Deaths done to death

Ha!  I bet you thought I’d totally abandoned the Great Supernatural Death CountAu contraire! I had continued my watching; I just hadn’t updated in a long while.

I gotta say, this is the last time I’m doing a Supernatural retrospective.  As much as I love the show, it got mighty tedious towards the end (which is probably why I didn’t didn’t finish my previous 2 retrospectives).

Dean grabs his flask in "Houses of the Holy"

The Great Supernatural Death Count drove Dean to drink.

So what did I learn?  First of all, it’s really, really hard to decide who to count as a victim on this show and who not to.  Do demon hosts count?  Angels?  Do we count those who lost their humanity by turning into vampires?  I struggled with these decisions throughout the review, and I probably didn’t apply my criteria consistently.  Still, I think the final percentages are fairly accurate.  About 2/3 of the victims were men, 1/3 women.  Less than 10% of the victims were ethnic.

How does this compare to the general population?  (All this data is from the U.S. Census Bureau, a very cool site.  In the time I was checking out the stats, the US population went from 308,509,770 to 308,509,874).  First of all, the male/female ratio is not 50/50.  It’s more like 49/51.  Ok, maybe just 49.5/50.5.  The bottom line is there are more women than men.  As for race, here’s the breakdown:

Sam is so not drunk enough in "Red Sky at Morning"

Sam, too.

  • White—75.3%
  • Black—12.3
  • Latino—12.5%
  • Asian—3.6%
  • Native peoples—1%

I’d venture to say the reason white male deaths on Supernatural are so prevalent is because the characters are predominantly white men.  Even when a role could have been male or female (almost any of the angels, FBI agents, Chuck), it went to a man.  I don’t think this is a Supernatural phenomenon per se, it’s a Hollywood phenomenon.  Plus, the show hasn’t been too successful in casting fan-accepted women in recurring roles.  So, make of that what you will.

I’ll have more thoughts in future posts, including data on recurring characters.  Stay tuned.

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