Supernatural is attempting another spin-off. Its first attempt, Supernatural: Bloodlines failed. It was a muddled mess that didn’t follow the rules of the universe. It wasn’t particularly well-written, it wasn’t intriguing, and it wasn’t, and this bit’s important, anything anyone asked for. I bring up Bloodlines, because I believe (and hope so hard) that Wayward Sisters will be a very different case. Rather than trying to introduce us to characters we’ve never met, this will do the usual spin-off thing and revolve around characters we’ve already grown to know and like. And it’s a show fans have asked for. Some details may have been altered, but the basic premise seems to have remained. It goes something like this:
Sheriff Jody Mills, with help from Sheriff Donna Hanscum, trains her adopted daughters, Alex and Claire, and other troubled young girls and women, like Patience Turner and Kaia Nieves, to hunt the supernatural.
Like Bloodlines it will be a backdoor pilot, doubling as the tenth episode of Supernatural‘s upcoming 13th season. As I understand it, it will be the first episode to air when the show returns from its mid-season break.
For anyone who’s curious about this female-led Supernatural spin-off, but is unfamiliar with the show (or just wants a little refresher), here are all the pertinent episodes: the must watch’s, the character arcs, and the good-to-know’s. A fair few of them crossover, so I did look into each character’s perspective. There’s also a tiny bit of information on the newcomers, but they haven’t dropped a ton of information about them yet.
The numbering refers to how important it is to watch the episode. I enjoy any Jody or Donna episode, and it would probably be good to watch all of these, but I get that it’s a lot, so the numbers specifically refer to how informative they are. It doesn’t mean to indicate quality.
Let’s start with protagonist Jody Mills:
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (05×15)
Jody’s first episode. It gives a ton of backstory and goes a long way to explain her character’s motivation. She’s the sheriff of the town of Sioux Falls and had a happy family that was ripped away from her by supernatural forces.
Bobby Singer, who acts as a father figure to Supernatural‘s two leads, Sam and Dean Winchester, has had run-in’s with her before. She meets the Winchester brothers and learns the truth about things that go bump in the night. She discovers the town she protects is being taken over by zombies.
By the end of the episode she’s kicking those things in the ass and has become an ally to Bobby, Sam, and Dean.
Weekend at Bobby’s (06×04)
We see just how far Jody is willing to go to help Bobby hide his paranormal hunting from the authorities (I ship it). She catches him with a dead body, but immediately assumes that it’s an evil creature.
She also reluctantly helps Bobby’s hunting partner, Rufus, escape from jail.
Hello, Cruel World (07×02)
Jody is recovering from an appendectomy in a hospital, and realizes there’s something not right with her doctor (turns out he’s a Leviathan). She starts to do some very hunter-esque research of her own. When he discovers that she knows the truth about him, he tries to knock her out, but when he leaves her unattended, she manages to call Bobby, who sneaks her out of the hospital.
Slash Fiction (07×06)
Jody goes to Bobby’s house to thank him for saving her. She gets him to agree to let her cook him a meal as a thank you.
In the basement, Bobby has a Leviathan tied to a chair, but can’t find any way to kill it. Then some sort of liquid drips from above them and begins burning the Leviathan. Bobby runs upstairs. to find Jody cleaning something off the floor. The cleaning solution seeped through to the basement below. Bobby is so excited that he kisses Jody, and I continue to ship them so fucking hard.
He gives her the severed head of the Leviathan after he later cuts it off and asks her to throw it into the river, which presumably she does.
Time After Time (07×12)
This is two episodes after Bobby’s death, and Jody calls Sam, asking if she can help him with anything. Sam’s just lost Dean, who’s trapped in the past, so he asks if she can help him look through some old files to try and find where Dean is and bring him back.
Together they find a summoning ritual to bring Dean back and figure out exactly where Dean will be and at what time, and manage to return him to the present.
Jody briefly appears in a scene where she’s on a blind date with Crowley. He tries to kill her remotely through a hex bag, and uses her potential death to get something from the brothers. They give in to save her.
Rock and a Hard Place (09×08)
Jody goes to the Winchesters after several people go missing. She combines her sheriff and hunting skills to discover what the monster is (a goddess). After it captures Dean, Jody and Sam go hunting it.
