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Interview With Executive Producer Robert Singer - Comic Con 2017

Interview With Jensen Ackles - Comic Con 2017

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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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"The shot heard around the world". 

Historians hear the phrase and inevitably point to the bullet which killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, and triggered the start of World War One.  Or, they start singing Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1837 Concord Hymn, about the start of the American Revolution. "Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world."   

But Supernatural fans know differently.  They know "the shot heard round the world" is Bobby's potentially fatal head injury, caused by the bullet fired by Leviathan Big Boss, Dick Roman. 

Of course, more mainstream pop culture critics would argue the "shot heard round the world" is actually the bullet, which struck J.R. Ewing, and marked the end of the second season of "Dallas".  It was a significant weapons discharge, not only because of how it affected the character, but also how it affected all the TV shows which followed.  Heading into the summer hiatus, no one knew who had fired the gun, or whether J.R. would survive.  The modern day TV cliffhanger was born.  


Although the term "cliffhanger" doesn't come into common usage until 1937, it actually goes back a very long way as a literary device.  Scheherazade, the author of "Arabian Nights" (aka "One Thousand and One Nights"), staves off her execution by telling her husband, King Shahryar, a story each night.  Cleverly, she never reveals the ending.  Her husband must let her live another day, so she can tell him what happens next.

The cliffhanger picked up steam as a marketing technique in the 1870's, when novels were published in serial format in newspapers.  The goal for publishers (then and now) was to sell more papers.  Authors were often paid by the word, and so their goal was to keep writing.  Ending each chapter as a cliffhanger worked well for all sides, since readers had to keep buying the paper if they wanted to know the conclusion.

It's believed the actual term "cliffhanger" comes from "A Pair of Blue Eyes" by Thomas Hardy.  At one point, his character Henry Knight is literally hanging off a cliff, staring into the eyes of a fossil. 

When people started leaving their newspapers behind in favour of talking pictures, the cliffhanger moved with them.  Think of all those early movies, where the villain was preparing to kill the damsel in distress, but the hero arrived just in time to save her.



Film and literature have had a firm grasp on the cliffhanger for years.  However, it took until 1980 and that bullet to J. R. Ewing's chest for TV writers to grab onto the idea.   

The big question in the summer of 1980 was "Who shot J.R.?"  An audience of approximately 83,000,000 tuned in to the answering episode. To date, it's the third highest rated television episode ever.    

TV writers and producers haven't let go of the cliffhanger since.  Why should they? It's (usually) a surefire ratings booster, with a relatively simple formula. Ramp up the suspense in the mid-season or season finale. Make the stakes high "“ loving or leaving, living or dying.  End the episode with the "Will he/won't he?" question.  Then, sit back for a few weeks, or months, and let viewers stew in their anxiety. Finally, watch that audience come rushing back for the resolution.

Supernatural is no stranger to the mid-season, and/or season finale cliffhanger.   Here are some examples:

Season One Finale - Devil's Trap: The lives of all three Winchester men hang in the balance when The Impala is suddenly sideswiped by a transport truck.

Season Two Mid-Season Finale - Croatoan:  Dean offers this juicy nugget of information to Sam. "Right before Dad died, he told me something. He told me something about you."

Season Three Season Finale - No Rest for the Wicked:  Incredibly, Dean is killed and dragged to Hell.



Season Four Finale - Lucifer Rising: Sam and Dean are trapped with a blinding light and the knowledge that Lucifer is coming.

Season Five Mid-season Finale - Abandon All Hope:  Ellen & Jo are killed.  The Colt can't kill Lucifer. And the sneaky Devil manages to raise Death.

Season Six Mid-season Finale - Appointment in Samarra:  Dean makes a deal with Death to return Sam's soul, and Soulless Sam really does not approve.



I don't know what affect any of those episodes had on the ratings for Supernatural. But the ratings for the Season 7 mid-season finale, "Death's Door", jumped by at least half-a-million viewers.  That's a nice little spike to take in the winter Hellatus.

Some might suggest the episode was just a cheap ratings grab. And ratings definitely do matter. But as Alice so eloquently explained in her article "Supernatural by the Numbers, Part Deux", ratings aren't the only thing that determines a show's longevity or quick cancellation. So, do you really write your mid-season finale just to grab a few more viewers?

I don't know, because sadly I do not write for TV.  However, the writer in me hopes it isn't that cold or calculated; hopes ratings aren't the sole motivation.  

Because I do believe motivation is often at the soul of the mid-season, or season finale.   But it's the characters that are getting the motivational boost.  For example, the events of "Devil's Trap" lead directly to John sacrificing his soul to save Dean, which foreshadows how Dean will react if/when Sam is killed.  "No Rest for the Wicked" and Dean's descent to Hell open the door to angels, Sam's demon blood addiction and the eventual Apocalypse. And so on, and so on.



It remains to be seen just how pivotal "Death's Door" will be in the grand Supernatural scheme of things.  But, it's clear whatever happens will have a profound effect on the boys.  Their love for Bobby shone through, although they expressed it in completely different, but totally believable ways.  You could see, or hear their actions and reactions in any hospital Emergency Department in any city.  

Based on the exchange between Dean and Dick Roman, I'd say he has the fire in his belly again. I think his love for Bobby will power him through the coming episodes.  Although I fear the fuel for that drive may be denial once again.  I wonder if Dean will ever address all those marbles in the lead friggin' box "“ all those pent-up emotions, sorrows and disappointments.  He needs to do that, if he's ever going to find some peace with the hard hunting life he lives.  However, maybe that soft whisper of "Idjits", that small hint of just how much Bobby loved him will be enough to help Dean find a little pride in himself, and his myriad of accomplishments.  I wish both he, and Sam, could have heard Bobby call them great men, and heroes.

