Robbie Thompson is widely considered by Supernatural fans to be one of its most creative, talented writers. From 2011 to 2016 (season 7 through 11), Robbie wrote 18 episodes, including the series’ milestone 200th episode (“Fan Fiction” 10.05), and co-produced a total of 94 hours of the series. His beloved characters and imaginative plots forever changed the course of Supernatural's storyline. After penning one of Supernatural’s most pivotal episodes (“Don’t Call Me Shurley” 11.20), Robbie left Supernatural to join the Marvel universe as a writer of science fiction comic books.
Over a span of four months in 2019, Robbie talked with me about his time with Supernatural. We began our conversation at his Marvel signing table during the March Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and connected again in July at San Diego's Comic-Con to finish our interview. When I finally turned off my recorder, Robbie had gifted us with nearly two hours of insights about Supernatural's writers' room, the myriad of creative decisions that went into his many outstanding episodes, and the twists and turns of his career. Our conversation was casual, fluid and candid, as Robbie shared his thoughts between signing collectibles and posing for fan photos.
There was some talk at a recent Supernatural convention in Jacksonville that Sam and Dean should run for president. I wouldn’t say an official candidacy was announced, but shirts were made, so that makes it a legitimate possibility in my book. One convention goer even offered to be a part of the Winchester cabinet...and that got me thinking; What would it be like to be a member of a Winchester White House? Being selected to be part of the brothers’ inner circle could be pretty interesting. In fact, if you were looking for someone to legitimately “clean house,” our boys would make ideal candidates for the job.
As we are facing the last run of “Supernatural” episodes, I’ve been taking a look at vast collection gone by and reminiscing about the ones that stood out for me and brought me a lot of joy. When going through 300+ episodes, there are a lot on that list! I have found though that when pulling out the DVD sets, there is at least one special “go to” for each season. You know, the one I tend to pick first when doing a rewatch, going on nothing more than gut feel. So, in a fun exercise, I decided to share that list.
There are some seasons where picking just one was almost impossible (all pre-season seven). There were a couple (I’m looking at you seasons 9, 10 and 14) where I struggled hard to find one. But for the sake of this retrospective, I picked one for each season and stuck with it. Also, season fifteen is too new. We haven’t seen the whole package nor has any stood out as a “classic” to me, so you are only getting 14 choices here. Seven in the first part, seven in the second part.
So, without further commentary, why don't I get to it? I present my “Supernatural” go-to episodes by season, part one.
This is a very personal story I wrote the day after it was announced that Supernatural will end next year.
At least, I thought it was personal. The more I thought about it, the more I realized it’s not just my story. It’s a story for all of us in the #SPNFamily. I believe it’s how so many of us feel about the impending loss of our show. But we’re not alone in the way we feel, are we? We have each other. No matter what, at the end of it all, we’ll still have each other.
This is a story about love and loss, it’s true. Ultimately, though, it’s really a story about so much more: Hope, strength, dreams, and imagination. After all, as a certain angel might say: Imagination is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? Boundless in its scope, and limitless in its possibilities.
We have so much talent in the Supernatural fandom! Fans draw, edit photos and videos, write fan fics, create costumes or props, make jewelry and much more. It’s time to showcase some of the #SPNFamily’s talent and ask the people behind the creations some questions!
Today I want to share more of Rianna Melton's duct tape art!
Back in April 2019, I talked with her about her “road map” project, Yertle and her duct tape art. You can read the full interview here.
Now enjoy her new duct tape art pieces!
Welcome back to "Top Six Favourite Episodes", this time for season eleven. These are, still to this day, the nearest and dearest to my heart, my comfort episodes, the ones I go to when I need a laugh or a cry or the comfort of an old friend.
Before you read my list, make your own list of season 11 favourites! It will be fun to compare your unbiased choices (before you are unduly influenced by my memories or picks) to mine. If you regularly rewatch the series from the beginning (on Netflix, with TNT TV or on DVD), or if you followed the Supernatural Top 100 Episode Countdown that The Winchester Family Business unveiled during the 2019 hiatus, these episode should be fresh in your mind!! Nightsky reveals her Top 6 season 11 favourites after mine, so you'll have two WFB staff lists as a comparison!
So without further ado, here's my list of Season Eleven Favourites! The list is by order of appearance only, as they all are equal in their importance to me. For season 11, you may notice that I have episodes 1 & 2 joined as one episode. Since two is continued from one, I figured I could cheat a little!
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