NIGHTSKY: This is the only question I am going to ask you about Supernatural's current seasons [i.e. after you left the writing staff].
NIGHTSKY: 300 [Supernatural’s 300th episode, “Lebanon” 14.13]. Did you see it?
ROBBIE: Yes. It was terrific; I thought it was fantastic. I’ve written one of those milestone episodes and I think they’re really, really hard. I thought they did a great job. What you want to do is give what the fans want. For my money, even just seeing Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the promos - I mean, I was done at that! They could have just run that promo for 52 minutes! It was so great to see those actors get to play those moments in and out of whatever context you want to say it’s in. It was just - it was really exciting to see.
NIGHTSKY: It was beautiful.
ROBBIE: I thought it was beautiful. That’s the exact right word. It was beautiful.
NIGHTSKY: Because you wrote the 200th [“Fan Fiction” 10.15], did you see anything in the 300th that was a different perspective - something that you wouldn’t have been able to do 100 episodes earlier?
ROBBIE: I don’t know. I would say yes just because so much has transpired in those 100 episodes. At the same time, whether it was episode 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 or 600, seeing the Winchester family - I think that context, no matter where you are [in the series] - is pretty amazing. So, I don’t know. That’s a great question, but I don’t know if I can successfully answer that in full context. I definitely think that waiting longer makes [Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s return] a richer experience because I don’t know a fan who didn’t want to see that.
I mean, even when Mom came back it was like, “Holy sh*t!” It’s such a strange combination of relief and dread on a show like Supernatural when a character comes back, because you’re like, “Oh God, are they gonna die again?” You know? But I remember I was leaving [the show] the year that Mom came back and I was so jealous of all the writers who got to write that character, and in the context that they brought her back too, which [was] really interesting - to see her boys grown up and to see them become not necessarily what she wanted for them. An interesting dynamic with John as well - to see his perspective on the kids and where they are. Again, to just see them as a family.
I’m not a fanfiction writer—I’ve never delved into that—but that’s the fanfiction I would want to write. Just to see them as a family. I’m a big fan of The Twilight Zone, and What If comics from Marvel, or Elseworlds from DC, where you’re seeing an alternate reality, [so] to see them all together, no matter what the circumstances, I just thought was really special.
NIGHTSKY: (teasing) You are a fanfiction writer. You’re a professional fanfiction writer.
ROBBIE: Yes...yeah. Someone pointed [that] out to me. I was like, “Oh, I’m not a fanfiction writer” but they [said], “You wrote the Wizard of Oz episode of Supernatural, which is an interpretation of that story.” I guess I just mean I’ve never written Supernatural fanfiction in the medium that it is usually written. Does that make sense?
ROBBIE: I just did it on the show.
NIGHTSKY: Yes. You got to define the canon and everyone else interprets the canon.
ROBBIE: I guess it’s all fanfiction in the end.
NIGHTSKY: It is.
ROBBIE: I guess I meant since I’ve never written anything on - what’s it called? AO3? - or whatever it is. That’s the stuff that I would’ve wanted to write. What would they have been like as a family? Not “what if they hadn’t been hunters” but “what would they work like as a family?” My favorite stuff is the family dynamics, and the absence of that has been what’s defined Sam and Dean for so long. Then the families that they’ve made as a result of that absence has really helped define the show. So, to see the original, nuclear, organic family back together? If you love that show, it’s just hard not to get choked up looking at the images. I know some people were like, “I wish I didn’t know” [the spoiler that Jeffrey Dean would be in the 300th]. I think that’s a hard secret to keep, especially with this fandom. Those guys go on a plane ride anywhere and everybody seems to know. So, I thought it was smart that they just embraced it. “We’re bringing him back. The Winchester family is going to be coming back.” I thought it was special.
Excerpted from: Nightsky. 2019. "Exclusive Interview with Robbie Thompson: A Supernatural Memoir from B. G.'s Canteen - Part 1." The Winchester Family Business, October 1.
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Fröstelnd geht die Zeit spazieren.
Was vorüber schien, beginnt.
Chrysanthemen blühn und frieren.
Fröstelnd geht die Zeit spazieren.
Und du folgst ihr wie ein Kind.
Geh nur weiter. Bleib nicht stehen.
Kehr nicht um, als sei's zuviel.
Bis ans Ende musst du gehen.
Hadre nicht in den Alleen.
Ist der Weg denn schuld am Ziel?
Geh nicht wie mit fremden Füßen,
und als hätt'st du dich verirrt.
Willst du nicht die Rosen grüßen?
Laß den Herbst nicht dafür büßen,
daß es Winter werden wird.
An den Wegen, in den Wiesen
leuchten, wie auf grünen Fliesen,
Bäume bunt und blumenschön.
Sind's Buketts für sanfte Riesen?
Geh nur weiter. Bleib nicht stehn.
Blätter tanzen sterbensheiter
ihre letzten Menuetts.
Folge folgsam dem Begleiter.
Bleib nicht stehen. Geh nur weiter.
Denn das Jahr ist dein Gesetz.
Nebel zaubern in der Lichtung
eine Welt des Ungefährs.
Raum wird Traum. Und Rauch wird Dichtung.
Folg der Zeit. Sie weiß die Richtung.
"Stirb und werde!" nannte er's.
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