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. 

Significant Mothers of Supernatural Part Two: The Surrogate
(For Part One: One-Hit Wonders go here.)

The Winchester Brothers have had their share of loss. Their family has never been large, forged more in arms than in blood, to be sure. From the first moment that the boys meet her, in her own way Ellen adopts the boys - tough-loving them as she does her own daughter. Throughout the series, Ellen has demonstrated many faces ranging from deft huntress to mournful mother. She serves to bring a maternal element to the series in mostly non-conventional, gun-slinging ways.

Here it is, the last of the Comic Con reports, for this site anyway.  I still have more interviews to transcribe and more reports to give, but that will be happening over the next few weeks between now and the new TV season start.  Those reports though will be happening on other sites (TV For The Rest of Us will be relaunching within a day or two).  For The Winchester Family Business, we're done!
I know I'm stirring up a hornet's nest here, but oh well.  Here goes.  Given all the noise made on this site and others about "Swan Song" I'm giving Eric Kripke his chance to speak his mind. 

When I had my chance to speak with Eric Kripke at this year's Comic Con, by the time he got to us he had already defended his actions a few times about "Swan Song" and addressed one of our questions as "Open to Interpretation, make of that what you will."  After seeing all the reports filtering in from the other interviews though, all I can say is that I never thought I could love this man more, but I do.  He says in his words of wisdom what I always interpreted from the finale, but he says it so much better. 

This is Eric's exact words at one of the press tables when asked in a roundabout way if Dean's role was diminshed in the finale:

"Everything can be open for interpretation. Far be it for me to tell fans what they think of the show is, it's for them. I can just tell you what it meant to me. This show has always been about family from page one to page five thousand. It's never been about one brother, it's been about the relationship between the both of them. For me it's like a ying/yang thing. Salvation of the planet depended on both of them acting equally. And had Dean not decided to sacrifice himself and go to be with his brother because of the love and relationship between them trumped all. Had he not learned to do that, to forgive his brother and love him over the years of training and learning experience of the show, then he would have never gone out there and Sam would have never seen him, never would have seen the car, and he would have never had the strength to take over his body and save the world. So to me, that's a two man alley oop."

(Question) He played the role he was intended to play.

Yeah, and one he would have never done in the Pilot but learned to do in the finale.  To me that's what it's all about.  But people, you long as they're watching they can think whatever the Hell they want. 

Kripke also was open when Maureen Ryan asked about where Sam and Dean are in their epic hero's journey right now.

"I think they finally reached a massive amount of growth and maturity.  For me in "Swan Song" one of the thing I insisted about ending it the way I ended it whether it was the series finale or not is not just wrapping out the story line but getting them to an end point that we've been building towards since the beginning of the show.  For me, that's always been what the show's been all about.  Certain fans have complained that it wasn't big enough and my point was sorry but, I wish you guys love it but, the show has always been about these two brothers and their growth as characters, ultimately reflected in Michael in Lucifer, in how Sam and Dean could do all the things that Michael and Lucifer couldn't.  They had to accept each other as grownups, they had to forgive each other their faults, they had to come together, they had to mature.  Dean had to learn to not just accept Sam as a freak but accept that being a freak is good and okay and smart in its own way and he's not a little brother anymore and Sam had to grow up too and appreciate Dean as the two of them.  For us, that's what the show is about and that's what saved the world.  That the two of them could forgive each other.  

Now, in season six, just to be honest, we look at season six as a sequel to a movie, there's going to be a new story line and there's going to be a new series of problems, and in a way I think is going to be lovingly, which I think the audience is going to love and drive them nuts at the same time, new problems.  So they've reached a point and they've come together but now there's going to be new problems.  They're going to have new issues that they've got to work through.  Their therapy isn't done yet."  

This is my take on everyone's attitude at Comic Con, especially Eric Kripke's from being in that press room.  What's done is done.  Season five and the whole apocalyptic arc are in the record books.  Sure, some fans were upset, but Kripke was not apologetic and had no regrets.  No one had regrets.  Sera Gamble and Ben Edlund are following their visions and are accepting that they'll find out when episodes air if fans like it or not.  They don't seem to be worrying too much about that though.  Jensen, Jared, Misha, and Jim are all very excited about the new changes and have no problems whatsoever with the directions their characters are going.  

So, in other words, everyone is moving on with renewed invigoration and ready to do something different.  As a viewer, I'm excited and honored to be part of that as well.  I will watch with open mind and full trust.  I really really hope everyone else will too.
Monsters I Hope to See in Season 6, by Elle2
I make no reference in this article to my being original, in fact, this article is completely inspired by Laurel’s recent, Top Eleven Characters she hopes to see back. That and the fact that one of the commenters stated that she would like more lists please, hopefully this partially fulfills that request. We do aim to please here at TWFB.
Now, if you avoid anything involving potential spoilers about Season 6 this is not the article for you, there are only minimal spoilers but since Eric Kripke, Sera Gamble and Ben Edlund have all made references to some of the monsters that will be returning in Season 6 there will be references to those here. If you don’t care that my listing of a monster or two that’s been seen before as well as my happy dance or whatever enthusiasm I enthuse over the upcoming reappearance of said monster, then read on without fear. I will be mentioning monsters that we have been spoiled about as to their return but since that’s all I know, there’s nothing else to worry about.
I’m only going to get into monsters, demons and angels do not tread here.
Now, what are the monsters that I’m hoping to see in Season 6?
“Wishful Thinking”
--Robin’s Rambles by Robin Vogel

