SUPERNATURAL Spin-off WAYWARD SISTERS In the Works?

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It appears that SUPERNATURAL is taking another shot at the spin-off game. Several years ago the show attempted a spin-off titled BLOODLINES which wasn’t well-received and never proceeded to series. But it seems that this time around the show’s producers might be basing a spin-off around a well-known SUPERNATURAL character: Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes). Warner Bros has declined to comment on this story, so the news is speculative, but it sounds like a new spin-off is in the works.

Titled WAYWARD SISTERS, the rumor is that the new series will be introduced as a backdoor pilot during SUPERNATURAL’s upcoming 13th season and will focus on Mills and a group of troubled young women who have all been orphaned by supernatural tragedy. Together the women would come together to create a monster-fighting force. There’s no confirmation yet on which other characters might join the spin-off, but there have been several SUPERNATURAL characters connected to Jody (including Claire Novak, Alex Jones and Sheriff Donna Hanscum) that would fit in with this world.

If the series proceeds, Andrew Dabb and Robert Berens would serve as writers and would be joined by Phil Sgriccia, Robert Berens as producers.

It’s likely we’ll hear official confirmation about this in the near future — perhaps even at San Diego Comic-Con, which kicks off on July 19.

The CW Announces Fall Premiere Dates: SUPERNATURAL, THE FLASH, ARROW and More

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The CW is starting its fall season the week of October 9, bringing back long-running shows like SUPERNATURAL and ARROW and debuting new series DYNASTY and VALOR. But before the new season starts, The CW will be airing two IHEARTRADIO musical festival specials the week of October 2.

Wednesday, October 4
8:00-10:00pm IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL

Friday, October 6
8:00-10:00pm IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL

Monday, October 9
8:00-9:00pm SUPERGIRL (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm VALOR (Series Premiere – watch trailer)

Tuesday, October 10
8:00-9:00pm THE FLASH (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (Season Premiere)

Wednesday, October 11
8:00-9:00pm RIVERDALE (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm DYNASTY (Series Premiere – watch trailer)

Thursday, October 12
8:00-9:00pm SUPERNATURAL (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm ARROW (Season Premiere)

Friday, October 13
8:00-9:00pm CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm JANE THE VIRGIN (Season Premiere)

ARROW Season Finale Recap: Elegance And Excellence

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Last night’s ARROW season finale was nothing short of fabulous!

The guest cast was not as expansive as trolls who managed to get into the system made it seem, but it did not matter. There was not one second of downtime in the action-packed episode. Heading the flood of fabulousness was Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson. Just hearing him call Oliver “kid” was worth the price of admission.

Nick E. Tarabay brought the smarmy as Digger Harkness/Captain Boomerang. Watching him size up Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) and her hysterical rejection of “I will feed you your eyes” was a laugh-out-loud moment. John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlin) joined the fun with a nicely-timed quip, which made his apparent departure from the Arrowverse even more depressing.

Poor Malcolm. Maybe he failed miserably at being a father (and a human being), but when Thea (Willa Holland) stepped on a landmine, he shoved her off the device and took her place, allowing his daughter and her friends to escape.

As Harkness and the bad guys caught up to him, Malcolm turned with a sly smile, knowing that with his unselfish actions, he has protected his daughter. As Team Arrow ran to safety, there was an explosion behind them, and it was assumed that Malcolm had stepped off the pressure bomb and blown up himself and Harkness.

Thea’s realization that Malcolm loved her, despite his faults, gives her character new development opportunities for next season. There has been speculation that Merlin escaped because the explosion was off-camera, but Barrowman confirmed on Facebook after the West Coast feed that “Malcolm Merlin is no more.”

Captain Boomerang could have escaped demise with the possibility of a SUICIDE SQUAD sequel. Given the off-camera explosion, nothing is locked into place, and fans have learned to never say never.

For those unwilling to let go of Malcolm quite yet, Barrowman has promised a series of Twitter videos featuring him and Katrina Law including one already posted with Barrowman, Law, Tarabay and a donut.

Speaking of Law, the fight scenes between Nyssa and Talia (Lexa Doig) were nothing short of a ballet. The artistry of movement and the preciseness and detail of the stuntwork, sound, camerawork, editing, direction, etc., surpassed perfection.

The show was not all action, however. The acting was superb with some of the more touching moments of the series. When Oliver (Stephen Amell) asked Slade for help rescuing William, he offers Slade information as to the whereabouts of his own son, Joe. It was a touching father-to-father exchange with each man painfully portraying the difficulty of losing a child.

