This is awkward. We wanted to speak with you, if that’s okay.
Recently, we were all excited to read some TV Guide spoilers for Season 8 that were provided by your very own Robert Singer.
Since reading the spoilers, however, a lot of us are really disturbed and very disappointed.
A lot of just really want Dean Winchester to have a plot arc of his own.
A lot of us think Purgatory would be good for Dean. We think Purgatory might provide a chance for him to face his monsters, both the literal and figurative ones, and that the separation from Sam could actually help Dean to develop as a character. After two seasons of watching Dean’s resolve slip and his alcoholism escalate, to see Dean’s fighting spirit again would be something really special.A lot of us, honestly, do not mind that the brothers are separated. A lot of us know that they are two adult men who have been through a lot together and have a turbulent relationship at times, but a lot of us know that they do not have to be sewn together at the hip in order for their love and devotion to one another to come across on screen.
A lot of us wanted Purgatory to be an on-going plot, not just one that Dean would retell through flashbacks. But maybe we’re too quick to be disappointed on this front. We don’t know what you’re planning, really, so we don’t want to sound like jerks by telling you what to do.
But this is all just background information, really.
What has disturbed and disappointed us has to do with Singer’s comments about what “the fans hate.” About what the “fans” want.
Who are these “fans” he is referencing, exactly?
We all know that your inboxes and Twitter accounts have been bombarded with messages from people representing the so-called Silent Majority of the Supernatural fandom.
We have seen the tweets, day after day since the season 7 finale, and we can only imagine what some of their emails and letters feature, especially when they are not restricted to a mere 140 characters. We have seen the hate campaigns against Misha Collins and the disgusting threats against his life and his family. We have seen their argumentative comments on other websites and the lengths to which they go to in order to spread their campaign.
And well, we just want you to know that while these people may be yelling the loudest, they do not represent all of your fans.
They do not represent the fans of Dean Winchester who so desperately want him to have a story line of his own. They do not represent the fans of Castiel who do not want him to be dangled over our heads like some kind of angelic carrot, as many of us felt happened throughout much of season 7. They do not represent the fans of the brothers who want them to be okay, both on their own AND together.
We represent fans who love the show. We represent fans who love the characters, both primary, secondary, and even the one-hit wonders who we will never see again. We represent the fans do not “boo” and “hiss” at every female character who appears on screen, but rather desperately want them to survive and continue to be awesome. We represent fans of the show who know that there is a deep, impenetrable “brotherly bond,” but that the brothers do not always have to be side-by-side for this to be true. We represent the fans who write endless, near-academic essays on your characters, on your philosophies, on your mythology. We are fans who are consumed by our love and admiration for your show and its message about love, family, and free will.
Yet, according to Singer, ours is not the opinion that counts. Ours is not the part of the fandom with which you have sided.
Rather, it seems you have taken the Silent Majority and all the vicious, hateful propaganda that has been associated with their desire for a “brothers only!” resolution to the Purgatory plot, and shown your allegiance to them. Meanwhile, those of us who do not represent the vile, vitriolic part of the fandom are scratching our heads. And to be honest, we’re even feeling kind of hurt.
We have given the show a lot. We have given it our time. We have given it our emotions. We have given it our hearts.
We have given you our loyal viewership.
To hear that you would be so quick to fold under the demands of the part of your fandom that sent death threats to one of your actors?
We just don’t know how to feel about you right now.
We don’t want to tell you what to do. We don’t want you to buckle under our demands. We want you write a show that you can stand by and take responsibility for your creative choices, not blame them on the fans.
But maybe this is the problem. Maybe we have not been vocal enough about this, as a whole. Maybe we haven’t told you enough about the things we love and the things we would love to see. Maybe you’re so overwhelmed by all of the criticism and negativity that you don’t always get to see the compliments and positivity that come out of other parts of your fandom.
So guess what? We’re going to start telling you more. We’re going to show you that those “fans” Singer referenced? Those “fans” that have been sending you hate mail? Those “fans” that have made death threats and smear campaigns? They don’t represent all of your fans. Not by a long shot.
So prepare yourself, Supernatural.
Because we’re going to be loud.