Another Comic Con has come and gone. Many of the videos have been viewed and re-viewed and minds are swirling with the potential that hopefully will be fulfilled in ten short weeks. (Yes, it really is short provided one does not check the countdown clock every, single day….good luck with that.)
I find myself more optimistic for this upcoming season than I have been in the past, so with that in mind, I decided to write this list of why I am optimistic, cautiously so, for Season 10. Here goes. Oh yes, there will be spoilers of some kind in here, so read on at your own risk. You’ve been warned. J
10. Jeremy Carver directly stated that the Men of Letters will be explored further, as this was, to him, the final piece of the boys’ history. We know about hunters, how everyone got into hunting via some tragedy. Having so much history about hunters, I am eager to learn more about the Men of Letters. We certainly know they had resources, intelligence, and commitment to the cause. I would like to know more about what caused them to become Men of Letters as well as see more of their resources utilized. With Abaddon gone, I feel like the show can explore that without having me wonder when Abaddon is going to surface, which means they don’t have to manufacture reasons for her to appear.
Also, on a personal note, I’d like the boys to discover a huge stash of cash in the bunker. Sure the bills would all be dated from the ‘40s and ‘50s but I believe they could slowly switch it out at diners and such, plus there are dealers that will buy older bills. It would just be a neat way to deal with their money issues permanently while allowing more exploration of the MoL bunker – plus add to the historical feel of the bunker. Just sayin’. 😉
9. Jody Mills is returning and she’ll have a new friend, or at least someone to interact with outside of the boys, as Sheriff Donna Hanscum is returning. I liked that new character, so I’m glad to see her back. Plus, any connection to Bobby Singer is welcome, so bring on more Jody Mills (and don’t kill her!)
8. There is a new character who, according to Jared, is someone from Season 1 or 2 who perhaps witnessed Dean, at least, (since this character is said to be looking for Dean) either save someone or kill something and he is looking for Dean. The purpose of this search is not yet known, but it is a good thing for the show to continue to dip into its rich history and explore the past a bit. Just don’t make it a fan favorite character (like Sarah or Tessa) and then unceremoniously, and unnecessarily, kill him off. We get there’s a lot of pain and whatnot in the hunting life, but perhaps, just perhaps utilize this character as a way to show the boys that they did some really good things in their past, saved people. Sure they’ve saved the whole world, but it’s the intimate saving of one life that really hits home and makes you realize your life has meant something.
7. Jensen Ackles directs his fourth Supernatural episode. I don’t know why it is, but I always enjoy watching an episode (even if it is not written well *cough* Heartache *cough*) that is directed by someone from the main cast. Whether it’s Thomas Gibson and/or Matthew Gray Gubler from Criminal Minds or Thomas Welling of Smallville or David Boreanaz from Bones or Jensen Ackles, there is just something about the actor of the show directing that same show. They have a keener eye for all things, and it’s a joy to view the episode through the eyes of the actor from the show. I just like it.
6. Supernatural gets a retrospective special on October 6th. If nothing else, this just means we get a massive Supernatural dose one day earlier than the premiere date. That’s a good thing. Also, it is a testament to just how much the show means to the CW in particular and how much Mark Pedowitz has changed things at the network since the departure (none too soon either) of Dawn Ostroff. It is unlikely Supernatural would even be getting a tenth season under Ms. Ostroff and certainly she would not be giving it a retrospective hour. This is a huge honor to Supernatural. Congratulations to all involved!
5. Supernatural gets a 200th episode that will be a love letter to the fans as well as showcase all our favorites from the years in some fashion or another. As Jeremy Carver says, they will all be there somehow, in spirit at least. I’d love for this to be further up on my list, but I have some concerns about this episode. One, I’m hopeful that it’s not a love letter to the fans of the Becky kind. She was slightly acceptable in Sympathy for the Devil as a means of communication between Chuck and the boys. She was even palatable in The Real Ghostbusters, but that is where she should have disappeared, permanently. Since this episode is supposed to be about a play being made of Chuck’s books and a ghost haunting it, I do hope that this is a true love letter to the fans and not the usual approach of sarcastic, over the top caricatures of the fans – who are the reason the show has stayed on the air to reach such a milestone episode. We deserve a true love letter, more along the lines of In the Beginning and Swan Song (yes, both had their weaknesses) and nothing of Season 7, Time For a Wedding or anything else that mocks the fans. So, I give it Number 5 on my list, as I’m excited for the milestone, but I have much hesitation about the execution. Also, I do hope that Demon Dean isn’t wrapped up already. Carver has stated the DD would hang around for a handful of episodes; I hope a handful is six or seven, not three or four.