Despite all the evil that Slade has perpetrated, the bond apparently was not in question. When Harkness tried to recruit Wilson to the other side, Oliie discerned Slade’s maneuver to extract them from the situation and followed his lead.

Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Thea (Willa Holland) were reticent to afford Wilson the same trust, with Thea pointing out that Slade made them orphans.

But the depths of the bond between the two men was best explained when Slade encouraged Oliver to forgive himself in his continued grief over Robert’s death. The ability of a child to move past the death of a parent is a long, hard road, and the child’s guilt that his parent’s death is, somehow, his fault is a life-altering emotion. Although that situation is not controllable by the child, the guilt is permeating.

How could Oliver have moved fast enough to stop Robert? The simple answer is that he could not.

Slade wisely advised Ollie to find a way to forgive himself, so he could appreciate what he has now. Both Amell and Bennett handled the emotional situation with respect and depth.

A nice flashback with Moira (Susanna Thompson) let Thompson and Amell portray the best in their relationship during a heart-wrenching phone call, and a “just-in-case” kiss marked the possible return of Olicity.

Powerful performances by all propelled the episode with no second wasted. Each made the most of his/her screen time giving new development to the team’s cohesion.

Quentin’s statement that Dinah Lance was “Black Canary” was especially touching, and his takedown of Black Siren was a great metaphor for his letting go of his own Laurel.

As Oliver clutched William, Chase (Josh Segarra) unleashed the C4 to destroy Team Arrow. As the explosions rang out, both Oliver and Adrian understood how the past can destroy the future. Fortunately, Oliver has chosen to move on, while Adrian fell victim to his history.

Did Team Arrow have to pay for Adrian’s sins? Or did it find its way to safety before the explosion? It was a great setup for next season, and neither cast nor crew wasted a moment of opportunity.

The stunt players and camera operators and picture editors and director and writers and the rest of the crew brought everything and more to the party.

The sound folks managed to pull off everything from the small, very important click of the pressure bomb to huge explosions and incredibly-timed sword-fighting effects.

They even made Manu Bennett understandable when he (or his stunt double) was wearing the Deathstroke mask. (More applause for Michael E. Lawshé and the entire ARROW sound team.) There truly was not one moment wasted. Bet Craft Services even rocked the donuts.

The ARROW Season 5 finale is everything it should have been, and so much more. ARROW will return in the fall on The CW.

THE 100 Season 4 Finale Sneak Peek: Death Comes for Us All

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THE 100 season finale is finally here, and with it comes the long wait for season 5. In last week’s episode, Bellamy, Clarke, Echo, Emori, Murphy, Monty, and Harper finally made it to Raven at Becca’s Lab, but as a result they had no time left to get back to Polis. Instead, the ragtag crew hatched a plan to head into space and ride out the death wave, using the remnants of the Ark to survive. So by the time The 100 returns to The CW next spring, we could be looking at a very different show.

First though, we have to see what becomes of everyone in tonight’s final episode, titled Praimfaya. Written by creator Jason Rothenberg and directed by The 100 regular Dean White, the season finale is a literal race against time as everyone readies for the end of the world. At Polis, Jaha and Kane will need to work together to select the 100 souls from Skaikru who will join 1100 Grounders from the remaining 11 clans down in the Second Dawn bunker.

Meanwhile at the lab, those trapped outside the bunker have their work cut out for them as well. Not only do they have to prepare an oxygen generator and enough food to last them for five years while on the Ark, but the road getting into space will be just as dangerous. As Raven tells the crew, they’re only going to have an hour of time to get there on the rocket, so the odds are really stacked against them.

Still, by the end of the episode, we should know who survives in the bunker and out in space (or maybe even on the ground in the case of Clarke and her nightblood), yet finding out if there’ll be a five-year time jump may have to wait until next season.

Watch sneak peeks from the episode below. THE 100 season 4 finale airs tonight (May 24) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. The show will be returning in the winter of 2018 for its fifth season.

Our Most Anticipated 2017-2018 New Shows

It’s a less less than a week after the end of Upfronts and summer is nearly upon us. Summer programming now involves more original content, but we’re really looking ahead to the new fall-winter season. New shows won’t be debuting for severan months, but there’s some anticipation brewing for the new TV offerings coming down the pipeline.

After viewing all of the trailers released during Upfronts, we’ve put together a list of the shows we’re most interested in seeing on our screens in the fall and winter.

