Not sure, but if I had to guess, I’d say it’s due to writer attrition.
(this got long, so i put it behind the break to spare your dashes)
Sera Gamble when asked “do you read the fan reactions online?” (x)
Everyone should go read the full interview at the link, as Gamble serves up some really fasincating details on “how the sausage gets made”, so to speak:
I wrote “Jus In Bello” in a lot less time than we usually have to finish an episode. But I don’t want to make a meal out of it, because this sort of thing happens all the time when you’re making TV. Time runs out, things get shuffled, writers and directors get reassigned, and you write as fast as you can. It’s actually one of my favorite things about the job. I thrive under the pressure of a tight deadline.
And about “Dream” — I have to hand it to Cat. It was a really peculiar concept to be handed in half-baked form, and I hadn’t done an entirely convincing job with the logic of the episode when I handed it over. But Cat tackled it, fixed all the lame bits she’d inherited from me, and made it much better than it was.
Basically my dream weekend would be to sit Sera Gamble down with a tape recorder and a full bottle of scotch, and just listen to her talk about writing for hours.
Wait a minute, nonny. You mean to tell me Sera Gamble didn’t just waltz off the street and into the Writers’ Room after Season 5, screeching like one of those ancient beclawed Furies, “I AM HERE TO DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU LOVE BUT ALSO ESPECIALLY DEAN’S WOOBIE BOYFRAND MUA HA HA”?
Wow. I feel really lied to.
(Seriously though, nonny, you’re absolutely right: She’d been involved with the show’s story from Day 1! Lots of fans seem to forget that, and overlook the fact that Kripke, Singer, everyone trusted her, and for good reason: she knew what the fuck she was doing.)
oh goodie more sera gamble hate
just because i’m preoccupied with gishwhes doesn’t mean i’m not judging you
I hope you don’t mind me publishing this, because I think it’s important information for that portion of the fandom who still thinks Sera Gamble was a terrible showrunner.
The truth is, I guess we don’t really know what Gamble’s like on her own. She had Kripke still breathing down her neck for the first half of season 6. And then apparently we find out that Carver was pushing to wrap up the Leviathan stuff as early as his first line about “bibbing” — which, by the way, occured in “Slash Fiction”, which is, the sixth episode of the season. Yikes.
I’d like to see what Sera could do with a show where she was truly given free reign to do whatever she liked. Because even with all the cooks in the kitchen through seasons 6 and 7, you can see how brilliantly ambitious her ideas were, how she wasn’t afraid to take risks with the story or its characters. Who knows, maybe on her new show.
Sure. We all have different tastes, and different stories and storytelling approaches will appeal to different people. (For example, I really disliked Kripke’s showrunning decisions in S5.) Ain’t no thang.
But calling Gamble a “bitch” or “cunt” that “ruined Dean and Cas/Supernatural/everything that’s good in the world/whatever”, as I’ve seen way, WAY too many fans do? Yeah, not cool. Insta-block.
ETA: Oops, I accidentally published that. Sorry, hope you don’t mind, ladyofthesilent! It’s a good question, though. :)
if you hate sera gamble, i hate you
Sera Gamble fucking rocks. And here, let me tell you at great length why:
I’m not really interested in wading into that specific debate, but I will say this, in a more general context: I don’t agree with the common fandom complaint of “how dare the writers beat up my favorite character”.
The sign of a good character is when the writers put him in situations that will test him. It means they believe that character is both well-crafted enough to shoulder whatever slings and arrows are thrown his/her way, and well-loved enough by the audience for this drama to be found interesting.
That’s because we as audiences crave conflict. How protagonists respond to the conflicts they encounter is what makes them interesting to us — especially when it’s conflict of their own doing. Conflict drives story, and the juicier the conflict, the better the story.
In Season 6, Cas got the juiciest conflict of anyone in Team Free Will – and there were some amazing conflicts that season. In Season 7, Cas’s death is the cornerstone of Dean’s conflict, which is the primary character conflict of the season and what drives the entire thing!
That’s not evidence of “Cas whump”. Quite the contrary – it’s evidence that in the eyes of Sera Gamble and the rest of the writing staff, Cas has been ‘bumped up’ from supporting cast to main protagonist. Supporting characters don’t get centralized conflicts; their conflicts happen mostly off screen, or in snippets sprinkled throughout the story, which serve mostly as a reflection back to the main characters’ conflicts. A protagonist’s conflict, however, gets center stage – just as Cas’s ascent to godhood did in Season 6. And a protagonist’s absence is felt keenly by the other protagonists, and drives them to further action – just as Cas’s death did to Dean in Season 7.
The surest way to get on my nerves is to say some iteration of “That bitch Sera Gamble put my favorite character through hell and therefore she must hate him/her”. It’s rude and entitled, and it means that you (the general you, not you personally watson) think that as a fan, you know better where this story should go than its creators.
Besides, the argument doesn’t even make any sense. Yes, Sera Gamble took some major risks with Supernatural’s storyline, and you (again, the general you) may not have liked what those risks meant for Team Free Will. But it’s frankly ridiculous and childish to argue that because a story’s characters experience conflict, the writer must hate her characters. It betrays an ignorance of how fiction is constructed.
I realize I am not going to make many friends with this answer to your ask, and I hope the vehemence of my reply hasn’t offended you, my-dearest-watson, when you so graciously sent me a non-anonymous question. (This anger isn’t targeted at you or anyone you may have linked to, I swear.) But I’ve been waiting for someone to make this argument for a while now, and nobody ever has, and so I suppose it’s up to me to do it instead, no matter how many followers I lose.
You know what would’ve been real evidence that Sera hated Cas? If, after he disappeared to Heaven, she never brought him back on the show, and he and his contributions were never mentioned again by any of the characters. That would’ve been something to be pissed off about.