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I heard a rumor...

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...that our boys have been picked up for a 6th Season. As a die-hard viewer, fan, and fanfic writer, you'd think I'd be over the moon about this. Oddly enough, though, I'm hesitant and pondering what this means for my favorite brothers, my hero and muse, and the storyline(s) that have kept me engaged for going on five years now.

I first saw the news over on a supernatural.tv thread I follow.These are basically the same thoughts I shared over on that thread, but it's a small community, so... I thought I'd see what you guys thought about all of this. ErikaAoi posted the link to an article and novembersguest followed it up with some news that Kripke was planning on going intimate next season to differ from the apocolyptic size of the recent seasons.

I've enjoyed both the intimate feel of S1 and the world-affecting feel of S5 -- for differing reasons.

In S1, we got to know the boys, know enough of their past to care deeply about them, get engaged in their 'mission' and believe in them to the point of being devestated right alongside them when they lost their father. But there's only so long you can travel around the country hunting monsters on a TV show and continue to make it compelling.

You'd have to have some kind of formula that would keep your main characters from forming attachments and finding reasons to stay or places to go back to. Take Quantum Leap, for instance. It's a show that had the same formula for, like, what? Six years? Sam Beckett leaps from life to life, putting right what once went wrong and hoping each time his next leap would be the leap home.

Only...he never goes home. And it's the leaping that was the formula for keeping the show compelling. Sam was never able to form attachments (with the exception of Al, of course) and you never knew where or when he would end up.

Thus, the apocolypse entering the picture. There's only so long you can mess with the forces of evil before they start to mess back and make it personal, right? So, going big like they have has been a heart-wrenching, wild ride that feels almost too much for our heroes to survive. The fate of the world now rests on the (nicely muscled, very broad) shoulders of two blue-collar guys from Kansas.

But the thing is, because we started small, we were able to stand on a slowly-built, believable foundation that these two and their family could have caused enough ruckus to be on the radar of both Heaven and Hell. And not only that, we see (even if they don't always) that they are actually capable of not only fighting this war...but winning.

So, both the "saving people/hunting things" and the "the world is going to end and if I don't stop it nobody will and we'll all die" approaches have had me captivated.

My biggest pondering about a 6th season was mainly (at the risk of quoting Buffy) where do we go from here? And if it is indeed intimate, a look at what happens to the world and the people in it -- specifically our boys -- when the Devil has been defeated or stuck back in his cage, then I'm on board. There was evil in the world before Lucifer was released and it's not like once he's gone all evil goes away...or does it???? I'd be mainly interested to see how the guys handle hunting evil when The Big Bad is gone -- do the rest of the baddies just run amuck? Or are we talking, as Zach seemed to insinuate, Heaven on earth?
 
It would be interesting to see what Kripke and Co. think about that. I can see the possibilities for episodes with action, and I can imagine the episodes of humor...I do wonder how they'd pull the angst that Jensen/Dean's so damn good at portraying, but I have no doubt they'd figure out somehing. Because even if they DO go intimate, it's not like everything that came before would be forgotten.

He still had no childhood. He still lost his father. He'd still fought all of his life. He'd still have gone to Hell... And Sam? That boy has more issues than I have time to list. So yeah, angst.

Not only that? But what happens to Cas if the apocolypse is...ended? Does he simply return to Heaven after all he's been through and seen? After how much the Winchesters have changed him? Also...I'm not entirely convinced the writers are done killing off people (boys aside). Ellen and Jo broke my heart, but there's still one more player that would devestate me a bit and would certainly help carry out the angst we love into a 6th season if they weren't around: Bobby.

It would be encouraging, however, to know that a Season 6 was out there to aliviate a little concern that the boys wouldn't stay/be dead at the end of this battle. I could still see Kripke pulling a Butch and Sundance, though... since you never actually see B&S die at the end of the movie. It would be a helluva cliffie...

That said? I would hate for them to drag the apocolypse out into another season. The suspense is killing me. Let it end. And go from there.

One thing I do wonder, is how 'into' a Seaon 6 the actors are -- mainly because they both just got engaged and we've heard from them repeatedly how they miss their families in L.A. during the long months of filming. Not only that, but I would LOVE to see Jensen in a movie again... One that is outside the realm of horror. A western, perhaps??

What? A girl can dream, can't she?