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BLACK LIGHTNING (TV Addict staff who are interested: Brianna, Araceli, Luciana). The series stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, a former superhero who gave up his costume for the sake of his family. Years later, Jefferson realizes that his city needs his alter ego — Black Lightning. “From the first look, it felt like we’re seeing a superhero story from a different phase in the main vigilante’s life when he’s dealing with putting the suit back on and seeing that vigilantism runs in the family. It’s not an origin story in the usual superhero TV sense. I’m excited for this one,” Brianna said. “It fits into The CW’s superhero mold they’ve created for themselves, but at the same time it’s very different than anything they’ve done before with an older lead, crime fighting family and all African-American main cast,” Araceli explained.

BLACK LIGHTNING will air midseason on The CW.

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WILL & GRACE (TV Addict staff who are interested: Luciana, Rebecca, Shana and Clarissa). TV’s funniest quad is back! WILL & GRACE isn’t a new show, but it will finally be back on our screens after too many years off the air and we’re all excited about it. “I used to watch reruns of this show every day after school. My inner teenage self is overjoyed to see these characters again,” Luciana said happily.

WILL & GRACE will air Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. this fall on NBC.

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DYNASTY (TV Addict staff who are interested: Melissa and Clarissa).  This series will probably be our guilty pleasure, but will it take its place on the list of fun primetime soaps? We certainly hope so!  In the show we’re (re-)introduced to the Carrington family when the children of Blake Carrington return home to discover that their father is marrying a beautiful — and far younger — woman.  Cue the backstabbing, because there’s a lot of money and a company’s future at stake. “The CW is taking us back to the Carrington DYNASTY, and it looks like the lifestyles of the rich-and-self-absorbed have gotten more diverse,” Melissa said. “Mostly I will watch to see Alexis enter her first scene and see if she can wear a picture hat as well as Joan Collins. Not many people can pull that off. Since Collins has been reported to have based Alexis on Donald Trump, whose PR machine dubbed him the king-of-deals back in the ’80s, it will be interesting to see if this year’s model does the same.”

DYNASTY will air Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. this fall on The CW.

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THE CROSSING (TV Addict staff who are interested: Luciana and Rebecca). ABC has been trying to recreate the mystery of LOST since that show went off the air, but can THE CROSSING do that? Some of us are hoping to find out. The show revolves around 47 people who wash up on a beach and claim they’re from a future where a war has broken out and they’re looking for asylum. The show “has elements of mystery, syfy, romance, intrigue, and of course, drama. I’m already dying to know the how and why behind the unexplained arrival of 47 travelers, washed up on the beach of this small town,” Rebecca said. “This feels very reminiscent of THE 4400, which was show I absolutely loved when I was younger,” Luciana explained. “Mystery, conspiracy theories, people traveling back in time to escape a horrible future… I am so in.”

THE CROSSING will air midseason on ABC.

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THE GIFTED (TV Addict staff who are interested: Araceli, Shana and Clarissa). “Put ‘Marvel’ and ‘mutant’ in the same sentence, and you already own me. (Bonus: Amy Acker.)”, Shana gushed. ” And as Araceli point out, “unlike LEGION on FX, The GIFTED may be more like what audiences expect from an X-Men series.” The show revolves around the Strucker family, whose lives drastically change when parents Reed and Caitlin learn that their children have mutant powers, forcing the family on the run in order to protect teens Lauren and Andy.

THE GIFTED will air Mondays at 9:00 p.m. this fall on Fox.

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The Women of SUPERGIRL Strut For WONDER WOMAN

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SUPERGIRL fans on the East Coast just got delighted by a WONDER-ful surprise. (West Coasters…spoiler alert!)

During tonight’s airing of SUPERGIRL, there was a special promo for the upcoming feature film, WONDER WOMAN (watch it below). The promo features Melissa Benoist as Supergirl/Kara Danvers, Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers), Teri Hatcher (Queen Rhea) and Lynda Carter (President Olivia Marsdin), who all have been known to rock the stiletto boot or two in real-life.

Supergirl and Alex sport their usual just-the-right-height-for-crime fighting boots, while Olivia’s footwear had a respectable, “presidential” look.

Hatcher, whose boots are phenomenal (if “phenomenal” can come with a 4” stiletto heel) sported the best boots on TV this season. Maybe Rhea brought them from Daxam.

