Supernatural creator, Eric Kripke took the stage on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Supernatural Convention. It was a rare appearance for the man known as Joss Whedon’s love child, and yet the room was pretty empty. (Most people waiting for Sunday and the arrival of “the boys.”) To the man’s credit, he not only stayed to answer all of the questions the fans had for him, but then he signed autographs for free for everyone in the room and he looked thrilled to do it.
KRIPKE TAKES THE STAGE
Throughout his talk, two things were fairly obvious.
1. He loves the fans but we make him crazy. Funny, Jensen made a similar remark about golf!
“I want to make you guys happy,” he proclaimed. “But you’re never happy. It’s so quixotic!”
2. He spends way too much of his day dealing with the bureaucracy of TV production and not enough on the creative end where he’d like to be.
Over and over, he expressed his frustration at having to cut scenes due to budget, lose actors due to other commitments and generally produce a product that is a compromise in so many ways. The Gordon storyline was a great example.
BEWARE SPOILERS MAY BE FOUND IN THE GREAT BEYOND
At one point in the season, the boys found out that Gordon had a roadhouse connection who ratted out Sam. This sent Gordon on a rampage and to his eventual death. Kripke explained that the mysterious roadhouse connection was a character we never met, a surly hunter who had a small run-in with Dean which was blown out of proportion. These scenes, however, never made it to air. Next, Kripke wanted to draw out the storyline of Gordon and the other hunters gunning for Sam, but the Lifetime Network had something to say about that. Sterling K. Brown, who played Gordon, was under contract to Army Wives, so Lifetime made a deal. You can have him for two episodes and no more. It was that ruling that made Kripke decide to send the volatile vampire hunter out in a blaze of glory.
Much to Kripke’s delight and chagrin (there’s that paradox again!), the Supernatural fans asked plenty of detailed meta-style questions about the mythology behind the series. There was much talk of Lilith, whom he assured us was a mix of all of the Lilith mythology, biblical and otherwise. “Destroyer of children and temptress of men,” but since she’s going to stay as a 10-year old girl for the rest of the season, Kripke figures it will mostly be the destroyer of children part and not so much the temptress of men! He did say she was going to do all sorts of “creepy shit” and the cliffhanger at the end of the season would leave us all wanting to have to his head.
Speaking of which, when asked if he’d cut back on the gore level he gleefully replied, no! It’s his favorite part and he mentioned the legend of Doc Benton which is full of hearts and goo and . . . well, he looked positively orgasmic at the thought. Yikes.
When talk turned to the women of Supernatural, Kripke did admit to making two mistakes with Bella. “She made the boys look foolish a few too many times and she wasn’t part of the mythology.” To correct at least one of these errors, he assured the crowd that Bella would get her comeuppance at the hands of the boys very soon.
As for Ruby he said, “if you don’t like her, tough.” Apparently, she’s not going anywhere.
Soon the conversation turned to thoughts of the fourth season. Kripke’s reply was concise. “All singing. All dancing. All nude!” The audience cheered with delight, of course. We’re nothing if not predictable.
Kripke also confirmed that he’s still planning to pull the plug after season five so the show can go out on a proper finale. “Season six would be the boys go to Hawaii and meet Vincent Price and then Dean would get on a motorcycle and literally jump a shark.”
The crowd was not pleased with the answer but he backed it up by saying that Jensen and Jared were also good with ending at five. [EDITED: See Comment from "Cindy" below].
My favorite, oh so Kripke moment, came when a fan asked him about when he decided to become a screenwriter. He said that at age 9 he went to see ET and spend the whole time watching the audience watch the movie and he was so fascinated by the effect a film could have on people he told his mother he wanted to make movies when he grew up. Prior to that, his goals were a tad less ambitious. Says Kripke, “I wanted to be a fish, a stop sign and then a filmmaker.” Though the fan suggested his mother must be proud, I think she would have preferred he be a stop sign — saving lives and all that, you know.
I’ll wrap this up with a final thought from Kripke that I wish came with an audio file, because seeing it flat on the page here just doesn’t do it justice. He was asked about why Dean keeps dying on the show and his answer was giving in that way he has of being both flip and sincere at the same time.
“In a show about brothers who will die for each other. . . sometimes they do!”
Stay tuned, I’ll have more con coverage for you very soon.
Creation expressly forbid audio or video taping of the events, so even though some small bits have popped up online, my recaps are from my notes only and thus the direct quotes are minimal.
Kripke at the con is mine. :)
“Fresh Blood” — Pictured Sterling K. Brown as Gordon and Katie Chapman as girl star in SUPERNATURAL on The CW. Photo Sergei Bachlakov/The CW © 2007 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
“Red Sky at Morning”– Pictured (L-R) Jensen Ackles as Dean and Lauren Cohan as Bela star in SUPERNATURAL on The CW. Photo Sergei Bachlakov /The CW © 2007 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved