On Saturday May 9th, myself, Nightsky, Bookal, and Far Away Eyes attended a Supernatural academic conference at DePaul University. The keynote speaker was Co-Executive Producer Robbie Thompson. The conference was a huge success and we'll have full reports on the whole event coming within the next few weeks, very likely after the season finale since that's been a distraction.
I will share one very important thing that came from the event. Robbie admitted that when he heard that Charlie was getting killed off, he was against the idea. He was told about it while working on episode 18. He was told to make changes to the script, like changing Jacob's name to Styne because they were going to be the Frankensteins (he was skeptical about that choice) and they were killing Charlie. He scheduled a meeting with Bob Singer and Jeremy Carver and made a very passionate pitch them on why killing Charlie was a bad idea. He offered an alternative suggestion. His feedback was appreciated but they went the other way anyway. He felt like he should say something because he didn't say anything when they killed off Bobby and felt like he should of. When it comes to season planning though, he has zero say. It all comes from Bob Singer and Jeremy Carver.
A long, stray discussion broke out from this on our Promotional Photos thread from 10.22. I'm moving those here. If anyone has any questions for me on everything Robbie said at the conference, or about the conference in general, just let me know! I had a really great time and I'm glad we all were a part of it.