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Latest Supernatural News and Spoilers

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.

Jun 27 2017

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

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OMG last week’s episode!  After some less impressive, somewhat disappointing efforts, like “Defending Your Life” and “Adventures in Babysitting” Adam Glass really hit it out of the park with this script!  He got to a lot of things that maybe could have/should have been dealt with sooner. A solid effort that actually presented what was promised...and like all monster of the week episodes, we’re not really talking about a specter here...

 


 

Directing Wednesday’s episode was Tim Andrew, who has directed quite a few episodes of Teen Wolf.  He directed “Of Grave Importance” last season...and that one episode from last season I am just pretending never happened....Now we didn’t get all the wonderful flashlight scenes we loved so much in “Of Grave Importance”, but we did get lots of cool blood hurling scenes!  I am a really big fan of those...we can’t even call them “blood spatter” scenes because they’re all chunky and gloppy and ewwww...Like for instance I thought were going going to miss out on the Sheriff death but then we got to see it in the montage to “Fell on Black Days”.  We haven’t heard that song in a while!  Season 2 to be exact...Carver really seems to be digging deep this season...and we can really see that in this episode...
 

 

So Sam and Dean left after Benny did, but Dean hasn’t gone into any detail and Sam is just stewing.  Perusing the internet, Dean finds out about a curious death in Missouri that they could keep themselves busy by investigating.  They arrive at the scene and find out Garth is there.  As the body count increases,  the Brothers Winchester and Garth find out that some spirit is possessing these people and making them kill whoever it is they feel has wronged them the most...
 

 

And on to the analysis...
 

 

Ghost possession!  Well we haven’t seen that in a long time.  This was a take on that theme...here we find out about “specters” a certain kind of vengeance ghost.  What really struck me between the ghost possession, “Fell on Black Days”, Sam’s tense, “looking for a fight” attitude all episode long and way more blood and gore moments than usual, was just how retro this whole episode was.  We also got a killer battle scene between Sam and Dean, the likes of which we haven’t really witnessed since that all out brawl in Season Four when Sam took off with Ruby. I think that we are learning that in order for Sam and Dean to mature and go forward, we need to clear out the old crap instead of just burying it.

 


 

We see a little bit of this literally, when we find out the most likely back story for the specter--that there were two brothers that fought on opposite sides of the Civil War.  One of them killed the other and buried him on the battlefield.  Later, feeling very guilty over the treatment of his brother, he dug him up and had him buried in the cemetery.  The belief is that this vengeful spirit is that brother, seeking the vengeance he swore all those years ago...
 

 

We could have a field day regarding that particular possible back story on the ghost and how it relates to Sam and Dean.  Just the fact that we are talking about the Civil War--the war that was brother against brother (literally here, figuratively in that we were all Americans) speaks volumes.  Conflicting personalities, ideas, and most importantly, different ways of life--those are really the reasons why the Civil War was fought.  Back in high school, I wrote my senior thesis on how the Civil War was NOT fought to end slavery, but to preserve the Union.  
 

 

Maybe we need a little preservation of Sam and Dean’s relationship.  Like Garth says, all they really have is each other, and that ain’t so bad...I think we have a long way to go here, but things have come out.  Now that they’re out there, maybe something can be done about them.
 

 

That being said, I need to get out my disappointment in Sam’s reaction here.  I felt like he was looking for a fight the whole episode.  Dean was under possession when he said those things about Sam.  Sam has said some horrible things to Dean, too, while under some sort of influence.  Remember the horrible things he said to Dean in “Asylum”?  Sam was unwilling to accept Dean’s apology for saying them, instead commenting that Dean didn’t need to be possessed to say those things.  Maybe not, but Dean has, and would, use more tact.  It seemed more like Sam was looking for a fight.  Looking for a way to go off on Dean.  For Benny?  Really Sam?  What was up with that?  Sam has always been the one going on about how people can change.  He remembers that there were those animal drinking vampires (of which Ty was one back in the day).  They let Kate the werewolf go.  Sam was capable of showing empathy and willing to give a chance to others, but Benny he got all hostile about and got mad at Dean for believing Benny could change.  That just didn’t make sense to me.  
 

 

The only way it made any kind of sense at all was if Sam was still pissed off about Amy.  We’re talking over a year has gone by and a lot of water under the bridge but he’s still mad about Dean killing Amy.  I guess I have a difficult time sympathizing with Amy because she killed her own mother.  Sure, she killed her mother saving Sam, but she could have stopped her mother a different way, not just gone for a knife.  She stabbed her mother in the back.  It made me less sympathetic for Amy.  Also, if she was willing to kill for her son this time, she would be willing to kill for her son if he got sick again. 

 

You will notice I did not bring up Emma.  I didn’t blame Sam in the slightest for killing Emma and I’m sure neither did Dean.  We were getting the idea that Dean possibly would not have been able to kill her and she was going to kill him.  Sam killed her saving Dean. I’m sure Dean is fine with that.  I bring that up because Emma’s death, Sam’s head it didn’t balance the scales.  There is still that Amy death looming between them from the feel of it. 
 

