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Happy New Year, Everybody!

I hope 2017 goes better, collectively, than 2016.

Let's make ourselves feel a little better about our own lives by looking at what Sam and Dean have had to put up with over the years! I'm going to date everything January 1st of the new year, just so that it's not confusing, hopefully.

(Also, once again - I include the years that the show "skips")

New Year's Day in Supernatural

1955 - Mary Winchester is nearly 4 weeks old! Awww, so cute!

1959 - This is the first New Years that John rings in without his father, who has been missing for nearly 5 months now. John is 4 years old, but will be turning 5 sometime in the next 12 months.

1973 - John is serving in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. By now, he has been promoted to Corporal.

1974 - John and Mary celebrate the new year together, having overcome a trumultruous year in which Mary's parents both died very tragically.

1976 - Although John initially proposed back in 1973, this is John and Mary's first New Year as a married couple! I guess having your parents die really puts a damper on the wedding planning.

1979 - Mary is in her final month of pregnancy with her first child. :)

1983 - Mary is four months pergnant with her second child, who will, of course, turn out to be a little brother for Dean to play with. Dean is nearly 4 years old, and adorable.

1984 - John and the boys have their first New Year without Mary, who died only 2 months ago. Elsewhere in the world, Jessica Moore is only 24 days away from being born.

1990 - John hears about some suspicious sounding grave robbing in Windom, Minnosota, and decides to go check it out...

1991 - Adam Milligan is 3 months old. Aww, cute.

1992 - Sam enters this year with full knowledge of what his father actually does for a living and why they have to move around so much. No doubt, they have probably already left Broken Bow, Nebraska, after John accidentally missed celebrating Christmas with his boys and being there for Sam when he found out the truth.

1994 - Kevin Tran is a month old. So cute!

1995 - This will be the first New Years since Sam stopped believing in the Easter Bunny. :)

1996 - This is Ellen and Jo Harvelle's first New Year without Bill.

1999 - Lisa Braeden is 3-4 months pregnant after sleeping with a drifter who was NOT Dean.... or so she says. Also, Sam has had his first kiss by now.

2003 - Sam's first New Year at Stanford. And Dean and John's first New Year without Sam. If John hasn't been made aware of, and met, his third son Adam already, he will before September.

2005 - Sam has met and is now dating Jessica Moore. Dean has fallen in love with Cassie Robinson, but been rejected upon trying to tell her the truth about his life.

2006 - This is Sam's first New Year without Jessica, who has been dead for two months now. He has dropped out of school and is back traveling with Dean. We don't know exactly where they spend New Years, but we do know that Sam is probably feeling pretty good about saving his friend Zach from being charged with attempted murder. Dean, meanwhile, is legally dead and persumed to be a murderer, but that's okay with him. Next on the agenda is to continue to try to track down John.

2007 - This is Sam and Dean's first New Year, since John died roughly 4-5 months ago. The good news is that Dean's no longer keeping Dad's last words a secret from Sam - also, they successfully got Gordon arrested, so hopefully Sam's not going to become the target to any more hunters. The bad news is that they still don't know what's up with Sam's visions or what Dean has to save him from.

2008 - We never see it, but I'm sure this New Year celebration (or lack thereof) tears Sam up inside, becase he knows that unless he can save him, Dean will be dead before the year is over.

2009 - Dean is recovering in hospital after being severely beaten by Alaistair. Sam's confidence in his decision to use and embrace his demonic powers is no doubt growing, as he must feel pretty satisfied that even though he couldn't save Dean from the torture in Hell that he endured before angelic rescue, Sam could at least kill Dean's torturer when given the opportunity. This is Castiel's first New Year in the Winchester's lives. It's not the best start, given that he just uncovered a conspiracy of Lucifer-supporters in the ranks of his garrison, failed to protect Dean, an incured Sam's distrust and anger as a result.

2010 - We don't know exactly where the Winchesters were this New Year, but odds are, it was a sad affair, as they are morning the loss of Ellen and Jo Harvelle, and the discovery that their best weapon against Lucifer - the colt - is useless.

