Hi! So @tinkdw said you also believe that s13 may be the last season of spn. Was just wondering, maybe you wrote some post about it somewhere? I'll be very interested in reading it ☺️
Hello, my lovely - and I am so very sorry for the late reply! I have actually not written a post about my brewing conviction that SPN is ready to move into Wrapping It Up territory. So here are my thoughts! :)
Tink is indeed right: I have believed for quite some time now that S13 will most likely be the final season. I’ve thought this because of how the narrative is beginning to tie back to the beginning, through callbacks and a very clear push towards - what I firmly believe - will be a positive endgame.
Narratively there are three acts - or parts - to a story. There can be five, or seven, or however many goddamn acts the writer deems fit for the story they want to tell, but the Alpha and the Omega - Aristotle - divided his story structure into three distinctive parts: the Beginning, the Middle, the End.
So here are my personally cobbled together Acts Specifics:
- Act One sets up all the story elements that will be integral to the narrative.
- Act Two takes these story elements to further explore, deepen and evolve the narrative.
- Act Three reveals the hidden truths of the chosen story elements and delivers on the promise of the premise by answering the thematic question posed in Act One and picked up on with every new Story Beat throughout the narrative.
So, Act Three gives us the juicy bits:
- it’s where the bigger picture is finally beginning to reveal itself
- it’s where the good storyteller will avoid bringing in any new elements that will sincerely jar with what has come before, and instead use all the foreshadowing set up in Act One and furthered in Act Two to provide a Twist that feels unexpected, and yet unavoidable
- The Twist is what sets off the narrative’s movement into Act Three and pushes the momentum of the Plot and Character Arcs towards Climax. (yes, that’s what it’s called) (don’t look at me like that) (or do) (I kinda like it) (*flirty*) (moving on)
To my mind, Act Three of the SPN narrative began with 11x01, because S11 focused so entirely on our Protagonist - that would be Dean - taking huge, huge steps towards his endgame by realising he’s in love with Cas.
This undeniable love is what has facilitated Dean’s character growth since S4, so for him to actually understand his own emotions and being forced to admit them to himself is monumentally important for him reaching his endgame.
Reaching his endgame - self-worth through self-acceptance - will reward him with a long and happy life with the man he loves. Just to be clear.
And, to my mind, admitting his emotions to himself has informed his attitude and actions throughout S12, so the growth spurt of S11 was not for nothing and they kept building on it, giving us tension and confusion and a mixtape.
The Twist that S11 offered us, then, was introducing Amara into the narrative.
- Amara is not something new thrown in last minute
- She is an Act Three Standard as she is in fact a Callback
- She is a Callback to all the women who came before her
- She is what Dean before Cas might actually have been seduced by
- She is everything Dean has always convinced himself he should want, everything any average viewer would assume he does want
- But Dean’s love for Cas is true love and it blocks every last attempt from Amara to control Dean’s heart
Amara’s first purpose in the narrative is to underline Dean’s love for Cas for the sake of us, the audience.
- She is continually a Mirror Opposite for Cas throughout the season
- This places her firmly in the Not What Dean Wants At All Ever Box
- As Cas occupies his Everything I Could Ever Want and Need Box
- Amara is placed in her box in every single scene she shares with Dean
- Yes, even that kiss between them, because it is so very clearly not what Dean wants, which is put in dialogue twice: with Casifer and with Sam
Amara’s second purpose in the narrative is to highlight Dean’s love for Cas in order for Dean to admit to himself how he feels.
- Amara tells Dean they are bonded, tying herself inexorably to Cas’ statement of how he and Dean share a profound bond
- Amara states that she and Dean were meant for each other, intruding on his Free Will as she tries to make him understand there’s nothing he can do and he should just give in
- But Dean’s heart is completely filled up with Cas, and Amara’s Mirror Opposite is only working to make him more and more aware of this
- Because Cas is all Dean cares about, worries about, truly wants
- Amara’s statements are true, just not when applied to her: they can only be applied to Cas
- With one significant difference: Dean would choose Cas in a heart beat, of his own Free Will, no coercion, no tricks, no power plays needed
- And Dean slowly comes to realise this during the seasonal narrative
(Chuck’s face. Chuck’s face. Chuck’s goddamn face! *shipper*)
Dean realising he’s actually in love with Cas is a Big Push Forward for our Protagonist, and as our Protagonist’s Journey moves forward, so does the narrative itself, because without the Journey, the narrative flounders.
So then, that’s my reason for believing we’re in the final stretch here: the journey for every main character is coming to its head. It’s also my reason for not believing they’ll want to drag this narrative out for a whole lotta more seasons.
I find it hard to believe they’d even want to drag it out for two more whole seasons, especially after how S12 ended with every character leaping and bounding forward in their character growth:
- Dean’s walls torn down (or blown to rubble via grenade launcher)
- The brodependency crumbling
- Sam stepping into his shiny Leader of MoL boots
- Cas’ death, that simply must be setting him up for a much needed rebirth
All of the main character arcs aren’t moving at glacier pace anymore, they are fucking snowballing towards endgame.
I can understand that they’d want to go for that 300th episode, however.
After JiB8 and the J2 panel, where both Jared and Jensen spoke positively about, possibly, doing a shorter season (though airily and not really in reference to a final season at all) I’m musing over whether this might be what they’re planning. That episode 300 will be their last.
Jensen mentioned during an on-set interview that they don’t know how long they’ll go for, that they have the studio and network fully behind them, and that, as long as there is a good story to tell, they’re all willing to stay with it. This comment made me feel, more than ever, that they are all invested in this narrative and they know that it’s coming full circle.
They are closing the narrative, they are bringing it home, they are pushing it towards that climactic moment, when the characters have learned all their lessons, when the plot line is ready to reflect this, and the narrative can be tied up in a satisfactory and emotionally fulfilling way.
So even if S13 isn’t the absolute last, I do wonder if we’ll actually get a full S14.
But, hey, these writers are brilliant at what they do. I am in jaw-drop awe of how they have built the Destiel love story for going on 10 seasons now, so I am absolutely certain that if they wanted to go for longer than episode 300, they are all more than capable of delivering something fucking amazing.
And let’s not despair if SPN is actually ending!! Not only will there be Wayward Daughters, I’ve no doubt! The SPN Family will continue and it will flourish! And we’ll have over a decade’s worth of glorious television to watch and watch again and then watch with friends and coerced family and slowly we can brainwash our work colleagues into our obsession until, finally - world domination. All the domination, peeps.
And rainbows. Always rainbows.