I'll shut up now. Thanks for letting me think it out. What do you guys think about this?

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jackfan2
Jan. 23rd, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Agreed! I just hope Kripke ends the apocalypse arch here in s5 and takes us a new direction in s6.

I am thinking that Kripke'll dial it back in s6. Go back to the format of s1 with monster hunts, weaving in the angst and emotional issues the boys suffered (will suffer) at the end of the apocalypse and where it left them as brothers. Each ep being more of a stand-alone with an emotional arch for the season, rather than a physical one.

As for the prospects for Jared and Jensen, I agree. I want to see them in movies and tv shows. There's a new show out called Human Target and the lead is ... ok, but that vehicle would've been so good for Jensen. I think his charisma and ability to deliver a more cynical/comic role and the action involved would've suited him so much better. Ah well, there will be another for him, right?

Now for Jared. God. I'm so VERY glad he lost that Conan role. YUK! I don't think that would've done him any favors AT. ALL. He did not get the GI JOE role, and that's too bad because as somewhat cheesy as that movie was, the action was great and I'd've loved to have seen him in the lead. OH well, there will be others, right?

Castiel. Hmm.. you're right about him. What to do with an angel who has formed attachments to two humans? Well, I could possibly see God, once the apoco is done and overwith, assigning him to stay with the boys. Or, he might fall, but maintain some of his angel powers, with God's approval, and he goes with the boys on their hunts on occasion. I know. Sounds cheesy but I imagine the writers will figure something out.

Also, with Castiel more involved, they might bring in Ana too. In that instance, we might see a few hunts where Dean and Sam aren't involved, or are less involved. Those wouldn't be my favorites as I'm not all THAT excited about Castiel on his own. He does well in the mix with the boys, but I can't help being delighted that this most recent ep "Sam Interrupted" had neither Castiel OR Bobby in it. I love them both but I get tired of them rushing in to save the day. Really.

Ok. Jensen in a western? Dude, you've just hit on one of my absolute favorite genre's of all time. I would absolutely LOVE to see Jensen do a movie. Moreover, been giving it some thought that if they make a Supernatural movie I'd rather see it as telling the story of the 1800's Winchester brothers. Jensen and Jared playing brother, the decedents of Dean and Sam but in the early 1860's (post Civil War) going around on horseback, fighting evil. I would melt completely to see them in cowboy boots, dusters and six-shooters slung low on their hips. *dies at the mental image*

I'm excited - for totally selfish reasons - that we'll get them back for one more year, but it might be that we see eps where neither are present so they get more down time with their new brides. Hard to tell. Or, because it's the last season, they'll just stick it out and get the job done as a favor to the fans :D

Time will tell! Great thoughts though. I'm eager to see where Kripke and CO take us in s6 and I'll just sit and enjoy the ride. No matter what.

gaelicspirit
Jan. 23rd, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
I was just telling deangirl1 that I live under a rock because she also mentioned something about Jared and Conan and I was like, HUH??? I didn't know Jared was up for GI Joe either...

I'm loving your thoughts, girl. :) Very entertaining.

And at the risk of self-promotion, my next solo story (I'm also co-writing a story with LovinJackson) is called Heroes for Ghosts, it's a Western, and you had a very close, uncanny description of the basic plot. Only not ancestors of Dean and Sam. Dean and Sam themselves... ;)

Just, y'know, FYI.

Talk soon!
jackfan2
Jan. 24th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
You... you've got a western in the works?!?!?!?!?

'Scuse me while I mop up the drool from my keyboard. *dabs furiously*

Holy crap woman. You have GOT to let Terry do some fabulous graphics for that one. Some manips with the boys in western garb, six-shooters, hats, horses - the whole 9 yard! And each chapter needs a different graphic and and and ... DUDE! I may hyperventilate.

I feel like it's Christmas early! It's long been my hope that one of my favorite writers in this fandom would do a western SPN story. Even if it's not a prequal, but the boys doing a time travel (via Castiel maybe?) or whatever, or however they get there, I'm so good and so on with that! :D

Guess I'm kinda obvious about that, huh? *chortles happily*
gaelicspirit
Jan. 24th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
FYI -- I forwarded this to Terry to see if she's game.

We'll see. ;)
thruterryseyes
Jan. 25th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
Talk about throwing down a gauntlet...

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