But the kicker (pun intended) was when Rhea complimented Kara (not Supergirl) on her boots. Doing her best impersonation of Lynda Carter’s starring role as television’s WONDER WOMAN, Benoist flashed WW’s signature boots along with her Bracelets Of Submission.

(I didn’t name them. For that, you would need to talk to WONDER WOMAN’s creator, the inventor of the lie detector.)

Stating that she “borrowed the boots from a friend,” Benoist turned to the camera and peeked over her glasses in another signature Diana Prince move.

Check out those signature moves and more when Gal Gadot reprises her BATMAN V SUPERMAN role as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, and Chris Pine stars as Steve Trevorm when the Warner Bros. feature film, WONDER WOMAN, hits the theaters on June 2.

SUPERGIRL will return to The CW this fall.

SUPERGIRL Sneak Peek: Nevertheless, There Is A Season Finale

Earlier this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stepped into a big pile of cow chips without his hip-waders when he censured Elizabeth Warren for speaking out against Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the AG’s confirmation hearings.

Invoking an obscure rule that prevents Senators from impugning a colleague’s character, McConnell said, “Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Placing both feet firmly in his mouth, McConnell rallied women (even those are rarely political or do not care for Warren) who were highly insulted at McConnell’s misogynistic put-down of the Senator who is far from 12-years-old.

A new rallying cry was born and “Nevertheless, She Persisted” t-shirts and hashtags popped up to highlight displeasure at the comment.

“Nevertheless, She Persisted” is the title of tonight’s season finale of SUPERGIRL. While the hashtag also makes a nifty episode title, the theme goes deeper. The Girl of Steel must call upon her resolve to battle forces stronger than she.

Rhea (Teri Hatcher) in her quest to take over Earth, manipulates unexpected resources to shut down Supergirl’s attempt to protect others from dark forces.

The darkest? Superman’s nemesis, General Zod (Mark Gibbon), an escaped Kryptonian criminal who was imprisoned in the Phantom Zone for treason. The general wanted to rule Krypton, but overestimated his abilities. Superman’s father, Jor-El, threw him into the other-dimensional slammer instead.

The one person that SUPERGIRL (Melissa Benoist) did not expect to fight? None other than Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), himself.

Whether it is real or imagined, the fight provides some whiz-bang sparring sequences and special effects as the blue suits battle each other amidst burning cars, flooded streets and explosions. The stunt team got a real workout during shooting.

Executive Producer, Andrew Kreisberg, promises that tonight’s episode will be the biggest yet with a larger effects budget and extended shooting time to guarantee that it will be exciting…

…and maybe a little sad. Both Kreisberg and Benoist have warned that it will be a tissue-required episode, with leaked footage showing the actors standing around a coffin. In a setup for Season 3, it seems as if someone has bitten the dust.

Since Katie McGrath (Lena Luthor) has been promoted to series regular for Season 3, and since Benoist reportedly is dating Chris Wood (Mon-El), expect that the dearly-departed is neither. Expect other hints about Season 3 storylines, as well. There are rumors of an appearance by the Legion of Super-Heroes and Mon-El getting his super-suit and flying ring.

“Nevertheless, She Persisted” was written by Kreisberg & Jessica Queller (story) and Robert Rovner & Caitlin Parrish (teleplay). Glen Winter directed the episode.

SUPERGIRL airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW (U.S.) and Showcase (Canada).

SUPERNATURAL: Let’s Speculate About Season 13

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The season 12 finale of SUPERNATURAL had quite the body count (read our recap). Normally I’m not one to deal with speculation — I much prefer facts and spoilers — but this finale had the potential to be more of a game changer than we’ve seen of SUPERNATURAL for many, many years. And so with months to go before we get confirmation of what will happen, it might be fun to speculate on what’s to come.

Before we go on let me be very clear: I do not possess any spoilers that you, dear reader, don’t know. Everything I say from this point forward is 100% pure speculation on my part. It is entirely possible that I may be absolutely, completely wrong about this theory. But if I was writing this show, this is how I would do it.

So with that in mind, let’s begin with the facts….

What We Know

The British Men of Letters are, essentially, dead in America. It’s clear that at least part of the vast organization still exists in the UK, but I suspect that we won’t see them again, or at least for a long while. I think that story is concluded (for now).

Rowena is dead. We didn’t see Lucifer kill her, but it seems as if she is definitely gone. Her possible return is probably the most uncertain part of this speculation. Then again, they didn’t even bring Ruth Connell back to kill off her character, so if we never see some version (we’ll get to that soon) of Rowena again I would be extremely disappointed.

