2. She completely obliterated the importance of Sam and Dean's relationship.

2. She completely obliterated the importance of Sam and Dean’s relationship.

If you were looking for a show that would completely draw you in, “Supernatural” is it — or rather, it WAS it.

In earlier seasons, people were glued to their televisions watching the story of the Winchesters play out. They were invested in every single detail about the show. Every character had a story and it was exciting to watch those stories unravel. Fans became invested in the “Monster of the Week”  storyline and craved it each and every week.  Most, if not all of the brilliance was thanks to show creator, and then show runner, Eric Kripke. He created an interesting, fun, sexy TV show that was completely destroyed once he was no longer show runner.

The season six premiere, Exile on Main St. was the first episode to have long time Supernatural writer and producer, Sera Gamble as show runner.

She completely butchered the show.

Watching the episode was almost painful and left viewers thinking “this is what I waited months for?” It was a mess from beginning to end. Every episode after that, with a few exceptions, have all been equally painful to watch. It’s sad that this beloved show went from great writing, great storytelling, to just another show on the CW network. It’s become so bad that fans who still watch out of loyalty can tell you how bad it is.

Season 6 of Supernatural -- when Sera Gable took over -- was virtually unwatchable

Season 6 of Supernatural was virtually unwatchable

Gamble was unfortunately show runner for two whole seasons before she “stepped down.” By the time season eight came to be, the show was already doomed. Gamble basically ruined a great thing and then was either fired for it, or just didn’t want to be associated with it anymore. Either way, the integrity of the show was trashed and she is responsible for it. By the time new show runners were in place for season eight, so much damage had already been done to the characters. Plot holes were so huge that in order for it to even be remotely what it was, they would have had to ignore season six and seven and start fresh. Since you can’t erase bad seasons of television, the new show runners were doomed before they even began.

Season eight was a lot better than both seasons six and seven, but still not close to what it once was. The show has fallen so far away from “good television” that it’s sometimes ridiculous to even watch. The actors are still great at what they do, even when their material is awful. And by awful, I mean, when a writer is tweeting fans and answers a question with “that’s from before my time, but I’ll guess its cause’ they have a special bond?” you know the people behind the scenes know less about the show than the people watching it. There’s a point where shows run their course and should be canceled. Supernatural should have ended why, how, and when the original show runner wanted it to. Now I watch the show out of loyalty and will most likely watch it until it does finally end. Until then, it will remain a show with great acting, but absolutely no story.

5 Reasons Sera Gamble ruined “Supernatural”

  1. As soon as she became show runner, her writing declined. She wrote awful episodes; nothing close to the great work she wrote before the regime change.
  2. Completely obliterated the importance of Sam and Dean’s relationship.
  3. Introduced and focused more on new, minor characters than on the main established characters.
  4. Made Castiel too big of a character, which again took away from the foundation of the show, which is the brothers.
  5. Soulless Sam and Leviathans. Two of the worst story arcs to ever be told, and both were done in two separate seasons with her as show runner.

About The Author

Jennifer Dussourd is a Blast Magazine intern from Boston

25 Responses

  1. deeaye

    HOLY SHIT. It’s like you read my fucking mind, this is insane. I agree with everything you said and have nothing more to add. This is perfect.

  2. lazycrazymisfit

    Just how I feel. I stopped watching half way through season 7 when I couldn’t stand it anymore. But now and then I keep peeking back in because I used to love this show so much, it hurts everytime (T_T)

  3. FanSinceEpisodOne

    Seasons 1-5 will forever be the best in the shows history the so called character growth personality wise has been a disappointment because we grew to love the Winchesters original personality… also it has taken too much of a soap theme thats killing the show. I will watch to the end no matter how painful

  4. Peter

    Shes sleeping with jon mc namara and is working on aquarius..maybe shell be ok

  5. Corncat

    And I thought I was the only one to think that the later storylines sucked. Who knew?

  6. Cody

    This may literally be the worst article I’ve ever seen.

    Ninety percent of it is complaining how the show has declined, and yet provides no empirical evidence as to WHY it did. Also, insinuating that Castiel became too big of a character is legitimately illogical: Sam and Dean have been about family. This doesn’t just include their own relationship: it includes other people, too. Families grow.

    The only season I can say is the worst is season ten.

    But really, if you’re going to bash a writer for having declined in skill, you may want to look toward your own articles. It’s nothing but complaints and claims that have no backing whatsoever.

    • William Freeman

      You’re absolutely right. I love this show. Castiels role hasn’t seemed to change THAT much. He still seems a little “behind the scenes”. Castiel is an awesome addition. Kinda do wish he did a bit more. As for Sam and Dean, how has their relationship changed? They still both ride in that chevy, kill monsters, and fight just like brothers do. This article is an absolute joke.

    • allie

      agreed. flaw spotting is fun. but this critique gives no information. the author could have stopped at the headline and offered the same analytical depth. whatever the basis for panning this tv writer—personal grudge, religious ideology, word choice, shark jumping, etc.—this article fails to explain.

