It’s that time of the year again. And no, I’m not talking about the holidays. It’s about that horrible time of the year when your favorite TV show takes a break, otherwise known as hellatus for Supernatural fans. If you’re a die-hard fan of Sam and Dean, even a short winter break will often feel like an eternity. If you’re going through stages of grief, you are not alone. We’ve come up with a coping plan to make your hellatus a little less difficult.

Stage 1: Denial

It’s probably the first thing you experience when you turn on your TV on Tuesday night and realize that you’re watching a replay episode of Supernatural. You think you’re not affected and that the empty feeling you have will just go away. And if you’re anything like Dean, you’ll keep those feelings bottled up while drowning your sorrows in alcohol. But at the back of your mind, you’ll slowly realize that you are not ready to let go of Supernatural, albeit just temporarily.



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Stage 2: Anger

At this point, you’re probably thinking you do not deserve this. You’ve been a loyal Supernatural fan and you do not understand why your favorite show has to take a break. You start throwing a fit as you impatiently mull over what’s going to happen to Dean and his Mark of Cain dilemma. You may even send a few tweets to vent out your frustration and anger.

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Stage 3: Bargaining

You feel helpless and you’re starting to realize that you can’t do anything about the situation so you start questioning yourself. At some point, you’ll probably beg for spoilers or any information about upcoming episodes and, if you have an unhealthy level of attachment to Supernatural, probably start writing your own fan fiction.


Stage 4: Depression

Seeing how miserable your are, your friends will probably try to convince you to watch something else on television. However, getting Sam and Dean off your mind is easier said than done. My suggestion is to open the floodgates and let the tears flow. If you need a little emotional nudge, just watch “Abandon All Hope,” ” No Rest For The Wicked,” “In My Time of Dying,” and “All Hell Breaks Loose.”  These episodes are guaranteed to make you cry.


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Stage 5: Acceptance

You’ve finally come to terms with all your emotions and the reality that it’s only a matter of time before Supernatural returns.  At this stage, promos and teasers will most likely be available to ease the wait.


Meanwhile, here are more suggestions to cope with hellatus:

  • Buy Supernatural DVDs
  • Catch up on recaps or enjoy a Supernatural marathon with family and friends.
  • Take these quizzes to find out:     

     Which Supernatural character are you?

     Which Supernatural villain are you?

     Which Supernatural angel are you?

     Which Supernatural weapon would you use?

     Who is your Supernatural boyfriend?

     Which Supernatural demon are you?

     Which TV family do you belong?

  • Test your knowledge on Supernatural by playing Trivia.
  • Check out Jason Manns’ “Christmas With Friends” album featuring Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Rob Benedict, Richard Speight and Julie McNiven on iTunes.

Supernatural returns January 20 on The CW.

(Images courtesy of The CW)

Dean Bextor

Staff Writer, BuddyTV