Recently, The CW decided to not proceed with the Supernatural Spin-off “Wayward Sisters”. It came as a shock because almost all of the fans and the critics were sure that this was a done deal! Supernatural in its 13th season is still as successful as ever and has one of the most dedicated and passionate fanbase on this earth. And that fanbase has been the one to ask the channel for Wayward Sisters with guaranteed support from all of them. Most spin-offs have to earn a loyal fanbase after they have started and even then it is no guarantee of success. Wayward Sisters already comes with an audience so passionate and supportive that they have kept Supernatural alive for 13 years. A show older than the network itself.
We have been proactively asking for Wayward Sisters for more than 2 years now. From campaigns to slowly ingrating the idea into the show itself, Wayward Sisters has been special to all of us from fans to the cast and crew for a long time now. And when they finally green lit the backdrop pilot it was like all our hopes and dreams have been answered. A show with six diverse badass female characters as the leads, who kick ass, kills demons and vampires but who are also vunerable,and complex and emotional and human which makes them even more strong characters.
A chance to see six different women be their own heroes, their own saviours, who are not just a plot device in a man’s story, who are not there to be sexually objectified, but who are going to create their own stories and be the wonderful ladies that we have come to love over the years. Little girls would have seen them and have been inspired and would have thought that they could be like them too. That they have it in them to be their own heroes. But that has been taken away from us without even a valid reason.
I love Supernatural with all my heart and soul. And no matter how much we wish for it to continue forever, Supernatural is going to end one day. Yes, it has been renewed for Season 14, and most probably will be renewed for Season 15. But that Season 15 could also be it’s last season, and Supernatural won’t get another chance to build a spin-off that will be as deeply ingrained in the show as Wayward Sisters has been.
And our emotional attachment aside, the fact is this decision is not a good business decision. And no matter how much we might hate it, networks first and foremost want shows that profit them. And that is what is so baffling about this, no matter which way you look at it, this is not a good business decision. They citied The Original’s ratings as the reason they went with its spin-off rather than Wayward Sisters. But that is absolutely not true. Wayward Sisters backdrop pilot had higher ratings than most CW pilots in the last few years. And Supernatural had better ratings throughout the year than The Originals. So they are telling us that they said yes to a new spin-off of The Originals based on a spec-script because of the ratings. Then why the hell did they not go forward with Wayward Sisters when Supernatural has been laying foundation of it, piece by piece over the years and it had a successful backdrop pilot. With better ratings than The Original. How the hell does this make sense? And they renewed Dynasty- literally no one watched that show. Why would they renew that and not pick up Wayward Sister which already has a better audience than Dynasty or even The Origins ever did. Not to mention the reboot of Charmed and Rosewell, ordered a new football drama, and there is literally no guarantee that these shows will do well when they premiere. Wayward Sisters was a sure bet. Why would they take chance on shows that have no audience support, that no one wanted, and doesn’t have any guarantee of success over a show that would have had a fanbase that is 13 years old, is passionate as hell and has been actively asking for Wayward Sisters for years now. Supernatural’s fanbase is 95% female and as much as we love our boys, an opportunity to see different facets of different women in the Supernatural world, in a show that was solely about those women was like a dream come true. That is why I do not understand why The CW will choose to alienate their best fandom over Dynasty and a freaking spec-script. I don’t understand and I don’t wish to understand. Cause right now I feel like they have snatched away my one last hope from me. And I am pissed as hell about it. And hurt. Because they would rather make another spin-off of a spin-off about another bunch of vampires and their love stories when literally all of us are done with that. We don’t wish to see another one of those. And what makes my heart break even more and angers me even more is the fact that Wayward Sisters wasn’t even given a chance to prove itself in a season despite the fact that the backdrop pilot was a huge success and 99% of the fans and the critics were in support of it. There was extremely positive reaction to Wayward’s backdrop pilot and the fact that they still passes over it is another reason I just cannot begin to fanthom why they would make such decision. We are not even asking for a full 22 episodes series, we would have been fine with a 10-13 episodes series that could premiere will Supernatural is on hiatus during the winter. We would have taken anything they would have given us but this amazing and full of potential show wasn’t even given a chance.
Jody Mills, Donna Hanscum, Claire Novak, Alex Jones, Patience Turner and Kaia Neives, these women who have experienced so much loss in life, but they still have so much love and fire and compassion and the will to fight, to survive. They fight for themselves, they fight for each other, and they fight to save people they don’t even know. They are heroines. I have fallen in love with all these characters bit by bit and comtinue to fall for them every episode they are in. This fandom, this SPNFamily as we call ourselves, has loved these characters from the episodes they have first appeared in with all our worth. And we love them when they only appear in maybe a episode or two every season. Imagine how much more love we can give to these characters with their own series.
Jody, Donna, Claire and Alex were already a family and I have no doubt if given a chance Patience and Kaia can be a part of that family too. And there’s nothing more we love in this fandom than family especially the one that is choosen. These characters still have so much stories to tell. And they deserved the chance to tell it. And while the fandom is doing everything they can to change CW’s decided (making petitions, trending #SaveWaywardSisters , and keeping the fight going) , after this decision, I don’t trust the CW. After all before all this we were all 99% sure that Wayward Sisters will pe picked up. But simply because I don’t trust a bunch of executives in suits yo make the right decision, doesn’t mean I will stop fighting for this. It took us a lot of years to make even a pilot episode possible. We have been here through thick and thin, we have been here ever since wayward was barely a concept in the fans minds, and we will continue to be here. We will do everything remotely possible to make sure that the Wayward dream comes to pass. We will not give up. We will not stop fighting. We will not be silenced. Because we are Wayward AF. And they cannot take that from us.