I don't have twitter and I'm seeing posts but a lot of them involve knowing what I'm looking at...can you pls explain the latest spn/Jensen news, pretty please?
Sure! Explanation of the events of the past week (some of these dates might be relative to my timezone, apologies for any errors):
JUNE 24: News breaks that Jensen Ackles and Danneel Ackles’ production company has a prequel in the works focusing on John and Mary Winchester; entire fandom displeased
Fandom ire at the prequel focusing on John and Mary momentarily overshadows the fact that it seems like Jensen Ackles has the rights to Supernatural (!!!) and has ‘five shows in the works’ of which this is only the first
Showrunner is Destiel fan-favourite Robbie Thompson, responsible for such Absolute Banger Episodes as ‘Meta Fiction’ (see more here)
A lot of blowback from absolutely all sides of the fandom - BiBros et al mad that it focuses on Not The Brothers, Destiel fans mad it focuses on Not Resolving Destiel, everyone largely mad it focuses on John Winchester (widely regarded as abusive) and the ‘epic love story’ of John/Mary (canonically forced by cupid magic)
Various cast members including Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, Jake Abel, Ruth Connell and Julie McNiven reply to the article with comments indicating they’d like to be involved
Eric Kripke tweets that Jensen and Danneel are ‘the perfect people’ to take control of this story and Jared is ‘too busy Texas Rangering’ to be involved
JUNE 25: Jared Padalecki tweets about being left out of the loop on the prequel; absolute chaos ensues
See this ask reply for a list of tweets, events and reactions
I’ll also add that this gets large enough to get coverage on Vulture, Variety and other news sources
Robbie Thompson retweets his tweet from 2019 saying ‘I ❤️ you #SPNFamily’ in response to… everything
JUNE 26: A scramble for Jensen, Jared and Eric Kripke to do PR damage control on the Jared issue. Meanwhile, Misha Collins does his best impression of this scene from the Lion King to promote GISH
Eric later deletes all tweets about the issue, which is VERY funny. Man can’t handle the heat!
Very funny contrast between Jared’s ‘have a talk, as we often do’ and Jensen’s ‘miss these talks'
Jensen later changes his twitter header and bio from Supernatural/Dean Winchester to The Boys/Soldier Boys which IS somewhat unfortunate and perhaps deliberate break-up related timing
Jared tweets that he ‘doesn’t want anyone to receive hate or threats’ which is like… Jared YOU started this, YOU tweeted this to your millions of followers
JUNE 26: Jensen Ackles does further damage control by tweeting ‘Canon? we got you’ and linking to this article about what the show might hold, which points out the Problems of John Winchester
See article for further details but this implies Jensen actually does care a lot about doing right by the fans and the narrative canon
This, combined with the fact Robbie Thompson is running it, convinces most Destiel-side fans that the show Might Be Better Than Expected and one CW-approved stepping stone to greater things
BiBros are furious because article is written by ‘known Heller’ Natalie Fisher, who is friends with writers such as Meredith Glynn and Robert Berens
Meanwhile, Steve Yockey references the ‘Steve Yockey is dead?!?’ tumblr meme on twitter in a reply to Ruth Connell
JUNE 27: Gen Padalecki posts an instagram story which may or may not be shady commentary on Jensen Ackles
However, yesterday Danneel Ackles also promotes the Padalecki MLM product on HER instagram - can I just say I simply love the use of a) product promotion and b) instagram stories as tools of warfare and diplomacy
JUNE 28: Various scripts drop thanks to the team at tumblr’s spnscripthunt (go support and fund their efforts if you can!)
Notable changed content includes Castiel telling Dean to ‘parent’ Jack in 14.16 and Castiel texting emojis to Claire in 12.16 (possibly an in-script joke about Dean being attracted to a poodle?)
JUNE 29: News breaks that Chaos Machine Productions was started as ‘Free Will Entertainment LLC’
The name was apparently changed in October 2020 - was that as a result of the 15.19-15.20 filming? Or something else?
The idea that Jensen set up a company called ‘Free Will Entertainment’ to continue telling the story of Supernatural is honestly BONKERS. A lot to unpack here to do with the textual and metatextual narrative of Supernatural that I don’t have time to get into, since there’s about twenty wild implications that could be speculated from that name alone
Stock price on ‘Jackles’ Sexy Silence’, conspiracy that Jensen didn’t like the ending of Supernatural and was quietly plotting to take the narrative under his own control, to bring Dean back to life and possibly to canonise Destiel, reaches historic high
The fact does not go unnoticed that, through coincidence or not, Jensen and Danneel registered the company on a Thursday very close to September 18, the Lazarus Rising/Castiel Anniversary Date when Dean was saved from Hell
JUNE 30: Misha Collins makes a social media post with Castiel art for the last day of Pride Month
Twitter post liked by Robbie Thompson
On his instagram, Misha also puts music on the story of ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’ a song made famous by Elvis and then subsequently Destiel AU Fanfic Twist and Shout
“The song was initially written from the perspective of a woman as “Can’t Help Falling in Love with Him”, which explains the first and third line ending on “in” and “sin” rather than words rhyming with “you” - Wikipedia knowledge obtained via @jurisffiction
Falling… sin… But we don’t have time to unpack all of that-
JUNE 30: 8.17 Goodbye Stranger script excerpt surfaces with Dean’s ‘I love you’ to Castiel
Fandom has long known that the ‘I need you’ was formerly an ‘I love you’ because Jensen believed Dean saying it in that moment to Castiel was out of character - but we did not have the script to prove specific changes
Additional ‘I forgive you’ not included in the episode - the original scene reads as very romantic, since this was Dean absolving Castiel for past crimes and telling him he loves him in the moments before death, as well as ‘I love you’ of course being what ‘broke the connection’ of Naomi’s control
Notably this episode written by Robbie Thompson, the very man Jensen and Danneel chose to helm their next project
JUNE 30: Misha Collins misses his blanky text
To cap all this off, Misha Collins texts fans a selfie of himself at ‘the spare room at Jensen’s apt in Vancouver’, saying he ‘misses his blanky’, implying he has spent many nights there
It has been an open secret that Misha basically shared Jensen’s apartment in Vancouver since around 2018 due to [redacted dubiously obtained information] but it’s never been publicly stated (to be clear, this does not imply anything other than friendship, as actors in Vancouver often share accommodation and Misha had previously couch-surfed at Jared and Jensen’s places)
Cockles shippers go wild. Does the ‘blanky’ refer to Jensen? Was there a reason to send this on the last day of pride month? Will this man ever shut up?