4. Several interviews from Comic Con have stated that the season will explore the identity of all the characters. Each character will have to come to grips with who he is, be it a demon, an angel, a hunter, a brother – older and/or younger – and whatever else. I like this idea. It’s about time that Sam and Dean especially, though Crowley and Castiel certainly need to settle these issues too, discover, decide, and embrace their identity. It’s time the brothers stop trying to get out of hunting but rather embrace their legacy. It’s time both Sam and Dean discover that they are equals in this life and stop trying to change that. Jared Padalecki stated that in his mind the best ending for Sam and Dean is that they are dead at the end of the series – unless there is to be a movie. As painful as it is for me to say it, I have to agree. Sure we could get the Cheers ending where Sam Malone keeps being the bartender, embracing the awesomeness of his life, simple as it is, and thus we are left with the knowledge that Sam and Dean are still out there hunting monsters, saving people, continuing on with the family business. However, to be true to the gritty, dark nature of the show, I do find it far more in keeping with its makeup that Sam and Dean die in one final glorious battle, side by side, firmly united, not only as brothers but as soul mates. (I’d really like that final scene to be with Ash and Bobby and Ellen and Jo and John and Mary welcoming them both into the Roadhouse in Heaven. Yeah, I’m schmaltzy like that. Plus then it really isn’t sad because they’re all together again. We can imagine them roaming through Heaven, joining up with all the characters we’ve met over the series.)
3. Jared is very excited for Season 10. He is enthusiastic because Sam is wholly committed to finding and saving Dean. Jared has said in numerous recent interviews that the Sam he likes best is the Sam who is focused and unwavering. He believes the fans also like this Sam best. He has stated that Sam in Season 10 is fully committed to saving Dean and he likes it. His energy for this shone through in his words, eyes, and mannerisms at the Comic Com interviews I watched. Also, Jared is very excited for Jensen to play this new Dean. He readily states that he has had the opportunity over the years to execute different aspects of Sam: Sam on demon blood, Sam as Lucifer, Soulless Sam, Sam as possessed by an angel, but Jensen has never had this opportunity to play a new Dean. Jared is excited for his friend and colleague. I’ve always loved listening to this actor talk, not only about his craft but about his friends, but watching him embrace this opportunity for his co-star really raises him up even higher in my opinion as he is truly thrilled for someone else to have such a moment. Kudos, Jared Padalecki.
2. Jensen is playing Demon Dean. I’m eager for Jensen to introduce us to a new character that is Dean, yet not quite Dean. Sure, over the seasons we’ve seen moments of not-quite Dean: Skin, What Is and What Should Never Be, which offered a glimpse of fish-out-of-water Dean; we saw Dean interact back in time in In the Beginning as well as saw future Dean in The End; there was Dream a Little Dream of Me that gave us a moment of Dean as a demon as well as the Dean on Dean conversation, but we’ve never had an arc of Dean as different. He’s always been Dean, even as he drank and descended into long arcs of depression. Season 10 is giving us a whole new Dean, one whose soul has been twisted into a demon, who embodies all the anger, hurt, and evil that is within him, but carries none of the burdens. I’m eagerly looking forward to what Jensen does with it. And, I am hopeful, as I stated above, that this goes beyond three or four episodes…really hopeful.
1. The number one reason I am excited for Season 10 is that the conflict that is possibly to be explored this season between the brothers (at least as shown in the one-minute clip from Episode 3) appears to be organic. In the past the writers have manufactured conflict as the brothers lie to each other: Sam about Ruby and demon blood, Dean about remembering hell (although both those were the most tolerable of the lies), then there was Sam as Soulless or Dean having an angel possess Sam, let’s not forget that Sam never looked for Dean in Season 8 (as if we could) or that Dean killed a friend of Sam’s…all these lies and conflicts were poorly thought out and badly executed in the writing. (I could write an article about all the mistakes made because an idea seemed cool (i.e. Soulless Sam) but in execution failed miserably (all the way through to the wall crumbling) because it was obvious by the execution that these were not thought through. You can’t set up the idea that the person will ultimately die or be so incapacitated so as to render them useless unless you’re actually going to go there. Each time the show has pulled back, because otherwise it’s the end of the series, and we the viewers have been cheated as the ‘problem’ is simply swept aside. Oops, there are the main points of said article. Where was I? Oh, right, this is a positive article, with only a few snide comments.
The Number 1 reason I’m excited is that the conflict this upcoming season is a direct result of choices. Sam was dying and Dean chose to have an angel possess him to save his life. This led to Sam feeling betrayed by the one person he believed would never betray him in such a manner and the rift between the brothers grew so wide that Dean, in his isolation, struck out on his own dark path which led to the taking of the Mark of Cain. That mark ultimately led to Dean becoming a demon who is now darker than even Crowley ever suspected possible. This leads to Sam proving what all of us have always known: he loves his brother unconditionally, and will go very, very far to save him (which is an echo from Season 1’s Devil’s Trap when Dean tells Sam he gets scared sometimes by just how far he’ll go to save his family (having just killed Meg as well as the ‘brother’ that was about to kill Sam) and also is repeated at the end of the episode when Sam tells John that killing Yellow Eyes wasn’t everything – as he looks in the mirror and sees Dean in the backseat. Sam is relaying to us all in that moment that family is everything, not revenge, not the mission. In fact, to Sam, and Dean, the mission is family.
Season 10 appears to have the brothers on equal footing with the other. Both will know the dark deeds of the other, both will know just how dark the ‘monster’ is within the other: Dean isn’t possessed; his soul is twisted, but it is his soul. Sam also isn’t possessed; he does his bad deeds because he is consumed with finding and saving his brother. It all circles back to family.
So, with those thoughts out there, that is why I am optimistic – yes, still cautiously though as I’ve been here before, for Season 10. The cast seems very excited, especially Jensen and Jared, and that to me is a great indicator of things to come.
As always, thanks for reading, Elle2