Supernatural is back from hiatus! Here's everything we know about the new episode!
As we are soon coming back from Hellatus, it is good to talk about snacks and more guilty pleasures that you can eat and drink while you enjoy watching Supernatural! First, I will share a few things I have eaten while watching the show but I also asked a fellow WFB writer Far Away Eyes if she could contribute her recipes. These snacks are not eaten at the same time but at one time or another they have been my guilty pleasures while watching the show!
Even though you could call me a Supernatural happy camper fan, I do have a few things that I would have wanted the show to delve into more properly. Some of these I have mentioned but mostly I like to keep the things that bother me to myself. That doesn't mean those things are not there. Some are just small quibbles but some of them are huge for me - such as not understanding why some things were written the way they were.

The things I have chosen to talk about here I have saved to my "For your eyes only" file during these 15 years. The top one is the worst one of course. I know all of us fans have their own list for sure. Some have kept it secret like I have and some have been more vocal. So, I invite you to join me to this discussion with your list. Let's Discuss!

In Supernatural 15.08, “Our Father Who Aren’t in Heaven,” Sam once again had to bravely face the massive trauma he suffered in The Cage. Though he never faltered, you could tell... it must have been hard on him.

Editor's Note: To celebrate Genevieve Padalecki's birthday, I went looking through our archives for articles about her portrayal of Ruby. This 2-part analysis was first published in December of 2011. It traces Ruby's motivations and impact on Sam and Dean from her introduction in season 3 through her death in season 4. It goes deeper than anything else I've seen on the subject, providing insight into not only her role in the apocalypse but also her personal story, how she was able to influence Sam so completely and orchestrate the schism between the brothers, and what might have happened had she not been killed. When this was originally published, Ruby's character was highly controversial (as you will infer from the author's comments). Genevieve was also not yet married to Jared, so she was not yet the beloved part of the SPNFamily that she is now. I hope you enjoy this character study, which is as penetrating now as it was 8 years ago.

Start back at Part 1 if you missed it.


 
Before diving back into this, I again would like to issue a reminder. Please, please, please! I beg, plead, ask and request, no attacks on the actresses. This is a sensitive subject to the fandom in general, I realize that. But this is a look at the demon Ruby, not at the women who worked on a film set. Also, please keep in mind that this is entirely opinion. 
 
Editor's Note: To celebrate Genevieve Padalecki's birthday, I went looking through our archives for articles about her Supernatural character, Ruby. This 2-part analysis of Ruby was first published in December of 2011. It traces Ruby's motivations and impact on Sam and Dean from her introduction in season 3 through her death in season 4. It goes deeper than anything else I've seen on the subject, providing insight into not only her role in the apocalypse but also her personal story, how she was able to influence Sam so completely and orchestrate the schism between the brothers, and what might have happened had she not been killed. When this was originally published, Ruby's character was highly controversial (as you will infer from the author's comments). Genevieve was also not yet married to Jared, so she was not yet the beloved part of the SPNFamily that she is now. I hope you enjoy this character study, which is as penetrating now as it was 8 years ago. 
 
So we know that Ruby was a witch back when the plague was big. In Supernatural, there appears to be a couple different kinds of witches. Those who think they are smart enough to outwit the demon they are getting their power from but end up in hell, and those who have found a way to use their power to keep living VERY long lives and their souls out of hell. And then there are those who are the ‘just plain ignorant/stupid’ category of witch. My guess is that Ruby fell in the first category but probably wanted to be in the second. 

In seeing the interaction between Ruby and her prior mistress “Tammy” in Malleus Maleficarum, I got the impression that as a human, she knew what she was getting into. This tells me that even as a person, she was attracted, intelligently attracted no less, to things of evil. She was most likely not a nice person. At all. 

So she dies and ends up in hell where her soul begins to be twisted into a demon. And not just any demon, but one that remembers being human. I believe this was a plan of Lilith’s. Hell and heaven both had a long view on planning, and they planned for contingencies. I think they sometimes experimented just in case it might come in handy down the road. Lilith had plenty of time in the pits of hell to toy with many ideas. I doubt that Ruby was the only demon on the experimental rack.

Monster Mythology Evolution: Reapers

Reapers have been present in Supernatural almost from the word go. In the now classic episode “Faith”, we were introduced to a stoic and classic image of a reaper, harnessed by a woman playing with life and death. Her efforts backfired but only after it saved Dean, thankfully. Since then, we’ve come to learn a lot about reapers, understand the hierarchy of reapers as angels and even met Death – and his replacement.

It would be simple to say that a reaper is a symbol of death and leave it at that, but as we understand more of the reaper mythology within Supernatural  and the evolution of these creatures ("monsters" seems harsh), it is more apt to say they are harbingers of transition - ends and beginnings. In Tarot, when the Death card appears, the reaper signifies a change, often a new way of thinking or a self-awareness to be reached. In some depictions, the reaper is stepping over a prone body of royalty – no force is powerful enough to thwart change being the implication. This is usually what the appearance of the reaper has meant on Supernatural, in a round about way.

"Everything has to come to an end, sometime.” ― L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz

This is it. The l**t first episode and season premiere. I have been feeling a lot of mixed emotions about the ending (easy word to connect to the article, isn't it?). I'm happy because of a few things but mostly I have been feeling sad. Denial is the key for me, or pretending nothing is happening. Of course, when the season starts, the finality of everything comes crushing in. I guess I have decided to enjoy the few episodes we still have left, to end things on a high note myself. Watching Supernatural and what has come from it - everything I have experienced - leaves me with many great memories - even these few articles I will still write about the show. 

What a long strange trip it has been. 

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