Dean Winchester

  • Auld Lang Syne: Pragmatic Dreamer's Favorite Supernatural Reflections

    Real life is keeping me very busy (and ironically, part of that real life work is writing for the web!) so I haven’t had much of a chance to contribute to the site recently, but I’m still watching Supernatural, and continue to use it as my escape from daily annoyances and aggravations, and my 60-minutes of recharging my soul’s batteries to face the next week of annoyances and aggravations!  The reason I chose this article, which is the very first one I wrote for The Winchester Family Business, is that it still rings true for me.  All the reasons I got hooked on the show, and continues to make it my only appointment-television viewing, are the same.  I watch it for the relationship Dean and Sam have with each other, and with the world around them.
  • Auld Lang Syne: Supernatural "H-Day"

    In the late half of Season 9, I decided to do something I'd never done: participate in a Supernatural Fan Fiction contest. I resolved not to do any slash but instead write up a big budget, movie style, possible "finale" to the show which tied up loose ends.  I chose it as my Auld Lang Syne feature article not only because it was a lot of fun to write (and had some great artwork by neigeausoleil) but also because it's somewhat humorous to look back two seasons later to see what I got wrong about the show's future plots... and what I ended up getting right.
  • Auld Lang Syne: Karen's Favorite Reflections on Supernatural

    Editor's Note: The Winchester Family Business writing team wanted to do something very special for this year's holiday season so we put together a new article series for your enjoyment. It's called Auld Lang Syne, which means 'Times Long Past'. The traditional New Year's Eve song tells us that old friends should be remembered and honored (substitute the translation to understand the meaning):

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    And never brought to mind?
    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    And auld lang syne?

    For auld lang syne, my dear,
    For auld lang syne,
    We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
    For auld lang syne.

    As Supernatural starts its second decade of dedicated, superb storytelling, we want to pause and remember the best moments that brought us to where we are today. Each of us joined the Supernatural family at different points in its journey but we share a common love of the show, its cast and its characters. To honor the first ten years of the Winchester's journey, each of our writers picked their favorite reflections from times long past. They share their personal thoughts as to why each piece they chose is special to them or is a part of Supernatural's rich history. From Christmas Eve to past New Year's Day, we'll  repost the most important, defining, tender, creative, emotional, singular moments in the history of the love affair between The Winchester Family Business and Supernatural.

    We hope these articles give you insight into the hearts and minds of The WFB writing team, and by extension, the first ten years of Supernatural.After you've read them, we also hope you love these special moments as much as we do.

  • Supernatural's Brotherly Moments Part 4: Chick Flick Moments

    When I started this series of articles, I tried to make a "Top Ten" list but picking out just ten "Broments" was simply not possible. Then I also had to ponder what justifies a Brotherly Moment.  To me it was more than just the heart to heart, hugging, emotional  moments. I also felt the pranks, the way they work together on a case and even their disagreements could be considered Brotherly moments. 

  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "Just My Imagination"

    “Things change…things happen…things you can’t even imagine when you’re young and full of hope.” - Judy Blume

    After that Fan Video Ultimate Edition, my articles are back to covering one episode at a time. This week I will tackle the episode Just My Imagination. For this video I chose the word "Young" as the theme since children were a theme in this episode and "the Zannas" were there to support them. I found a music video about the WEEchesters (Young Sam and Dean) and luckily the music fits the theme I had chosen! I actually fell in love with the song on this video and it gave me some new thoughts while I was watching it.
  • The Winchester Family Business Short Attention Span Theater Presents - A Very Special Supernatural S11 Thanksgiving

    We at the Winchester Family Business wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  In honor of this special holiday, we present a new, original Short Attention Span theater.  Enjoy "A Very Special Supernatural Season 11 Thanksgiving."  

  • Supernatural's Brotherly Moments Part 3: Brothers In Unison

    When starting this series of articles, I tried to make this a Top Ten list but picking out just ten "Broments" was simply not possible. Then I also had to ponder what justifies a Brotherly Moment.  To me it was more than just the heart to heart, hugging, emotional  moments. I also felt the pranks, the way they work together on a case and even their disagreements could be considered Brotherly moments. 

  • Supernatural Season 11: 6 Potential Game Changers

    With fall in the air, the 11th Season premiere of Supernatural is close at hand.  No matter what you may have thought of season 10, the finale set up many new storylines for this coming year.  Dean no longer has the Mark of Cain, he presumably killed Death (though we know it’s never that easy), The Darkness has been released, Rowena has the Book of the Damned and the Codex in her possession, Castiel is under Rowena’s attack dog spell and is out to destroy Crowley, who seems trapped with no escape (but he’s Crowley – He’ll always escape) and a human Metatron has the Demon tablet and an unknown agenda.  That seems like a whole lot of story mileage for Season 11.  

    On the surface, it may seem like another run of the mill season of Supernatural:  We have a bunch of players clamoring for power, the brothers must face a threat that’s worse than ever before, and on and on ad infinitum.  However, the information we’re getting about the upcoming season seems to be telling a different story.  But first things first:  Unfortunately, there’s no way to discuss this season without mentioning spoilers that have been released.  So, to be clear - THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SEASON 11 SPOILERS. 

