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More Supernatural Interviews From Comic Con 2017 - Misha Collins

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Interview With Executive Producer Robert Singer - Comic Con 2017

Interview With Jensen Ackles - Comic Con 2017

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

 

Latest Supernatural News and Spoilers

24 Jul 2017 14:25

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

23 Jul 2017 20:11

We may be getting several of these today.

23 Jul 2017 14:56

The cast for Wayward Sisters has been announced.

23 Jul 2017 14:01

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

23 Jul 2017 00:16

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

22 Jul 2017 22:37

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

22 Jul 2017 21:41

The Tick has had a big presence at Comic Con.

22 Jul 2017 13:54

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

21 Jul 2017 22:30

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

21 Jul 2017 14:27

Catching up with Supernatural Alumni at Comic Con.

21 Jul 2017 00:09

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

20 Jul 2017 14:59

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

20 Jul 2017 11:52

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

20 Jul 2017 06:45

The WB has released the poster for next season.

19 Jul 2017 17:35

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

16 Jul 2017 14:44

Mark Pellegrino is in the running for a Tean Choice Award

16 Jul 2017 01:45

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

15 Jul 2017 12:23

Warner Brothers is having a Gift Pack Giveaway.

14 Jul 2017 15:27

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

12 Jul 2017 16:28

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

12 Jul 2017 13:22

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

12 Jul 2017 10:20

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

08 Jul 2017 19:22

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

29 Jun 2017 14:55

IMDB has posted casting for episode 13.01

29 Jun 2017 14:08

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

27 Jun 2017 21:32

As your Winchester Family Business Editor-in-Chief, I have an exciting announcement to share.  

20 Jun 2017 14:00

Reportedly, Wayward Sisters (not Daughters) will be given a backdoor pilot in season 13.

20 Jun 2017 08:33

The Teen Choice Awards announced the first round of their nominations yesterday and Supernatural is

08 Jun 2017 15:20

We have a date for the end of Hellatus!

06 Jun 2017 21:28

Ty Olsson (Benny Lafitte) just won a Leo Award.

03 Jun 2017 14:53

Jared has announced the final phase of the relaunch of his AKF campaign.

01 Jun 2017 23:33

Oh yeah, we had a LOT to discuss!  This is a supersized TV Fanatic Roundtable this time, design

01 Jun 2017 15:30

Jared and Jensen have both spoken about their daughters recently.

01 Jun 2017 10:22

Jared has relaunched part five of his Always Keep Fighting campaign.

31 May 2017 08:44

We have the first information on the season 12 DVD.

26 May 2017 14:18

Jared and Gen Padalecki both spoke in support of David's Law, a Texas law which targets cyber bullyi

26 May 2017 09:14

Jared started part four of his relaunch.

24 May 2017 15:07

Editor's Note: This article chronologically presents the reports and tweets on Mark Sheppard's statu

24 May 2017 09:41

 Now that season 12 is over, our stars are working for charity.

21 May 2017 09:14

Jared has launched part two of his AKF campaign.

20 May 2017 16:46

We have a few spoilers that came out of the Jus In Bello Convention this weekend.

19 May 2017 11:25

Here are the ratings for last night's finale episodes.

18 May 2017 21:38

Well, we were uninamous, but that's not necessarily good.  All four of us at the TV Fanatic Rou

18 May 2017 15:34

Jared talks about the season finale, season 13 spoilers and relaunching his Always Keep Fighting Cam

18 May 2017 12:05

We are getting our first spoilers for next season at the CW upfront presentation.

18 May 2017 08:52

The CW has released its schedule for next season.

WFB Feature Articles

Jul 31 2017 | Percysowner

The final actor is Misha Collins.

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Jul 31 2017 | Percysowner

Jensen spoke to different outlets at Comic Con this year.

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Jul 31 2017 | Percysowner

We return to the actors who were interviewed at Comic Con. This time Jared Padalecki.

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Jul 31 2017 | Percysowner

Press Room Interviews with Andrew Dabb.

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Jul 31 2017 | Nightsky

 Last interview up and it's with the man who holds it all together, Robert Singer.  He giv

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Jul 31 2017 | Nightsky

An interview with Jensen is always a pleasure!  The interview started out casually - talk about

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Jul 31 2017 | Nightsky

It's Misha's turn!  In our roundtable interview in the San Diego Comic Con press room today, he

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Jul 31 2017 | Nightsky

Today was a pretty awesome day!  Here's the WFB roundtable interview with Jared Padalecki. &nbs

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Jul 31 2017 | Percysowner

Supernatural in the news this week.

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Jul 31 2017 | Karen

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

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Jul 31 2017 | Mallena

This episode introduces us to Anna Milton.  She isn’t a normal girl, like she appears, but is

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Jul 31 2017 | Alice

The nominations were collected, the votes have been cast, the results have been tabulated, and the w

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Jul 31 2017 | Percysowner

San Diego Comic Con 2017 is this week! The most anticipated comic book, superhero, scifi/fantasy gen

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Jul 31 2017 | Percysowner

Supernatural in the news this week

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Jul 31 2017 | Elle

12 Years of Big Boss Battles: Supernatural Villainy for the Ages

“I'm glad, honestly. I'm not s

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Jul 31 2017 | LK

 

"The gleam in their eyes telegraphs only too clearly that they are hoping for a headline,

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Jul 31 2017 | Percysowner

Here's what we know about this year's event!

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Jul 31 2017 | Mallena

I was underwhelmed with season ten for most of its run, so it was wonderful to watch an episode as t

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Jul 31 2017 | Percysowner

Supernatural on the web this week!

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Jul 31 2017 | Karen

Welcome back to the "Memorable Moments" series! For Supernatural 12.13 "Family Feud", I put tog

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Jul 31 2017 | Alice

The moment is finally here!  The nominations have been tabulated, now it's time to vote.  

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Jul 31 2017 | LK

 

"The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine

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Jul 31 2017 | Percysowner

Supernatural in the news this week.

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Jun 30 2017 | Karen

Welcome back to "Memorable Moments" of Supernatural! This edition focuses on episode 12.12 "Stuck In

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Jun 30 2017 | Mallena

There has been a lot of talk lately about Jody and the women of Supernatural.  In honor of the

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Jun 30 2017 | Elle

Rich, riveting, complex and so full of story details and character threads that it's impossible to m

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Jun 30 2017 | LK

 "Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream." — Khalil Gibran

Loosing

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WFB Motivational Posters - Comic Con

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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.