Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) networks are considered the large-scale deployment of IoT devices for industrial applications such as smart manufacturing, harvesting and supply chain management. The Internet of Things (IoT) devices are typically connected over a wireless medium, given the large geographical distribution area and the increasing demand for flexible installations. In some cases, a combination of wired and wireless connectivity can be assumed as common practice. In both scenarios, wireless communications for IIoT networks is a fundamental component of the system architecture that needs to satisfy stringent requirements such as reliable connectivity and minimal delays. Therefore, the dependability of wireless communications for IIoT networks should be carefully studied to provide new solutions, which can guarantee that applications can meet their real-time and reliability requirements while optimizing the control capability of the overall network. This paper focuses on the dependable wireless communications in the IIoT networks, where wireless control and monitoring tasks need to meet stringent real-time and reliability constraints. After reviewing recent solutions and discussing their suitability for IIoT networks, we highlight the yet open challenges that needs to be tackled by both academia and industry.