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Mallena's Supernatural Musings: 10.05 "Fan Fiction"

Supernatural Con First Timer - Vancouver Part 3

Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "The British Invasion”

Supernatural Bits & Pieces September 17, 2017

Supernatural Con First Timer - Vancouver Part 2

Mallena's Supernatural Musings: 3.11 "Mystery Spot"

Check out all our San Diego Comic Con coverage, including on scene reports from Nightsky!  

 

Latest Supernatural News and Spoilers

Sep 21 2017

We have an extended version of the trailer!

Sep 18 2017

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hillary Burton showed off her baby bump at last night's Emmy Awards ceremony

Sep 18 2017

The actor, who once played Gordon Walker, won an Emmy last night for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Dra

Sep 17 2017

We have a copy of the EW preview for Supernatural and BTS pictures of episode 6.

Sep 13 2017

We're getting close. The CW released a short promo.

Sep 12 2017

EW just published a big spoiler for season 13. TVLine Spoilers added!

Sep 12 2017

September 13 is Supernatural Day!

Sep 08 2017

TVLine released it's fall preview and had this to say about Supernatural

Sep 06 2017

With the DVD for season 12 hitting the shelves yesterday, several oulets have posted deleted scenes

Sep 04 2017

Misha Collins made the announcement today.

Sep 01 2017

Stories continue to come out on Jensen Ackles fundraiser to help Texas after the devastation of Hurr

Aug 31 2017

The Supernatural Family's work to aid in disaster rescue and recovery efforts has even been noticed

Aug 30 2017

Buddy TV posted a new deleted scene from last season.

Aug 28 2017

Jensen and Danneel Ackles are spearheading an effort to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Aug 24 2017

We have titles for episodes through 12.

Aug 23 2017

TV Line has some spoilers for this season.

Aug 23 2017

There are a lot of Behing-The-Scenes shots from episodes 3 of Supernatural season 13!

Aug 20 2017

The cast is wishing Misha a Happy Birthday!

Aug 18 2017

Christine Kilmer's latest vlog is up and it's seems rather timely given the latest events.  In

Aug 12 2017

Spoiler TV posted the titles for the first nine episodes and episode 16

Aug 12 2017

Recently, I had to shut down the site because of horrible, negative, disrespectful fighting in our c

Aug 09 2017

We have casting news for season 13.

Jul 24 2017

Nightsky posted her video of the Kansas performance at Comic Con.

Jul 23 2017

We may be getting several of these today.

Jul 23 2017

The cast for Wayward Sisters has been announced.

Jul 23 2017

The 2017 San Diego Comic Con "Supernatural" panel was one for the ages.  A surprise concert, a

Jul 23 2017

Today was a very special panel involving one of our prominent #SPNFAMILY members, Genevieve Padaleck

Jul 22 2017

The photos from Nightsky have been coming in slowly and we are keeping an archive of everything take

Jul 22 2017

The Tick has had a big presence at Comic Con.

Jul 22 2017

EW sat down with Jared, Jensen and Misha at Comic Con.

Jul 21 2017

The Facebook Live chat with Jared, Jensen and Misha is now available.

Jul 21 2017

Catching up with Supernatural Alumni at Comic Con.

Jul 21 2017

Today was the big Timeless panel at San Diego Comic Con.  Our master Eric Kripke was there to t

Jul 20 2017

The cast will appear live tomorrow, July 21, 2017 and will be seen on the Supernatural Facebook page

Jul 20 2017

The first clip from Jared and Jensen's appearance on Conan O'Brien

Jul 20 2017

The WB has released the poster for next season.

Jul 19 2017

The Conan O'Brien show has put out a teaser for tonight's appearance.

Jul 16 2017

Mark Pellegrino is in the running for a Tean Choice Award

Jul 16 2017

We have the first spoilers from this year's TV Guide article covering Comic Con.

Jul 15 2017

Warner Brothers is having a Gift Pack Giveaway.

Jul 14 2017

We have the images on the Comic Con bags for this year's Comic Con.

Jul 12 2017

Conan O'Brien is going to Comic Con and he's going to have Jared and Jensen on his show.

Jul 12 2017

Jensen and others are posting on social media from Vancouver. No Spoilers.

Jul 12 2017

San Diego Comic Con must be just around the corner!  Each year at this time we get some awesome

Jul 08 2017

Rogue Events, the company that hosted the Asylum conventions, is going out of business.

Jun 29 2017

IMDB has posted casting for episode 13.01

Jun 29 2017

It's official, Supernatural is coming to Comic Con this year.

