#TBT: Who was the best female series regular in Supernatural Season 3?

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#ThrowbackThursday this week is all about Bela vs. Ruby 1.0. Who was the best female series regular in Supernatural Season 3?

Supernatural Season 3 did something no other season has done: put two women as series regulars. They were also the first stars to be added as series regulars other than Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. Up to this point, only the two Winchesters had been given that title. So, as it’s #ThrowbackThursday, it’s a good time to look back at the third season and these two women. Who was the best out of the two?

This isn’t going to be an easy debate. The two characters are completely different to each other; one just evil and the other a product of her circumstances. However, I’ll try my best to put out an argument for why one or the other is the best female series regular in the season.

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Ruby 1.0: The brilliant double agent

Let’s start with Ruby since she was introduced in Supernatural Season 3 first. As a demon, we were instantly concerned about her. We hadn’t met demons that were good, but all of a sudden there was this character that we wanted to like. Ruby promised Sam the one thing he wanted in the world–to save his brother.

While eventually, she told Dean that she couldn’t save him, she also played to their kindness and humanity. It wasn’t until Supernatural Season 4 that we realized which side she was truly on–and then it was only at the very end. Now watching the third season, there are clues along the way to show that she was a double agent. If only we’d paid more attention.

Ruby may have turned out to be the bad guy, but she was a good bad guy. This was a character in it for the long game, willing to do what it took to reach her own goal. You’ve got to respect her for that.

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SUPERNATURAL — “Red Sky at Morning”– Photo Sergei Bachlakov /The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Bela: A product of her own doing

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In the third episode of Supernatural Season 3, we met Bela Talbot. There was instantly a lot to dislike about her, but it was clear that she was human. She did have a soul and she certainly had feelings. They were just hidden deep within. This was a woman with a huge secret that she didn’t want anyone to know about.

Bela quickly became my favorite character in the season. I loved the deeper backstory and how little elements were released slowly. Her character’s story had been foreshadowed from the very first moment.

Sure, she was in it for herself, but there was a reason for that. She was looking for a way to save her soul, after being coerced by a demon to get rid of her abusive father. The more I watch, the hardest it is to hate her. After all, what 14-year-old wouldn’t have at least seriously considered that deal?

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For me, I think it’s Bela that comes out on top. I love the grey area of both characters–the questions, the uncertainty, and the developments. How I wish there were more episodes to Supernatural Season 3.

Which was your favorite female series regular from Supernatural Season 3? Why did you love one more than the other? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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