“This will not end well,” tweeted WB executive Chad Kennedy on Tuesday night, shortly before deleting his Twitter. He was right. This week’s episode thumbed its nose at Supernatural fandom’s most controversial subject: Destiel—the unrealized queer romance of Dean Winchester and the angel Castiel—and the show’s lack of queer representation.
Heading into Supernatural’s ninth season, the show has had only five gay characters—all of them minor except for a brief recurring role played by Felicia Day. Queer representation is a major subject in Supernatural fandom, which has a huge contingent of slash shippers and queer viewers. Many people believe that main character Dean Winchester is bisexual, an idea that has created considerable controversy in later seasons.
Kennedy didn’t know any of that on Tuesday night when he commented that Destiel would probably never happen on the show.