Anyway, I'm very ready for S9 by this point, so that I'll have new toys to work with. Because I really don't have any burning vitriol for S8 itself; I had fun watching it. I really adored a lot of it. (Just...not the lot that this summer paid any attention to, apparently. XD)
I just don't particularly appreciate what it has done to the ~winds of fandom--and I do mean this very selfishly. I do not appreciate it! Not one whit! Though, hm. I do sprout negative feelings toward S8 when too many people assert that it was so much better than S6/7. The Sera!stan in me cannot abide, and then feels compelled to assert, without room for any argument whatsoever, that S6 and (the first half of) S7 were fantastic and S5/6 are my favorite of all the everythings.
I'm kidding, of course, about the assertion and the inarguable truth of this statement. Carry on, carry on, S8!stans! (But S6. *_________* <3)
WHAT I MEAN TO SAY IS:
This video by volta1228 is stunning, go watch it. It's a teaser for Dean/Purgatory, and it's 38 seconds of your day, and the typography is wonderful and everything is wonderful and it makes all my bitterness melt away. And I say this as someone who spent most of the S7/8 Hellatus being bitter about how untenable I found the idea of Purgatory and 7x23.
And also, these deleted scenes from S8. The first one is, I feel, typical of SPN deleted scenes--like, whatever. But it is indeed Dean talking, if you go in for that sort of thing.
The second one is from 8x23, and I like it very very very very very very much.
[spoilers for 8x23]Sam intends to kill Crowley after he's been purified--that is, turned human. Because Crowley is Crowley is Crowley. There is no redemption arc, there is no forgiveness. There's a gun, and a bullet with a target, and that's that. I mention 5x20 because Sam killing Brady in that back alley (and Dean watching) is one of the most chilling, utterly forgotten moments in SPN history, and something I would love to see interrogated further wrt Sam. The both of them, really, but in this instance, Sam.
Thematically powerful, it shifts the outlook of the entire episode considerably. So I hope they cut it for time, and not because they decided not to take that route. If they don't... jesus, Carver, grow a pair. If you deprive me of my subtle progression from 5x20, I'll--!
Write fic? XP Which is not much of a threat to make to something that thrives on fannish energy, but I'm at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to SPN, so that's the best I've got, here!
It's both impressive and embarrassing how un-bitter I am right now, as a result of this delectable
And there's like, a new spn_summergen fic all ready for me and everything! Life is good.