Memories: I have clearer recall of reading the description of the show in the new-season teaser edition of TV Guide (back when they were still paperback-book shaped) than of watching the pilot for the first time, because I've seen it again often enough that things are rather muddled.
EXCEPT that I will always remember, and be amused by, the fact that I already was getting out of my seat to go turn off the lights when the pre-show card instructed that the viewer do so.
The 'reunion in heaven makes up for a lifetime of missed memories together' finale was terrible when they did it on
, and though I've become tired enough by this show that it didn't bother me quite as much, it was still annoying. Even though it's been clear for a good while that it'd never go back to being primarily a ghosts/urban legends procedural onscreen, I thought at least maybe we'd get tossed a 'fine, that's what happens after Chuck is defeated' bone.
Sam, Dean, Eileen, and Miracle saving people, hunting things. Let us have our headcanons, willya? Maybe it's selfish of me as a fan, but when a story of any sort goes on for so long, no, understandably you can't please everyone, but it feels (again, probably selfishly) unfair that person at the helm is the only one who gets to carve their vision in stone - 'I'm done with telling the interim years of this story, but the characters live X long in X manner and have X kids and if you want to imagine anything different you're spitting in the eye of canon'.
(Agreed with everyone that there were plenty of ways it could have been confirmed that Eileen was involved in the flashforwards without actually getting the actress. It's also bittersweet that Dean Jr was young enough that 'old' Sam wasn't really dying that old, but she's not present or mentioned at his bedside, so either she died even younger or wasn't able to see him and say goodbye for some reason.
But then I haven't really been paying attention to the fandom proper in too long, maybe there was as much of a hate-on for her as most of the early female characters got and they didn't want to risk the torches and pitchforks.)
This, thank you. I think there've been plenty of places in the show that debunked the whole 'living as a hunter is a lonely and miserable existence' thing. They had a home base and a support network, and no ever-escalating mytharc villains specifically out to torture them, which would count for a lot.