Supernatural creator reveals original idea list from series' launch

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Jan 18, 2018

It’s been more than a decade since Eric Kripke started mapping out his plan for The CW’s Supernatural (which actually launched back when the network was still called The WB), and now he’s offered a peek into how it all began.

Kripke has dipped back into his archive to show off two pages of his original idea sheet for Supernatural back when the series was just a rough sketch of an idea with a season full of stories to fill out and tell. Looking at the list, it’s clear he checked a whole lot of them off over the years. The show has dealt with creepy wendigos, cults, and James Dean’s death car over the past several years — all ideas that originated from Kripke’s original scribbles.

Check out the full list below:

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Getting a look at Kripke’s original ideas it’s clear he had a fairly solid vision for what the series should be from the jump. Supernatural was there to tackle cases that could be a bit too weird for something like The X-Files (which had recently finished its original run when Supernatural launched), with a street-level, burger-chomping, joke-tossing tone that has never wavered. It’s hard not to have fun when you’re dealing with alligators in the sewer and the Jersey Devil, right?

With the show still rolling along in its 13th season (and showing no signs of slowing down), it’s a testament to Kripke and the creative forces that followed him for stretching the premise of two brothers in an Impala roaming the country and killing monsters. A good ghost story never gets old, and Supernatural keeps proving that point year-in and year-out.

Supernatural airs Thursday nights on The CW.