Sera Gamble is a writer and executive story editor for Supernatural. In season three she also became a producer on the show. From season six to season seven she took over as the show runner from Eric Kripke. It was announced on April 4, 2012 that she was leaving Supernatural to work on developing her own series (Source).
Before Supernatural, she had worked as a writer for the series Eyes.
On writing Dean:
Dean always has a great comeback line, so it's always fun to write him. Dean's introduction to us in the pilot was him hitting on his brother's girlfriend, specifically pointing out her boobs. It set a tone for him that's really fun for me. I think that somewhere inside, I'm a chick, and I've got my inner goth girl and my inner gay guy and then I have this beer-swilling, cowboy-boot-wearing guy all the way underneath that, and he gets to come out to write Dean (Source).
On the Sam/Ruby relationship:
I referenced Monster's Ball right in the script. We were asking ourselves, "Where's the lowest place Sam can go in a state of despair?" That's why calling it a love scene strikes me as hilarious. It's kind of like self-mutilating and calling it getting dressed for the prom (Source).
On Sam and Dean's tattoos:
Those matching tattoos are pretty cool. How long has that been planned?
SG: I remember talking about it with Ben Edlund last season, while Cat was writing "Born Under A Bad Sign." We agreed that if we were Sam, the first thing we'd do is take that anti-possession amulet and head for the nearest tattoo parlor. He reminded me of it while we were working on “Jus in Bello,” because breaking out the amulets was an important story point in that episode. So I stuck it in there, and it made for a nice moment. It’s like, of course Sam and Dean have matching tats. How could it be any other way? By the way, I'll be convinced we're truly a cult hit when a fan gets the same tattoo (Source).
On the Show's mytharc:
We've been careful to leave room for agnosticism when we talk about God. There's no direct line to answers about His existence— at least not in the first four seasons. And in my mind, there's been lots of room for atheists to stay on board. First of all, no one's trying to convince anyone of anything; we're just here to entertain you. Second— even some of the angels doubt God's around, so join the club.I think at the end of the day, we're trying to tell a story about humanism. We come out suspicious of organized anything. We're for individuals with balls and a strong moral center telling bureaucrats from heaven and hell to fuck off. That's where the fun is.
We just got in the room a couple weeks ago for season five, and of course all bets are off for everything I said. Lots of possible directions now, theologically — given the finale of season four, I doubt anyone will be surprised to hear that. Sometimes I just sit there listening to everyone debating about God and the devil and the true implications of free will as it relates to the hierarchy of angels and demons... and I think back to season one when I was like "well, maybe the dead boy in the water, like, wants revenge on the people who drowned him?" and I kind of can't believe how far the show has come.Source
I think that there's the literal soullessness and then there's the metaphorical soullessness.There's what you give up to save people in this horrible way, because the job itself is hard and violent and disgusting. I mean, you just have blood in your mouth all day, every day. It's a terrible, terrible, terrible way to live. I mean, the more you actually think about what they have to do on a daily basis, the more it's like, "How much of himself did he have to turn off to be able to do that?"
We love the fans. That’s the thing about writing on a genre show. I’m a genre fan. I will boldly admit to being a life-long Trekkie. I was born and bred on the cheesy rock [set] and William Shatner. So I am well aware of what it is to be part of a fandom. And fandom is defined by meticulous care and really giving a shit and having strong opinions and arguing. It’s a community with opinions. If they were in a room they’d be fist-fighting some of the time. You know, the Sam-girls and the Dean-girls would be like pulling each other’s hair, some of them! That goes with the territory, and it’s also immensely rewarding because they’re giving a shit and they’re paying attention.
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|Episode(s)||6.15 The French Mistake|
Sera Gamble appears off-screen in this episode. Immediately following the disastrous attempt to film a scene with Sam, Dean, and Misha Collins. Bob Singer calls Sera Gamble and lets her know what's going on, she asks him what the "terror level" is and he tells her that Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki (actually Dean and Sam) seem to have lost whatever shred of talent they ever had.
Later, she is on a conference call with Bob, Jim Michaels, and Kevin Parks. They discuss the altercation with Virgil, and Bob tells her that the actors appear to be on an extended acid trip. Sera offers to fly up to Vancouver and talk to them, but Jim says that he's not sure Jared or Jensen know who Sera is, because "she's new." Bob then tells her that it would be better if Eric Kripke talked to them, since he created the show. Sera is angered by the suggestion, and tells them that Eric is in a cabin somewhere and busy writing his next pilot for a show called "Octocobra."
- 1.03 Dead in the Water
- 1.12 Faith
- 1.14 Nightmare
- 1.21 Salvation
- 2.03 Bloodlust
- 2.08 Crossroad Blues
- 2.13 Houses of the Holy
- 2.17 Heart
- 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One
- 3.02 The Kids Are Alright
- 3.07 Fresh Blood
- 3.10 Dream a Little Dream of Me
- 3.12 Jus in Bello
- 3.15 Time Is on My Side
- 4.02 Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester
- 4.09 I Know What You Did Last Summer
- 4.17 It's a Terrible Life
- 4.21 When the Levee Breaks
- 5.02 Good God, Y'All
- 5.07 The Curious Case of Dean Winchester
- 5.13 The Song Remains the Same with Nancy Weiner
- 5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight
- 6.01 Exile on Main St.
- 6.11 Appointment in Samarra
- 6.21 Let It Bleed
- 7.01 Meet the New Boss
- 7.10 Death's Door
- 7.17 The Born-Again Identity
- 7.23 Survival of the Fittest
Sera in Fandom
Sera Gamble also writes erotic fiction. You can find some of it here.
- @SeraGamblerer parody account on Twitter
Clips, Articles and Interviews
- Interview with Mary Borsellino for Sequential Tart, December 2006, where Sera refers to Supernatural as "The epic love story of Sam and Dean".
- Interview with Mary Borsellino for Sequential Tart, March 2007
- Interview with Winchesterbros.com on 23 May 2007
- Sera talks about Season Three with Eclipse Magazine, 13 August 2007
- Transcript of podcast interview with Fandom Rocks, November 2007
- Interview with CW Source on November 8. Spoilery for season 3 up to ep 12.
- Interview with CW Source on November 16, 2007
- Interview with CW Source on November 23, 2007
- Sera's essay at Why We Write - a series of essays by writers started during the writers' strike
- Interview with Firefox news on returning to work after the strike. March 2008
- SciFi interview about Season 4 31 March 2008
- Interview with Sera Gamble about Season 4 18 Sept, 2008
- Interview with Sera Gamble by Winchester Journals November, 2008
- Interview with Sera Gamble by Zapit. November 2008.
- Interview with Sera Gamble Part One and Part two by Buddy TV
- Interview with Sera Gamble by blogcritics 7 Jan
- Interview with All things Girl March 2009
- Supernatural for aetheists by io 9 May 2010
- Sera Gamble talks about 6.17 My Heart Will Go On
- Sera advertises Bing as part of CW sponsorship
- How to Make Horror and Dark Fantasy Work on Television