Hope that helps! May this wild carousel of News About A Show That Ended Eight Months Ago never end!
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a lot of kids at henley hall are queer.
this doesn't take long for neil to learn, cause they all seem pretty open about it. and those who aren't, well, they don't seem to care. and -- its not that neil doesn't trust his friends, but he does find it much easier to come out to these kids than the friends he made at a catholic all-boys boarding school. you know ? someday.
anyway. the friends he makes in theater do end up being massive part of him coming to terms with/accepting the fact he's gay, and it's not long before he starts telling them about todd. nervously, at first, but they love to gently tease him about it and they only barely tone it down once neil does start dragging him along to rehearsals.
the first day, todd's content to shyly say hello to all of neil's friends then sit around and watch, but he gets more comfortable chatting with them as coming along becomes more normal. some days its just cause he likes the environment (and being close to neil) and he'll busy himself reading or writing or studying, while on others he helps out wherever he can or laughs along with kids messing around. and of course he still loves to simply watch neil, see how long he can stay focused and in his element before breaking and meeting todd's eyes, turning red and grinning back.
eventually neil's friends wear him down, joking that they're sick of listening to and seeing his pining when it's so obvious that todd likes him back, so he promises he'll confess the night of their first performance. after. if he doesn't forget, and if he's not too tired. it's not a perfect plan, but nobody lets the general excitement over the show (and for neil, neil's first show!!) overshadow forgetting about his promise. they keep reminding him, tonight. you're gonna tell him tonight. remember? right? and he brushes them off, blushing, yeah, yeah, now don't miss your cue.
the show goes well (mr perry never finds out about it), and after a few minutes of celebrating, one of his friends nudges neil. everyone's leaving. go back with your friends, this is your chance. so neil says he's gonna go, tells everyone they did amazing and accepts his last round of praise before rushing out to find his friends. it takes a couple minutes, and he almost turns around to just ask someone else for a ride back, but then he hears it. neil! neil, you did great! neil, over here! and he spots charlie, and keating and todd and everyone else. they all seem to be buzzing with just as much excitement as he is, talking over each other to give him praise. keating eventually gets to pull him aside and say his thing, before giving him permission to rejoin his friends and walk back to the school.
a few minutes into the walk, as they get further away from the crowd, a calm sort of silence falls over everyone, and neil finds himself falling back, walking beside todd. his heart is practically racing out of his chest, his promise echoing in his mind. their hands keep brushing, and neil deliberately bumps their shoulders together, making todd laugh. you did great, by the way. he eventually says. sorry, i'm sure that's all you've heard tonight, but - but really. it's cause it's true. and neil can't help but smile. thanks. it- it means a lot, coming from you. he responds. and what he wouldn't give to stay in that moment forever -- snow falling, their friends ahead laughing, not noticing the two that've fallen behind. todd looking at him like that. and suddenly he realizes they've stopped walking all together, and now they're just standing, waiting for someone to make the first move.
neil is about to, about to keep his promise, but todd beats him to it. by the way, um. i like you, neil. i like you a lot.
and any ounce of fear or doubts washes away when neil doesn't miss a beat, grabbing his hand and saying, good. i like you, too.
they both smile again, and walk back in a comfortable silence, hand in hand.
once they get back to their dorms and have taken off their jackets and shoes, todd only hesitates for a second before kissing neil. once chastely, still nervous, just to see how he'd react. and then neil's smiling, so he kisses him again, hands coming up to neil's face, feeling him smile.
maybe they chat a bit more, giddy and still awake from the adrenaline and cold, or maybe they're tired and promise to talk the next day. regardless, it doesn't take long the next time neil sees his theater friends for him to admit, no, he's not just excited about the show, todd beat him to it and todd likes him back and todd kissed him. todd kissed him! there's a chorus of genuine congratulations, and then of course the teasings of you broke your promise, you took too long!! he beat you to it!? and i told you! i knew he liked you back. but neil doesn't mind, neil doesn't mind at all because he finally thinks, this is it. this is where i want to be.
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