Supernatural producer explains [REDACTED]'s brutal, shocking death

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Dec 20, 2013, 11:03 AM EST

Despite being almost a decade old, The CW’s Supernatural is still cranking out some great episodes — and some truly heart-rending moments. So why did that shocking midseason death have to happen?

Spoilers ahead for Supernatural’s recent midseason finale!

The season-long storyline of Sam’s (Jared Padalecki) angel occupation came to a head with the tragic death of everyone’s favorite prophet, Kevin Tran (Osric Trau), as all Dean (Jensen Ackles) could do was look on in horror as the kid had his brain burned out.

In a chat with Entertainment Weekly, producer Jeremy Carver said it was with a “heavy heart” that they made the call to kill off Kevin, but he promised the death will definitely help drive the narrative arc going forward.

Here’s an excerpt:

“We were saying from the beginning of the season that Dean has made two very big decisions here. One was at the end of last season when he convinced Sam not to close the gates of hell and the beginning of this season making the decision to essentially trick Sam into accepting the angel Ezekiel — who was actually the angel Gadreel. But he made these two crucial decisions that affected the boys’ mythology and to watch particularly the second one turn into a heartbreaking failure is really what’s going to be driving Dean from here on out in the season, starting with he’s going to do whatever it takes to track down this angel and eject him from Sam. And that’s going to lead him to making alliances that he never thought he’d be forced to make. But he’ll do anything, basically, to try to right what he, I guess, considers one of the biggest mistakes he’s ever made…

It really does break him up — frankly, as it did us. Kevin has become a really beloved character on this show and like I said, it’s with a heavy heart that we did this but sometimes you have to go where the story goes. And Dean finds himself, I think, a bit unmoored by this with really no one but himself to blame. And as we know, Dean’s go-to is blaming himself anyway. And the fact that he’s right this time, hits him hard. And I think we’ll find him struggling with this for quite a few episodes. Now, I think things get serious, tense, sad and people get angry. But I don’t think in any shape or form that things get mired in sadness. It’s not like we’ve thrown a 600-pound weight on this. Things are kept moving and brisk. You can throw a pity party all you’d like but there’s always a monster around the corner waiting to be killed. The last thing we’re going to do is, whether he wants to or not, no one is going to get a chance to drown his sorrows. That’s where the unlikely alliances come in and people pulling Dean out of this come into play.  They keep things moving and keep it interesting, compelling.”

It will be interesting to see how this affects the Winchesters, especially since Kevin’s skill at translating all those angel tablets came in pretty handy. But, more than anything, Dean is the one who made the kid a part of the war — and you know it’s going to rip his heart out to have it end like this.

What did you think of the decision to kill off Kevin? Good move?


(Via Entertainment Weekly)