Before we all needed time to mourn the loss of a key Wynonna Earp character, a Revenant dropped a pretty significant clue about coming events. He mentioned the forest was moving. As readers of way too much Tolkien, we took him at his word and suspected the trees themselves might be moving.
And as this clip from tonight’s episode confirms, the trees, like the Huorns of Tolkien, are uprooting themselves and going for walks. In this particular instance, the tree proves a mighty aid for Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) and Doc (Tim Rozon) even if Peacemaker is less than interested in dispatching the object of their chase: a Rev with a little bit of Doll’s counterfeit dragon drug.
Curiously, Tolkien’s inclusion of walking trees emerges from his own disappointment upon first seeing Macbeth. Late in the play, guards warn of the approach of trees seemingly moving of their own accord. Excited by this notion, Tolkien was crushed to learn it was just soldiers clad in branches. Never forgetting this, he added the idea to his Middle-earth. His compatriot C.S. Lewis would also add walking trees to Narnia. While it remains to be seen if either fantasy world was the inspiration for Wynonna Earp‘s walking trees, we’re willing to put money on Jeremy (Varun Saranga) making some reference to Ents.
Wynonna Earp airs Fridays on Syfy.