Updated July 23, 2017
After years of speculation and petitions, the Supernatural universe is expanding.
Two years ago, fans started a petition for a spinoff series pitched as Wayward Daughters. The proposal actually gained quite a bit of traction, as both Rhodes and Buckmaster backed them up. Now it's finally becoming a reality.
The Wayward Daughters pitch begins with Sheriff Jody Mills, a tenacious, small town sheriff played by Kim Rhodes, who is one of the most beloved recurring characters. Through what can only be described as terrible luck, she got involved with the Winchester brothers and became one of their most trusted allies.
In Seasons 9 and 10, Mills took two wayward girls who had experienced horrible tragedies under her wing: Claire Novak (#KathrynNewton) and Alex Jones (#KatherineRamdeen). She also enlisted her friend and fellow cop, Donna Hanscum (#BrianaBuckmaster) to put them on the right path.
Fans loved the dynamic between the characters. Jody and her girls injected some much-needed estrogen into the adventures of Dean and Sam Winchester. With the brothers having lost their mother at a young age, scenes with Jody cooking for the boys and providing some maternal affection have been some of the most interesting episodes in recent seasons.
The 'Wayward Sisters' Are Finally Coming To TV
Fortunately, we know what to expect. During #SDCC2017, Deadline confirmed that Brianna Buckmaster, Kathryn Newton and Katherine Ramdeen have officially signed on for the pilot. And more good news: The Sisters are getting a new companion for their adventures. Up-and-coming actress #ClarkBacko (Designated Survivor, Sadie's Last Days On Earth) has also joined the project as Patience Turner.
This character will be deep-rooted in Supernatural mythology. She's the granddaughter of Missouri Moseley (Loretta Devine), a psychic we met during Season 1. Take a look at the description of Patience:
"A high school over-achiever, Patience's life is turned upside down when she discovers she’s a powerful psychic, a gift she inherited from her estranged grandmother, Missouri Moseley. Hunted by dark forces for her power, Patience finds refuge with Jody and her wayward family."
The show is being written by Supernatural veterans Andrew Dabb and Robert Berens, with Phil Sgriccia and Robert Singer as showrunners. The show will be launched as a backdoor pilot as part of #Supernatural's upcoming 13th season.
There's something curious going on with the title in the confirmation, however.
As mentioned, the project was originally called Wayward Daughters by fans, but that has been slightly changed to Wayward Sisters for its official production. The brief synopsis provided in the report gives us a reason for that change, while also teasing a formidable group of monster-hunters in the making:
The project 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 Cast Responds To The News
Understandably, after spending two years crossing their fingers to make this happen, the cast is excited. Rhodes, for starters, confirmed the news through Twitter:
At the time of the announcement, the actress erased any doubts about which other characters we'd see, confirming the return of Newton as Claire, Ramdeen as Alex and Buckmaster as Donna:
Will 'Wayward Sisters' Find Its Audience?
In 2014, the show's 9th season had an episode called 'Bloodlines' which served as a backdoor pilot for Supernatural: Bloodlines, a spinoff series that was to be set in Chicago and focus on the never-ending struggle between humans and vampires. That show never took off, which begs the question: Will Wayward Sisters be successful?
Absolutely. One factor working against Bloodlines was the fact that it was comprised of entirely new characters fans had never seen before and didn't care about. In the case of Wayward Sisters, on the other hand, fans have clamored for a series focused around Jody, Claire, Alex and Donna for years. It already has a built-in audience.
One thing in particular that grabbed my attention in the synopsis is the mention of exploring the close dynamic of people tied by love and acceptance as opposed to blood. The show has a lot of potential so I can't wait to see what's in store for Jody Mills and her gang.
#SupernaturalSeason13 premiere will be released on October 12, 2017.
What do you think about Wayward Sisters being underway? What do you think the show will bring to the Supernatural universe?