Welcome Back, ‘Supernatural’

Today is a good day.

And no, it has nothing to do with International Kissing Day. (Because who really comes up with a celebratory day for kissing?) This wonderful, sunny July 6 revolves around one thing, and one thing alone. (At least in my world.)

Today the seventh season of Supernatural, the CW’s cult phenomenon, begins shooting in Vancouver. Let all of us fangirls unite in one giant cheer of pure happiness over the fact that another twenty-two glorious episodes full of Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) and Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) are only a few short months away.

Ackles and Padalecki pictured above in a season 7 promotional photo.

I will be the first to admit that I have not watched the show since 2005 when it first premiered. And I really never had any intention of watching Supernatural until last summer, when my college roommate spent a week in my home and insisted that we watch the TNT reruns every morning.

It only took a phantom clown and a ’67 Chevy Impala to keep me coming back for more.

I devoured seasons 1 through 5 in less than a month, devouring the episodes in between my college classes or late into the night after I finished my papers. And the more I watched, the more enthralled I became.

Because as I watched the storyline unfold, I realized more and more that Supernatural wasn’t (and still isn’t,) about killing monsters and having the horror movie once a week type of feel to it. The show is really about these two brothers, and the importance of family and loyalty. It’s about the Winchesters throwing aside their own lives and happily ever afters in order to make sure that the rest of the world can have their own. Supernatural is a show for the underdogs, the misfits, and the freaks.

It’s like show creator Eric Kripke got inside the entirety of the fandom’s mind and wrote the story just for us.

And as Supernatural enters its seventh season on the air despite being a cult show with very little publicity, the fandom still manages to garner respect and knowledge for all of the cast and crew involved. Even if it means rabidly voting in a poll.

TV Guide's Fan Favorite cover featuring Padalecki and Ackles of 'Supernatural'

Which is exactly what happened in December 2010 when Supernatural fans rallied together and voted the show in as TV Guide Magazine’s first annual Fan Favorite winner, despite being up against tough competition from shows like Bones, Smallville and How I Met Your Mother, among others.

Many people agree that this was one of the ways for the fans to show their appreciation to cast and crew members, even if it was indirectly.

But their appreciation didn’t go unanswered, and Supernatural‘s two biggest stars, along with supporting actors Misha Collins (Castiel) and Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer), soon took the time the thank the fans for all of their support and hard work through a video posted by TV Guide.

“It makes me very proud to be associated with a show that has fans that dedicated and that aggressive,” Ackles said about the Fan Favorite win.

Beaver later added, “We know every time we come to work we have millions of fans pulling for us.”

“If only we could harness all of the energy to get them to do something like rob banks for us,” Collins adds in his typical joking manner.

It is through these small pieces of thanks that the actors deliver, along with the conventions they attend and the hundreds upon hundreds of photos that they take with fans that keep our love for the show, for the material and for every single person involved that keeps the fandom coming back for more. And that will keep Supernatural a cult classic long after the series ends.

Because really, who wouldn’t want to tell their future children bedtime stories about Sam and Dean Winchester? I know I plan on doing just that, rock salt and holy water at the ready for the added atmosphere.

So all of you Moosekateers, Minions, Acolytes and Twicksters, let’s get ready to cry the first time we see Sam with his fresh memories of Hell, shatter at the first sign of Dean’s OPT (one perfect tear), and pray that our beloved angel Castiel comes back from the dark side.

In other words, “What do you say we kill some evil sons of bitches and we raise a little hell?”

Supernatural returns to the CW Friday, September 23 at 9 PM.

 

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