    • Robin

      THANK you Cody. Maybe Seasons 6 and 7 were different, but they were still good. And I LOVE the Leviathans. Dick Roman was great. If you want to bash, start with Season 8. Sam didn’t look for Dean, or Cass and turned off his PHONE? And there’s several episodes in 8 that I skip all together. Ep 4, Bitten (werewolf Kate), Ep 15, ex cop man witch with dog, Ep 16, Zeus crap. There are lots of good ones in 8 if you can get past all the Amelia crap, thank goodness for fast forward. And season 8 is when they lightly started with all the political (liberal) nonsense. Season 11 was the beginning of the end. Jeremy Carver and Andrew Dabb are the reason this show bit. They went full throttle with politics in season 10 and demons started becoming comedy relief. NONSENSE. I’ve never been able to get through season 14 and I’ve tried 3 times.

      • Emma

        Agree. Six and 7 were different but I enjoyed them. They had humor. The French Mistake. Clap Your Hands. There were a lot of good ones. I hated that Sam did not look for Dean. None of it made sense. Couldn’t stand Amellia, who we only got to know thru flashbacks. Stupid. I liked S11 only becasue that is when Chuck was revealed. I stop at S14 and refuse to watch S15.

    • Emma

      So true! Who is this? A high school student? It’s so poorly written I can hardly believe it. Just goes to show anyone can get published on the internet. A bunch of bitchin and complaining.

  7. Cindy Baker

    I actually enjoyed every season. I agree 1 through 5 was the best!
    I loved the on screen chemistry that Dean clearly had with Bella, though it seemed to be fuled from anger I certainly could feel the heat in season 3. Bad Day at Back Rock!! That was a fun episode. And again Red Sky at Morning. And then The Mystery Spot was without a doubt a huge hit!! And of coarse Yellow fever!

    Sam seemed to have a crush on Bella as well in Dream a Little Dream of Me 03×10. That was fun to see and nice too.
    And the chemistry with Jo and Dean as well was sweet and refreshing to see.
    But the French Mistake is my favorite and that is season 6 x15 and Appointment in Samaria was awesome 6×11
    Again Dean is trying to rescue his brother.

    I enjoyed the slice Girls in season 7 because I loved seeing how Dean handled being a father 7×13.
    I guess for me season 7 did get a bit on the slow side..
    But that’s okay because it’s the actors. The brothers are who draw me in every time. Every time without fail!! The love they have for one another their unspoken bond, no matter what happens is really something to see!! The connection these actors can bring to life is brilliant!!! The bond they even have with Cas is amazing.
    Yes they all fiight like a married couple but who doesn’t these days!!
    So it’s okay for me because I just keep watching!!

    I guess for me, in honesty I think season 11 was the season I didn’t care for as much. But still continued watching it because I still enjoyed the acting that was always so well done bye all the actors.
    I did how ever love 11×04 Baby! That episode was amazing, I just didn’t care for the direction that they took God, and Lucifer in. It a lot of times seemed a bit corny!!! That’s not at all how I’d picture God acting!!
    I really did enjoy all the seasons before this one!! I loved Black, 10,×01 Reichenbach 10×02 Soul Survivor 10×03, The Executioners song, 10×14 and then of coarse 10×23 Brothers Keeper!!! All excellent in my book!! Every season I know we all agree no matter how we feel about the season the acting is outstanding!!
    Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are both brilliant actors and can both tell a beautiful, warm and heart touching story with just their eyes in literally seconds!!! And I believe Misha Collins is pretty awesome as well with using his eyes to get his point across!!!
    I loved Sacrifice 8×23 the season finale

    I was originally drawn into this show because of the actors before I started, to notices the story line! But quickly became a huge fan of the whole show, and the actors…

    I do love the emotional scenes, , and I see that Dean really misses his mom and struggles with it in his mind!! This is raised again in season 12×03 in the Foundry when Mary tells the boys that she has to leave.
    Dean seems to have trouble excepting that his mom is leaving him again, even though she’s just going to go live her life.
    It’s so heart breaking to see his reaction.
    I just want to hug him and tell him it’s okay, she’ll be back Dean!

    And I hurt for Sam because he never even knew his mom the way Dean did in his 4 years.
    It’s as if these fearless amazing men are still stuck in their minds as the lost small boys who never experienced their own family, their own mother and father, and are still silently struggling with that!, being raised in motels is no way at all for children to be raised. And that does come across so very sad, so I can understand why Dean struggles so much with this, and the love he craved from his dad… And Sam as well..

    They both grew up to be strong, fearless, sweet, and generous to a fault, men but still misses their mom so much!!
    I feel for Dean when he’s telling his mom that he hates her but yet he loves her! In 12×22 that was so heartbreaking to see!!
    Fabulous acting mr. Ackles!