I found Dean's plea to the Organ Donation Coordinator very poignant.  "I do my job.  You do yours!"  It's like he believes that if he goes back to being a fully engaged, dedicated hunter, than the universe will finally, finally grant the Winchesters a break. It's so simple, and so human.  Who amongst us hasn't offered up a similar prayer to whatever deity we believe in?  "If I do this work without complaint... Or, if I suffer through this crisis, surely you'll send something good and positive my way???"

As for Sam, my heart broke a little more for him.  He looked so lost, so vulnerable and so very, very young throughout this episode.  I fear that Bobby's situation will be what shatters Sam's fragile grip on reality.  He's trying so hard to hang onto the broken pieces, but you can see in this episode that his hold is really starting to slip.  

I also appreciated Dean's brief, but powerful, reference to the emotional destruction they felt after John's death.  "What do you want to do?  You want to hug and say we made it through when Dad died?  We've been through enough."   As Sam pointed out way back in "Everybody Loves A Clown", "I'm not alright.  Not at all.  But neither are you."  Those words ring equally true now, especially in light of all they've been through since John's death.



It was heartbreaking to watch both brothers struggle to maintain their grasp on the clifftop, and not go plunging into the darkness below.  It leads to the suggestion that a cliffhanger episode, like this one, is manipulative, because it leaves the viewer so emotionally drained by the end. 

But, of course this episode (and the others I mentioned) was manipulative.  It was meant to be!  The goal of any writer is to make the audience feel something.   

We were supposed to be feeling all the pain, grief, uncertainty and anger that Sam and Dean were feeling.  The fact we're so wrecked now is actually a sign of how successful this episode was.  Much of the enjoyment we get watching a TV show, or reading a book comes from our emotional investment in the main characters, and their journey.  I'd say the rush on Kleenex since Dec 2, 2011 shows a fairly heavy investment!

I know many people are saying that if Bobby does not die, this episode will be cheapened and won't mean anything.  If I was a fictional character, and I had to be killed off, that's how I would like to go "“ mortally wounded while fighting the Big Bad, but still finding the strength to tell my family & friends how much I love them.  But, that's not necessarily how a cliffhanger in real life would resolve.

Natural cliffhangers that happen in real life?  You might be tempted to say there is no such thing.  But they exist, and we've all grappled with them.

For instance, think of meeting a cute guy at a party.  He promises to phone.  You go home, and wait.  And wait.  And wait.  Every time your cell beeps, you jump to answer it.  Maybe he calls.  Maybe he doesn't, but either way you're trapped in the "will he/won't he" scenario.  Then, there's the job interview and those endless days spent wondering whether or not you actually got the position.  Your stomach churns.  Your nails are bitten to the quick.  Sure feels like you're hanging onto a cliff doesn't it?

But just as it is for Sam & Dean, it's the health issues which really leave us dangling.  You come back from a lunch date and the light on your voice mail is flashing.  Your doctor is frantically trying to reach you because a routine blood test has come back, with some far-from-routine results.   Or, there's a shadow on the X-ray.  Or the most gut-wrenching, time-slowing cliffhanger in the history of humanity "“ waiting to hear a baby's first cry.

In those situations, I suspect we strongly resemble both Winchester brothers. Like Dean, we deny that anything serious could be wrong.  Like Sam, we try to accept the possibility that something might be.  

Which brings us back to this season's cliffhanger, and the big question "“ is Bobby dead?  I live in Pragmatic Dreamland, and in this idyllic world no one I care about (real and imaginary) is allowed to die.  Sure Bobby is flatlining. But, he hasn't been pronounced. No time of death has been called. And the trauma staff is charging the defibrillation paddles right now.  

However, my hope that Bobby doesn't die is based on more than a fanciful imagination.  It's based on the real outcome of a real cliffhanger.  It's based on the life of a friend.

He was crossing the street, when a drunk driver hit him.  The impact threw him into oncoming traffic and he was run over again.  His family was called.  Rush to the hospital, they were told.  He won't make it through the night, they were told.   I'm sure they were asked about organ donation because his head and brain had suffered tremendous trauma.

But amazingly, he made it through that first night. And then the next.  And then one more.  After about a month, he was stable enough to be transferred to a hospital closer to home.  He was still in a deep coma, but started giving hints that he was preparing to surface.  A twitch of the fingers.  A grunt.  A flutter of the eyelids.

His family and friends continued their daily vigils of chatting with him, playing his favourite music, showing him photographs of all the important people in his life. Each day, every day, someone was with him.

Then one day, just for a moment, he staggered back to this world.  There was a flash of consciousness and from his perspective, some really weird hallucinations and images.  But this new-old world he visited was warm, and welcoming.  So the next day, the flash of consciousness became a glow and he lingered here a few minutes longer.

It took weeks, but gradually he woke up.  His memory had significant holes in it.  He was missing at least a year leading up to, and including the accident.  His speech was garbled, and one half of his body no longer moved like it should.  But he was back.  

Over time he relearned how to walk, and how to talk.  He finished a graduate degree.  And most importantly of all, he was able, once again to remember, and love all the people who had supported him through his Rip Van Winkle sleep.

Cliffhangers are here to stay "“ in both the real world, and the fictional one.  And although it doesn't happen very often in either realm, once in a while, someone is able to fight and claw his way off the cliffside and back onto the safety of the plateau.  Sometimes, it doesn't take anything supernatural.  It just takes time, love and faith.