I quite enjoyed the the season four premier. I don't think that season 3 was the strongest season (I don't hate it as much as other people but it's not my favorite), and I didn't much care for the season 3 opener with the vampires at all, so here's hoping season four will be an improvement overall. I did really like shaking up the typical pairings. I especially enjoyed Wynonna and Nedly. It's really fun to see how their relationship has changed. And I know it's been quite a while since we've learned this about Nedly, but that you just assume he's going to be this unhelpful, misogynistic, borderline alcoholic, small minded sheriff when you first meet him. And then you learn he's this really loving guy, who takes care of his employees cats, only goes to bars to hear gossip, and is actually really competent at his job, still tickles me to no end. I like when expectations about characters get subverted.
It was brief but I also really like Nicole and Kate together. They seem to play well off of each other. And hopefully we see more of Doc and Waverly together, because I don't think it's a dynamic that get's explored enough. I'm also always down with Nicole and Wynonna because those two are a hoot together, though I actually enjoy it more when they bicker less and work together more. Hopefully we'll get more of them as well.
I'm also really hoping that whatever winds up happening in The Garden winds up curing Doc of his vampirism, because I'm kind of over that story line. I don't mind Kate sticking around, but that's the max on regular blood sucking characters I want on the show. I also still say that making Doc immortal derails his entire character arch. He was a man so scared of death he made a deal with a witch and got screwed over by it. His growth to accept his own mortality seems to be where his character is heading and becoming a vampire seems to be a weird detour.
I also liked that they mentioned Dolls. So many shows kill off a character (especially if it was because the actor wanted to leave) and then pretend like they never existed. The fact that Dolls is still a presences, even if he is dead is kind of refreshing.
That being said, while I liked the opener, I'm hoping that The Garden stuff get's resolved relatively quickly. I might be in the minority, but I kind of liked season one's slightly more episodic format. I would like an over arching plot, sure, but I wouldn't mind some more creature of the week stuff back this season as well.