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In their 12th season, the Winchester brothers (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) have added yet another victory to their list of achievements. (And this one comes right after stopping the apocalypse!) After 2.6 million votes were tallied, Supernatural came out on top, beating 63 other new and returning fall shows in our bracket competition.
You name it, Sam and Dean Winchester have done it. (Unless, of course, you’re talking about normal activities like buying their first homes, starting 401Ks, or owning credit cards with their real names on them.) But in the supernatural realm, it’s hard to find a monster they haven’t heard of, killed, or befriended.
Over the course of 241 episodes, The Winchester brothers have been to Hell and back, killed Death himself, come face-to-face with God, and prevented the apocalypse… and they’re not done yet. Heading into its 12th season, Supernatural is already the longest running show in CW and WB history, and according to CW president Mark Pedowitz, as long as Padalecki and Ackles are happy and the ratings are relatively stable, Supernatural has a long life ahead.
But the key to living such a long life — besides coming back from the dead, of course — is never looking too far down the line. For Ackles and Padalecki, their focus is on the next milestone: hitting 300 episodes. “In a marathon, I keep my sights on that next mile, wherever that might be,” Ackles says. “And 300’s a good number to work for.”
Episode 300 would take the show 13 episodes into season 14, or all the way through season 14 if they did a shortened season, something Ackles and executive producer Bob Singer have talked about as a potential option. “We talked about wanting to be able to know when our end was, and if it was to be, let’s say, 300 episodes, we could tell a 13-episode story,” Singer says. “I think it would be bad for this show to just ride off in the sunset without a finale. I think we’ve earned that. I don’t know what that finale is, but we’d certainly like to do one.”
However, Ackles and Padalecki don’t want to get too ahead of themselves. If Sam and Dean have taught them anything, it’s that Death can be lurking around every corner (and he’s usually eating pizza). “If we don’t make it to 300, I think Ackles and I will both be truly bummed,” Padalecki says. “When we get to 300, I think Ackles and I will think it might be time to say bye. There’s a chance that changes, but we certainly do not take it for granted that we’re going to make it to 300.”
At this moment, all they know is that they still love these characters. “I feel I’ve learned a lot from my friend Sam. I’ve learned a lot from my friend Dean. I want to tell that story as well as possible as long as possible, but I don’t want it to get too long in the tooth,” Padalecki says.
Ackles chimes in: “I feel like if I ever show up to set and I feel like I don’t care, or if I feel like he doesn’t care, then that’s the canary leaving the mine. To this day, I have not really ever sensed that from myself or him… They’re paying us to bring that little bit of magic to what they wrote, and I still feel that magic today. The day that I don’t feel that magic will be a very sad day, and I hope that day never comes. I’d like to get to 300 before that day comes.”
For now, there’s still plenty of gas left in the Impala’s tanks. Speaking of which, the only thing that’s certain about Supernatural’s end is Baby’s fate. “He gets Baby,” Padalecki says of Ackles. “I get Baby Two.”
Ackles makes one correction: “No, you’ll get Three. Two is stunt. It’s beat to s—.”
Supernatural: How Mary's return will shake things up
Supernatural’s eleventh season took sibling rivalries to a new level by introducing God’s sister, Amara. Fans learned all about how creation began, how God locked his sister away for billions of years, and by the end of the season, how two siblings could overcome all of it.
But where do you go from there? Well, considering you can’t go bigger than God’s family drama, new showrunner Andrew Dabb is refocusing on smaller family drama, but one that’s a bit closer to the hearts of fans — the Winchesters.
“Every time we do a big world-spanning story, we feel we’re really stretching our show,” Dabb tells EW. “What our show was designed to be and I think functions best as is smaller personal stories with a genre twist.”
And it’s hard not to tell a personal story when season 11 ended with the resurrection of Mary Winchester, Sam and Dean’s mother, who died in the pilot. “At the heart, the dynamic of the show is unchanged in that it’s always going to be about the brothers, it’s always going to be about the family they’ve put together,” Dabb says. “And Mary doesn’t so much upset that as complement it. When she comes in, it’s family through another lens.”
As Jensen Ackles puts it, “You’re going to see two brothers be sons. We saw that [with their dad, John], but when you’re a son to your father, it’s a different son than you are to your mother.”
For Sam, it’s his first real chance to meet his mom, who died when he was 6 months old. “I think Sam has glorified mom so much in his head,” Jared Padalecki says. “It’s almost like a blind date and Sam’s already in love with the person he hasn’t met yet. It’s been fun for me, after 240-something episodes, to have a brand-new facet of Sam’s personality to play.”
And for Dean, it’s a chance to see how this Mary compares to the one he remembers. “There are very faint memories that Dean has of mom. Those memories have, in my opinion, been embellished over the years. Memories can evolve over time as you need it to relate to your own life,” Ackles says. “To have her back now, he’s pulling all these memories up, and obviously he’s a different person now. He doesn’t have the relationship with her that he had as a child because he doesn’t really even understand that relationship.”
