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The wonderful thing about Supernatural is that it attracts the kind of writer that has this vast love for genre and horror. People that come in to interview for this job who have this encyclopedia knowledge. We just sit and chew the shit for an hour about this sort of thing. It’s sort of like having coffee with geeky friends.

Sera Gamble, Comic Con 2011, Source

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This section has entries for all the people who have had a writing credit on Supernatural. The Writer and Director Episode Guide lists each episode by director and writer.

The Supernatural writing team and post-production is based in LA while the show (except for 1.01 Pilot) is filmed in Vancouver.

Following a large roster of writers in season one, Supernatural has had a core group of around eight writers each season. Writing on a TV show is not a solo effort -- story arcs and individual episodes will be developed and broken in collaboration with the writers' room. Eric Kripke, Bob Singer and Sera Gamble in particular have had a much greater input and influence on the scripts than their individual writing credits indicate. In addition story editors and writers assistants have input at different parts of the scripts development. Some writers assistants have gained writing credits on the show including Emily McLaughlin, Jenny Klein, Jackson Stewart and John Bring. Stunt coordinator Lou Bollo has also received a "story by" credit for two episodes.

Jared and Jensen visit the writers in LA

It is normal practice for TV writers and directors to be given a producer or executive producer credit as they become more senior in the production team, although not all of these will actually take on roles more broadly involved in the show's production. Robert Singer, who has been co-showrunner (executive producer) since the beginning only has three episode writing credits, although he has input on all scripts. He stepped back from the executive producer role, to consulting producer, in season eleven, while still remaining one of the show's regular directors. With season twelve, Singer has once again taken the role as co-showrunner alongside Andrew Dabb.

Some regular writers who have moved on from Supernatural include:

  • John Shiban was a writer and executive producer on Legend of the Seeker ,Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels and currently on Da Vinci's Demons.
  • Raelle Tucker was a writer and producer on True Blood and writer and executive producer on The Returned and currently serves as a writer and executive producer on Marvel's Jessica Jones.
  • Cathryn Humphris, was a writer and executive story editor on Mad Men, supervising producer on Elementary, executive producer on Under the Dome and currently serves as a writer and co-executive producer on NCIS: New Orleans.
  • Eric Kripke remained with Supernatural in a reduced capacity during season six, retaining an executive producer credit and writing the finale. He worked in a pre-production capacity in season seven and would officially step back from Supernatural during this time, when his new series Revolution went into production and began airing on NBC from 2012-2014. He is currently developing a series for USA Network, based on his own Vertigo comic series, Amped. Kripke was also writer and executive producer for Timeless on NBC with Shawn Ryan. In November 2017 The Boys, based on a comic by Garth Ennis and Darrick Robinson was greenlight by Amazon Studios.
  • Sera Gamble, left as showrunner and writer after season seven. She became a writer and executive producer on Aquarius for two seasons and currently writes and executive produces The Magicians, which is in it's fourth season.
  • Ben Edlund left after season eight to write for Revolution with Eric Kripke. After the show's cancellation, Edlund has since written for Gotham and Powers. He is currently showrunning a new series based off his comic The Tick for Amazon.
  • Adam Glass left after season ten and worked as an executive producer and writer on Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. Glass currently works as a co-executive producer on The Chi.
  • Jeremy Carver left at the end of season five to become writer and executive producer on the North American version of Being Human alongside his wife Anna Fricke, but returned as showrunner for Supernatural in season eight. At the end of season eleven, Carver once again departed the show to write and executive produce Frequency for the CW, but retains an executive producer credit on Supernatural. On May 14, 2018 it was announced Carver would write and executive produce a series based on the DC Comics series Doom Patrol for DC new digital platform.
  • Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder left after season six to be creators and writers of Ringer for the CW, but returned as writers for season nine. At the end of season eleven, the duo once again left the series after after ABC picked up their new series Deja Vu. In 2016 the duo signed an overall deal with NBC Universal and currently serve as consulting producers for NBC's Midnight, Texas.
  • Robbie Thompson left the show after five seasons at the end of season eleven. He is currently writing a number of titles for Marvel Comics, including Silk, Spidey and Venom: Space Knight.
  • Jenny Klein moved on to write and co-produce for Marvel's Jessica Jones after season eleven. She also works as a consulting producer for Ben Edlund's The Tick and has also gone on to write and produce for Marvel's Cloak & Dagger.
  • Nancy Won moved on to write for Jeremy Carter's new series Frequency after working on season eleven of Supernatural.

Well, there's only one explanation. Obviously I'm a god... I'm definitely a god. A cruel, cruel, capricious god.

Chuck Shurley aka Carver Edlund, 4.18 The Monster At The End Of This Book

Supernatural's meta commentary on writers took the form of Chuck Shurley who we meet in 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book. His name Carver Edlund was a portmanteau of Jeremy Carver and Ben Edlund. (In the same episode writers Sera Gamble and Julie Siege appear in the form of the Publisher who was called Sera Seige in the script Source). Chuck is an author who wrote the Supernatural book series, and continued to write even though the books were no longer being published. Unbeknownst to him, the inspiration of the books was divine - as he is a prophet of God. At the end of season five, it is suggested that Chuck may in fact be God.

The metaphor is of the writer as creator. The character is an avatar for Kripke himself (Source) and is used to comment on the text and process of writing with reference to specific past episodes of the show. This metaphor would also hold then that God, the creator, was also the writer. We have a trinity here - Chuck, Kripke and God.

In 6.15 The French Mistake, Sera Gamble was portrayed as the new showrunner no-one would listen to, Bob Singer was the world weary producer/director and Eric Kripke was hoping to hit the big time with his new script Octacobra.

The following list contains people with story as well as episode credits for writing.

Season 1 Writers

Season 2 Writers

Season 3 Writers

Season 4 Writers

Season 5 Writers

Season 6 Writers

Season 7 Writers

Season 8 Writers

Season 9 and 10 Writers

Season 11 Writers

Season 12, 13 and 14 Writers

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