By Aidan O’Leary
Supernatural is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. The show first aired in September of 2005. Supernatural stars Jared Padaleck as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester. The series follows these two brothers and their various counterparts as they hunt down demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings.
The first show, the pilot, began by creating the motive for Sam and Dean to become what are called “hunters” of all things supernatural. In the beginning, Dean is only a young boy and his younger brother Sam is just a baby. One night, a creature known as the “yellow eyed demon” find his way in Sam’s room where he is laying in his cradle. It is explained in later seasons that the demon seeks out Sam because he was born with a special talent which, when channeled, gives him the ability to have visions of the future. The demon seeks out Sam and various other babies, all of who are at three months of age, and gives them each a drop of his demon blood in hopes of creating an army out of these children that are born with different kinds of gifts such as Sam’s. When in gazing in his room after hearing Sam crying on the baby monitor, Sam’s Mom, Mary Winchester, see’s the demon but mistakes the demon for her husband John Winchester. Mary then goes back downstairs thinking nothing of it and see’s her husband John passed out on the couch. Mary screams and runs back upstairs to Sam’s room, waking John in the process. As she runs into the room the demon see’s her, then the show cuts out to John Winchester running up the stairs as well. Once John enters the room, the demon is gone and all seems quiet as Sam is in his cradle, but there is no sign of Mary. John walks up to Sam and touched him, and then there is a drip of blood that falls in the cradle, followed by more drips. John slowly looks to the ceiling and sees his wife Mary plastered on the ceiling and bleeding, she then lights up in flames and the house proceeds to burn down. This is what gives the show its motive. After John sees his wife killed by something supernatural, he ends up becoming a hunter himself, and raises Sam and Dean to become hunters as well. Little did they know that their Mom, Mary, was raised a hunter and was a hunter herself before leaving that life to marry John. She wanted to be out of the life as a hunter, in a later episode of season 12, where Mary is brought back to life (can’t give away too much) she says to Dean that the life of a hunter is not what she wanted for Sam and Dean, claiming that there is only one way for a hunter to end up, hinting the point that no matter what they do, they will end up dead.
The show Supernatural is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia as well as other surrounding areas, though in the show is perceived to be in various different locations across America. In later seasons much of the show seems to take place in Kansas, where Sam and Dean find a secret bunker, called the “Men of Letters Bunker” where past hunters used to live. The Men of Letters becomes a very popular theme in later seasons. Supernatural has been in development for ten years. Since the show aired it has gained a significant amount of followers; an estimated 5.69 million people viewed the pilot episode itself. I began watching the show this past summer on Netflix and I was instantly hooked. By February of this year I had watch all 11 seasons. Each season has roughly twenty to twenty-five episodes and each are about forty to forty-five minutes. I am currently purchasing each episode of Supernatural individually for 2.99$ on Amazon since I cannot wait for the season to be released on Netflix.
The creator of the show, Eric Kripke, originally planned the series for just three seasons but later expanded it to five. The fifth season concluded the series’ main storyline, which involved the yellow-eyed demon, and Kripke then departed the series as showrunner. Although the main storyline involved the yellow-eyed demon, there were many shows that did not involve the demon at all, since the demon was so difficult to track, but many episodes were individualized with different kinds of hunts that Sam and Dean set out on in order to track down supernatural beings and disturbance, however within the first five seasons it always led back to the main storyline which was finding the yellow-eyed demon so that John, Sam, and Dean could get their revenge. There were a number of twists and turns along the way, which made the show incredibly addicting and exciting.
Anyways, it is important to know what a showrunner is to understand how the show was carried out for seven and what is to be eight more season after the original storyline concluded. A showrunner is a television series’ executive producer who is also the head writer and they have authority over the director. Once Kripke departed as showrunner the series continued with a number of different showrunners including Sera Gamble, Jeremy Carver, Robert Singer, and Andrew Dabb. The series was renewed for an eleventh season, which premiered in October of 2015. With its eleventh season, Supernatural became the longest-running American fantasy series. The series was renewed for a twelfth season that premiered in October of 2016, and in January of 2017 the show was renewed for a thirteenth season that has not been filmed yet, as they are currently airing season twelve, but I could not be more ecstatic that there is more Supernatural to come. The following Supernatural has is the reason for why the show continues. It is, in my opinion, an incredibly well done show filled with excitement and twists and turns. A friend of mine told me that she read about the following Supernatural has, and said that she read something along the lines of that people who watched the show actually reported going through depressions once they had caught up on Netflix, and I told her that I did not doubt it, because I myself was depressed once I caught up with the show and had nothing else to watch. I mean, there were other shows to watch but after watching and getting into Supernatural every other show I watched was paled in comparison, and became very boring to me very quick. The creativity behind the show is second to none, also in my opinion. The creator Eric Kripke has a wonderful imagination. He was quoted as saying that he feels that America’s urban legends are “every bit as fleshed out as any world mythologies.” Because of this mindset I believe he was able to use America’s urban legends to put together and incredible, long lasting show.