Much to fans’ surprise, The CW says “no” to SUPERNATURAL’s female-centered spin-off, WAYWARD SISTERS.
The “Wayward” movement started when a few fans proposed the idea of further exploring the female characters in the Supernatural world. Sheriffs/Hunters/Best Friends Jody Mills and Donna Hascum were the obvious choices, but they were only the beginning. Claire Novak–daughter of Jimmy Novak (that is, Castiel’s vessel) and hunter–and Alex Jones–rescue from a vampire nest and part-time hunter–both lived with Jody. Seemed like another family business was right there for The CW to grab onto.
The idea of a female-oriented spin-off gained more and more traction with fans and the potential cast members. In June 2017, a dream became a reality. It was announced that season 13 of Supernatural would contain a backdoor pilot episode for the spin-off entitled “Wayward Sisters.” We were guaranteed appearances by Kim Rhodes (Jody), Briana Buckmaster (Donna), Kathryn Newton (Claire), and Katherine Ramdeen (Alex). But it turned out, we had a couple of new characters to meet first.
Prior to the “Wayward Sisters” episode, we met Patience and Kaia in early season 13 of Supernatural. Patience Turner’s (Clark Backo) life was turned upside down when she found out she was psychic. She left high school and her disapproving father behind to use her powers and save Jody. Kaia Nieves (Yadira Guevara-Prip) was a dreamwalker (that is, one who can move between worlds) whose gift gave her nothing but pain and grief. Sam, Dean, and Jack tried to use her abilities to get back to the Apocalypse World, but things went awry, and she was left unconscious by the side of the road.
January 18th, 2018, was the big night. “Wayward Sisters” was the mid-season premiere of Supernatural. The ladies stepped up to save Sam and Dean, who were trapped in another world. Between the hunting and kicking butt, we got glimpses of a loving family that was only growing larger and stronger. The reception of the episode was overwhelmingly positive throughout social media.
Then, we all had to play the waiting game to see if we’d get more of these wayward women. And today, The CW confirmed that Wayward Sisters would not become a full series.
Co-creator (and current showrunner of Supernatural) Andrew Dabb broke the news:
I want to thank everyone involved in this entire process, from our fantastic crew, to our amazing cast, and, most of all you. Your passion for this idea fueled us, and we wanted so much to make this happen for you. I'm so sorry we couldn't.
— Andrew Dabb (@andrewdabb) May 11, 2018
Co-creator Robert “Bobo” Berens also spoke up:
— Bobo Berens (@robertberens) May 11, 2018
Kim Rhodes (Jody) encouraged fans to hold onto what The CW cannot take from us:
Briana Buckmaster (Donna), Katherine Ramdeen (Alex), and the rest of the fandom are not ready to give up:
— Katherine Ramdeen 💉 Please Get Vaccinated 🌺 (@katramdeen) May 11, 2018