Sam is incapacitated and Jody get the brunt of a beating, but continues to struggle with the goddess, who stabs her in the shoulder (and my heart fucking stopped, because I thought she was stabbed a little lower). The goddess then turns her attention to Sam, at which point Jody manages to stab and kill her from behind. Like a rock star.
Annie Alex Alexis Ann (09×19)
Here we go! This is really where Wayward Sisters started to take shape. Jody kills a vampire and rescues a young girl, Annie, who the vampire was holding captive. And Annie’s furious.
Jody discovers the vampires are using Annie as bait, but Annie views the vamps as family and acts cold toward Jody. But when the vamps capture Jody and tell Annie to feed from her, so Annie will become a vampire herself, she’s hesitant and instead incapacitates her “mother” vampire.
Sam and Dean take out the other vamps, and Jody decapitates the mother. They cure Annie of her partial transformation.
Annie’s real name is actually Alex, and she goes back to her original moniker. Because Alex and Jody have both lost their families, Jody adopts Alex.
Hibbing 911 (10×08)
And THEN Jody met Donna Hanscum. Donna had only been in one episode previously, but was so unbelievably lovable, that she soon became a fan favorite. And she’s a sheriff and Jody’s a sheriff, so it only made sense to send them off to a sheriff convention where they meet and become best friends.
Jody isn’t immediately won over by the bubbly Donna, but by the end she can’t help but be impressed by her.
This episode features them fighting vampires (again), which takes Donna a while to get her head around. Jody’s been dealing with the supernatural for sometime now, but Donna’s still new to it all.
Though Jody calls Sam and Dean for backup, Donna’s the one that saves Jody from the main vamp. Jody offers to teach Donna how to hunt the supernatural. Considering that it’s been announced that Donna will also be a regular on the show, this turns out to be an important exchange.
Don’t You Forget About Me (11×12)
At this point, Claire has joined Jody and Alex’s household (we’ll get into that in Claire’s section), but Claire’s not happy about it and wants to strike out on her own and hunt. Jody invites the Winchesters over, hoping they’ll talk some sense into her.
Meanwhile, there’s monster trouble at Alex and Claire’s school. There’s (ANOTHER) vampire on the loose. Jody gets badly injured and Claire is abducted. Turns out this vamp blames Alex for the death of another vampire and is out for revenge. He bites Claire with the intention of turning her, before Sam and Dean arrive to stop him. Claire carries out the final kill herself and is spared of a vampire transformation.
The next morning things are a little gentler in the household, and Claire realizes that letting Jody teach her a little more about hunting may not be the worst thing in the world.
Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox (12×06)
Sam and Dean casually stop by Jody’s after a hunt. While there, Jody gets news of a friend’s death, Asa Fox, a legendary hunter. The brothers offer to drive her to where the hunters are gathering to pay their respects.
Sam and Dean’s recently resurrected mother shows up, and Jody mildly fangirls over her.
Later, they discover someone is being possessed by a demon. It jumps between several hunters before it finally possess Jody. Mary tries to stab her, but the demon is too strong, turning the room of hunters into chaos, before, together, they manage to exorcise the demon.
Who We Are (12×22)
Mary’s been brainwashed by an organization known as the Men of Letters and she’s killing hunters. Unable to get ahold of Jody, Sam And Dean hurry to warn her in person.
Jody helps Sam, and the other hunters they gather, to storm the Men of Letters’ headquarters. Jody shoots and kills the woman at the head of the organization.
That’s it for Jody so far.
Moving on to Donna Hanscum:
The Purge (09×13)
While investigating a strange death, Sam and Dean first meet Sheriff Donna Hanscum.
Following the trail of the monster, they meet Donna again. This time she’s on vacation at a spa. She falls asleep during a “cupping” session thing (where they place warm cups on her back). While she’s asleep, a monster sucks fat out of her. She notices that she’s lost weight and mentions it to the Winchesters, who find this is a vital clue to figuring out who the monsters and what they’re doing (I still can’t hear the phrase “fish taco” without giggling).
