It is now three weeks since the Supernatural series finale "Carry On" aired. If you read my "Threads" review of the finale, you know that I think it is a masterpiece of artistic narration. Everyone involved with its creation deserves to be immensely proud of their heartfelt gift to the SPNFamily. Predictably, with so much at stake delivered with such intense, emotional power, we are all now experiencing the fallout of that ending. I know I’m reeling from its impact. What is unexpected, though, is what fans are feeling.
From numerous conversations with friends, and weeks of seeing/hearing what’s been happening online, it’s safe to say that many (most?) in the fandom are struggling to process how they feel after seeing the last (at least for now) Supernatural episode in the series. I count myself among those who were deeply disappointed in how Supernatural ended, but even the fans who loved the show’s final chapter are finding if difficult to cope with it ending. However you feel about "Carry On", the creative team put immense effort into concluding a saga as epic as Supernatural, and the cast (Jared, Jensen and earlier, Misha) opened themselves to bare raw emotions during their final scenes. If we want to respect their, and our, emotional investments in this 15 year journey we've been on together, we need to genuinely admit and process the feelings generated by Supernatural's finale – and it generated a lot of feelings. We were all very passionate about the show so it makes sense that we miss it, but this emotional whiplash goes way beyond anything I (and others) expected.
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Now that Supernatural has ended its first run on television (just putting that out in the universe), we all find ourselves looking back at its 15 years of history. What was it like when the show first started in 2005? Before conventions, or social media, or the formation of the SPNFamily, how did fans find the show? What did the producers and cast think about what was happening with their fledgling genre series?
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Go back in time with The WFB founder and Editor-in-Chief, Alice Jester, and me, Nightsky, WFB's Managing Editor and Social Media Manager to hear our behind-the-scenes (BTS) stories about the formation and evolution of the Supernatural fandom and The WFB! Earlier this year, we talked with Gail Z. Martin, professional author and avid Supernatural fangirl, about Supernatural, our behind-the-scenes interactions with its cast, and how The WFB came to be Supernatural's largest original content fansite!
The final season, heck the entire series, is now in our rear view mirror so to speak. So, what do we do now? How about our annual activities of looking back at the season gone by?
First off, a fun game that I’ve been doing for years. I’m going to list all the episodes in Season 15 in order. In five minutes (fine, I’ll allow ten), rank the episodes in your opinion from first to worst. Share your results in the comments.
The idea behind allowing so little time is simple, I don’t want any of you to over think this. It’s a gut feel game. However, a lot of these episodes blur together. I suggest before getting started going through our handy dandy Season 15 episode guide to remind you which episodes were which. If you’re still not sure, Emberlast’s “Let’s Speculate” articles are the perfect recap! Those are all linked on our Episode Guide.
In season 1 of Supernatural, technology was a whole lot different for the boys. Sam mocks Dean for having cassette tapes instead of CDs and now CDs are old news. The only social media that is mentioned is MySpace, which is now defunct. They go from using flip phones, to blackberries, to smart phones, so connecting to places like Hell is now a whole lot easier than hacking someone’s neck open for the bowl of blood required to “make a call.” At first, Sam and Dean had to get up close and personal to talk to monsters, demons, and eventually angels. Then in later seasons, good guys and bad guys had each other in their contacts.
But technology was a whole lot different for fans back then, too. In 2005, the show was on just one network and the story was doled out just once a week. Streaming was basically non-existent. There was no Twitter or Instagram or Zoom. At first, if we wanted more than just Sam and Dean, we were “forced” to physically meet with the actors who played them...and for this reason, I think the Supernatural fandom is really lucky to have started coalescing when it did.
I just want to say a few words to everyone who is dealing with the finale of Supernatural and the end of our beloved show.
What you’re feeling and experiencing now? It’s quite and absolutely normal.
The grief, the feelings of loss, the sadness, the anger, are all ok. Doesn’t matter if you loved or hated the finale, the fact is that Supernatural is over. It’s hard to believe that we won’t be turning on our TV’s next Thursday or Friday (depending on where you are) and getting lost in our favourite show.
For many of you, this is the first time this has happened, especially with a show you've invested so much in, and it’s probably a bit overwhelming to feel so much for a TV show and the characters. But, for some of us, it’s not our first go round the block with this.
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