 

The thing is, the way Sam was at the end, threatening Dean that he may be that hunter that does Benny in, just seemed childish.  He might as well have said “You killed my friend so I’m gonna kill yours”.  His whole cocky attitude, threatening leaving, AGAIN, just didn’t work for me.  It really isn’t helping me raise the Sam sympathy flag.  I can’t justify a 30 year old man acting that way.  Sam needs to grow up.
 

 

Maybe what they need right now is an episode like “Scarecrow”.  Maybe if Dean just up and leaves, calling Sam out on him threatening to leave all the time would work.  Sam could get that worried feel that something was wrong and go after Dean.  OK, maybe that sounds too much like a portion of last episode, but something has to happen for Sam to realize that he does belong here. Something has to happen for Sam to realize that he is in the front passenger seat of that Impala by choice.  Like Dean says, it is about CHOICES.
 

 

I need to make a couple of television references from some of my favorite classic shows because I thought of them quite a bit in this episode.  The first reference is how similar Sam’s struggle with feeling like the sidekick to the hero mirror’s Scully’s struggle in the X-Files.  There are a couple of episodes that immediately came to mind for me.  One of those episodes was the X-Files’ Fourth Season episode entitled “Never Again”. Right before that episode, that incident with Leonard Betts made Scully fear that maybe she had developed the kind of cancer that was killing off all the women in Betsy Hagopian’s MUFON group. All of a sudden, she was noticing things that made her question just what her role was.  For example, she didn’t even have her own desk in their office.  She complained about this to Mulder, who said snarkily that there wasn’t much room in the office, but maybe if they got her a desk and put them together facing each other they could spend their time in the office playing Battleship.  He doesn’t understand why she is all of a sudden mad at him for that, or for when he gave her “assignments” while he was on a forced vacation.  Scully was resentful that her life was fighting someone else’s fight, that her life was passing by, and who knows, possibly ending, and what had SHE done? What had she done for herself?  This never came to a head because Scully was diagnosed with cancer and then they both focused on getting her well and finding out why it happened...

 

Another episode, and possibly the one I see the most here, was the Seventh Season episode entitled “All Things” where Mulder picks up two plane tickets to England because according to some calculations crop circles should be appearing.  This was just too much for Scully.  They were already under investigation for excessive travel expenses, and now he was just going to go chasing something that doesn’t even REMOTELY resemble their job?  Just. No. When she refuses to go, he gives her an assignment to do while he’s gone.  Running around on his tasks, she learns a little something about the importance of slowing down and being true to oneself. One person she meets is someone who had to make many changes in her life to get to a better place. Also while at the hospital picking up x-rays, the wrong ones are given to her and she finds out a professor from school who she had a thing with was in the hospital.  She didn’t even know he was in Washington.  She found out that after she left to pursue a career at the FBI, he followed her to D.C..  He had been there just about the whole time she had been, but never approached her.  For about ten years he had just been in a kind of limbo from his life, since he wouldn’t tell her he was there, but he wouldn’t go back to his family either.  This had taken a toll on his health.  For Scully, seeing him was a glimpse of that other life.  And for a brief moment, she wonders if “Maybe I want the life I didn’t choose.” But she leaves him again, and tells him it is time for him to face his family and the choices he made, meanwhile it is time for her to do the same.  The image that seems to be following her around all day leading her where she needs to go turns into Mulder.  He has returned from England--it was a bust.  No crop circles.  I think this was the only time Scully was right in the series...But anyway, she goes home to Mulder’s apartment, she tells them about how she sought clarity in a Buddhist Temple (did I forget to mention that part?), and Mulder introduces her to the wonders of Caddyshack.  She falls asleep on his couch, but we know she’s there the whole night...

 

We “shippers” were left wondering if this was THE NIGHT but one thing was certain about that night--Scully embraced the life she chose.  It was her moment to realize that she was in this, riding along all over America with Mulder checking out these crazy unexplainable crimes because SHE chose to be there.  It was her fight as much as his.  Of course she would have her wanderings in the proverbial garden, but this is her life.  She chose it.
 

 

Way back eons ago, Dean said he was Mulder and Sam was the red headed girl...but really, that’s pretty much where their story has been.  Although Dean only believes what he sees, he’s seen a lot and and he has that strength of conviction that Mulder had.  Sam, the one that needs to think and reason. He stews on things and is a lot more like Scully.  Also like Scully, he had a strong faith long before they knew anything about Heaven and angels. That ability to have faith and yet be so grounded in reality and reason are very Scully-esque.  It stands to reason that Sam’s struggles would resemble hers.  I’m hoping that like Scully, Sam will soon be able to see that this fight is his as well. That he is just as much the hero of this story as Dean.
 

