Sad news for the Supernatural fandom.
Fan-favorite writer Robbie Thompson has announced that he’s leaving the CW show after five seasons:
— Robbie Thompson (@rthompson1138) May 6, 2016
The Supernatural fandom wasted no time in flooding Robbie with good wishes and thank you tweets for all his work over the years. Among the reasons Robbie was loved so much are his original ideas for some of the craziest meta episodes, the addition of Charlie Bradbury (and his good treatment of women and LGBT characters) and emotional musical montages like the ones seen in ‘Goodbye Stranger’ or ‘Don’t Call Me Shurley’. As a homage to him, we have chosen our 5 favorites Supernatural episodes written by Robbie Thompson:
5. LARP and the Real Girl (Season 8 Episode 11)
Just look at that picture. Do I really need to give any further exploration? ‘LARP and the Real Girl’ wasn’t only the second episode to feature Charlie Bradbury and her geekiness, but it was also an opportunity for Sam and Dean to take a break and have some fun for once. The medieval and LARPing setting, the first lesbian kiss of the series or Dean’s Braveheart-inspired speech made for a very fun and entertaining episode to watch.
4. Pac-Man Fever (Season 8 Episode 19)
I actually struggled to decide between ‘The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo‘ and this one. While the former was the official introduction of Charlie Bradbury, ‘Pac-Man Fever’ delved more into her sad backstory, built the character and made her relationship with the Winchesters much stronger. The final scene with Charlie reading The Hobbit to her comatose mother still bring tears to our eyes.
3. Don’t Call Me Shurley (Season 11 Episode 20)
We recently stated that ‘Don’t Call Me Shurley’ was the best myth-centric episode of we have gotten in years. We finally got confirmation on Chuck being God, and his conversation with Metatron was nothing but perfection. Other elements like the final montage with Rob Benedict‘s song, Curtis Armstrong‘s emotional performance or the return of the Samulet were just the icing on the cake.
2. Fan Fiction (Season 10 Episode 5)
Supernatural is no stranger to going full-on meta. To name a few examples, ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ or ‘The French Mistake’ pretty much destroyed the fourth wall. In ‘Fan Fiction’, it was almost as if Sam and Dean were becoming self-aware of their fictional lives. The show put the story aside to pay homage to the community that has been growing around the show for years, from cosplaying and conventions to singing songs and references to Destiel. ‘Fan Fiction’ was a big “thank you” letter to the fandom for remaining so supportive after 10 seasons.
1. Baby (Season 11 Episode 4)
If ‘Fan Fiction’ was a love letter to the fandom, ‘Baby’ was a love letter to the show itself. The Impala, better known as ‘Baby’, has been a symbol of the show since the beginning of the series and the fandom had been asking for an Impala-based episode for a while. ‘Baby’ was a monster-of-the-week episode told from the car’s perspective. Sam and Dean having a heartfelt talk about their childhood or a hilarious scene in which Dean fought a monster while Castiel was on speakerphone were some of the highlights of the episode. After I finished the episode, all I could think was “THIS is the Supernatural I fell in love with”.
It’s always sad when such a talented writer leaves the show. The Supernatural fandom already suffered a similar loss with Ben Edlund‘s departure back in 2013. It’s now time to say goodbye to Robbie, but, more than anything, a big thank you for offering us your point of view of the story and giving us such wonderful episodes. You will be missed!