John Winchester

  • Supernatural: Reflecting Mary

    [Editor's Comment:  As Sam and Dean's mom, Mary Winchester was a beloved character in Supernatural for the first eleven years of the series. With her reintroduction to the story in season 12, she has become a great deal more controversial. Guest writer Gail Martin reflects on Mary's life, examining the emotions and perspectives that may be influencing Mary's decisions after her reunion with her sons. - Nightsky]

    Mary’s comment to Dean about him not being a child and his response about not needing her to tuck him in--as though an adult doesn’t need a parent--really bothered me. Then I thought about it—Mary lost both her parents in 1973 when she was 19. John’s father disappeared when he was a young child, and there’s not much mention (any?) of John’s mother.

  • Supernatural Theories 101: What’s in the box?!

    [Editor's Note: The explanations about season 11 and the comments and spoilers about season 12 that came out of Supernatural's San Diego Comic-Con panels and press room interviews left us with a lot to think about! To pass the hiatus until we all learn what season 12 has in store for us, LK came up with a creative way to speculate about the future of our show!  See what you think of her ideas!]

    Do you ever feel it is time to “Think outside the box?”, to let your imagination and creativity fly where no one has flown before? Last season (like many before that) left us some unanswered questions. Some can still be revisited in the future while some could go in a lot of existing directions. So what ideas and speculation on future story lines does my box hold? Where do I think they are going or might go with them? Some of these ideas can be truly out there or maybe they are, by a miracle, where the story will go. Let’s play with the ideas for season 12 and beyond. You see, even Dean wants to know what is in the box!

  • Supernatural: The Animation, Closer Look PART 4

    Episodes 13-18

    We are on our way to season 12, so to pass the time during this Hellatus join me for a look at the "other" Supernatural - the Supernatural: Animation series! If you would like to catch up with the earlier articles, you can check them out here: PART 1, PART 2 and Part 3.

    For each animated episode, I will give a short introduction then give a few words of what I think about them. Nate shared links for his reviews in the first article so I will add links for these episodes as well after each introduction. Give them a peek! Also YellowEyedSam continues to offer comparison videos between episodes from the show and anime. Thank you Nate and Y.E.S.!
  • “I’m Sorry, Have You Met Me?" I'm Nate!

    Too much time passes and old friends seem like strangers.
    Not enough time can make strangers stay strangers.
    With this in mind, it's time to POP by for a visit with our Contributing Staff at THE WINCHESTER FAMILY BUSINESS.

    The WFB Writing Staff was challenged to select eleven questions to answer from an extensive list. 
    When you are done reading, we would like to challenge you to answer a few of the questions that our staff member answered.
    Long-time visitors or new ones, we'd like to get to know you better, too.

    Welcome another brave writer who accepted the SEASON ELEVEN/ ANSWER ELEVEN CHALLENGE!

  • A Tribute to the Badass Men of Supernatural - Part 1

     After I made "A Tribute to the Kick-Ass Women of Supernatural" and part 2 , I wanted to write a similar article about men. I value both in Supernatural because the show has some of the most remarkable guest actors and actresses, so the loss of both are deeply felt. I decided to use the same criteria as I had in my first article. I chose the male characters that had a great impact on me and were also Badass on their own accord.

  • Supernatural: The Animation, Closer Look PART 3

    Happy New Year everyone! It is time for the part three of the animation series! If you want to check them out, here are the links for PART 1 and PART 2

    As always, I will give a short introduction to the episodes and then offer a few words of what I think about them. Nate shared links for his anime reviews in the first article so I have added links to them after each episode introduction. Give them a peek! Also YellowEyedSam continues to offer comparison videos between episodes from the show and anime. Thank you Nate and Y.E.S.
  • Thoughts on Supernatural 11.04: "Baby"

    After eleven years and over 200 episodes, we finally have it: an episode told entirely from the Impala's perspective. Rich in material, a fun plot to keep us entertained and not short on the brotherly moments.
  • Supernatural: The Animation, Closer Look PART 2

    Time for Part Two of my look at Supernatural: The Animation! In Part 1 of my Closer Look series, I introduced the characters of the anime story and outlined some of the similarities and differences between the live and anime versions of the show! In this installment I will look at each episode in detail, introducing episodes 1 - 6 and giving a few words on what I thought of them. I also have surprises in store!  In Part 1 of my article, Nate shared links to his blog reviews of the anime series, so I have added his review links to my introduction of each episode. Give them a peek! Also YellowEyedSam contacted me and offered to create custom, brand new videoscomparing scenes from the show to scenes from the anime version. I thought it was a great idea so some of the episodes will have those videos for you to see! So, thank you Nate and Y.E.S.! 

  • Supernatural: The Animation, Closer Look PART 1

    Something old - something new - something borrowed - something blue

    Did you know that there is an animated version of Supernatural? Several people showed interest in learning more about Supernatural: The Animation so I was thinking that during this hellatus I could pull back the curtain a little bit on the series as I have watched all the episodes.