Hibbing 911 (10×08)
This episode is almost more about Donna than it is about Jody (though it does feel more like it’s from the latter’s perspective).
Like I said before, Donna only just learns about the supernatural in this episode, and Jody offering to teach her seems to align with what the spin-off is supposedly about. And Donna starts chopping off vamp heads as soon as she finds out what they are. So that’s pretty cool.
Donna’s investigating a guy in a rabbit head (that doesn’t come off) who’s been killing people. She calls Sam and Dean, worried it may be some sort of spook.
When the wearer is killed and the head comes off, Donna blames herself for not being able to help the young man inside. But the killings continue, perpetrated by other strange figures. They eventually discover a vengeful spirit is behind the attacks. Donna helps burn the costumes the spirit was tethered to, so he’ll be forced to pass on.
There’s also a pseudo-love interest for her in this episode that the writers may or may not pursue. His name is Doug (not to be confused with her ex-husband of the same name).
And those are the only episode Donna has been in. Yet she’s had a huge impact on the show and its fans.
Now for the girls. First up Alex Jones. All of her episodes feature Jody, but I’ll shift perspective:
Alex Annie Alexis Ann (09×19)
I think a large part of the reason Wayward Sisters has gotten greenlit as far as it has, is up to this character in this episode.
Sullen teenager is one thing, but Alex manages to be layered both in writing and performance. She suffers a sort of Stockholm Syndrome for much of the episode and is eventually won over by Jody. While her turn around may seem a little quick, I think Jody has a great deal of humanity about her, something that Alex would have been missing with her vampire family.
Don’t You Forget about Me (11×12)
This episode does a lot to establish Alex and Claire’s sister-like relationship, and almost works as a pilot in itself. It’s the promise of the premise. We see their family life, their school life, and how that will have to be balanced with the monsters they encounter.
Alex’s boyfriend does turn out to be evil and working with a vampire, but other than that she’s doing pretty well. Alex seems like the character who most wishes this family unit could be normal. She likes living with Jody, but does she really want to be a monster hunter? It’s a question the series may explore.
Who We Are (12×22)
Alex isn’t in this episode a whole ton, but we get to see that she supports her surrogate mother going out and saving the world and has every confidence that she’ll come back (while, personally, I had a terrible dread they were gonna kill off Jody. So glad that wasn’t the case). Alex even seems a little proud of Jody.
Claire Novak will also be a regular:
The Rapture (04×20)
This episode happens when Claire is a little girl and played by a different actor. It shows the repercussions that the angel Castiel’s possession has on Jimmy, his vessel, and Jimmy’s family.
For the most part Claire is just a bewildered little girl, trying to understand what’s happening with her father and between her parents. When Claire is kidnapped at the end, a furious Jimmy asks where Castiel has gone, and why he won’t protect the family he’s tearing apart.
Jimmy gets shot, trying to rescue his wive and daughter, and Castiel possesses Claire, so he can rescue the family. Castiel then possesses Jimmy again and leaves the Novak family, who are never to be heard from again. Until:
The Things We Left Behind (10×09)
Well, Claire hasn’t exactly turned into a well adjusted teenager (understandable), and she’s being kept in a holding cell. She’s very angry and aggressive and has no trouble letting Castiel know just how much damage he’s done to her and her mother (who left, forcing Claire to live in foster homes). And Jimmy is proper dead dead at this point, Castiel is just using his body as a vessel.
Cas(s) tries to get custody of Claire, but it doesn’t go over well. So he breaks her out. Castiel thinks they should stick together, but Claire, manages to make a getaway.
Castiel finds Claire just as she’s about to rob a convenience store at gunpoint. She then threatens to kill Sam and Dean (who are with Castiel at this point). After refusing to accept Castiel’s apologies, she runs off again.
Claire’s been working with a Fagin-like character, Randy, who’s gotten himself into some financial trouble. She pulls a gun on his attackers, but is quickly disarmed. He trades them Claire instead. She fights off a man who moves in to assault her.
Castiel and the Winchesters show up and Cas(s) finds Claire almost immediately. He takes her out to the Impala (the Winchesters’ car) and comforts her. Much like a father.
Dean kills Randy.