2011 - It is Dean's first New Year without Sam, who has locked in the cage with Lucifer for 7 months. He has Lisa and Ben Braeden there to support him during difficult moments though. Cas, meanwhile, tries to deal with the power vacuum left by Michael's absence in Heaven, and the growing threat of Raphael. Sam's body is off probably sleeping with some woman. Sam's soul is being tortured by Lucifer for the nth day in a row.

2012 - Dean no doubt has the best New Year in a really long time. It's true, he is no longer on good terms with Lisa, but he has Sam back! Yay! Sam, meanwhile, is entering the year confused as to the huge missing chunk of his memory, why Dean won't give him straight answers... unless Castiel has already told him, in which case, Sam is quietly disparing at how much guilt he could feel for actions done in an altered state that he doesn't remember.

2013 - Sam is so far handling the return of his memories pretty well, all things considered. He and Dean have made up from their latest fight, and things seem to be going not-bad, even though Castiel is dead and there are Leviathans everywhere. Dean is pretty messed up about Castiel betraying them, apologizing, and then dying. Also, he's stressed out about Sam's health... also there are leviathan trying to track them down and kill them. Dean spends a lot of his time drinking these days.

2014 - This is Sam's first New Year since Dean's death. (And Cas' death too). He has retired from Hunting, after aimlessly driving around the country for a few months first in a grief-stricken fugue, instead of trying to figure out what Crowley might have done with Kevin. Sam has a dog and Amelia Richardson, who recently lost her husband in the war, to support him during this difficult time. They most likely just get super drunk. Dean, meanwhile, spends the day with Cas and Benny, in purgatory, most likely unaware of what day or year it is on earth.

2015 - All things considered, this must be a pretty nice New Year for Sam, because he's got Dean back! Yay! Also Cas! Yay! Sure, their relationship is a bit strained, due to Dean having a pretty bad case of PTSD, but Sam's the pot calling the kettle black there, so he's not going to complain. Also, Cas is acting a bit weird since he inexplicably returned, but that's often the case, so it's probably nothing to worry about.

2016 - Sam and Dean's New Year is most likely a low-key affair. Kevin has only been dead a short time. Dean is back living at the Bunker, but the Winchesters are barely talking to one another. Dean also has a weird mark on his arm now, courtesy of Cain, that's supposed to help him kill Abaddon.

2017 - We don't know exactly where the boys are for this new year, but it's most likely after it has become clear that Dean cannot always control the murderous tendencies that the Mark causes. Sam is, no doubt, just thankful that Dean is alive, and is optimistic that they'll find a solution. He may have already found references to a Book of the Damned that might help, he may have already suggested that Charlie go check it out. In any case, I'd like to think that Sam enters 2017 cautiously optimistic, while Dean enters it cynical and dispairing. Cas, meanwhile, is just trying to figure out what the heck one does with the daughter of the man that you accidentally got killed, especially when you're still wearing his corpse. So awkward.

2018 - Again, we don't know exactly what the boys are doing this New Years, but odds are, that it's around the following time: Making up for past inabilities, Dean has successfully saved his brother from a cage with Lucifer in it. So, he must be feeling pretty good. Sam, meanwhile, is dealing with a lot of feelings and emotions after being in Lucifer's presence again, nearly 6 years after escaping him. Cas, meanwhile, has made a grave mistake, blamed, at least partially, on his problems with low self-worth. (I tell you, he and Dean are BFFs for a reason.)

2019 - Well, the world didn't end, so that's good! The show has given me absolutely no dates this far in S12. By my estimations, we're actually still in the summer and New Years hasn't happened yet.

And we're done!

May your 2017s be better than the Winchester's ;)


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 1st, 2017 05:20 am (UTC)

I just wanted to issue a "Thank You!" for the timeline posts. I know how much work it takes to take each episode and try to make sure that it fits into a coherent timeline. [I'm relatively confident that fans take this more seriously than production staff. And I absolutely know we take it more seriously than Executives.]

I've pretty much decided that fans of a show take much more interest than production folk into keeping a coherent timeline for favored/minor/one-shot characters.

I, at least, love you for it. But I'm sure I'm not the only one.