Crowley is dead. In some ways, the character had a bit of a redemption arc. He went out in perfect Crowley style — having proven his “loyalty” to his unlikely frenemies, the Winchesters, but not allowing Lucifer to best him one last time, even if he had to kill himself to do it. Crowley, in other words, went out on his own terms.

Castiel is dead. Unlike Crowley, Cas is a far more tragic figure in death. It’s clear now that he wasn’t really brainwashed by the nephilim, but he was shown a future he hoped would come to fruition. And in the end he died trying to stop Lucifer, but he didn’t achieve his purpose and so there’s a certain amount of tragedy to his demise. The interesting thing is that, despite the fact that the scene was quite dark, it seems very likely that you could see Castiel’s burnt and broken wings on the ground after his death once the camera panned up to the overhead shot. Frankly, they look different from the full wings we used to see of angels before the “fall”.

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I think this is important because back in 2015 while visiting the SUPERNATURAL, we spoke to the VFX department about why we hadn’t seen burnt angel wings in recent seasons at that time. VFX Supervisor Mark Meloche explained that the showrunner at the time (Jeremy Carver) had made the choice not to show the wings any longer. Now we have a different showrunner (Andrew Dabb), but it’s interesting that he chose to bring back the burnt wings for this particular moment. Was it to prove that Castiel was, indeed, dead?

A multi-verse exists in the SUPERNATURAL universe. I’m always happy to see Jim Beaver return to the show, but what was the purpose of this alternate world? (Let’s call it Earth 2 for simplicity’s sake). Was it just a place to temporarily lock up Lucifer and Mary? If what was the case, then why show us an Earth 2 version of a beloved character? Was it for expository purposes only? Was that world going to try and spill over into the existing SUPERNATURAL world a la the MORTAL KOMBAT movie?

E2 Bobby was also very clear — there exists no copies of our show’s two lead characters in this alternate reality. There is no Sam or Dean and both Winchester parents are dead on Earth 2. Why specifically address that fact if that wasn’t going to lead somewhere? I think it was crucial to understanding this speculation. But what we know is that Earth 2 exists and that it is possible that different versions of some characters who have died in the normal SUPERNATURAL reality could exist, much like E2 Bobby.

Mary and Lucifer are trapped on Earth 2. Neither of them are dead, but right now there seems no hope that they might return to their Earth unless Jack were to open up another portal. There exists no alternate version of Mary in Earth 2, but I suppose there could be an alternate version of Lucifer there.

Kelly is dead and the nephilim (Jack) has been born. Whether or not Jack is evil remains to be seen. His ultimate purpose (whether it’s to destroy like Lucifer or bring peace to the world as Cas had hoped) is unknown. The powers he possesses are also unknown. Let’s assume, however, that Jack does not have the power to supernatural beings back to life, as only God/Chuck seems to possess that power and he has headed out on vacation with his sister.

Let’s go on a short tangent here because I know what you’re going to say — angels have the ability to bring people back from the dead. Dean, Sam and Charlie were all resurrected thanks to angels. Here, however, is the difference — in each of those cases their souls were returned to their (healed) bodies. Angels do not have souls. That’s been made clear to us. Presumably when an angel dies they are simply gone. God, having created everything, could bring back angels (much like he did with Cas) because he created them in the first place. But there’s been no confirmation that an angel, an archangel or even a hybrid-archangel such as Jack could resurrect an angel, so how could someone like Jack simply bring Castiel back to life? That would blatantly violate everything we know about the show’s canon.  In addition, every time Cas has died in the past it was because he was exploded. He’s never experienced death the way that other angels have — by being stabbed with an angel blade and seeing his burnt wings. Angels don’t come back from that (and yes, there’s been a hint that maybe Gabriel survived but that hasn’t been proven and it’s speculation up until this point).

Meanwhile, demons are slightly different than angels as they are souls that were twisted into evil. Technically Crowley could possibly be brought back to life, but I think that the history of the show dictates that it’s unlikely. There has to be a reason they showed both Castiel and Crowley “fizzling” out as they died and why these are the deaths those two species experience. The fizzling out essentially indicates that their essences — the things that make them “alive” — are obliterated.

So that brings us to the speculation portion.

Is This What Season 13 Has in Store for SUPERNATURAL?

In order for this speculation to proceed we have to assume something extremely specific: that the versions of both Crowley and Castiel as we know them are truly dead and they will not be returning. However, I think it’s unlikely that both Mark Sheppard and Misha Collins are actually gone from the show permanently. How, then, do you bring one or both of them back?

