Supernatural returns on March 16 with its last new episodes leading up to the series finale on May 18. Fans of the show, some of whom have been watching for fifteen years, are having a hard time thinking about the end – but we’re hoping that a new book might help ease the loss and give fans something to hang onto so we can always remember why Supernatural was so special.
There’ll Be Peace When You Are Done: Actors and Fans Celebrate the Legacy of Supernatural (edited by Lynn S. Zubernis, ie me!) brings together the cast of the show and the fandom to write about the impact that Supernatural has had. Some of the chapters explore the evolution of the show in terms of representation, with both actors and fans writing from diverse perspectives in terms of race, gender, sexuality and disability. Other chapters relate personal stories of how Supernatural has inspired people to become more themselves or to “always keep fighting” the way the show urges.
Eighteen fans and twenty Supernatural cast members contributed to the book, including Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) and Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester). Misha Collins (Castiel) contributed a short but heartfelt special message, and Eric Kripke, the show’s creator, contributed a cover blurb about his love of the show and the fandom. In addition, actors Hugo Ateo (Cesar), Andrea Drepaul (Melanie the werewolf), Adam Fergus (Mick Davies), Carrie Genzel (Linda Berman “with sparkle on her face”), David Haydn-Jones (Arthur Ketch), Chad Lindberg (Ash), Lee Majdoub (Hannah), Julie McNiven (Anna Milton), Tahmoh Penikett (Gadreel), Lee Rumohr (Jesse), Richard Speight Jr. (Gabriel/Loki), Todd Stashwick (Dracula), Shoshannah Stern (Eileen Leahy), Gabriel Tigerman (Andy), Brendan Taylor (New Doug), Lauren Tom (Linda Tran) and Rick Worthy (Alpha Vamp), as well as writer Davy Perez, all contributed chapters. They each have a unique perspective on the show and share memories of the characters they portrayed, their time on the set, and their relationship with the SPNFamily. Each actor also writes about what they think the legacy of Supernatural will be, sometimes with great emotion.
Fans not only wrote chapters, but also contributed beautiful photographs of the Supernatural actors (in a full color glossy center section as well as in their chapters) and amazing artwork that’s included throughout the book. Fan and artist Christine Griffin created the evocative cover art that’s sure to bring a tear to your eye as soon as you notice those mile markers. Sob…
We all hope that when you read There’ll Be Peace When You Are Done that it will be a permanent way of remembering just how special Supernatural is, and will always be. Something beautiful and heartfelt to hang onto as we face the end of its run, as well as a joyous celebration of the Little Show That Could.
Every purchase benefits the important work of two charities that were created out of the show and the fandom: Random Acts, a partnership between Misha Collins and the SPNFamily, and SPNSurvivors, a non-profit organization started by fans of the show to bring to life and spread the “always keep fighting” message.
You can preorder now at the website peacewhenyouaredone.com and get free bonus content!