Dear Ben Edlund,
Thank you. Thanks for being a writer on Supernatural for so many seasons.
It's bittersweet to know that you'll be leaving to go work on Revolution, but I thought I'd let you know just how much your episodes of Supernatural mean to me.
When I first got into this show and started to really pay close attention, the episodes that really stuck out to me ended up being written quite often by you. Before I knew it, you were my favorite writer for the show. Your episodes were often the really funny ones like "Bad Day at Black Rock" or "Wishful Thinking," or the emotionally powerful ones like "On the Head of a Pin" or "The End." In season 6, "Clap Your Hands If You'll Believe," is by far my all time favorite.
What really moved me about them wasn't just that you had an uncanny ability to get into Sam and Dean's headspace or write about the various creatures with such ingenuity. That was simply icing on the cake to me. It was how your writing inspired me to write myself.
Writing is what I've always wanted to do. I've known that since I was six. It was never a choice. It just is. I write. Seeing someone become successful at it proves to me that it's not a waste of time, that it can lead to a fulfilling career telling great stories for great characters that can impact others in ways I never thought possible. I know that my words can change the world because I've seen you words touch so many others and change the world. That's powerful.
You inspired me to pick up writing again by what you wrote on this show, and for that I am forever in your debt. It is your episodes that I often re-watch when I need a little push to work on a piece.
How does that inspire me? Easy. Knowing that you let your imagination loose and do wacky things with the story---particularly "Clap Your Hands If You Believe" comes to mind---and turn it into something that is ingenious and amazing lets me allow myself to take chances. You brought us a suicidal talking teddy bear and turned the world of Supernatural into a TV show within a TV show. I know I can explore routes or try off the wall things and let things flow in a way that I might not have otherwise. No idea is off limits. You've taught me that there are no limits save those I place upon myself and my stories. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for that.
It also lets me see how emotions should play between characters and let them be natural. Not only will that allow the characters to have fantastic story, but it'll make the audience feel deeply with and for them. I am always moved by the torture scene between Alstair and Dean. Sure it's gruesome and dark, but what always gets me here is how quickly the tables turn and it is Dean that is being emotionally flayed before us. That is pure skill, Mr. Edlund.
Your writing sticks in our minds and in our hearts. You make us care about Sam and Dean so deeply. You made us believe in an Angel of the Lord and allow us to take him into our hearts, too. You've always added enough humanity into the story that makes us laugh and cry and relish the nature that is the human condition. You added so many layers of subtlety to the story, to the characters, to the world of Supernatural, and for that we can never ever say thank you enough. You have helped make their world reality for us.
I want you to know that no matter where you go, no matter what show you write for, I will always follow your career. I hope that you have many many years of writing ahead of you.
Thank you for the great episodes of Supernatural, Mr. Edlund. I can't ever say it enough.
Most of all, I want you to know that you've made such an impact on us.
Far Away Eyes
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