In addition, let’s see what Andrew Dabb told EW before the finale: “There are some things that happen that impact strongly and directly on the [Winchester brothers], while at the same time, we are starting a new chapter in the show, [though] not in a way of erasing what’s come before,” Dabb says. “I think it’s something that will be a natural progression of what we’ve done but also cool and different and hopefully give us a lot of energy going into season 13.”

How does one start a whole new chapter if one or both of Castiel and Crowley are simply resurrected somehow (even if it takes work to make that happen)? That seems like the same old chapter to me.

Again, this is pure speculation on my part — but what if the new chapter involves the Earth 2 versions of Castiel and/or Crowley? What if, somehow, these supernatural creatures have inhabited the same vessels (that seems a bit farfetched in a world where the through-line from point A to B is completely different, but let’s assume it’s the case). What if Mary and Lucifer somehow come across one or both of these alternate versions of Castiel and Crowley at some point early on in season 13?

And what if the Winchesters find a way to open up the portal once again (with or without Jack’s help) and out comes Earth 1 Mary and Lucifer and Earth 2 Castiel and Crowley? Then E2 Cas and/or Crowley need to figure out a way to live on E1…

Such a situation would shake up the dynamics of the show. The Earth 2 versions of Castiel and/or Crowley could be entirely new characters in a way that Demon Dean or Soulless Sam weren’t. It’s the ultimate nature versus nurture argument — there will likely be some similarities to the characters that we know, but they would have gone through an entirely different set of circumstances. They live in a world where the apocalypse happened. They have never met Sam and Dean and have never been affected by their friendships with them. They are how to introduce entirely new characters while still utilizing the same actors. What we know of Earth 1’s Castiel and Crowley does not disappear (in other words, Dabb is not “erasing what’s come before”), but we would be starting a new chapter with semi-new characters.

If this doesn’t happen and somehow Cas and/or Crowley is simply resurrected using Jack’s powers or there’s another explanation (like one or both of them were inexplicably switched somehow with their counterparts and didn’t actually die), then that would be the worst storytelling choice the writers could make. Bringing back the same characters is not new. It’s not bold. It’s a cop out of the cheapest order and it would be cowardly for the writers to fall back into old, stale patterns. The show needs a shake up and this would be the best way to do it without resetting the whole mytharc. Earth 2 would also give the writers the opportunity to return other deceased characters in new ways and to show us how these characters would be different for not having had Dean and Sam in their lives.

SUPERNATURAL has a limited shelf life left. Eventually the show has to come to an end in the next few years. It’s simply inevitable. If we assume that there’s a clock ticking down somewhere, Dabb can opt to continue the status quo for another few years. But I wonder if he chose a different route instead. Again, this is pure speculation, but it would breathe a new shot of life into the show’s supporting characters and find a way to shake things up.

UPDATE: Mark Sheppard (Crowley) has announced that he is leaving the show after the season 12 finale, which means that original Crowley will not be returning and it looks like E2 Crowley will also not be making an appearance. Meanwhile, Misha Collins (Castiel) also said at a recent convention that he will be returning, although he did hedge his words a bit and said “I do think we’ll see a version of [Cas] again”. There seems to be no indication with respect to Castiel whether this speculation is correct, but I’m hoping I’m right. If not, as I mentioned above, simply healing him would fly in the face of canon and just return us to the status quo (except minus Crowley).

SUPERNATURAL will return this fall for season 13. Hopefully by the time Comic-Con rolls around we’ll get some indication of whether this speculation is completely off base or if it’s possible.

In the meantime, what do you think? Is this speculation completely off base or do you agree? Or do you have some thoughts of your own?

 

SUPERNATURAL Season 12 Finale Recap: A Child to Save the World….Or Destroy It?

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The Winchester brothers had to deal with a brainwashed mother, a murderous British Men of Letters (BMOL), and Lucifer and his possibly evil spawn in the season finale of SUPERNATURAL. Thankfully it was two hours long, which was plenty of time to deal with the multiple bad guys they had to vanquish.

But did they vanquish them? Read on to find out.

Before we get to the vanquishing, we have to deal with the aforementioned brainwashed Mary Winchester, who is slaughtering her fellow American hunters left and right and ready to take orders on who to kill next.