WFB Feature Articles

Sep 21 2017 | Mallena

It’s Rob Benedict’s birthday on Sept 21 and it wasn’t easy picking the story to review that fe

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Sep 20 2017 | LK

 Welcome to Part 3 of my tale of attending my very first Supernatural convention! You'll want t

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Sep 18 2017 | LK

 

" I write about the power of trying, because I want to be okay with failing. I write about

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Sep 17 2017 | Percysowner

Supernatural around the web this week.

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Sep 15 2017 | LK

Welcome to part 2 of my tale of attending my first Supernatural convention! If you missed Part 1, it

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Sep 14 2017 | Mallena

Richard Speight, Jr.’s birthday was on September 4th and in his honor, I’m writing a review of o

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Sep 13 2017 | Karen

Supernatural Match Game

Match Game #4

Welcome to Match Game - The Supernatural Way. It's a qu

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Sep 12 2017 | LK

Introduction

 

Boy, this will be a long one! That is probably the sentence I will hear

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Sep 11 2017 | Karen

Welcome back to the "Memorable Moments" series for episode 12.17 "The British Invasion". Once again

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Sep 10 2017 | Percysowner

Supernatural in the news this week

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Sep 09 2017 | LK

 

" For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tediou

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Sep 08 2017 | Elle

One of the last Supernatural episodes of season 12 that was more formulaic and standard MOTW than bi

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Sep 07 2017 | Mallena

 

Who loves the idea of time travel? I do!  The possibilities are endless as I contemplat

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Sep 06 2017 | LK

 

"Don't call the world dirty because you forgot to clean your glasses.” — Joseph Addi

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Sep 04 2017 | Karen

Welcome back to the "Memorable Moments" series for episode 12.16 "Ladies Drink Free". Once again I h

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Sep 03 2017 | Percysowner

Supernatural and Family in the news this week!

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Sep 01 2017 | Karen

Supernatural Match Game

Match Game #3

Welcome to Match Game - The Supernatural Way! It's a qu

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Aug 30 2017 | Percysowner

What are Supernatural fans up to? Here's the latest scoop as of August, 2017!

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Aug 30 2017 | Alice

My choices for part one were revealed, so without further delay, here are the Supernatural Season Tw

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Aug 28 2017 | Karen

Welcome back to the "Memorable Moments" series for Supernatural! For 12.15, "Somewhere Between Heave

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Aug 27 2017 | Percysowner

Supernatural in the news this week.

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Aug 26 2017 | Nightsky

One of the unique attractions of San Diego Comic-Con is wandering the vendor floor looking at the am

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Aug 25 2017 | Karen

Supernatural Match Game

Match Game #2

Welcome to Match Game - The Supernatural Way! It's a quick a

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Aug 24 2017 | Mallena

This week, I’ve been musing about family dramas.  There are many great examples of the genre

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Aug 21 2017 | Alice

Today I was utterly dismayed to hear about the closure of a long time fan site which the Wincheste

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Aug 19 2017 | Percysowner

Supernatural in the news this week.

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Aug 18 2017 | Alice

Just like every year, The WFB doesn't stop with just the fan choice awards!  Your friendly neig

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WFB Motivational Posters

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Nightsky's New Book!


“What Made You Grow a Pair?” - The Journey of an Angel 
 
by C-Leste

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Just today I realised that I have been in this fandom for nearly one year now. Unfortunately, I don't remember the exact date, but it must have been around May 2010 when my friend practically forced me to watch the pilot and thus got me hooked to the most awesome show there is. What better way to mark the occasion than to write my very first Supernatural character study? The honour of being my first subject of choice goes to... Castiel! 
 
An angel who loses his faith? Who has ever heard about that? How is that even possible? Well, in Supernatural, it is.
 
Castiel enters the show with a Big Bang in episode 4.01 Lazarus Rising. In a voice that is very self-assured and in a way that doesn't leave any room for doubt, he tells us he is “an Angel of the Lord” (and you can practically hear the capitals). He flaps his wings to an impressive background of lightning and thunder rolling. Doing that he looks  every bit a fierce warrior as angels are supposed to be. But there's more to our “BAMF Angel of the friggin' Lord” than meets the eye. While telling Dean that his problem is that he has no faith, Castiel has no idea that he will have to face that exact same problem soon enough.
 
