How do you stay positive about season 13 when everyone is flying off the handle with rumors right now? I swear a person I follow just claimed that Jack is supposed to be "eye candy" for the "under 20s" crowd because the boys are getting too "old" and he's gonna replace them somehow all because a pic if him in a tan jacket with a tie. She claims he's the "new Cas." She got all this from ONE picture and I am losing my mind because it sounds bat shit crazy. Like, what?
I think you answered your own question :D because… people will always come up with the most ridiculous scenarios. Someone will call me ‘positivity police’ for saying this, probably, but let’s be real: people have always reacted negatively to spoilers and promos and interviews, expecting the Worst™, and that just ended up not happening. One is allowed to have feelings and fears, but there’s a line between fears and… well, expecting that every other character introduced in the show is going to replace Cas as the third most important character in the show (look at Jack in the promo poster for the season… oh, wait, he’s not there). One can wish Cas was in more episodes or that his arc went like this or that, but he’s never been written out/replaced/been put in a female vessel permanently/been given a female long-term love interest/being sidelined while Dean is given a female long-term love interest/etc.
I have made my blog during season 10 but I have been regularly
stalking keeping up with spn blogs since late season 8 and, well, nothing is new. People have always taken every rumor/new casting/speck of dust in the frame as a sign that Cas was going to be cut out of the story or diminished in importance somehow or be played by someone else than Misha (I remember when people said Erica Carroll was going to play Cas because she looked kinda like a female Misha… instead Hannah ended up being played by a man. Glorious). Although I must say that if they’re now saying that Jack is going to diminish the importance of Sam and Dean too, well, that’s new and the person deserves a creative award because I don’t think anyone has ever been afraid of that…
It’s September and it’s That Time of the year: we don’t really know anything but the bits that we’re fed from a table we are not allowed too see yet. It’s like, there’s an entire wedding cake with multiple layers and topped with an array of fruit… and we’re given a blueberry. Yes, the blueberry is part of the cake but also… just one thing. And people are going to speculate that the dessert is a fruit salad or a blueberry pie. Actually scrap that metaphor - it’s like we see all the ingredients (minus some that they keep hidden in the pantry…) that they’ve used to make the cake. We can imagine what the cake will end up tasting like but we can’t really figure out what it’ll be like exactly like from, like, a bag of flour, a carton of eggs, some bags of fruit, a bar of butter… just think of Alexander Calvert as a bar of butter. Or vanillin. Or a slice of mango.
Over the years I’ve seen meta writers on tumblr try to persuade people of a fundamental truth: that promos (the pictures, the videos, just like the interviews and all PR) are misleading. We’ve seen people convince themselves of the most negative scenarios from the few seconds of a clip, and when the episode aired that obviously didn’t come to be true. It has happened over and over. I guess it becomes irritating to see people still jump to conclusions despite a history of promos ending up just very, very incomplete information, but people will be afraid of what they’re afraid. You just gotta roll your eyes and scroll on.
Season premieres always sweep away piles of panicky scenarios. That’ll happen in a few weeks again :)