Back in the bunker, Toni manages to convince the brothers to keep her alive long enough to de-program Mary. But before that can happen they need to figure out a way out of the bunker. They get to work, searching through their various books to find a spell that could help. They managed to get the lights to flicker, but the first spell fizzled out and Toni announced that magic wouldn’t work. As the boys got to work trying to get through a concrete wall, the air started to go thin and Sam realized they probably wouldn’t get out. Enter the grenade launcher. After all, Dean’s been dying to use it.

Fortunately that worked and Dean managed to get out and reverse what Ketch had done to the bunker last week. They quickly headed to Jody’s house where Mary had attempted to kill her. Fortunately, Alex and Jody managed to knock Mary out. The boys ordered Toni to fix their mother, but Mary insisted there was nothing Toni could do — Mary’s programming was permanent.

While they tried to figure out what to do about their mother, Jody called in some reinforcements — the two American hunters who had killed Sam and Dean back in the season 5 episode “Dark Side of the Moon”. With a rousing speech, Sam managed to convince their little group that they should take the fight to the BMOL.

Dean opted to stay behind because he had injured his leg while using the grenade launcher. So he asked Toni to help him save Mary as Sam headed off with his merry band of hunters. Back in their bunker, Dean established a psychic link to Mary and found himself in the old Winchester house, along with young Dean and baby Sam. Mary was taking care of her boys, oblivious to the outside world and to Dean’s pleas to snap out of it.

“I hate you,” he told her bitterly. “You lied to me. I was a kid. You promised you’d keep me safe. And then you make a deal with Azazel.” He recounted how Azazel went to Sam’s room because of the deal Mary made and how their family suffered as a result of what she had done. “I hate you. And I love you,” Dean said. “You’re my mom and I understand because I have made deals to save the ones I love more than once. I forgive you. I forgive you for all of it. Everything. On the other side of this, we can start over, ok? You, me, Sam. We can get it right this time. But I need you to fight.”

That got through to her. Unfortunately, Ketch burst through the psychic bubble by killing Toni and attacking Dean, ripping him out of Mary’s head. Dean fought Ketch, but he was already injured and seemed to be losing. Enter Mary, who woke up and killed Ketch.

Meanwhile, Sam and his fellow hunters stormed the BMOL bunker, shooting their way inside. One by one they picked off the BMOL mercenaries. Hess managed to lock herself in a safe room, but Sam burst through. And back home in Britain, the big boys refused to help extract Hess. But Hess explained to Sam that Lucifer was back and they shouldn’t be so quick to kill her. After all, he might need the BMOL’s help.

“Pass,” Sam said. A few seconds later Jody killed Hess.

Back at the bunker Mary apologized to Dean for her part in this mess. But Dean explained that everything she did had made them who they are — kickass hunters who save the world. Sam walked in just as Mary said she was worried he could never forgive her, leading to a family hug.

Seriously, a *family hug*. It was beautiful. I may have shed a tear.

And that was the end of part 1.

At the start of part 2 we see that Kelly and Cas have been hiding out in a cabin by a beautiful lake. Kelly was frantically trying to put the baby furniture together, while Cas was promising to raise the baby when Kelly died. Later, as Kelly and Cas returned home from some baby shopping we see Kelly start to have contractions and, somehow, a bit of her baby’s essence escapes and flitters through the air.

Back at the bunker, Sam brings Mary and Dean up to speed on the Lucifer situation and we get confirmation that Crowley wasn’t dead — he had just been hiding out in a rat. Fortunately he had found his old vessel and reanimates it. As Sam tries to call Rowena for help, he learns that Lucifer had killed her and then answered her phone. He insists the boys ccan’t kill him and now they can’t put him back in his cage with Rowena gone. The only possible solution they have is to keep Kelly and Cas moving so Lucifer can’t find them. Fortunately, the baby would bring some biblical plagues to herald its own birth, so all the boys had to do to find Cas and Kelly was follow the signs.

Cue Cas touching that piece of the baby’s essence outside the cabin, which instantly transports him to some mysterious place with a creature that attacks him. Fortunately he was saved by …

Well, we don’t know yet. Because he returns to Kelly before the figure’s identity is revealed.

Back at the bunker Crowley stops by for a chat and Dean is furious that Crowley had let Lucifer out. But Sam suggests he might be able to help them with a spell now that Rowena was dead. Crowley laments about how much he hats his job but offers his services. “Whenever there’s a world-ending crisis at hand, I know where to place my bets. It’s on you,” he tells the boys. And he offers to close the gates of Hell once they get rid of Lucifer this time. So the Winchesters continue to search for a lead and figure out where Cas and Kelly are hiding. As they head out Dean stabbs Crowley through the hand and tells him to stay where he is.

