Screen Critics Raphael takes a look at the upcoming series of the long-running Supernatural and why they think it’s a real game-changer.
The number ‘13’ maybe unlucky for some, but certainly not for the CW, who’s long-running fantasy series ‘Supernatural’ will begin its thirteenth season in October – and it’s set to be a game changer. With twelve seasons under its belt, Supernatural is undoubtedly a colossal franchise that boasts a huge dedicated fandom. Despite being on air for over a decade, Supernatural isn’t showing any signs of slowing down with upcoming season thirteen promising much potential. An electric finale last season left fans reeling on what to expect moving forward. The pieces have been put in motion for a whole new paradigm to unfold.
Bar the Biblical bodies of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, Supernatural has only dabbled with other dimensional planes over the course of the show’s history. Season 6 introduced the faerie realm and Season 9 introduced Oz as another dimension but they were never integral elements of the show. This is no longer the case with Season 13, where an alternative dimension will be one of the main narrative threads. The story-telling opportunities have fans salivating at the idea of other realities becoming a central plot seems like a fresh, bold move to take the franchise.
The alternative dimension in question is a parallel reality where The Apocalypse wasn’t prevented. The Season 12 finale gave us a tease to what this bleak, war-torn world will look like. A world of carnage and rubble where the forces of Heaven and Hell are stuck in perpetual bloodshed all whilst humanity is in the middle. It’s suggested that what we have come to expect from Heaven and Hell will be twisted – we got a brief look at a new class of demons known as Tempters in this alternate dimension. Horned beasts with psychical form.
Lucifer and Mary Winchester are both now trapped in that dimension, which will offer a peculiar dynamic that will further add to the fun of traversing this alternative plane. But, that’s not all. The Season 12 finale introduced an alternative Bobby Singer. Can we expect more dead characters to pop up in the alternate dimension? Yes, we can, as executive producer Andrew Dabb stated that “some people who have been long dead on our show are less dead in [the] apocalyptic world”. It was pointed out that characters we do see return will be different, shaped and bent by the horrors of The Apocalypse.
It seems like anyone from Supernatural’s long list of dead characters is fair game which is a thoroughly intriguing notion. It’s also been officially confirmed that we’ll see an alternative version of the Archangel Michael, adding another powerful and important player to Supernatural’s evolving character board. Where the writers will take this is anyone’s guess but it certainly promises us new adventures and conflicts not seen in the show’s history. Will the apocalyptic alternative dimension be the only new reality depicted? Perhaps the upcoming Supernatural/Scooby-Doo animated cross-over will be another dimensional plane. A surreal yet genius concept that will have the Winchesters and the Scooby Gang join forces. Supernatural has been no stranger to wacky storytelling but this has the potential to be the best and most outrageous example of it to date.
Alternative dimensions aren’t the only concept set to shift the showdown fresh creative directions. There are plenty of big changes occurring in the normal universe. Lucifer’s son, the Nephilim was simply known as ‘Jack’ has been born and will offer an incredibly influential element to proceedings. Being half-human, half-archangel – expect an internal struggle of good vs evil with many factions attempting to steer him down peaceful or destructive paths. Whilst the Winchesters deal with the fallout of that, Hell will usher in a new leader after the demise of the King, Crowley. A recent trailer teased a new character – a man dressed in white, who takes Crowley’s former throne room exclaiming “there’s a new sheriff in town”.
The man in white is theorised to be Asmodeus, the last remaining Prince of Hell. Either way, fresh leadership among demon-kind after many years is a welcome addition as new conflicts and relationships will materialise. Furthermore, Season 13 will have a backdoor pilot for a proposed spin-off show titled ‘Wayward Sisters’. Starring fan favourite character Jodie Mills with her adoptive daughters Alex Jones and Claire Novak. They will also be joined by the bumbling sheriff, turned hunter Donna Hanscum.
A recent trailer teased a new character – a man dressed in white, who takes Crowley’s former throne room exclaiming “there’s a new sheriff in town”. The man in white is theorised to be Asmodeus, the last remaining Prince of Hell. Either way, fresh leadership among demon-kind after many years is a welcome addition as new conflicts and relationships will materialise. Furthermore, Season 13 will have a backdoor pilot to a proposed spin-off show titled ‘Wayward Sisters’. Starring fan favourite character Jodie Mills with her adoptive daughters Alex Jones and Claire Novak. They will also be joined by bumbling sheriff, turned hunter Donna Hanscum.
Season 13 is set to change the stakes and become a game-changing installment in the Supernatural universe. The characters and concepts have been put in place for a truly remarkable and original season, let’s see if the writers do it justice.