(Just an aside though, I'd really like this show to END, already. It feels like we've faced the greatest challenges already, so where in the blazes can we go from here?? CHARMED proved that 'longer lasting' doesn't mean 'better' [I have a prejudice for Buffy], and I feel like after you've faced Satan -- just where do you go??! Okay, I think Amara sorta-maybe-kinda worked... but either get over the world-ending plots and return to basics, or wrap up the Winchester's tale already. I KNOW I can't be the only one, here.)

Jan. 1st, 2017 06:59 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks.
Thanks so much! I really enjoy keeping track of the timeline for some reason. I've never been able to figure out why - but yeah, I wish someone on the production found as much joy in it as I do. ;)

I'm always of the opinion that if a show makes it past the second season and looks like it might be going on for a bit - production should canvas the fandom for a continuity expert and then hire them on the spot. Of course, I'm horribly biased, given that I live in Vancouver and am in constant need of a better job!

(And yes, I think it's definitely time that SPN decides how it wants to wrap up and starts moving towards that goal. I think part of the problem with long-lived shows is that they're no longer working towards a known end-point, and that leaves them open for bad plots and redundant scenarios as they scramble for ideas. I think the strength of S1-S5, was because Kripke always had a rough 5 year arc in his head.)
Jan. 1st, 2017 08:34 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks & etc.
I agree that somebody who should be in charge of continuity should be hired past the second season [especially since no single script writer is hired for every episode... and I doubt any one person could do so]. A fan actually has been proven via ST: Enterprise season 4 in which ST fans were hired behind the scenes and ergo knew exactly what we should be seeing as far as "history". Effin' fans should at least get a 'consultant' role.

As to your second point... totally agree. I get that if something is very popular and you're making tons of money to pay for that expensive house, you want to keep it goin'. But you also have to have the integrity to say, "Look, this story has ended. We're done. We need to move onto other projects." And only the actors & head honcho of the production staff (Eric Kripke, I'm presuming, though I don't know how all of these contractual things work) can do this and leave. If Jensen and Jared stopped, that would be it. Misha couldn't carry the series on his own because it wouldn't be the Winchesters' tale anymore.

I get it. This is a phenomenally well paying gig. But, c'mon..., know when to say "okay, there isn't anything more to say for these characters".
Jan. 1st, 2017 05:58 am (UTC)
Thanks for the update on the boys' New Years!
Jan. 1st, 2017 06:59 am (UTC)
No prob! You know I love this. ;)
Jan. 1st, 2017 06:19 am (UTC)
Amazing post. Happy New Year! If we do take the missing years into account do we end up with double event years?
Jan. 1st, 2017 07:03 am (UTC)

This IS taking the missing years into account, which is why it ends in 2019, rather than 2017.

But, I think what you meant was "What happens if we follow the timeline the way the show does?"

If I did the timeline like the show does, then the years 2011 and 2012 would happen simultaneously in "2011" and the years 2014 and 2015 would happen simultaneously in "2013".

Edited at 2017-01-01 07:04 am (UTC)
Jan. 1st, 2017 06:09 pm (UTC)
Yes. I stated it exactly backward :) Thanks for answering it anyway. Interesting. So 2011 and 2011 smoosh into one and 2013, 2014 and 2015 smooth into one. That's a lot of events simultaneously happening. It's very timey-wimey :D
Jan. 1st, 2017 07:05 pm (UTC)
It's more like 2011 and 2012 are one year. And 2014 and 2015 are one year. 2013 is it's own year that happens in 2012 if you follow the timeline the way the show does, and then 2014-2015 happens in 2013 if you follow the timeline the way the show does.

Does that make sense? You only have maximum TWO years happening at the same time. And two years happen at the same time both in S6 and S8.

(It gets even more confusing when you consider that most "years" in the show are "school years", ie: they run fall-spring, straddling two calendar years. So on the show, when you get repeats, it looks like this: spring 2010 happens only once, but fall 2010 happens twice. Spring 2011 happens twice too, but there's only one fall 2011. Likewise, spring 2012 only happens once, but fall 2012 happens twice, as does spring 2013, but we're back to just once for fall 2013.)

Edited at 2017-01-01 07:11 pm (UTC)
Jan. 1st, 2017 09:59 pm (UTC)
Supernatural "On This Day"! I always love when you do these. :) Thanks!
Jan. 1st, 2017 11:58 pm (UTC)
Yay! I like doing them, so that's a good mix. :)
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