At the cabin Kelly tells Cas that the baby was coming and Cas recounts what he saw to Kelly when the nephilim showed him the future. “I saw a world without pain, war, hunger or want. I saw the world that this child, that your child, will create. Maybe it is a world without fear and without suffering and without hate. I saw paradise,” he tells her.

The Winchesters arrive at the cabin and Cas is shocked to hear that Lucifer is back. Dean tells Cas they have to get moving, but Kelly is already in labor. Sam goes to double-check the warding and sees the glowing portal (“a tear in space and time,” Cas says) in the backyard. It’s an alternate reality, he explains. The baby’s power is puncturing the fabric of the universe, but Sam just wants to know what’s on the other side. “You don’t want to know,” Cas warns. But Dean insists they need to know and so Cas takes them there.

They find themselves in the same dusty land that Cas was in. This alternate world was caught in a war between angels and demons and the few humans that remained were trapped in between them. But Cas insists the baby could close this door. “I have faith,” Cas says before Dean calls him a dumbass.

Then that mysterious figure returns and….it’s Bobby Singer! But he doesn’t know Sam and Dean because this a world where Sam and Dean had never been born and, thus, had never saved the world. As the brothers and Cas return to our reality Crowley shows up and insists he is the answer to their problems.

Sam and Dean prepare for the big showdown with Lucifer as Cas tries to reassure Kelly that everything will be fine. “Remember….paradise,” Cas tells her.

Sam, Dean and Cas head outside to confront Lucifer, who has arrived at the cabin. Sam tells Lucifer that God will stop him just like he did before, but Lucifer just laughs that off. Cas charges first, but easily gets swept aside, so Sam and Dean take off running and head to the alternate reality. Lucifer quickly follows and Dean confronts him with the angel killing bullets Alternate World Bobby had been carrying. Nearby, Crowley is setting up the spell to lock Lucifer away. He interrupts Lucifer beating Dean as the Winchesters head closer to the portal.

“I hate you, deeply, truly,” Crowley tells Lucifer, before taking his own life because a sacrifice was needed for his spell to work. Then Cas bursts through the portal and heads toward Lucifer. He manages to stab Lucifer, but it doesn’t seem to do much. As Lucifer and Cas head back to the right side of the portal Lucifer kills Cas and Mary starts to beat on Lucifer. But she and Lucifer fall into the portal just before it closes, trapping them in there.

Sam and Dean are heartbroken and Sam rushes inside as he sees a light coming from Kelly’s bedroom. He finds Kelly dead and then sees bloody footprints on the floor in the hallway.

Cue the creepy glowing eyes of the nephilim, who seems to be much larger than a baby.

Holy moly, the body count of this Supernatural finale. Is that it? Are Crowley and Castiel really dead? Will Mary ever make her way back to her own world? Is Lucifer gone for good?

We’ll have a long time before we find out.

SUPERNATURAL will return this fall for season 13. The show will also be doing an animated crossover episode with SCOOBY DOO next season.

SUPERNATURAL Sneak Peek: Trapped In the Bunker

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At the end of the last episode of SUPERNATURAL it was revealed that the British Men of Letters had successfully managed to brainwash Mary Winchester. When faced with her pleading sons, she turned her back — and her gun — on them. Now the Brits are planning on take down all of the American hunters and they’ve locked Sam and Dean in their own bunker to slowly run out of air and die. Toni Bevell — newly returned from England — also made an apperance. But Ketch seems determined to get rid of her so that he can rise through the ranks of the organization and locked her in there with the Winchester brothers.

Now the boys are faced with finding a way to escape their home and save their mother from her brainwashing. Dean suggests they kill Toni to buy themselves an extra day of air, but she tells the boys that she’s the only one who can successfully un-program their mother. Of course, the only way to even get Mary back is to get out of the bunker and in order to do that the boys are going to start digging to see if they have any items or spells in there with them that could help.

Related: See photos for the two-hour finale of SUPERNATURAL

Meanwhile, in the second hour of the finale the brothers do make their way out of the bunker and come up against Lucifer, who seems determined to ensure that his child is born.

The two-hour SUPERNATURAL season finale airs tonight (May 18) beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. And if you didn’t hear the news coming out of the network’s Upfront presentation, SUPERNATURAL will be doing an animated SCOODY DOO episode in season 13.