If you’ve never heard of this show you have literally been living under a rock for the last TWELVE YEARS! I started from the very beginning of this show on Netflix at the beginning of the summer and finished all 12 seasons about a month ago. Season lucky number 13 started tonight. (Conveniently about 2 months after I cancelled my cable! I’m going to watch it on my CW app when I’m done with this, if it’s not too late…LOL) Not only are all the boys (the girls too, but I’m straight, sorry!) stupid hott on this show:
I’m talking really pretty…
…what was I going to say…??? Oh yeah, this show is about so much more than, “the two Winchester brothers, Sam and Dean, who were raised by their father, John, to hunt and kill all things that go “bump in the night” after his wife, Mary, was murdered by an evil supernatural being when the boys were young” (IMDB). It’s about love and family and loyalty and depression and coping and religion and relationships and death and fighting literal as well as figurative demons…it’s about LIFE. Ironic since ALL the characters die (trust me, that’s not a spoiler), repeatedly (but that doesn’t make it any easier on us when it happens). It’s one of those rare shows that are uncomfortably honest and real and raw, it’s heartbreaking really. Especially because it’s so easy to relate to; for most people, because, let’s face it, who hasn’t felt like this at one time or another in their life?
If these guys can find it within themselves to keep fighting, with everything they’ve been through (and yes I know that these are fictional characters, but not really) then I can carry on too (If you don’t watch the show, that’s a reference. “Carry on my Wayward Son” is the opening song to every season finale of the show…it’s devastating). This show is so wildly acclaimed, especially in the fandom communities, that it’s fans can and do take over pretty much every Tumblr post. (If you’re not familiar with Tumblr, now is not the time…)
This show is the longest running Sci-Fi show in US history. (Only the US because I’m fairly sure that Doctor Who has that title in the bag world wide!) This is primarily because of the fans being absolute and total fanatics, in addition to the actors themselves being fans. So much so that the show even has Meta episodes where they reference the fact that they’re a TV show and/or not actually real people. It’s beyond awesome! (I especially love those types of things, like in Deadpool where he breaks the 4th wall and references the fact that he’s in a movie.) They are so interactive with their fans as well…
In 2015 Jared (Sam) came out about his chronic depression in this article and how he found out about it. It came on suddenly and without much warning, as is the case with most of us. Depression is not something that can be helped or controlled or even discovered easily or quicky. He has started a campaign, called Represent, to spread awareness and keep a dialog open about mental health issues. He’s produced “Always Keep Fighting” tee shirts to sell in order to support the cause as well as spread hope and awareness. He’s very open about his depression and how he’s dealing with it, and with his SPN family’s support he’s helping others through theirs as well!
You can see it in his eyes, he genuinely cares because he’s there and he more than understands, he knows. His empathy is so evident it’s down right heart wrenching. Jared isn’t the only cast member who has had issues with depression, and the side effects that go along with it, either. I love that they use their platform and influence to raise awareness for such an important and over-stigmatized disease. Misha (Castiel) even goes into detail about carving (which I’ve done myself); a rarely discussed and major impulse for people who have depression.
Enough with the heavy, I realize I’ve probably made this show sound like all doom and gloom, which it can seem that way sometimes; what with the constant deaths, the multiple apocalypses, demon possessions, Lucifer, witches, werewolves, vampires, and every other thing that goes bump in the night. But there’s plenty of light in the show as well; hope, love, perseverance, literally beating down the devil, and most particularly the importance of the relationships we build with one another. Also, if anyone knows how to have a good time though, it’s these guys! You can tell they love what they do.
This show speaks to me all so many levels; as an older sibling, someone who didn’t have the best childhood, someone who lies to everyone (at least it feels like it), someone who feels like they know that there’s something larger at play than what seems to be going on, someone who helps as many people as possible despite it being a thankless endeavor, and most importantly as someone with untold psychological issues which manifest in different ways. This show is so much more than what it seems to be, and the issues that they cover can be and are so helpful to so many, I hope this show goes on forever!
Carry on my wayward friends; love you awesome nerds!