 

Another X-Files moment for me, and perhaps why I was so ready to think about it involves the casting of Chilton Crane as Mary Lew.  Chilton Crane was Max Fennig’s “sister” Sharon Graffia on the X-files.  She also had two other bit parts as other characters over the show’s nine season run.
 

 

The other tv reference I thought of?  Sex and the City!  I know, how random.  This comes in with the flashback scenes with Amelia.  When I saw that part about her dead soldier husband who apparently just left her high and dry to enlist, all I could think of was this scene with Miranda when she is aggravated with Carrie because she finds out that Carrie’s rebound was “the new Yankee”.  Miranda felt that the rebound guy should be fat and/or bald/old and just totally not someone that you would normally date...not THE NEW YANKEE.  I felt the same way about this.  Alright, like Miranda, I am a red headed attorney, so maybe me having similar thoughts isn’t that far off the mark--but REALLY????  Amelia’s rebound from her dead soldier husband is SAM WINCHESTER?  REALLY? Who has that kind of luck? See Sam girls, even though I was aggravated with Sam this episode, I am perfectly willing to admit that Jared was looking FINE. I think he is looking better this season than he has EVER looked before.  Apparently Jared and Jensen are not unlike fine wines and cheeses...
 

 

I did feel they were laying it on a bit thick with that whole soldier story...although it also gives a backdrop as to why Sam might have additional incentive not to up and leave Amelia (although it kind of felt like he did).  Her husband just took off to be a hero and died leaving her alone, she has to have abandonment issues. Sam willingly leaving her in a similar fashion, kinda seems like a dick move...I’m just putting that out there...For the second week in a row, I wonder just how much Sam told her...
 

 

And speaking of conversations, why was it that Sam told Amelia about how horrific losing Dean was, but when he was talking to Dean he said he didn’t look for him because he “found something”.  I’m sorry Sam, that’s really not an answer.  Poor Dean, all he knows is what Sam has told him--that Sam hit a dog and found a girl and apparently forgot all about Dean.  That is how Dean would see it anyway.  And Sam HAS explained himself in the past.  After Dean got back from Hell, Sam explained to Dean why he trusted Ruby by going into what a hot mess he was after Dean went to Hell.  Sam hasn’t given any explanations this time.  You stack up Sam’s “greatest hits” like Dean did, and maybe Dean felt that Sam was glad to be rid of him.  He could go live that life he wanted to live almost ten years before and just void out everything that happened after Dean came over that night and took Sam away from Jess to find Dad...
 

 

I can’t talk about this episode and not mention how much I loved Garth in it.  I am so excited he is “the new Bobby” (that makes me wonder...did anyone ELSE think of Sex and the City’s “the new Yankee” when they were writing this? Another old hip hop reference Garth style--things that make you go hmmmmm).  Just the little things, like the music please me.  I loved how in the end Dean came to terms with Garth’s Bobby-ness and returned the hat to Garth, putting it on his head correctly.  Also, Dean decided NOT to throw down when he heard Hammer.  D.J. Qualls has been an excellent addition and I for one I wouldn’t mind seeing more often in a Bobby capacity.  In this episode, we got to see that other hunters looked up to Bobby, too, with Garth’s mimicry being the highest form of flattery.  Of course no one can replace Bobby, but Garth makes an excellent addition.  I’m sure there was a little bit of Dean symbolizing the fan base in his inability to abide by Garth pretending to be Bobby.  But Garth grew on them and Dean accepts him in the end.  I’m hoping the fan base will as well. Here, Garth provided great comic relief in an episode wrought with brotherly tension!  The Tooth Fairy part, the faces from Sam AND Dean when Garth tasted the ooze to see if it was in fact ectoplasm, just all of it.  LOVED.
 

 

Just another masterful episode.  I love this show so much and am hopeful that we’re going to get some resolution to issues the brothers have had with each other for a few seasons now.  Only after they clear out that gunk can they really move forward, and after all, isn’t that what we all want?  By this time, meaning the beginning of Season Eight, I had even taken a break from the X-files...but not with "Supernatural".  I eagerly await each new episode!  The main reason for that?  I love both brothers and I love the opportunity to take this trip with them.  Even when we love people, we don’t always LIKE them...I mean, hey, I have had times where I’m pissed off as hell at my brother, but it doesn’t mean I love him any less.  It doesn’t mean that if someone says something about him I won’t punch them for it...or if they’re a lot bigger than me maybe just yell at them really loud...But you get my point...
 

 

I think the Winchesters, their trials and tribulations, speak volumes about the human condition.  You don’t have to be the smartest person, or the best looking (well, maybe they ARE), or the strongest.  It’s about the resolve.  It’s about the fight.  We all have it in us, we just have to find it...

 

Thanks for reading and let me know what you thought of the episode!  This one went long and I really wanted to spend time talking about Sam, but my Dean Sonnet will be forthcoming...along with my convention report.

 

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