The heroes are not alone: an appreciation of Supernatural’s supporting characters

Many factors go into the making of a TV show, from executive producers to writers, from actors to set designers. Details small and large come together to tell the story that winds up on our screens, and fans are also sharp-eyed, they’ll notice if something is off, and also respond to the beauty of a set or a sharp turn of phrase or how the lighting reflects the characters’ emotional states, ¬†Likewise with the ingredients of the story, and while all shows have lead, or main characters, they are not the only ones who move the plot–or who move the audience to tears.

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Supernatural and different kinds of heroism

Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising cycle and the DCU Batfamily are two reference points I keep coming back to when thinking about Supernatural, in both the major themes and the relationships, so I decided to take a look at the Winchesters in light of the types of heroism shown in those other works.

“Sometimes…in this sort of war, it is not possible to pause, to smooth the way for one human being, because even that one small thing could mean an end to the world for all the rest.”

“It is a cold world you live in, bachgen. I do not think so far ahead, myself. I would take the one human being over all the principle, all the time.”

Will slumped down low in his seat, curling into a ball, pulling up his knees. “So would I,” he said sadly. “So would I, if I could. It would feel a lot better inside me. But it wouldn’t work.”

–The Grey King, by Susan Cooper

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