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In light of the recent controversial mudslinging about this site and even our intrepid leader, I felt it was time to reflect on what the Winchester Family Business is truly about.

I stumbled upon Alice 's episode reviews the summer between season three and four and followed her from Blogcritics to this site. It has changed in many ways since the early days, but the core is still the same. For me, the WFB is a safe haven to unite with people from all walks of life about a show that we each love and characters that bring us back week after week. It is a site with a dedicated creator who goes above and beyond to bring us information about the show, whether it 's from comic con or interviews with the behind-the-scenes show-runners.

At the Winchester Family Business, we are invited to write our own articles expressing our individual interpretations and opinions about our great show. We have the psychological analysis, beautiful reviews, thoughtful discussions, clever games, great humour and even poetry and song-writing. Many talented individuals contribute to the Winchester Family Business and it is a pleasure to be sharing the show with so many different and wonderful minds. I have learned a great deal as a member of the Winchester Family Business, from the intricacies of the close-captioning on television to the way ratings are gathered and interpreted to the artistry of camera angles and score selection involved in episodes. There is so much more that what we just see week-to-week on our televisions and the Winchester Family Business is a world where all of these things can be discussed and appreciated.

This site is truly a safe haven for me. I know that I can come here and gain insights into the show, understand a variety of opinions and even disagree with them, without my personal character being attacked. I can come here and laugh. I can commiserate over the death of TV character that moved me to tears. I know that I can visit this site and have people who understand why I threaten death to anyone who interrupts me Thursday 's at 9. I know that at any given time, if I say “Winchester” or “wayward son” there is a whole community of people whose minds also instantly summon the Supernatural characters and world when these phrases are spoken. When I move overseas in the fall, I know that this site will be a touchstone when I am very far away from real-life family and friends. The Winchester Family Business is a wonderful community that has become an important part of my life.

Alice created this site, and she maintains it and though I didn 't create it, I do feel like it 's “my site” too. Just the way “my street” is my community; I feel protective of and love this site. Thank you, Alice for this fabulous site that brings us all together and for continuing to keep it a clean and positive environment in which to love our show.

So, I put it to my fellow writers – what does this site mean to you?
   
A hero is the one who does what he can. The others don’t.
Romain Rolland
 
 
Two independent, gutsy, at times goofy guys in a gorgeous classic car, some of the best rock music ever written, constantly blaring from the radio, a new town each day, all across the country – the epitome of the all American road trip.
 
Now, let me try this: two interdependent, damaged, albeit still functioning young men in an often absent father’s car, inner voices of guilt, fear and invalidation incessantly at work, seeking some kind of redemption by fighting evil as they go – the poster image of a ‘how-to-survive-under-the-most-traumatic-of-circumstances’ guidebook.

Both statements are true.

But there is more to it.
                
From the beginning of Supernatural, and even more as we have been taken further into the Winchester story, I couldn’t help but wonder: How do they survive? How do they manage to keep their sanity? As insane as some of their actions might seem, considering their psychophysical state within clinical standards, they do not show signs of – what a layman might call – insanity.
               
However – Sam and Dean Winchester experience one traumatic event after another, from early childhood on and even more these days as we follow their footsteps on a weekly basis to a more than ever uncertain future. The black and white days of the first episodes are long over, which adds to the fascination of the show, but also makes their journey a more intricate one. By the end of the fifth season the fate of the whole planet rested on their shoulders.
Sam showing us he's a pyromaniac at heart... 
 
It's called Supernatural, so of course magic is everywhere, even quotidian one might say, the highways and byways of America full of pointy-capped Gandalfs spreading joy and expensive special effects. Forgive me being painfully and uncomically glib, but I've rewritten this intro at least 79 times so let's get right to the heart of this essay: is there magic in Supernatural, and if so – it is indeed so, Number One, duh – how is it both defined and presented?
Here we go with part 2 of the Top 22 Previously Unseen Supernatural Beings I Want In Season 6.  These are the top 11, the cream of the creepy crop.  If any of these show up in an episode, I will be one happy fan.  On to the monsters!
It took a little while, but thanks to a little blogger's "exchange" program that me and a couple of other writers have at Comic Con, I was able to get a transcript of one of the Misha Collins press roundtables.  Misha was the one person our table didn't get to speak with.  Thanks so much to Steve and Sarah for making this possible for me to share.  It's nice to complete the collection. 

Oh yeah, SPOILER ALERT!!!!!
 
I was more than halfway through my own list of monsters I wanted to see in season 6 when I checked in to TWFB and saw that Elle2 had created an excellent list of monsters she wanted to see in season 6!  Thankfully, I was writing about things we haven't seen yet, while she mostly chose things that she wanted to see again, and never the twain shall meet.  Great minds think alike, sometimes.  And since I didn't want to be influenced by anyone's comments, I did not read any comment posts.  If there are things on here that anyone suggested in those posts, I promise I did not try to steal your idea and not credit you.  There's only so many monsters to go around!  But if you did post about the same monster after Elle2's list, tell me so in the comments and we can talk about how awesome we both are for thinking of the same thing! 
 
Sam and Dean have tackled their fair share of monsters and spirits and other supernatural evils in five seasons.  Amazingly, there are still some evils they haven't faced.  And since season 6 is going to be more reminiscent of season 1 and is going to focus on monsters, I came up with a list of 22 supernatural things Sam and Dean haven't hunted yet that I want to see them take on in season 6.  Why 22?  Well, one for each episode!

Most of these are pretty familiar monsters, but I'll still put in a description for them anyway just in case there are things you haven't heard of.  And I realize that some of these things would be silly to fight against, but Supernatural is great at taking lore and legend and making it fit within the parameters of the show without being too fantastical, unless they're being fantastical on purpose.  Many thanks to Wikipedia, without which the research for this article would have been much more tedious.  Without further ado, I present the "Top 22 Previously Unseen Supernatural Beings I Want In Season 6."
 
Yes I know I’m going to get some flack for this and I know a lot of people aren’t going to agree with me but that’s ok, I’ve always been one for a lost cause. I started thinking about this when I saw an interview with Jeffrey Dean Morgan on ‘The Losers’ in which he was asked about Supernatural. What struck me was how angry he seemed about how the character of John Winchester had been handled in the later seasons. This got me thinking. It’s true in the later seasons John is suddenly being described as a “deadbeat dad” which, for all his faults, I never believed John Winchester was, let me explain why.
Those that we call Winchester by any other word would be as sweet…. Forgive me, kind readers, the blasphemy of paraphrasing the words of magnificent Shakespeare for my own intentions… But, as the bard and I have shared a loving relationship from my 16th year on, I trust William would not take it amiss…

I have been thinking, in one of those high temperature sleepless summer hiatus nights about the names in our favourite show. I wouldn’t say that Kripke & Co chose the names of the characters in regard to their mythological, biblical (or whatever else) meaning, but I found it to be a fun exercise to look at our characters’ names as if he might have.

This involves a recent controversy that some people are interrupting other threads for, so I’m giving this issue its own space. If you want nothing to do with controversy and vicious fan fighting, please look away now. This will be very nasty.