The Structure of Charmed Season 10

                                                                                                                                                   And a sneak peek at the Charmed #4 cover

On his Tumblr Pat Shand posted a sneak peak of the Charmed #4 cover (featuring Piper) and his plans for the structure of the season.

You can read Pat's full post in the following link:


  • "Here’s your first PAT IS SUPER MEAN SNEAK PEEK at the cover for Charmed #4. No context, no explanation, just pure mean teases."
  • "I mentioned on Twitter that I’m not going to talk about Charmed #5 at all. And that’s true. ‘Cause anything I say would be a spoiler. And you don’t want to be spoiled, do you? Don’t answer that."
  • "I will talk about the rest of the series, though. I moved onto the sixth issue a few days ago, and I’m slowly writing that one."
  • "With the sixth issue in its rough draft phase, though, I thought now would be a good time to talk about the structure of this season."
  • "I’ve been where you guys are. I was a fan of Buffy the Vampire SlayerAngelSupernatural, and a BUNCH of others shows that would later become comics. In the case of the “seasons” of comics, the books that sought to continue the narrative of a show that has ended, it causes the fandom — and me — a bit of a mental conundrum. These are comics, yes, and we should think of them — and specifically, CHARMED: SEASON TEN — as such. However, they’re also something else. With the use of the “season” terminology, a word I specifically requested we use for this series, along with my request that we begin with a new #1, we are appropriating the format episodic television. That purposely leads fans to think of what we’re doing as a television show, and when I was reading books that did the same thing, I found it unfair when creators urged the fans not to try to box comics into what they expect from a TV show. I saw countless fans arguing fucking PASSIONATELY over whether a single issue = an episode or if an arc = an episode. It seems trivial in the face of the fact that, either way, we’re getting more story. But people care. I cared. And passion is never trivial."
  • "CHARMED: SEASON TEN is going to be comprised of arcs and one-shots, yes. #1-5 is an arc. #6 and #7 are one-shots. #8 - 10 is an arc. That’s all set in stone. If all goes according to plan and I don’t make a last minute change, #11 will be a one-shot and #12 - 15 will be an arc."
  • "However, to me, each issue represents an episode. The arcs are glued together by an overarching narrative, while the one-shots resolve themselves by the end of the story. However, each chapter of the arcs also sets out to do something specific, to deal with a specific theme or subplot. And, by the end of the season, even though there are arcs and one-shots telling their own stories, it will create a tapestry that also tells one large story about a family of witches and their hubbies. And Cole. And someone else."
  • "So anyway, there it is. An excessively rambly confirmation that ISSUE = EPISODE."

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Comments: 4
  • #1

    TomTom (Monday, 29 September 2014 13:24)

    Wasn't it obvious that "issue" is synonymous with "episode"? oO What else could it be? ^^
    But it's good to have the offical confirmation! So this question is answered for everyone.

    The sneak peak of Cover 4 is a torture! :D It looks so interesting and cool... It seems that the face of Piper/Holly is very good ...catched(?)!

    Hm... what do you think? Whose hand could it be?

  • #2

    p3nathan (Monday, 29 September 2014 15:43)

    I've always thought of each Charmed issue as an episode... but there are some comic book continuations where it's difficult to think of it that way. The Buffy comics, for example, will often do one story split into 4 or 5 issues and it's generally easier to think of all those parts combined as one episode. But then there are also one issue stories which could be thought of as an episode in itself. But I'm glad that's how Charmed is going anyway.

    The sneak peak of the cover looks awesome. Figured we were due a Piper cover. Can't wait to see it in full.

  • #3

    Lisa (Tuesday, 30 September 2014 03:54)

    I always thought one issue equals an episode, so season 9 had 24 episodes. the 200th episode of charmed ended up being Prue Ya Gonna Call, I loved that Prue gets the title for the 200th episode, and she was in it.

    But Buffy is different, it has 25-40 issues a season, so its hard to figure out the structure to fit 22-24 episodes.

  • #4

    Margie (Tuesday, 30 September 2014 03:55)

    I wonder if Prue will get a cover soon, I think she deserves one eventually.