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As I was looking for a way to pass the quarantine summer doldrums, I saw Entertainment Weekly’s list of what it considered to be the 75 most ‘essential’ episodes of Supernatural, leading up to Season 15. Since any excuse for a rewatch is a good excuse, I figured I’d not only invite my Supernatural "Team Free Will North Carolina" (TFWNC) Facebook group to join me, but I’d also recap my thoughts on which episodes Entertainment Weekly (EW) chose, which ones they skipped, and what was left out.  Music plays such a big role in Supernatural, so I also noted which iconic songs were included and which were missed in the skipped episodes. Reporting on all that turned into quite the project, and The WFB was kind enough to let me share it here! (My snarky opinions are my own and don’t reflect those of The WFB.)

So come on the journey with me! Start with season 1, then follow the links until you catch up with us in season 12! 

"Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk." ― Susan Scarf Merrell

My second tribute to Supernatural characters is to the Banes siblings, Alicia and Max. I really enjoyed this duo when we saw them on screen. Of course, in traditional Supernatural fashion, their story ended tragically. Also, as their creating writer moved on, I don't think we will ever find out what became of them after their last episode. This is unfortunate, because the brother/sister team was popular with fans. Appearing in only two episodes, 12.06 "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox" and 12.20 "Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes", there weren't many scenes that fans could memorialize in videos. Still, the Banes twins are worth remembering as unique, well written characters whose story paralleled that of Sam and Dean in several ways.    

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"He took the stairs two at a time, hoping that Verrier was in a pleasant, helpful mood. One could never be certain with a prince of Hell — they smiled when they liked you, but they supposedly smiled just before they slit your throat, too.― Susan Scarf Merrell

Editor's Note: No matter where you are in the world, you have somehow, at some level, been impacted by the social justice movement sparked in the United States in May of this year. Reflecting on the many messages of inequality and under representation that are a part of this social awakening, I heard two pieces of advice that seemed actionable to me. The first was to respectfully challenge the words and actions of the people in our own families and in our own circle of friends if those close to us hold onto bigotry, ignorance or small-mindedness. The second was not to stand up to the hatred, but rather to stand beside the threatened, so they don't feel so alone. We can't all carry placards down boulevards as part of a protest, just as we aren't all in positions to influence hiring practices or social conditions. We all have to find a way to slowly share the securities of our existence with those around us who may, subtly or blatantly, feel unheard, unwelcome or vulnerable.

As Supernatural website writers, our forum is talking about a show we all universally love.Consequently, I proposed to our staff that we specifically turn our attention to guest stars, characters, themes or moments in the show that might help under-represented groups see themselves in Supernatural, and be more acknowledged as valued members of our #SPNFamily. Perhaps our public showcase of actors' roles and diverse characters may also help the industry and the public (fans and non-fans) notice the contribution of under-represented groups to Supernatural's 15 year, record breaking run. Diversifying The WFB’s coverage is something we can do to not only support inclusion and tolerance, but go on record as wanting to see more of it.

Outside of this introduction, you will not notice anything different about our articles. They won't have political sub-text or preachy undertones. They'll be about Supernatural, like they always are. Each will be written in the specific style of the writer, varying between fan videos, character analysis, photo edits or any combination of the above. The difference will be that maybe they'll shine the limelight on those who may not otherwise have been seen.
- Nightsky

My first Supernatural character tribute is to Dagon – Prince of Hell. The special thing about her was that she was the only female "Prince" of Hell. We only had a brief encounter with her, but she had a big influence on the overall story. She took care of Kelly and then, of course, she destroyed the colt.

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My choices for part one were revealed, so without further delay, here are the Supernatural Season Twelve Editor's Choice Awards, Part Two!   Seventeen more categories of Awards that in the end have little relevance in the grand scheme of things, but they still make a diversion-y and fun read as we hit the real doldrums of Hellatus.  Enjoy!
Just like every year, The WFB doesn't stop with just the fan choice awards!  Your friendly neighborhood editor-in-chief/site admin is a redhead with some pretty strong opinions and ones that should be shared.  This was a 23 episode season, so there's plenty more awards to be given, good, bad and indifferent.  The best part too is I get to make up categories as I go along, just because I can.  
So here we go, time for a time honored summer tradition here at The Winchester Family Business.  In no particular order, The Supernatural Season 12 Editor's Choice Awards!  

The nominations were collected, the votes have been cast, the results have been tabulated, and the winners are now official!  I’m proud to announce the winners, runner-ups, editor's choice and maybe a few honorable mentions just for kicks for the 17 categories of The Winchester Family Business Supernatural Season 12 Fan Vote Awards.  


The moment is finally here!  The nominations have been tabulated, now it's time to vote.  Below there are 17 categories that give you, the fan, the power to choose the good, bad, and indifferent moments of "Supernatural" season 12.  
I'm sure a couple of you very estute fans are going, "Wait a second, there were only 16 categories in the nominatons."  That's true, but a couple of fans chose to submit write in categories, and one by paladinteacher was way too good to pass up.  I could easily come up with enough good choices for it.  So you'll notice that as our "Bonus Write-In Question" at the end of the voting.  
The rules are simple, there are none.  Once you submit your vote, refresh the page and you can vote again as often as you'd like.  Results will be hidden until the winners are revealed, which will be in a couple of weeks.  Voting will run until Sunday, July 16th at 11:59 pm ET.  
I'm going to warn, it may take a minute for all the questions to load on each page.  Please be patient.  Also, as a standard disclaimer, remember, "Supernatural" fans are an opinionated lot.  Some of these questions may offend those who choose to be less critical or those that don't think we're being critical enough!  Plain and simple, if you don't like a question, feel free to skip it.  All these responses are based on fan choices made during the nomination process (with a couple extra thrown in by yours truly to beef up the selections) and they're there to gauge fan opinion across a very wide spectrum.  They're bound to be controversial in places.  Also, if an option is missing that you think should have been there, that is the importance of being involved in the nomination process.  I only can go with what I'm given! 

Wednesday’s Report Card for Supernatural Season 12 


This is a roundup of my ratings for Season 12 episodes. A Supernatural Report Card!

It includes my grading system because there is variation from reviewer to reviewer.

(Alice Jester likes to use letter grades. Nate Winchester uses shotgun shells.)

I use numbers 1-5 and agonize over every decimal point.                   

Join me in discovering my final tally. Did Supernatural Season 12 make the grade?

Another “Supernatural” season has come and gone and you know what that means.  It's time for our annual awards!  Season Twelve especially was a rather polarizing season. You either loved it, hated it, or were rather indifferent. Huh, come to think of it, that sounds like every season, doesn't it?