Despite its low-budget, nearly-cancelled-three-times beginnings, "Supernatural" has continued on to become the longest running sci-fi show on broadcast television, bolstered by an incredible cast of Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins, risk-taking writing, and a dogged group of fans that affectionately call themselves a family. However, the lengthy and muddled Mark of Cain made for a head-scratching and frustrating season 10 that didn't quite capitalize on the dark magic of previous seasons.
Here are my wishes for “Supernatural” season 11…
DIVERSITY. For a show that’s taken scary through multiple dimensions, alternate universes and thwarted an apocalypse or two, it’s inexcusable that 99.9% of the regular and recurring cast is white and male. The women—who are also almost always white—have briskly entered and almost always tragically exited. The latest of which was Felicia Day’s Charlie Bradbury, who after a series of uncharacteristically stupid decisions, was slaughtered off-screen and dumped in a bathtub.
I desperately wish that “Supernatural” would normalize to reflect the real world in racial and gender casting. This season, the small sci-fi show with the big cult following will face its toughest competition yet when it airs in the same timeslot as the Emmy-nominated, ratings record-breaker “Empire,” 2014’s critically-acclaimed and Emmy-nominated comedy “black-ish” and Emmy-magnet, “Modern Family”—all of which feature primarily diverse casts. Racial normalization may be a necessity if “Supernatural” wants to make it to season 12.
More BAMF Sam Winchester. Many fans, including yours truly, have been frustrated with the uneven and sometimes baffling characterization of “Supernatural's” tallest cast member. The show began by telling the story of Sam, a college kid who returned to the family business of saving people, hunting things to avenge his girlfriend’s death has since turned into a show about a wayward group of thankless heroes led by Dean Winchester and his unstoppable BAMFness. I am and have always been an equal opportunity Winchester-lover, however, Sam has been long overdue for some deeper exploration and better characterization.
Also, Sam's doppleganger Jared Padalecki is 6'5'', and spends time between takes flipping 500lb tractor tires. With the trials far behind him, it's time for Sam to save the puppy eyes for the ladies and kick some monster ass.
Expand The Hunting Universe. It’s been nearly a decade since The Roadhouse, a popular bar for hunters to have share lore and spookily clean their guns in a shadowed corner, burned down. In the seasons since, the hunting universe has shrunk when it should have been expanded. Thanks to Sam and Dean’s affinity for making deals and kick-starting the end of days, the Winchesters already have a nefarious reputation. But after watching “Supernatural” for years, I'm often left wondering if other hunters gossip about the Winchesters? Do they text each other when Dean was turned into a demon, like "Guess who has black eyes and smells like sulfur?! LMAO!” I need answers!
Thus, I wish upon the feathers of an ice-eyed angel and my TV genie that “Supernatural” will explore more of the hunting universe.
After they accidentally opening the devil’s gate, freeing the devil and unleashing The Darkness, it would also be refreshing to find Sam and Dean coming to the rescue of other hunters who have unwittingly released some big nasty into the world. It would be a tsunami of cucumber water if all of said hunters weren’t white dudes.
Let’s see if any of these wishes come true when “Supernatural” premieres on October 7 at 9/8c on The CW.
Judging by the promo, the show will be intensely, scary and gory, which would have been by fourth wish if the genie hadn’t been so greedy. Check it out below!
What are your wishes for "Supernatural's" upcoming season?"
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