Supernatural may be The CW’s longest-running show, but it isn’t perfect. All four main characters are men, with many of the side characters also being males. While there is the odd female character that shows up, the show could certainly do more.
Supernatural season 12 has been one of the most positive for females in a long time. It has been full of strong female characters, whether you love Mary Winchester as she found her way in the world 33 years after her death or enjoyed Claire Novak learning more about her capabilities and weaknesses.
We also can’t forget the likes of Ellen and Jo Harvelle, Charlie Bradbury, Jody Mills and Donna Hanscum. In fact, there are calls for a spinoff centered on Jody, Claire, Alex and Donna called Wayward Daughters, making it clear that many fans want to see these strong, independent women.
Why is it that Supernatural needs them? Here are three reasons why the show would be far more interesting.
We’d Get a New Dynamic
Don’t get me wrong; I love the Winchester brothers and Cas. However, I do admit that there is something missing. Mary managed to bring a new dynamic to the show this season. We have a woman who focuses on family, while also ridding the world of monsters so she can get her normal life.
The show is extremely masculine. While there are “BM scenes,” there sometimes could be more emotion and connection to the innocent victims. Men can bring those, but it tends to be harder. When Charlie, Ellen and Jo were around the brothers hunting, they were able to bring out a vulnerable side but still show off their strong characters.
This new dynamic could help keep the show going for years into the future.
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Create a Strong Role Model
The Winchesters aren’t exactly the best role models on TV. To be honest, being female still wouldn’t make them the world’s best, but it would help to show that women can be strong. There is a common misconception that women are weaker than men. While physically that may be true, mentally women can be superior.
We just have to look at the Supernatural season 12 finale to be reminded of that. Mary and Jody worked together to stop Hess and Ketch. Without them, the British Men of Letters would still be terrorizing the American hunters. Young girls had female role models to cheer and support, something that tends to be missing from TV since the days of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed.
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Even Misha Collins has commented in the past that there is a misogynistic element to the show. The strong women such as Ellen, Jo, Ruby and Charlie have been killed, and others such as Jody, Claire and Mrs. Tran have just disappeared into obscurity.
The Chance for a Little Reality in Supernatural
Why is it that almost every hunter we’ve come across on the show has been male? Apart from Mary, Jody and the Harvelles, the majority of people who Sam and Dean meet in the hunting world are men. Considering the size of the country and the indiscrimination of the demons, there should be more female hunters out there.
The Winchesters have some extremely interesting storylines when women are involved. They learn new tricks, new sides to hunting and new levels of compassion. There’s the ability to grow as people and not just as hunters.
Creating these new layers of the Winchesters naturally makes the show more interesting. We get to see a new side to our favorite characters, especially as they build friendships to the point where they trust these strong women to handle situations that they can’t. These are layers that we could never have considered way back in the first season.
A new dynamic would certainly bring more entertainment and excitement to the show. Supernatural season 12 has proven that the show performs well with strong women and there needs to be more of them in season 13.
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