[CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR ALREADY AIRED EPISODES]
When you killed Charlie Bradbury in “Dark Dynasty,” that was
when I knew it was over.
Sure, we’ve had our problems over the years, and until now
I’d been willing to put up with your many faults- no show is perfect, after
all. You still had enough good qualities to keep me interested and entertained.
I still considered you my favorite. We may not have had the best relationship,
but I believed in where we could go together.
I don’t believe that anymore. Killing Charlie was unforgivable. It crossed a line that I
wasn’t sure existed for us. But every good relationship has boundaries and it
turns out that this is mine.
I want you to know that the reason I’m leaving you isn’t just the fact that you killed Charlie. I’m more upset with how and why she died and most upset at what her death represents and what it reveals about the true nature of our
Charlie is killed literally seconds after she has fulfilled
her purpose as resident nerd by uploading the code she has just cracked. Now
that she’s presumably saved Dean’s life by doing what nobody else could do, she
is disposed of. For some reason, she’s left with only a knife to defend
herself, even though we know she’s skilled with a gun. She is gutted, off
screen, presumably with her own knife, by a man associated with Hitler’s Nazis,
and left a bloody heap in the bathtub for Sam and Dean to find and cry over. A
But why would you send Charlie off on her own in the first
place? Charlie is smart. She has survived on her own since she was a teenager
and for the past three years has grown familiar with the dangers of being a
hunter. Since discovering the Book of the Damned, the Styne family- men she
acknowledges as being very skilled and dangerous- have been tracking her and
trying to kill her. She knows it’s
not safe out there.
And what excuse do you give me for why Charlie left on her
own? You tell me she was incapable of being in the same room with another woman
whom she thought was annoying. She was hard at work, trying to save her best
friend’s life, but she can’t handle Rowena (who wasn’t even being that
annoying) who is also working toward the same goal? And then even when Cas,
more babysitter (for two grown women!) than bodyguard, separates them by
putting Rowena in another room (thereby solving his completely contrived problem!)
Charlie still runs off. Expecting me
to buy bullshit like this is one of the reasons we’re breaking up.
But it’s more than that. Charlie’s death, in itself, is
something that I will get over with time. You’ve killed a lot of characters in
our time together, and I’ve stuck around through them all. What makes this time
different, what makes Charlie’s death unforgivable, is everything else that
died with her. Charlie was the 21st recurring female character you
killed. She was the show’s only openly
queer character. Not only was she a fan favorite, but she was a fan stand-in.
Many people in your fan base, including me, identified with
Charlie. We’re smart, nerdy, into fandom, and we love Sam and Dean. And a lot
more of us than you’d think are queer women. Charlie was us. And you killed her. You dumbed her down and the moment you were
done using her you killed her like she was nothing, abandoning her bloody body
in a motel bathtub to overwhelm Sam’s guilt and ramp up Dean’s
self-destruction, launching them into the season’s final two episodes.
You knew what Charlie meant to us, you knew all that she
represented, and still you threw her away. You threw us away. But unlike Charlie, we are very real and you can’t treat
us like this without consequences. If we mean so little to you, why should we
Many of us have left before this. Too much misogyny, too
much queerbaiting, portrayals of girls and young women- especially fan girls-
too insulting and degrading, too many women violently killed in order for your
white male leads to feel pain. And now Charlie, a symbol and stand-in for so
many of us, gone. If this is what we mean to you, don’t be surprised as you
find yourself meaning less and less to us.
Don’t be surprised as ratings continue to fall. “Dark
Dynasty” was the lowest rated episode of your entire 216 episode run. There are
consequences for treating your fans like they’re expendable; you become
expendable to them.
So, Supernatural, we’re breaking up. Please know that I’ll
miss you and that I will remember our good times fondly. But it’s over.
(I mean, call me if Destiel ever goes canon, but it’s not
like I’ll be waiting by the phone for that one.)
I wish I was still proud of us.
P.S. Do you have Wayward Daughters’ phone number? Now there’s
a show I’d like to get to know better.