What would you like do see in s13 for it to be really good?
Well, the thing is - I’ve got a lot of respect for screenwriters. I think they have a very difficult job, wherever they’re starting from - because adapting a novel, forcing it into a different medium while retaining its beauty, whoa - how can you even do that? And when they’re starting from scratch, well, in a way it’s even harder, because writing for the screen is so much harder than writing on your own - there are so many things you need to consider - budget, shooting conditions and whatever else - and writing for a TV show means you have to coordinate with a lot of other people, reconcile your vision with theirs, be aware of who’s available when and a lot of other stuff. It’s a very hard job, and what’s unfair is, it’s immediately and glaringly obvious when it’s done badly, because maybe I’m biased or something, but the writing - the writing is fundamental. I can think of dozens of movies which had a good cast and a good director and a good photography and yet never really took off because the writing was awful, but I can’t think of a single case when I sat back and said, ‘Man, the story is terrific, too bad the actors are suck so much’. No, to me, a good story - a well-written good story - is what makes or breaks a movie, and that’s that.
So, you know - if you’re asking me to be realistic about things, I wouldn’t know where to start, because I’m simply not a screenwriter. Hell, I’m barely even a writer. If we’re talking weird ideas, I did write a S13 wishlist a couple of months ago, and if we’re talking narrative points - I’m actually writing a post-S12 fic, Blues Run the Game, which, being a hiatus fic, is sort of what I want S13 to be like. When it comes to TFW, what I’m trying to include (what I’d like the show to focus on) are the following elements:
- Dean coming to terms with who he is, dealing with his past and finally accepting himself - I’m looking at his relationship with Sam, his love for Cas, his conflicted feelings for his father, his guilt - you know, what makes Dean Dean. The entire, beautiful mess of it.
- Cas being Cas - someone who’s incredibly smart and badass, but also broken and lost and wondering where his place is, and if he even has one. And, to me, Cas’ complicated relationship with Dean is a huge part of how the character is built, so that’s what I’m looking at (in my story, Cas meets AU!Dean and tragedy ensues).
- Some kind of storyline for Sam. I find it very difficult to write Sam, but I try to give him a prominent role (and, whenever I can, a POV) because I think he’s a crucial part of this story and a fascinating character. What I want to do with him is help him to confront Lucifer, to find a resolution with Mary, and to slowly bring him back to that ‘apple pie life’ he was forced to abandon in S1.
So, you know - to me, this sounds like normal stuff and a good place for these characters to go, and I’m hoping Supernatural will discuss these issues in S13 - in particular, I’d like for them to either make Dean’s sexuality textual or shut up about it, write Cas in some consistent way and spend some time on Sam so we can actually learn who the hell he is - but I’m not exactly holding my breath. There are many good screenwriters on the show, but as far as I can tell, they’re being limited in what they can actually do by a) a format which is outdated and too rigid and b) a showrunner who’s a bit out of his depth. Or that’s how I read it, anyway.