Why the Death of Sarah Blake Was the Death of Supernatural

Supernatural started out as a rather simple show: Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) hunted the deadly and dangerous, in the name of their father and deceased mother who was killed by a yellow eyed demon. Or, as Dean famously said. “You know, saving people, hunting things. The family business.” The early seasons were a “moment in time,” and a delight of mixed comedy and horror, a series that somehow was able to be amusing, frightening, sexy and emotionally driven. That was before the boys’ depression and Dean’s alcoholism, before they’d lost nearly every friend and ally they’d made, and before the death of Sarah Blake (Taylor Cole). Certainly things had started going down hill before Sarah’s death, but her loss exemplified the change within the series.

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