive ring emerge from the well). She's paid another surprise visit by the tenacious Deputy Marshall Dolls, whom she warns not to follow her or her sister again. Peacemaker in hand, Wynonna stops along a remote road for target practice: she's rusty, to say the least.
Poking around Waverly's bedroom, Wynonna learns that her sister's built up quite an appetite for breaking the Earp family curse. Waverly wants to use Peacemaker to beat down the revenants, but Wynonna won't let her endanger herself. To settle her nerves, Wynonna haunts the bar, where a dandily-dressed stranger shows particular interest in both Wyatt Earp and his gun. We'll come to learn that this stranger is a man by the name of Doc Holliday, who was Wyatt Earp's right-hand man, now come back to make nice with all the outlaws he helped kill. It also appears - based on the ring on Doc's finger - that this is the man that came outta the well. It's a regular, weird, extended family reunion up in Purgatory.
When Wynonna returns to her aunt's place, she finds Gus has been brutally beaten by the gang. Before she passes out, Gus tells Wynonna that they've taken Waverly. Wynonna wastes no time in tracking her down. Wynonna finds her sister with a noose around her neck, almost hanged, at their childhood home. Revenant Malcolm Ramaker and his posse of returned dead have got the place on lockdown. They strike Wynonna a bargain: Peacemaker, or her sister's life. Wynonna introduces a third option. First she lures one of the Revenants to a motorcycle, which she promptly explodes. Then, with a single ricocheting bullet she sends Ramaker back to hell and shreds the rope to set her sister free.
But Wynonna forgot about the third Revenant, and is all out of bullets to subdue him. Just in the knick of time, a shot coming from up in the hills takes out the demon — but no one can figure out who shot it. Deputy Marshall Dolls descends on the scene, albeit just a bit late, and provides shelter for the sisters. Dolls puts it straight to Wynonna: unless she wants to be tried for homicide, she's got to team up with him to defeat the Revenants. Wynonna has no choice but to fall in line.
Cast & Characters
- Tim Rozon as Doc Holliday
- Dominique Provost-Chalkley as Waverly Earp
- Melanie Scrofano as Wynonna Earp
- Shamier Anderson as Xavier Dolls
Recurring & Guest
- Greg Lawson as Sheriff Nedley
- Dylan Koroll as Champ Hardy
- Natascha Girgis as Gus McCready
- Peter Skagen as Shorty
- Diego Diablo Del Mar as Malcolm Ramaker
- David Haysom as Red
- Michael Rolfe as Carl
- Robert Nogier as John
- Sarah Troyer as Kiersten Lesko
- The title makes reference to the classic metal song, Purgatory by Iron Maiden and the town that's used as the setting for the show.