The series has literally been around for a decade, but The CW’s Supernatural shows no signs of slowing down — despite the fact that it dates back to The WB days. So, where’s it going next?
The ninth season was a nice return to form for the long-running demon-hunting series, and the ratings supported that creative flourish with a surprising uptick in ratings for a nine-year-old series. The latest season also ended with one heck of a twist, finding Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) turned into a demon.
Luckily for us, fellow co-star Jared Padalecki, aka Sam Winchester, was on hand at the 2014 Summer TV Press tour to chat with Zap2it about where the series will pick up when it returns this fall. Check out some excerpts from the interview below:
“When Sam went down to summon Crowley to get his brother back at the end of Season 9, he returned to Dean's room to find his brother gone. Since Sam didn't get a chance to see the episode, he didn't know that Crowley was in there or that Dean woke up a demon. So Sam starts out not having any idea that his brother is a demon. True to the Winchester form, he's going to go through hell and high water to try to get his brother back, wherever his brother is. He doesn't know if he's been taken, or vanished, but he has his suspicions. Sam starts out with the same commitment to bring his brother back that he ended with in Season 9, when he was telling Dean, ‘Stay with me, I'm not going to let you go, I've got you. We'll make it through this.’ Obviously, he didn't, but he's still going to try and keep his promise …
The tone of the Season 10 premiere, we definitely hit the ground running. We'll see Sam already several months into his search for his brother. It starts out very action-y. Sam will not accept 'no' for an answer in figuring out what happened to his brother. It will kind of be like the first couple of seasons, with Sam acting as a fed or a police officer, a doctor or dentist or whatever, to try to almost solve a case. It's a missing person thing. So the energy of the season premiere is very high-paced, more of a thriller, action, than emotional.”
Another big change coming this season is the addition of fan-favorite recurring players Misha Collins (Castiel) and Mark Sheppard (Crowley) as series regulars. The duo have recurred the past few years, but Padalecki said this year the two will play an even bigger role:
“It’s going to make it worse. Misha sucks and Mark has a terrible accent. [laughs] I know that Jensen and I have always been the base of the show, and that the show is about these two brothers, but I love seeing the brothers interact with other characters, especially Misha and Mark (who are both great actors and I would never say that in front of them and if you quote me I'll deny it). Their characters are so fledged out and so wonderful. I don't think, logistically, that studios and networks want to just add a bunch of characters to the show. But in their case, they were just so good and such a crucial part of our show, that it became obvious to the WB and CW that we needed these guys. They're an integral part of the show. Let's thank them for all the hard work they've done and show our commitment to them by having them around all year. It gives us room to play.”
Season 10 of Supernatural premieres Tuesday, Oct. 7, on The CW. Do you like the direction they’re heading?