This past May, Supernatural had its season 13 finale, and I was left thinking, “I love this show! However, what could be next? How many enemies can the brothers Winchester have left to fight?” To put it in perspective, We are about to go into season fourteen; think about that. Smallville, as much as I tended to like the show, lasted merely ten seasons and was often on the slower side in regards to story progression. The almost unanimously beloved Buffy the Vampire Slayer lasted 7 seasons, that is half the time in comparison. My argument is not if fourteen seasons is enough but rather, after so many seasons, what battle is left to win? What demon is left to try and conquer Hell and come after humanity? What angel or deity remains that doesn’t favor humanity? If any show can find a new threat worthy to keep the ship afloat after so long, I believe it is Supernatural.
Like Buffy, Supernatural typically focuses on one “big bad” as the main antagonist per season, with the exception of some secondary antagonists creating chaos throughout—typically someone like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse acting on Lucifer’s (Mark Pellegrino) behalf or someone like Crowley (Mark Sheppard) looking to stir the pot in his favor or just for fun. The following are the big bads so far (in numerical order): Azazel (Fredric Lehne), Lilith (Katherine Boecher), Lucifer, Raphael (Demore Barnes), Castiel (Misha Collins), Dick Roman (James Patrick Stuart) and the Leviathans, Crowley, Metatron (Curtis Armstrong), the Mark of Cain/Demon Dean, the Darkness (Emily Swallow), British Men of Letters, and Lucifer again.
With things looking to go in the direction of Archangel Michael in a Dean (Jensen Ackles) body, I find myself asking if this is really going to be our next big bad. I ask this for two reasons: first, Supernatural works on the formula of Dean and Sam (Jared Padalecki) driving across the country and saving people and hunting things. Take one of the brothers out of the scenario and it doesn’t fit the formula. Which actually takes me to my second point which is demon Dean or “Dean-mon” as some may know him. The premise of such was of course that Dean became a demon thus being able to control the murderous effects of bearing the Mark of Cain, but being a demon, he was not really any less murderous, he just no longer cared about taking life. My point is, this was a fantastic idea, one that could have stretched at least half a season if not an entire one! But what happened? Dean was somewhat cure a few episodes into the season in which he started as the antagonist.
Now, would a longer stint have paid off? Hard to say, however, Archangel Michael should inhabit Dean’s body for more than a few episodes. What I can envision, is Michael, in Dean’s body, ruling the demons and possibly the angels throughout the season while characters like Castiel, Lucifer’s son Jack (Alexander Calvert), Mary Winchester Samantha Smith) and the alternate universe’s Bobby (Jim Beaver) can help Sam on the episodes where he and Dean would normally hunt or solve threats that have nothing to do with the big bad of the season. I feel tha’d be best for business. However, in true Supernatural fashion, I predict Michael will either find another host and then continue to try and take the Winchesters out, or more likely, another biblical entity will claim his or her right to the throne of destroying the Winchesters.
What will happen beyond this season if they choose to go on? It is truly hard to say. I’d like to see what happens with Jack: is he powerless? If not, can he become a threat? What other myriad of demons, angels, or deities from biblical lore show up? I wish I was more educated on the matter to have some predictions. What I would like to see is a big bad we can all get behind in hating. Many antagonists on the show either are or become borderline antiheroes in that they are technically bad but are entertaining if not funny: Crowley, Lucifer, Rowena (Ruth Connell), etc. We need to find someone that is evil incarnate that has no redemption story on the back burner.
No doubt the end is coming soon for this cult favorite and an epic battle of good and evil would be the best way to do it. Picture the series finale of Angel but far more devastating, something that would make Game of Thrones proud. Whatever happens, I feel the fans know it can only end one way: that both brothers die. But I don’t mean in just any way, rather together, as they lived and fought, looking at each other with their famous tears of affection. Dean utters, “Bitch,” and Sam responds “Jerk.” They die saving the world one last time.