Here's a round up of recent articles and links to keep you busy until Thursday's season premiere. Unless noted, assume they're spoilery in some fashion:
- Eric Kripke talks to EW about the possibility of a 6th season.
- Then he talks to the New York Post about tying up the Heaven and Hell storyline.
- I LURVE the 'O Death' promo, and immediately scoured the interwebs for info on the singer, Jen Titus. I came up dry, and now I know why. She's not a professional singer - she's a CW on-air promotions executive. That's right - she's a suit! This article explains how it all happened.
- Matt Roush at TV Guide drinks the kool-aid and jumps on board the Hell Wagon.
- The Innsmouth Free Press is taking a pause from worshipping the Old Ones to devote this entire week to Supernatural coverage. It's fantastically comprehensive! They're examining monsters, mythology, and Mythos, reviewing the season DVDs, and have interviews with Jules Wilkinson from Super-wiki, Anteka of Plastic!Winchester Theater, and the SPN Guerilla Marketing Team among others.
- For a complete round up of articles from various sources, check out Super-wiki's Season 5 interviews. They're helpfully broken down by spoilery and non.
- "I did set out [to] tell a five-season storyline,” [Kripke] maintains. “Quite frankly, I never expected [the show] to make it to five years. But now that we’re in our fifth year, I have every intention of ending the story with a bang and not drawing it out or watering it down.”
"That having been said,” Kripke continues, “I’m looking at this season as the last chapter in this particular story. That doesn’t mean there can’t be a new story. Buffy did it. The X-Files did it. You close a chapter on a big mythology storyline and then you begin a new one."
I'm not going to lie - invoking Buffy makes me a little nervous. Now, Buffy and the Scoobies did face a new apocalypse every year. I think by Season 3 they were even joking about it - didn't they just save the world? They have to do it again? The stories made sense though, because it was a new and different evil every time, serving as a back drop for what the characters were experiencing as individuals. Supernatural could certainly do that; however, where do you go, and who do you fight after you've gone toe-to-toe with Heaven and Hell? I would worry that any other big bad would be a let down.
I feel like they would be forced to step far outside of Christian theology and mythology in order to make it work ... but where? The Mayans believed the world is going to end in 2012, but how does that fit with the whole midwestern/blue collar ethos of the show? I vote they take on the Norse gods and Ragnorok. They've already established the Trickster as a character. I could totally see Dean hanging out with Thor.
The biggest element for me - and what concerns me most about comparisons to Buffy - is Kripke's continued direct involvement in the show. There's a wonderful, talented, seasoned core of writers, producers, and directors working on Supernatural ... but it's Eric Kripke's baby. It's his vision. Seasons 6 and 7 of Buffy completely went off the rails for me, and I think it's because Joss was no longer day to day. His attentions were focused on Firefly, and I think Buffy suffered for it.
The best case scenario for Season 6 is if they have stories that everyone involved - Kripke especially - is excited to tell. In that case, bring it on!
Exclusive: 'Supernatural' to 'end with a bang' in 2010 (but there's a catch) | Ausiello | EW.com
New York Post: Supernatural - A 'natural' death
'Death' Becomes CW Promo Maven | The Wrap
TV Guide Magazine | The Daily Review | My Supernatural Summer
Innsmouth Free Press: Supernatural Week
Season 5 Interviews - Super-wiki