    Right now, there’s no way to know how the season will unfold.  But from what we have learned so far, it certainly appears that the storylines could shift Supernatural in a very interesting direction.  Specifically, that direction would be reminiscent of earlier seasons, but have a higher level of sophistication as a result of all that the Winchesters have endured, and how far the Supernatural universe has come in 10 seasons.  In essence, these plotlines could be true game changers that may give us a year filled with lots of scares, compelling mythology, and brotherly moments.  And that’s when Supernatural is at its best.  The following list details some areas to watch out for in what could be one of our show’s best seasons in recent history.  
  • A Deeper Look at Supernatural Season Ten Dean Winchester, Part Two

    In Part One of my Deeper Look at Dean Winchester, Dean is barely clinging on to control of the Mark of Cain.  In part two, the wheels fall off the wagon. Eventually. 
  • Supernatural's Brotherly Moments Part 2: No Chick-Flick Moments!

    When I started this series, I tried to make this a Top Ten List of "broments". When I found that was simply not possible, I pondered what constitutes a Brotherly Moment and realized it was more than just the heart to heart, hugging, emotional  moments.

  • A Deeper Look at Supernatural Season Ten Dean Winchester, Part One

    Dean’s journey is Season Ten was indeed a rich one, but in a way it bothered me.  Sure, it’s a compelling story of fighting the evil within and Jensen knocked it out of the park, but for someone damned with such a dangerous curse, his path ended up being rather predictable.  The plot certainly wasn’t rocket science.  He’s a demon, then he’s cured, then he fights that monster within all season and then some tragic death sends him off the rails for the big showdown with brother Sammy.  It all seems textbook.  In this deeper look though, I hope to find some nuances that take this basic story and give Dean a few extra layers beyond the basic plot.  They’re there, but just like Sam’s plight, there are times you have to look hard.  

    Dean’s mission was to simply keep on hunting and try to do good until he went bad.  It took until episode 19 for him to openly question that plan.  How successful and/or interesting was it to watch Dean fight that inner monster?  Just like with the inconsistency of the episodes, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t.  
  • 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's Brotherly Moments Part 1: The Family Business

    Broment: When dudes share a special moment with each other.

    Brother: A person whom you are related to. Sometimes a role model. Sometimes an ass. Sometimes a friend. A person who you are stuck being related to until the day you die through good or bad.

    (Note: Both definitions found in the online Urban Dictionary)

    When I started this article I tried to make this a Top Ten list but picking out just ten "broments" was simply not possible. Then I also had to ponder what justifies a Brotherly Moment.  To me it was more than just the heart to heart, hugging, emotional  moments. I also felt the pranks, the way Sam and Dean work together on a case and even the times they disagree could be considered Brotherly Moments.  

    So I created several categories of Broments. In fact there ended up being so many broments that I will be writing and sharing them in a four part series!

  • Supernatural's Top Ten Funniest Lines

    Welcome to part 3 is a series on Supernatural's best comedic moments!
  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "There's No Place Like Home"

    "A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others" L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    Well, this weeks video was a pickle. I am glad that Nightsky did her weekly re-watch because CW is not showing reruns and who knows what episode we will get next. Until then I will follow WFB re-watch with my weekly fan video articles. So, in this episode we got Charlie back but not like she was before. Her time in OZ had been full of battle and she had been split to two, her good side and her bad side. During the run of Supernatural she hasn't been the only one that has done that.
  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "Black, Reichenbach & Soul Survivor"

    aka RIP Demon Dean

    It took a long while but finally Dean was graced by Supernatural with a long arc. We were teased about it a long while ago in season three episode 10 "Dream a Little Dream of Me". Sam and Dean came to Bobby's rescue in that episode. They need to drink a dream potion. Dean ends up face to face with his worst fear as the cross roads deal loomed over him and he saw himself as a demon.
  • Faith and Supernatural

    It's always disappointing to read casual, dismissive references to Supernatural as simply a fantasy genre show featuring two hunky brothers.  While that superficial description of the show is true on its face, it merely provides the framework for a profound exploration of a multitude of  bigger themes: loyalty, family, morality, self-sacrifice, free will and destiny, to name just a few. Indeed, this season culminated in an argument between the brothers about the sometimes blurry line between good and evil.

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    One recurring theme on Supernatural practically since its inception has been faith, both in the religious and secular sense.  Faith and religion are often intertwined, but the show has portrayed these two concepts very differently.
  • Far Away Eyes' Deeper Look: Supernatural 10.16 "Paint It Black"

    “Paint It Black” is the perfect title for this week's Supernatural episode.
  • Threads: Supernatural 10.16 "Paint It Black"

    On the surface, “Paint It Black” was not a particularly intense or memorable episode. It was quieter and slower, but that’s probably okay once in a while.  Several tweeters commented that they were bored and I have to admit that it was difficult to think of anything exciting to live tweet! This story didn’t have shocking scenes or plot twists. The deaths were predictable and the climactic attack on Dean with Sam racing to save the day wasn’t particularly moving.  Upon rewatch, though, there were parallel stories and foreboding incidents that were actually rather significant. I detected clues for the rest of this season and possibly season 11! I was excited to see this second layer of meaning, and I’m anxious to share it with you!
  • Far Away Eyes' Deeper Look: "Supernatural" 10.15 "The Things They Carried"

    Supernatural's standalone episodes are at their best when grounded in reality.