CW has never properly supported the fan-favorite Supernatural, a show about the demon-hunting Winchester brothers that doesn’t quite fit in with the teen angst and reality shows filling the rest of the network’s schedule.
But when CW bumped Supernatural off the schedule to start showing repeats of the freshman series Reaper (who fate has not yet been determined), the small, but loyal Supernatural fan base reacted. Blogs were written, petitions started, threats (as in ‘I’ll never watch CW again’) were made and a campaign to let CW know fans were watching, and would be missing, the Winchester brothers began.
But fans can now rest a little easy knowing the fate of its favorite series has been secured – at least for another year – and start focusing on the fate of Dean (Jensen Ackles) and the possibility of a spin off.
When we left the Winchester brothers last month, Dean was no closer to finding a way out of the deal he made with the crossroads demon last spring that left him with just one year to live.
In fact, Dean was killed – multiple times actually – in the Groundhog Day-like episode “Mystery Spot” that was both funny (how many ways can we kill Dean) and horrifying when Dean was killed outside the loop and we got to see how his death changed Sam (Jared Padalecki).
We also learned in “Malleus Maleficarum” that when Dean does die he’ll go to hell where he’ll lose his humanity and become what he hates the most – a demon.
But now the Winchesters have another worry besides Dean’s impending death – a new enemy. In “In Bello,” the last episode before the hiatus, the boys came under attack by the henchmen – or is it the henchdemons – of the new bad guy in town, a little girl (okay, she’s probably some badass demon who’s been around for centuries in a little girl’s body, but still) named Lilith.
And Lilith doesn’t like the Winchesters. I mean really doesn’t like them. Not because they kill demons, but because she sees Sam as competition. Apparently word hasn’t gotten to the demon world yet that Sam no longer has his powers.
Hopefully we’ll learn about a little more about Lilith later this season. And I can only assume that the end of the season (although shortened by the writers’ strike) means the end of Dean’s year. In which case, Eric Kripke has four episodes starting April 24th to determine if Dean lives or dies.
I remain hopefully that together Dean and Sam will find a way out of the deal.
In the meantime, I have plenty of time to savor the idea of a potential Supernatural spin-off. In a recent interview with Star Pulse, Kripke let it slip that he already has the premise for an off shot to the series in the works. Unfortunately, he wasn’t very optimistic that his prequel would ever see the light of day.
In Kripke’s spinoff he’d take the modern day demon-hunting western back to the old west to follow the adventures of Sam Colt, possibly one of the original hunters, and his friends. Might we learn more about the Colt itself, the gun that kills all demons instantly, and its origins?
Sounds like a cool series to me. Tell me where to tune it.