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I started watching Supernatural via a 5-season Netflix binge when my daughter was a nursing infant. Nothing says motherhood like blood curses, demons and beheadings, ammarite? I fell in love with the show. Swan Song (Season 5, Episode 22) just might be the best 40 minutes of television I’ve ever watched. But then there was the meandering season 6 and true fans don’t even like to talk about “the season that shall not be named” between 6 and 8. Seasons 9 and 10 had a few stellar episodes, but the show never quite found its earlier momentum, leaving some to say…
But Supernatural fans are troopers. We won’t stop … BELIEVING! Here are a few things that could bring back the magic.
The last few seasons, Sam and Dean have been keeping secrets and bickering like two kids in the back of a station wagon on a road trip to Wally World. I’ve hated every second of it. The core of the mythos, for me, is brotherly love. Thankfully, Comic Con interviews have confirmed that the brothers are back together again.
At San Diego, Jensen Ackles said, “Now it’s figuring out how to deal with the decisions we have made. What I like about where we’re going is the brothers are united, similar to Season 1, when we were looking for dad. We’re back to normal so to speak and we have a common target.”
When questioned on the season 11 big baddie, executive producer Jeremy Carver added, “… I feel like the brothers are going to be really, really united in their need to take this thing down.” #YAS
Sadly, our misguided angel has been purposeless for years now. He died, he came back, he died, he was a Leviathan, he was de-angeled, he was re-angeled, he reconnected with his host body’s daughter, he had a fling with an angel lady named Hannah…
Ugh, just enough already. Castiel is like a ridiculously tasty dipping sauce. You don’t use the dipping sauce everyday, that’s too much! You save the dipping sauce for when it’s really needed. Supernatural needs Castiel, but in smaller more potent doses.
EP Jeremy Carver’s SDCC teased that, “fan favorites will return, but they’re coming back in surprising ways,” has the fandom on Threat Level Freak Out Ten. Everybody from Bobby to Felicia Day’s Charlie to dear old dad John is on the list of potential comebacks. I don’t like it.
Constantly bringing back “dead” characters – Yes, this includes Sam and Dean – cheapens the thrill. The first time Sam died, I cried like a baby. The second time, I got misty eyed. The third, fourth and umpteenth time … I didn’t even look up from Jared Padalecki’s live tweet sesh during the episode.
If our most beloved characters are coming back for a victory lap via flashbacks and heaven scenes … so be it. If they’re being resurrected again, just no.
Which brings me to…
Just, here me out on this one. In the original story arc (Seasons 1 – 5), Sam was supposed to die. That is what I have believed for a very long time. The arc from innocent college boy to savior was epic. It, honestly, should have ended there. But in the ways of all writers/producers/actors who are making bank … they just kept on keepin’ on. And that’s where the storyline went askew.
Considering Jared Padalecki’s exhaustion this summer – he cancelled appearances mid press tour and went home to his family – and the fact that I don’t want to see the brave Winchesters fighting ghosts by wheelchair … it just. has. to. happen. One of the brothers has to die in an epic, save-the-whole-fracking-world finale to end all finales. I want that to be Sam.
Why? Because Dean has to have a son, name him Sammy and teach him how to set off Roman candles, drive Baby and load a shotgun in the flash forward style epilogue during the last 30 seconds of the series finale … which, in my honest opinion, should be this year.
I love this show and I want it to go out with a bang not a whimper. With talks of a spin-off or a John Winchester prequel series – which would be freakin’ fabulous – in the works, this just may be the end of the road for our boys.
Supernatural Season 11 premieres on CW October 7th.