Even though he may already feel with Sam and Dean at that stage he is convinced that to follow the orders from Heaven is the right way to go and that everything happens and is asked of him for a reason. But already in 4.07 It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester Castiel lets us know that he has questions and doubts and that he doesn't know what's right and what's wrong anymore. Still, He doesn't even think about disobedience at that point. And how could he? How should somebody who was never taught to think for himself and who listened and executed orders for millennia suddenly feel the urge to rebel? It's only logical that Castiel desperately clings to his orders, even as his world is falling to pieces, because without these orders he would be lost. 
 
It takes the treachery of Uriel, his closest friend, to finally make him see that something is really wrong and that he cannot go on like this. But even after he showed the will to rebel against Heaven and to leave a life behind that he has gotten used to in millennia, he still can't understand the concept of free will. Instead, he begs Anna to tell him what to do (4.16 On the Head of a Pin). As a result of obviously being too unsure of himself and after having been punished in Heaven, Castiel's rebellion is quite short-lived. He turns his back on Sam and Dean and sells out Anna just a short while later (4.20 The Rapture / 4.21 When the Levee Breaks). 
 
But even this short-lived rebellion has left a definite mark on Castiel. It seems to have given him a moral compass; a compass that he can't turn off again. As much as he probably wants to stay out of trouble, this compass makes him unable to watch Zachariah playing his game with Sam and Dean. Having gotten “too close to the humans in [his] charge”, according to his superiors and having “begun to express emotions”(4.16),  he has gotten to know the concept of friendship and now he unconsciously applies it: He risks everything to help Sam and Dean to frustrate the angels' plan, because he knows that's the right thing to do and indeed, he ends up sacrificing his own life for what he thinks is right (4.22 Lucifer Rising). 
 
The fact that he then gets resurrected by God (suspected by Castiel in 5.01 Sympathy for the Devil, confirmed by Joshua in 5.16 Dark Side of the Moon) re-strengthens his faith that previously has suffered several setbacks. He can still believe in his “father” and that gives him hope. But after all, this glimpse of hope cannot conceal his desperation. We must not forget that Castiel's whole conception of the world lies shattered before him. By trying to find God he clutches at the last straw he can see in the chaos that has become his world (5.02 Good God Y'All). With courage born out of this desperation he takes his own course of action, so that he even confronts the archangel Raphael (5.03 Free to be You and Me). 
 
The further Castiel diverges from Heaven the more human habits he adopts, such as swearing (“But today, you're my little bitch!”, 5.03), drinking (5.10 Abandon All Hope) and – most importantly – generally feeling close to people. He seems to finally get used to being an outcast and to come to terms with his new role. 
 
Then Joshua drops the bomb: God doesn't care anymore. He leaves the world to it's fate. He's done (5.16). Castiel's last hope has been taken away from him and he's now left without anybody or anything to hold on. Now he has to pay the price for freedom in full: disorientation, loneliness, helplessness. Having learnt from the humans, Castiel seeks refuge in a liquor store (5.17 99 Problems). He has not only lost faith in Heaven and in God but subsequently also faith in himself. The way he tells Pastor Jim that he is “an Angel of the Lord” is as different from the first time we heard him say this very sentence as it can be. Castiel is tired and being an Angel of the Lord very clearly is nothing to be proud of for him anymore, it's a burden. A burden he can't carry any longer. When told by the pastor that he's an angel, all he can say is: “A poor example of one”(5.17).
 
As if it wasn't enough, there is one more person Castiel loses his faith in: Dean (5.18 Point of no Return). After Castiel's world has been shattered and his faith in God crushed, Dean was his last hope to save the world. Now, the hunter is ready to surrender to Michael and that finally pushes Castiel over the edge. Instead of further wallowing in self-pity, he ticks Dean off, venting all his frustration on him. Apparently, that was exactly what Castiel needed to get his strength and determination back. He may have realised that he doesn't need anybody to have faith in to fight. So he does fight, death-defyingly. 
 
The next time we see him, he's in a hospital, his “batteries are drained”, he's “out of angel mojo” (5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight). The last bit that connected him to Heaven is gone. One could say that, in a way, before that point Castiel hasn't truly been free. It is interesting how being free always goes hand in hand with being human (or dead...) in Supernatural. Now that he is in this human-like state, Castiel continues to fight “the good fight”, even though he is more vulnerable than before. He had to lose everything to gain greater faith in himself than he ever had. Without his angel powers, only armed with a holy oil Molotov Cocktail, he confronts Lucifer and Michael to fight for what he – not the archangels, not God –  believes is the right thing (5.22 Swan Song).
 
In the end, having faith in Heaven or in God or even in Dean never brought Castiel anywhere. Having faith in himself allowed him to make the right choices.