Is it time for Supernatural to get rid of some villains?

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Photo Credit: Supernatural/The CW by Dean Buscher Image Acquired from CW TV PR /

Supernatural Season 13 is packed with villains—and not just the standard monster of the week. Is it time to cut down on the list?

Asmodeus, Lucifer, Apocalypse Michael, Ketch, the list of villains in Supernatural Season 13 goes on. This isn’t about the monster of the week every now and then. It’s actually refreshing to sometimes have a storyline that has nothing to do with the overall arc. However, it seems that there are all these long-term villains with no storyline for them.

We should have two of the scariest villains on our screens this year. Apocalypse Michael is the big bad of the AU world, but we’ve barely had any screen time with him. When he has been on, he’s everything a villain should be. Despite adoring Christian Keyes in the role, this is a character that needs to go by the end of the season (or maybe by the end of next season if what I think it going to happen in the Season 13 finale happens). He’s not a villain that could become a grey character, like Crowley and Rowena.

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Then there’s Asmodeus, the last Prince of Hell and seemingly the most powerful of all. He has powers that Lucifer didn’t give him, which suggests he’s been playing this long-game for decades (if not centuries). Yet, what do we really know about him? Is there any reason to be scared of him just yet?

More time has been spent on Lucifer again; a character that yes, we adore, but has already been developed. To make us worry about other villains out there, we need them developed on the screen. We need to know more about what they’re doing.

It makes things harder when other potential villains are thrown into the mix. Danneel Ackles’ Sister Jo turned out to be an angel looking out for herself. She ended up following Lucifer to Heaven, becoming his right-hand woman. Now there are two of them for the Winchesters to look out for.

Having multiple villains can be good. Previous seasons have shown it’s possible for the Winchesters to tackle it all. Supernatural Season 8 opted for Abaddon, only to kill her quickly and then bring her back for Season 9. With Abaddon brought the Mark of Cain and all that came with that. But the last two years have felt overwhelming at times. Look at the Season 12 finale, which had to focus on the British Men of Letters in one half and Lucifer in the other. Wouldn’t it have been better to have a two-hour arc on just one of those villains?

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Two villains for Supernatural Season 13 could work right now. The AU world opens the possibility of focusing on Jack and Mary right now tackling Apocalypse Michael. The Winchesters get a breather, as they focus their efforts on Lucifer (and maybe Asmodeus, who is actually more interested in Jack). Yet this isn’t working. We’re not getting enough time to focus on both worlds, meaning villains lack development.

And with multiple villains, there are problems for the heroes. The development for the Winchesters has been lacking. We were promised grief for Dean, which happened for a handful of episodes. Then Sam had his moment–emphasis on the moment. The brothers have been in every episode but not with the most memorable moments. There has been some excellent potential content, but it’s dwindled to nothing. Getting rid of the need for screentime or discussion of some of the villains would allow more time for character development everywhere else.

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Is it time for Supernatural to reduce the number of villains it includes? Is it getting too packed with the long-term bad guys that it becomes overwhelming but disappointing? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.