It's turning out to be a pretty good week for Supernatural fans, with the beloved CW horror series not only raising the curtain on Season 13, but also formally introducing viewers to the backdoor pilot for a Wayward Sisters spinoff series. In an effort to keep the creepy-good vibes going, show creator Eric Kripke took to Twitter to share with fans a picture of a list of story ideas he compiled as Supernatural was first beginning production.
Going over the list, fans will recognize a number of the threats and themes that have found their way into the series over the years — but what's the fun in that, right? What's really interesting are the ideas that haven't seen the light of day (or the dark of night) — at least not yet. Check out Kripke's full list below:
And here's Kripke's original tweet:
In honor of #WaywardSisters TONIGHT, here's the NEVER BEFORE SEEN list of ideas I compiled when starting #Supernatural. See how many we used! And the ones we didn't? #Wayward, have at 'em. Kick it in the ass tonight, ladies. #SPNFamily #WaywardAF pic.twitter.com/7n7LfIVbr7
— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) January 18, 2018
In honor of #WaywardSisters TONIGHT, here's the NEVER BEFORE SEEN list of ideas I compiled when starting #Supernatural. See how many we used! And the ones we didn't? #Wayward, have at 'em. Kick it in the ass tonight, ladies. #SPNFamily #WaywardAF
The episode 'Wayward Sisters' serves as a backdoor pilot for the planned spinoff series The Wayward Sisters, which would focus on Sheriff Mills and a group of troubled young women, all orphaned by supernatural tragedy. Under Sheriff Mills's training and protection, the women emerge as a supreme monster-fighting force. Supernatural co-showrunner Andrew Dabb and Robert Berens wrote the script; with Dabb, Berens, co-showrunner Robert Singer and Phil Sgriccia executive producing.
'Wayward Sisters' sees Sheriff Mills (Kim Rhodes), Claire Novak (Kathryn Love Newton), Alex (Kathleen Ramdeen), Kaia (Yadira Guevara-Prip), Donna (Briana Buckmaster) and Patience (Clark Backo) attempting to rescue horror-hunting brothers Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) from The Bad Place.
You can see an extended trailer for the mid-season premiere here:
Unlike Bloodlines, the first attempt at a Supernatural spinoff that introduced an entirely new cast of characters that made it difficult for viewers to emotionally connect with, The Wayward Sisters will be a mix of established characters along with new ones introduced both during the backdoor pilot and series. The series has two existing Supernatural characters, orphan Claire and runaway Alex, joining Sheriff Mills's colleague (and sometimes partner) Donna. But it's Rhodes's Sheriff Mills who helps bridge the two shows: she appeared in 12 episodes of Supernatural before this season, with her character introduced during the show's fifth season.
A campaign for The Wayward Sisters began over two years ago with a name created by the fans that's based on Kansas's Carry On Wayward Son, the song that opens every Supernatural finale. The show's fanbase wasn't against a spinoff series, but felt that it would need to be built around Supernatural mainstays and that's what separates The Wayward Sisters from the disappointing Bloodlines. The CW has long viewed Supernatural as ripe with potential for spinoff series and specials, but it's a matter of finding the right project and the right time.
Supernatural returns with 'Wayward Sisters' tonight, Thursday, January 18th, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on The CW.