Now - An attractive woman taking a shower at a spa is peeped on by a young, pale boy with red hair. When she turns, he becomes invisible! She wraps a towel around herself and walks to the sinks. An invisible hand wipes the condensation from the shower door to better see her. After she wraps a towel around her hair, we see wet footsteps approaching her. Sensing a presence, she turns. "Hello? Anybody there?" She pulls the towel off her head and tosses it toward the rack. However, it ends up on the head of the invisible young man. She stares at the towel, seemingly hovering in mid-air. "Hello, Mrs. Armstrong," says a voice. She screams.

Bar - Dean rapidly downs shots as he and Sam argue over Uriel. Why would Uriel tell me you remember hell if you don't? wonders Sam. "Because he's a dick," says Dean, as if that explains everything. Their fey waiter stops at the table to offer them more food--a chipotle chimichanga or fryer bombs? Dean says no, then gives the guy a wide-eyed, WEIRDO look. "I have no idea why Uriel told you I remember hell," says Dean. Watching his brother down the third shot, Sam says, "Right" sarcastically. Sam insists Dean look him in the eye and tell him he doesn't remember a thing from his time "down under." Dean does so, easily. Sam just wants to help. "You know everything I do," insists Dean. Their waiter returns. "Outstanding!" he chortles. "Dudes, you have got to try our Ice Cream Extreme. It's extreme." Check, says Sam. The waiter drops it on the table instantly. "All right, awesome!" he says in parting. Munching a pretzel, Dean wants to know, "Where do we go from here?" Sam shows him a report on his computer showing that a ghost might be haunting a women's health facility in Concrete, Washington--a woman claims the ghost threw her down a flight of stairs. Dean is already grabbing money from his wallet. "Women? Showers?" he says. "We've got to save these people!"

Croatoan Pandemic? Report by the Winchester Family Biz Gazette
Staff escaping the Niveus warehouse a couple of months ago back have reported, in shock, about colleagues turning into bloodthirsty beasts. The WFB Gazette's Jaspala Wesson spoke to the survivors and dug deeper into the mystery of a behaviour some doctors have come to call 'the Croatoan Phenomenon'.
After being saved by a group of mysterious, armed men the Niveus personnel deemed to be safe - but are now haunted by nightmares and PTSD symptoms and the notion that not all infected had been eliminated.
If the fears of the Niveus staff hold any truth, thousands, if not millions of citizens may be infected with this strange new virus, CDC executives stated last week, acknowledging that the world could be on track for a pandemic. The virus linked to the disappearance of the citizens of Rivergrove, Oregon, has surfaced in Kansas and Chicago, but - so far - been successfully isolated. In its wake, the World Health Organization raised its alert, but issued orders to keep it strictly under public radar to not provoke panic.
The heightened alert came after the discovery of a significant viral depot at Niveus Pharmaceutics, hidden in swine flu vaccine as cover. Authorities began classified investigations to disclose the groups responsible. Suspicions of a terrorism act were quickly raised as such quantities as were found clearly indicate that the nation barely escaped an attack with the chemo-biological weapon this virus undoubtedly was intended to be.
It's no secret that many "Supernatural" fans are also "Smallville" fans.  Many found the former because it came after the latter. The two shows are an iconic sci-fi pairing that have managed to consistently perform well for their networks year after year after year. They’re now together again after a year apart for what is “Smallville’s” final season and it couldn’t be more fitting. 
I’ve often been reminded that "Smallville" was here first. While I know that, I probably get that a lot since I got it backwards. I became a fan of "Smallville" in season seven, checking it out after finding "Supernatural" in season three. Yes, going through six seasons of DVDs was a lot of homework but we were able to do it as a family. The kids are hooked and I can’t wait until they’re old enough to go through the “Supernatural” catalog with them. 
Speaking of opportunity, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a big shout-out to KryptonSite. Craig Byrne has been the most devoted fan this show has had. He has tirelessly run KryptonSite (a job that involves lots of hours and little financial reward as I know from experience) and written “Smallville” companion books.  As someone who hopes to run a fan site as great as his, it only took me two and a half years to get an interview with “Supernatural” stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. Craig waited ten years for his big interview, finally scoring the coveted and very rare Tom Welling interview at Comic Con.
Craig’s interviews with Tom and all the cast members at this year’s Comic Con can be found in the News section at They are different than the ones I'm sharing in this article, so I highly suggest you check them out.  Thank you Craig for all you’ve done for this show and its fandom.
At least “Smallville” is going out with a bang and getting a proper goodbye. In the four year history of The CW, no series has been given this farewell opportunity. So, when given the choice to attend “Supernatural's” panel or go to the final "Smallville" press room session, the choice was clear. I couldn't turn down a final opportunity.