You may wonder to whom this letter is written. Well, if you have anything to do with a little-known genre show that beat all the odds by staying on the air for 10 years, I am writing to you. You recently broadcasted your season 9 finale, entitled “Do You Believe In Miracles?” I would like to answer your question, because to me, everything about “Supernatural” is a miracle.
This particular miracle started with a screen writer named Eric Kripke. Eric, your idea about two brothers fighting evil on the back roads of America was a long shot at best, yet somehow you convinced a struggling network to take a chance on your project, promising that it was something different. The first miracle? They said yes and asked for a pilot. Eric, your perseverance and unshakable belief in your vision created the amazing Supernatural universe. Your story of family, rock music and Americana stood the test of time. Thank you for the miracle of your imagination.
The hard work of bringing the story to life had just begun, though. The words on a piece of paper needed the right actors to embody your vision of Sam and Dean Winchester. Maybe it was insightful casting directors and agents. Maybe it was the eye of experienced producers, or maybe it was something the universe needed to make happen, but somehow you stumbled on the miraculous duo of Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. These two young men from Texas were a bit of a wild card. They didn’t know each other but they seemed to have a “chemistry” that worked. They soon developed a professional partnership and a personal friendship that is contagious and inspirational.
Jared and Jensen, you grew up on Supernatural. You have delivered superior performances week after week for 9 years, giving us every last ounce of your talent and dedication. When that wasn’t enough, you dug deeper and gave just a little more. You made Sam and Dean into the brothers we love because you love them too. Jensen, you showed us a different Dean this year – a Dean whose actions and emotions were so much more intense than ever before. In a recent interview about the season 9 finale, Guy Norman Bee said he asked you for even more. He said he didn’t know how you could possibly improve on your already superb acting, yet somehow, you delivered. The anger, pain and determination you portrayed made Dean’s anguish poignantly real. We all know you paid a high personal price to channel that much pain, but the results were exceptional. Jared, you knew what Jensen had to go through since you gave us everything you had last year in “Sacrifice”. This year’s finale asked you to again put yourself through an emotional wringer. Through you, we felt every moment of Sam’s heartbreak of grief, loss and defeat. Thank you both for the passion of your work, and for the miracle of your unwavering dedication to each other, your acting, your cast, your crew, your fans, but most of all, to your show. You are a miraculous gift to us all.
I know you would be the first ones to say that you couldn’t keep going without support. You have both found the miracle of love through your devoted wives and beautiful children. Genevieve and Danneel, the “boys” couldn’t do any of this without you. You are their miracles. You give them to us without reservation. You carry the burden of your families while your husbands live and work so far away from you nine months out of the year. You give them the strength to endure the hardships of filming, and the safety to find and share their vulnerability on camera. Mostly though, you put them back together when they wreck themselves for storylines, so they can do it all over again the next time it is asked of them. Thank you for the miracle of your love, and for giving them everything they need to bring their fans such joy year after year.
In addition to the blessings of your immediate families, Jared and Jensen have been blessed to work with a collection of exceptionally talented actors. Half way through the show’s history, a fateful move of genius expanded the Supernatural universe to include another young, uninhibited actor, Misha Collins. Misha, the heavens opened up (literally!) and brought you to the vortex of energy that had become Supernatural. You add humor and heart to everything you do, plus you carry a storyline that gave the show new life. Somehow you have put up with the J’s antics all these years, offering irreverence and maybe some perspective to the show. Your real gift, though, was inspiration. You took what might have been nothing more than a job and turned it into a global force for random acts of kindness. You have changed the world and are a miracle of hope to thousands of people. You make the divine humble, both on the air and in the world.
Other brilliant talents also played their part in creating the special collaboration that is Supernatural. Jim Beaver and Mark Sheppard portrayed their characters with such depth and heart that they became the core of new worlds within the Supernatural universe. Jim, you grounded your story in resilient love. Mark, your edginess made everyone cheer for a character they should have hated. To both of you, plus Felicia, Kim, Osric , Alaina, Curtis, Tahmoh, Gil, Julian, D.J., Richard, Amanda, Ty, Sebastian, Mark P and too many others to name, thank you for the miracle of your insights and selflessness.
Of course, none of you would have your voice without the skill and devotion of the Supernatural writing team. Jeremy, Andrew, Adam, Robbie, Jenny, Robert, Eugenie, Brad, Eric and Nicole, you imagine and define this miracle. Your words create the universe we live, dream and play in. Thank you for the miracle of your creativity.
Behind all of you is another miracle of accumulated talent. Phil, Bob, Jim and Todd, you keep the show running. Jerry, you build the world we see. Serge, you light the way. Russ, you merge fantasy with reality. Jay and Christopher, you set the world to music. There are directors who imagine and guide; special and visual effects teams who make magic; editors who mix and blend; camera and sound crews who capture moments; stunt doubles who risk life and limb to make things all too real; artists of costumes and make-up and props who set the tone; public relations and marketing executives who highlight the show’s vibrancy; plus casting, transportation and so many other who might only see their name on a single line of credits. Thank you for the treasures of talent you add to this miracle every week.
Yet none of this would be possible without the miracle of the Supernatural fandom. The unrelenting, loyal, sometimes jubilant, sometimes frustrated, supportive, annoying, opinionated, giving, global circle of friends who keep miracles alive. Thank you for loving Supernatural the way that we all do, through ups and downs, the good and the bad. We know it is all worth it.
…and finally it comes full circle to the new studio president who believes in the story, the actors, the writers, the crew and the fans and said yes, I want you to do season 10. Thank you, Mark.
The question was “Do You Believe in Miracles?” Actually, yes, I do. I’m not sure if I always have, or if years of seeing miraculous things happen made me a believer. The epic season 9 finale wasn’t an accident or a fluke of luck. It was the latest in a series of gut-wrenching, cliff-hanging, hand-wringing, nail-biting finales. It happened because of imagination, dedication, love, inspiration, hope, selflessness, creativity, talent and loyalty. It happened because everything about this show is a miracle.
Season 8 Supernatural Cast and Crew
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