Mary will find herself in the bunker — which will make for some awkward family moments — and on the road, hunting. “She is their origin myth,” Dabb says. “At first, they’re really excited to have her back, but also aren’t quite sure how she’s going to respond to them because they know the last thing she wanted was for her kids to be hunters, and now she’s walking into a world where her kids are hunters. It’s a relationship that’s going to evolve over time as Mary herself comes out and she sees her kids and she doesn’t want to get into hunting but she of course lives in our world and you can’t turn your back on it forever. She gets kind of pulled back in and has mixed feelings about that.”
“[This season is] more Sam and Dean on the road. Mary is there. Cas is there. Crowley is there,” Dabb continues. “There’s more monsters of the week this year. It’s more about telling smaller stories that also impact more of our characters.”
And that includes a new friendship between Castiel and Mary. “He has a shared experience of feeling like an outsider with the brothers yet feeling connected to them,” Misha Collins says. “He is pushing them to confront the emotional bomb that is their mother showing up.”
As for how they’ll confront that “emotional bomb,” fans can expect Sam to take the more academic approach of trying to understand mom’s side of things, whereas Dean might react a bit more emotionally. So in other words, how they typically react to things.
Supernatural returns Thursday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. on The CW.
Supernatural Brings Back Adam Rose to Help Sam and Dean Fight Hitler
Supernatural is exhuming a Führer-ious piece of mythology in Season 12, tapping Adam Rose to reprise his role of Aaron Bass as Sam and Dean prepare to do battle with Hitler.
The Veronica Mars vet previously appeared in the Season 8 episode “Everybody Hates Hitler” as the grandson of a member of the Judah Initiative, the secret group of rabbis formed to fight the Thule Society. Rose’s character reappears in this season’s fifth episode, which, not so coincidentally, also features the return of the Thule Society.
“[They] want to enact their master plan and bring back Hitler,” showrunner Andrew Dabb previously teased to TVLine. “Sam and Dean are going to fight Hitler, and that’s opening up some interesting doors for us in terms of just doing some more crazy stuff.”
Supernatural Season 12 premieres on its new night, Thursday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c on The CW.
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“Dean, Mary and Cas are on the ‘Save Sam train,’ and that really drives them for the first three episodes,” executive producer Andrew Dabb previews. Once reunited, the Winchesters find themselves “pulled in two different directions” thanks to the dual threat of the British Men of Letters and Lucifer, who has taken on the vessel of a down-on-his-luck rock star (Rick Springfield). Everyone wants a piece of the fallen angel, including Crowley, who is looking to reclaim Hell and get payback for being humiliated. Lady Toni’s brethren, however, may turn out to be occasional allies in addition to stirring up trouble. “Sometimes, Sam and Dean will be working with them. Sometimes, they’ll be working against them,” Dabb hints. Meanwhile, the miraculous return of Mama Winchester has the brothers feeling “happy and conflicted” as she adjusts to a world that includes modern technology and angels. Speaking of heavenly creatures: Season 12 will spin “more personal” Cas stories and dig into his past a bit.
BONUS SPOILER!: “We’re putting the focus more on the world of hunters, so some of our past fan favorite hunters will, hopefully, swing through the show,” Dabb teases.
How in the world could they leave off Charlie!!! She was their little sister!!! She died helping them! They put Ruby on here! Seriously! She set them up! And the ghostfacers!!! What about Ellen or Gabriel! They both died helping the boys as well!
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The CW has released an official description for the October 20 episode of Supernatural.
This one is called “Mamma Mia” and the original Human Target, Rick Springfield, guest stars! Here’s the write-up:
RICK SPRINGFIELD GUEST STARS — Dean (Jensen Ackles), Castiel (Misha Collins) and Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) have a lead on Sam (Jared Padalecki) and set out to rescue him. Dean is uncomfortable with putting Mary in danger but she insists on going along. Meanwhile, Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard) is tipped off that Lucifer has taken over the body of rock star Vince Vicente (guest star Rick Springfield). Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming (#1202). Original airdate 10/20/2016.
The CW has released an official description for the third episode of Supernatural Season 12.
Airing on October 27, the episode is called “The Foundry.” Here’s how they describe it:
OH BABY – When a crying baby leads to death in a mysterious abandoned house, Mary (guest star Samantha Smith), Sam (Jared Padelicki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) decide to investigate. Meanwhile, Castiel’s (Misha Collins) hunt for Lucifer (guest star Rick Springfield) leads him, begrudgingly, to partner up with Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard). Robert Berens wrote the episode directed by Robert Singer (#1203). Original airdate 10/27/2016.