The Hunter Games (10×10)
Castiel comes to see Claire who’s staying in a motel. He explains he wants to help her have a normal life, but she thinks that impossible. They argue about Dean, whether or not he’s a killer (she still thinks Randy wanted to protect her), and she storms away.
Cas(s) asks Dean to talk to Claire, so Dean leaves her a message. When she hears it, Claire tries to come up with a “permanent” way to deal with Dean. She calls him to set up a meeting. Two of Claire’s friends attack Dean when he shows up, but Claire has a change of heart and warns him they’re there. He’s able to easily fight them off and looks like he may attack them. Claire screams for him not to, and Dean contains himself long enough to storm off.
Cas(s) finds Claire later. She admits she wants to do better and keep in contact with Castiel. But for now it’s good-bye.
Angel Heart (10×20)
Sam, Dean, and Castiel find Claire staying at another motel. Cas(s) is still trying to make amends, giving her gifts he thinks a child would like.
The trio bring Claire with them as they investigate a strange murder. Sam and Cas(s) end up finding Claire’s mother, badly injured, while Dean and Claire are away playing miniature golf. Claire seems to have a better understanding of her father’s sacrifice and that Cas(s) is trying to do his best. Then Dean realizes what they must be hunting.
They return to find Cas(s) with Claire’s mother. Dean and Cas(s) go off to rescue Sam, who’s been captured, and Claire embraces her mom. The creature who captured the mother appears, and Claire tries to shoot him, to no avail. He moves to stab Claire, but her mother jumps between them, getting stabbed herself.
Cas(s) appears to destroy the creature, but Claire’s mother dies, saying good-bye to her daughter. At which point the boys finally think: JODY. Send her to Jody. Which they do.
Don’t You Forget About Me (11×12)
Claire’s not doing as well at school as Alex. She’s had some time to settle in with her and Jody, but Claire finds it harder to adjust. She’s not as popular, not as content. She tortures Alex as best she can, but the trouble is that Alex is mostly happy and Claire isn’t. And where Alex seems to lean away from hunting, it’s all Claire wants to do.
Jody and Claire get attacked by the vamp, and Claire is taken. This is that episode where Claire is bitten and kills the lead vamp, but by the end, it seems she’s coming around. She still wants to hunt, but she wants to learn from Jody.
Ladies Drink Free (12×16)
Claire’s been tracking a werewolf and teams up with the Winchesters, who are hunting it. But she ends up arguing with them both after they find out Jody thinks she’s away looking at colleges.
She storms out, but is attacked, and when Sam finds her, she’s been bitten by the werewolf. With the werewolf’s blood, they may be able to cure her, so the brothers leave to find it, and Claire is watched by Mick, who’s working with Sam and Dean.
While the brothers are gone, Claire starts to transform. The werewolf returns and takes Claire, Mick unable to stop him. Sam, Dean, and Mick manage to find her, take the werewolf’s blood, and cure Claire.
She goes off on her own again, but calls Jody, tells her where she is, what she’s doing, and that she loves her and Alex.
A new character, Patience Turner (played by Clark Backo), will also be introduced. While we haven’t seen her, back in season 1, we met her grandmother, Missouri Moseley, who I think will also be appearing in season 13. I believe the introduction of Patience and the reintroduction of Missouri will occur before the backdoor pilot. Missouri is a psychic and apparently Patience gets pulled into the Wayward fold when she discovers that she too is psychic.
Sam and Dean learn that their father, John, met with Missouri, because she’s a psychic. They go to see her, and she immediately knows who they are. Missouri goes with the boys to a house being haunted by poltergeists and helps them rid the house of the spirits. Unfortunately, after she leaves, more spirits appear, and Sam and Dean return to defeat them.
Back at Missouri’s house, we discover that John is still meeting with her. She urges him to see his son’s, but he’s not ready yet.
I don’t know how important this will turn out to be, so…I’ll put it right in the middle:
Another new character, Kaia Nieves (played by Yadira Guevara-Prip) is going to recur in Supernatural‘s season 13. She will join the Wayward Sisters cast. She has the ability to travel between worlds in dreams (which could turn out to be really useful, considering recent events).