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The Major Reasons Why Supernatural Fans Will Love The Wayward Sisters Spinoff

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Supernatural is the show that just keeps on going on The CW, and it's as strong as ever in its current thirteenth season. The juggernaut series is also set to premiere its very first spinoff, fittingly called Wayward Sisters. The spinoff will be launched via a backdoor pilot aired as the midseason premiere of Supernatural, and it promises to deliver a lot from the ladies of the Supernatural universe in addition to Sam and Dean. Actress Briana Buckmaster has guest-starred as Sheriff Donna Hanscum on Supernatural since Season 9, and she's reprising the role for Wayward Sisters. She spoke with CinemaBlend about why Supernatural fans will love Wayward Sisters, saying this:

I think that this spinoff is going to be a hit partly because these characters are already established in the Supernatural world and there will always be that opportunity for a crossover between the shows and to guest on each other's shows. Ideally, in my head, that would be the best thing ever. But the tone is going to be the same. If anything it's just going to add on to what Supernatural has already brilliantly created, which is a world where all of these monsters and vampires and whatnot exist. There's going to be things that you'll discover in the pilot, which is going to make that world even bigger... I just think that it's going to just add on to what Supernatural's already gonna do. I think that the tone is going to be similar but just small differences and small details are going to be added. The music might be different, the jokes might be a bit different, but it's not going to be a drastic change from what people already know and love.

Unlike Supernatural's last attempt at launching a spinoff, the backdoor pilot for Wayward Sisters will feature a lot of what has made the original series such a hit. The women who make up the cast have all appeared on Supernatural in the past. In addition to Briana Buckmaster as Donna Hanscum, fans will get Kim Rhodes as Jody Mills, Kathryn Love Newton as Claire Novak, Katherine Ramdeen as Alex Jones, Clark Backo as Patience Turner, and Yadira Guevara-Prip as Kaia Nieves. As Briana Buckmaster says, the familiar faces guarantee that Wayward Sisters will feel like it's truly in the same world as Sam and Dean on Supernatural.

Wayward Sisters and Supernatural having such close ties between characters and goals of taking out monsters also means that there should be plenty of reasons for character crossovers. The two shows don't necessarily need grand crossover events like those of the Arrow-verse that hit the airwaves on The CW each year. In fact, the backdoor pilot of Wayward Sisters feels like it could be an episode of the spinoff guest-starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles and Sam and Dean.

All things considered, the long-awaited spinoff starring some of the most memorable women of Supernatural seems designed to fit right into the world that has already been developed over the past 13 years, although the character dynamics are bound to be different. Unlike the bond of the Winchester brothers, the family of Wayward Sisters won't be biologically related. The women found each other due to various supernatural circumstances, and the odds are that the younger members will need all the guidance they can get from the likes of Donna and Jody.

Luckily, fans don't have much longer to wait for a look at the spinoff. The backdoor pilot for Wayward Sisters will air on January 18 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Be sure to tune in to see Briana Buckmaster back in action as Donna Hanscum. For your options the rest of the nights of the week, be sure to swing by our midseason TV premiere guide.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.