    This is the first part of five articles about the animation. In this article I will briefly introduce the characters and their backgrounds. First, though, I will start by defining animation.
  • The WFB Crew Review: Supernatural 1.01 "Pilot"

    Everyone had such fun with our last roundtable review, we thought that to fill the time during hiatus, we'd do another one!  Only this time, let's go back and review an old episode.  The oldest episode in fact.  After ten years now, will the pilot look any different to the WFB writers?  Does it still stand up or has the show succeeded in spite of it?  Read on as Elle, Elle2, Metamorphic Rocks, and Percysowner take a trip down memory lane...
  • Supernatural Hiatus Hunting: 5.13 "The Song Remains The Same"


    Since we are going to be on hiatus until January we are back with more Hiatus Hunting. This week we will go back in time to see Sam and Dean go back in time in "The Song Remains The Same".

  • Unicorns & Soulmates - Part Two: Obsession of Love

    Unicorns and Soulmates Part 2 – The Obsession of Love

    Okay, so in part one, the topic was Sam, Dean and what soulmates truly meant for them. In that article I declared that, as far as I was concerned, Sam and Dean were each other’s soulmates. They were uniquely and profoundly bonded to each other and though at times that bond may loosen and suffer its strains, it never breaks. This time around, let’s consider the predecessor of that bond – mom and dad.
  • Let's Discuss: John Winchester


    Welcome to our newest experiment, the Let's Discuss threads!  The idea is to focus the discussions and topics out there and let burning subjects that are on people's minds to have their own dedicated place.

  • Recap - "Devil's Trap"

    It's retro recap time!  In continuation with the three part series I started with "Salvation" before season six started, here is part two, "Devil's Trap."  Re-live the magic when the brothers cared for each other!

  • Recap - Salvation

    Why recap "Salvation?"  Easy.  "Devil's Trap" and "In My Time of Dying" have always been high on my list, but it just didn't feel right doing those without covering the first episode in that trilogy.  Sure it's not as good as those other two, but it's important!  So on with recap. 

  • Scenes From Season One - Part 2

    Scenes From Season 1 - Part 2 - by Elle2
    The first eight episodes of Season 1 laid quite a bit of groundwork on the Winchester's history and some conflicts: Sam with Dad, Dean with self-worth, Sam over Jess' death and gave us some good old brotherly banter. The next eight episodes really found Supernatural's creative forces finding their stride and while a couple of episodes could be deemed as clunkers overall it is a strong second portion to the very first season of Supernatural.
    Here are the scenes that 'leapt' out at me as I jotted down the episode titles:
  • Open Supernatural Couch - Home

    There is Something in the Closet
    One of the perks of a long summer hiatus is the possibility to watch the occasional Supernatural episode without the curiosity and the passionate dread of waiting for new turns in the story. I try not to watch the seasons too often, as I still want to be able to spot something new or to feel as if the story was not completely familiar to me.
    Upon watching Home again, after quite a while, I felt again drawn into its tragedy almost like at my first encounter with it, having to use a tad too many tissues for my taste! So, I had the idea of inviting you all to an Open Couch of episodes that have moved and continue to move me! The whole show does that, but some episodes have got under my skin in a way I had not exactly believed possible.
  • Mini Review - "Home"

    Love, love, love, love! this episode. "Home" is one of my personal favorites; my blue funk, down in the dumps, reaching for pint of Haagen-Dazs and settling in for a long night of comfort episodes. It's the episode that put season one back on course in a major way. It's the game changer that helped define the rest of the series to come. How much can I gush about this one? They went for kick-you-in-the-gut emotion and nailed it. The score is as dramatic as the family drama, violins and all. It's easily the most emotionally powerful episode of season one.   Sam's a psychic. Who knew? Not that there's an obvious trail of hints leading up to that, because there isn't. Sam's finally forced to tell Dean the truth in order to save Jenny and her family. Dean takes it about as well as one would think. "Come again?" That would have been my reaction. 
  • Mini Episode Review - The Pilot

    In honor of Supernaturalstarting in US second run syndication on TNT today, I thought that since I didn't start writing reviews until season three, when I actually started watching the show, for each season one and two episode aired I'll write a quick 500 word review. It's a nifty little challenge because once I get my analytical hat on, 500 words becomes impossible. Even for bad episodes like "Bugs" there's plenty to rant about.  Still, I'll try, for brevity with older episodes that already have been overanalyzed is probably desired.  Naturally, first up is The Pilot. Word counter starts"¦now.
  • Recap: "Home"

    Sure, it only took six months of unfulfilled promises, but in honor of elle2's season one articles of late, I bring you a long deserved episode recap of "Home." 
    I'll just say it right now, this is one of my all time favorite episodes. It was the episode that sucked me in for good after doubts emerged from watching "Hookman" and "Bugs". The episode isn't thick on plot, but very hefty in emotion and so well played by all. We meet Missouri Mosely, psychic extraordinaire, and get to see both Winchester parents. Plus, it really jump starts Sam's mytharc and kicks off a bit of speculation that hampers us all the way to season four.