Beware! Supernatural spoiler below!
After just finishing its tenth season, Supernatural’s stars and writers attended San Diego Comic Con to hype up season eleven and give fans a chance to ask their long-burning questions about the series. It’s no secret that Supernatural has a predominately female fan base, and yet the cast of the show remains all male after all these years. Women characters have rarely lasted more than a few episodes, so when Charlie Bradbury (Felicia Day) kept showing up fans got really excited. Do we finally get a long running female character as an island of estrogen amidst the monotonous testosterone sea? NOPE! She died and fans are pissed.
At SDCC, the Supernatural panel was held in Hall H with roughly 6,500 people in attendance. The panelists included writers Jeremy Carver and Andrew Dabb, series cast members Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Mark A. Sheppard, and moderated by “Ghostfacers” Rob Benedict and Richard Speight Jr. When it was time for audience members to ask questions, one kicked the panel in the balls in all the right ways by asking, “Considering that women have often been used to further the plot of male characters, why was the decision made to kill Charlie and dump her in a bathtub?” The crowd went wild, me included because I’ve wanted to ask that question for so long! Finally someone asks the writers about this in a public place where they can’t dodge it. The panel’s response? The moderators duck down behind the podium, Padalecki completely turns his chair around, Ackles scoots his chair way back and puts his feet up on the table, the others turn their backs pretending to be distracted, leaving writer Jeremy Carver to fend for himself. I could not have been more pumped!
Carver stammers and sputters for about a full minute before saying that he doesn’t really have an answer, and that Charlie dying is ‘where the story took them.’ His lack of an answer tells us everything we need to know. There is no good reason other than Charlie is a woman they ultimately don’t give two poops about. You can watch this glorious kick in the balls at approximately 35 minutes in the video below. Ackles tries to help Carver out after a few minutes by saying that we should be happy with the fact that we got Charlie for more episodes than originally planned, and I call bullshit. I don’t blame Ackles for trying to help out his friend who was sinking under the pressure but that is the most craptacular answer. Wasn’t Castiel only supposed to be around for a few episodes, too? Yet he’s still here, years later. Thank you, audience member Abigail, for asking this question and making my day.
This is the Action Flick Chick, and you’ve just been kicked in the ass!
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