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Supernatural's showrunner explains why the second backdoor pilot should work

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Dec 8, 2017, 11:51 AM EST

The second Supernatural spinoff's backdoor pilot, "Wayward Sisters," won't air until mid-January of next year, but the show's executive producers are opening up about why the second time's the charm. Speaking to Variety, the 13th season showrunner Andrew Dabb spoke about the first attempt at an offshoot with Season 9's "Bloodlines." 

“‘Bloodlines,’ by design, was to drop you into a world that was part Supernatural but supposed to feel very different,” said Dabb, who also wrote the "Bloodlines" episode back in 2014. “When we started talking about ‘Wayward,’ it was something that had been built up for years and seeded in our show for a long time. And when we made the decision last year to trudge forward on this, it was really important to us that, unlike ‘Bloodlines,’ it did feel like an organic [extension] of Supernatural.”

The show's winter finale of "The Bad Place" helped set up "Wayward Sisters," which will focus on a group of orphaned girls who each lost their parents to otherworldy means. Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes) will act as their guardian and mentor.



Dabb believes this backdoor pilot will help set the stage for a full-fledged series that will still feel familiar to the Supernatural universe, even if it doesn't turn into a full-fledged series.

“We think this episode steps up and has relationships and a big mythology that can support a show, but if the stars don’t align for us, they can just enjoy it as an episode of Supernatural,” Dabb said. “That’s important to us. I think a lot of the reason ‘Bloodlines’ turned so many people off was that it didn’t feel like an episode of Supernatural. This feels like an episode of Supernatural, and should it go forward, we would build on that DNA to make it feel unique and different but still part of that world.”

The "Wayward" cast consists of Guevara-Prip, Kathryn Love Newton (Claire Novak), Katherine Ramdeen (Alex Jones), Kim Rhodes (Jody Mills), Briana Buckmaster (Donna Hanscum), and Clark Backo (Patience Turner).