    I don’t see how this is all one writers fault!! There are going to be times when the writers maybe run out Ideas, People are not perfect. And their will be disappointments in life. But I continue to watch this show and support it because I love it.
    This is the best show I have seen in years and look it’s going into its 13th season.. that’s all that counts..
    just enjoy the rest.
    It’s just Television.

  8. Intelligent Shipper

    Poorly researched smear article. She wrote great content before because she had other great producers and showrunners at her flank before. She got thrown under the bus by Robert Singer, who repeated an identical storyline with different labels that tanked season 12 to the exact same statistics, and who is directly responsible for the ratings crash of late season 10. There’s one consistent in all ratings crashes and it isn’t Gamble. It’s Singer. Season 6-7 was minus Kripke, Carver, and Manners and soon lost Edlund for the most part too. There was nothing to offset Singer’s trash fest and labeled showrunner or not she got thrown under the bus. Carver started fixing it in season 8 and almost doubled the ratings out of the gate but had a lot to recover from, the season with the best recovery and statistics was the year Singer was gone from the set entirely, and the season we crashed again was when he stepped forward without Carver again. This is basic freaking trends. Then again I have entire video rants about this shit for a reason. I’m tired of seeing people throw Gamble under the bus like it was entirely her fault. I did at first. Then I realized I was an idiot. But at least I never tried to smear her in an article over knee jerk presumptions.

    • Robin

      Agreed. Don’t even get me started on Season 12. From Mary gazing in the back seat of the car, smiling and remembering hanky panky WHEN HER SON HAS BEEN SHOT AND KIDNAPPED? Are you kidding? Right up to the episode where Sam & Dean were in solitary confinement for like 3 weeks and call Billie to get them out and their reasoning? “It was WORSE than hell”????? That is bar none, the STUPIDEST thing I’ve ever heard on TV. Being in a room by yourself with no torture, no worry about monster attacks, room and board for three stinking weeks is worse than constant torture (for 30 years), hell fire and from what they just LOVE to insinuate, Lucifer rape in the cage? I don’t care if it was 3 weeks, 3 months or 3 years, there’s NO WAY it was worse than HELL. IDIOTS. Whoever wrote that line needs to be drawn and quartered.

  9. Truth Seeker

    Confused how it is a smear article when it is true that she helped write this trash. Even though when she left the ratings started going up again. Carver and Gamble were trash.

    • Robin

      It IS a smear article. You’re writing in 2019, smack dab in the middle of TERRIBLE season 14. Which I’ve never even been able to finish. And I’m willing to bet my car I’ve watched seasons 1-12 more times than you.

      Season’s 1-5 didn’t just have Kripke, they had a giant group of X Files alums from writers, directors, producers, even production accountants and very notably ACTORS. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that us non-teeny bopper Supernatural fans were X-Files junkies. I even went to a convention and met Skinner (Samuel) and Cancer Man (guy who worked at the museum in the Scarecrow episode) way back in ’95. Rufus, Bobby, Crowley, Ash, Ava, Mr. Cooper (at the carnival), first Meg, Azazel and even Eliot Ness was the wonderful Krycek.

      So, Gamble had her work cut out for her. I happen to like 6-7. Souless Sam and the Leviathons? Dick Roman and Benny? GREAT! Season 8 is when it started blowing. There’s a good 3 episodes that I refuse to even watch again. Plus, starting in season 8, they stopped (mostly) with the classic rock. No more AC/DC, Def Leppard, great stuff to Jethro Tull and Supertramp (ick) to no name garbage.

  10. watsonsd1

    Critiques are worthless without specifics. That would be like me saying you’re a bad, bad writer, but failing to cite the aspects of your writing I felt were bad.

    Supernatural struggles, as any show would, from having gone on too long. For me, I always enjoyed the Winchesters as monster hunters. However, redundancy is an obvious threat. To that end, you’ve got to make the show about relationships or minor characters. I recall enjoying the soulless Sam storyline simply because it was new, and I enjoyed the elevated importance of Castiel, who I find a great and often hilarious character.

    Right now I’m bogged down in season eleven, trying to finish the series. For several seasons now it’s been a back and forth battle with Heaven and Hell, and frankly, I’m bored. Castiel has been taken over by Lucifer and Amara is on the prowl while Crowley is trying to be relevant again. I’m sick of the biblical stuff and each of these characters has been knocked down and then gotten back on top so many times that it’s hard to care.

    I don’t recall having that problem back around season six, so I disagree with this criticism. Regardless, it’s got to be hard to write for a show that’s already got six seasons in the books, let alone ten, so I’d say any writers are going to have their work cut out for them.

    • Robin

      Amen! Agree 100%. I do have a gripe that obviously sometimes they (writers) didn’t bother watching the series before writing an episode. Too many goofs later on in that respect. But overall, I’m with you, up to Season 11 I was happy. Amara? Nope, it’s hideous. And I do NOT like Chuck as God, liked him as a writer and prophet. I did love Rowena and her being Crowley’s mother, that was great!


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