If you have also been traveling on “The Road So Far,” then you’d know Supernatural has introduced no shortage of memorable recurring characters over the course of its already aired twelve seasons. That said, you’d think one or two of them would be ripe for a spinoff, but, originally, The CW intended on going in a different direction.
Perhaps you’ll be able to recall the “Bloodlines” episode from season 9, which, if you were unaware, was the network’s first attempt at a backdoor pilot. By that, we mean characters and concepts were introduced in the flagship series, with the intention of paying them off in the planned spinoff.
As it turned out, the experiment didn’t go over well with fans as it was more similar in tone to The Vampire Diaries instead of the series it was meant to complement. Not only that, but it violated rules already established by the longstanding mythology (example: a shapeshifter being able to change in the blink of an eye, something only the Alpha would’ve been able to do). So, thankfully, those plans were scrapped, but the network remained keen on the idea of a Supernatural spinoff if someone were to ever get the formula right.
With that, we’re pleased to say the second attempt at doing so sounds much more organic, with Wayward Sisters set to feature Jody Mills (played by Kim Rhodes) as the lead, who’s undoubtedly one of the more popular guest characters Supernatural has yet produced. And, just as was the case with “Bloodlines,” this’ll get its own backdoor pilot to be aired in the upcoming thirteenth season.
Here’s what’s known about the plot, according to Deadline:
[Wayward Sisters] tells the story of Sheriff Jody Mills (Rhodes) and a group of troubled young women, all of them orphaned by supernatural tragedy. Under Mills’ training and protection, the women will emerge as a supreme monster-fighting force. Unlike the original series, which centers on a biological brothers, Wayward Sisters is about a sisterhood of girls in a foster family. The spinoff hails from a quartet of Supernatural writers-producers, showrunners Andrew Dabb and Robert Singer as well as Phil Sgriccia, Robert Berens.
After reading that, it’s hard not to argue with the assumptions that Claire Novak, Alex Jones and possibly even Donna Hanscum will also factor heavily into the Supernatural offshoot. Either way, be sure to stay tuned, as we’ll no doubt have more to report on this front over the course of the next year.