The creators of Reaper, the short-lived CW series that developed a cult following, have finally revealed how the series would have wrapped up if it hadn’t been abruptly canceled last spring.
Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters created Reaper in 2008 but barely made it through two seasons before the CW canned it. Now, the two explain what should have happened to Sam (who’s soul was sold to the devil by his parents), his friends and his dear old dad. When asked who Sam’s real dad was the women explained, “If you remember, Dad wasn’t dead. And there was a whole reason why he wasn’t dead. Basically, the whole premise that never actually had the chance to come out was the idea that Dad was a demon, who made a deal with the Devil. He fell in love with Sam’s mom and wanted to marry her. So the deal was, fine, you’re not a demon anymore. He was never fully human, either, which is why you can’t kill him. So, in the pilot, when he said he was really sick and made a deal with the Devil, he wasn’t 100% lying nor 100% telling the truth. And this is the reason why Sam is special: Sam is part human, part demon.”
So even though he wasn’t the devil’s son, that doesn’t mean he was completely human either. “Sam was led to believe he was the Devil’s son, but that wasn’t true. That’s not the reason Sam had powers — the powers came from his father. His father was really his father. And part of his deal was that he was never really allowed to tell Sam the truth, and that’s the reason why he says to him ‘there’s more to this than I can tell you.’ And part of what we tried to get out of all of this was that Sam really is special. That’s the reason why, at the end of the last season, Steve comes to him and says Sam is caught between good and evil. What we hoped to get out of the third season was what part did Sam have to play? Sam’s whole existence, and the reason the Devil was paying so much attention to him and hanging out with him so much was because there was a reason: Sam was half-human and half-demon, and the Devil was really worried that this kid was going to be his downfall. If you look at what the Devil is doing throughout the series, he’s trying to tempt Sam to be bad. And he’s trying to tempt him to embrace this, that what you’re doing isn’t so bad. The whole point was that if he can turn Sam bad, then Sam isn’t a threat anymore.”
As if the revelation that Sam was part demon wasn’t enough, the show’s creators also let us in on some of Sock’s secrets, and no, he isn’t an angel as some have speculated. “We really think it was OK that they were really just good friends helping out their buddy. There’s something very virtuous about how those three would have done anything for each other. I almost like it better that they weren’t divine, that they weren’t anything other than human that maybe had a higher purpose, but they were just human.”
So, would Sam and Andi, his on again, off again love interest, have ridden off into the sunset together? The answer is yes! “It would have been a happy ending — he would have gotten the girl and he would have gotten out of his deal with the devil, and we would have found a way to get there.”
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