Supernatural star Jensen Ackles explains his initial reluctance to do The Winchesters fallout from the prequel when he and writer Robbie Thompson started discussing the series. Created by original showrunner Eric Kripke in 2005, Supernatural followed Ackles’ Dean and Jared Padalecki’s Sam Winchester for 15 seasons before airing its final episode in 2020. After the Supernatural finale, it appeared that the Winchester family business of saving people and hunting things was over.
In June 2021, it was announced that Ackles and his wife Danneel would produce and develop a Supernatural prequel series through their Chaos Machine Productions production alongside Warner Bros. TV for The CW. Entitled The Winchestersthe series will be written and co-produced by Supernatural alum Thompson and explore the love story of Sam and Dean’s parents, John and Mary Winchester. Ackles is also attached to reprise his role as Dean, who will serve as the prequel’s narrator. That said, we don’t know how The Winchesters plans to contextualize a story that was – at least partially – already told in the original Supernatural series.
In a recent interview with TVLineexecutive producer Ackles spoke about the initial conversation he had with writer Thompson about The Winchesters. He said that at first he wasn’t sure if the show’s premise could be taken down.. Ackles explained that he changed his mind when he committed to linking the stories of the prequel show and Supernatural in “much crazier” path. Read what Ackles had to say below:
“To be honest, I was like, ‘I don’t know if we can do this.’ “’Well, we know we have to do this, and we know we have to do that, but if we just connect those dots with a straight line, it’s no fun. It’s boring. It’s a simple story. If we connect these dots in a way crazier, wilder Supernatural way, then we have a show. So that’s what we did.”
Ackles is currently the only actor from the original series confirmed to return for the prequel. In Supernatural, the older Mary and John Winchester were played by Samantha Smith and Jeffrey Dean Morgan respectively, while the younger versions were portrayed by Amy Gumenick and Matt Cohen. After Mary’s death in the Supernatural pilot, not much was known of his life before John. In season 4, Dean traveled back in time and it was revealed that Mary Campbell was also raised as a hunter – something she hid from a young John so they could live normal lives. In the same Supernatural episode, Mary made a deal with the demon to resurrect John, which ultimately caused his death and led John, Sam, and Dean on the hunt. Supernatural then then pieced together John’s family history, making his father a member of the Men of Letters.
Drake Rodger was cast as John and Meg Donnelly as Mary in The Winchesters. The couple were believed to be living a relatively “normal, apple pie” life during their time together. Said from Dean’s point of view, it will be interesting to see how the prequel series disproves this understanding of Supernatural lore and follows its two main characters as they “put everything on the line not just to save their love, but for the whole world.” At least now Ackles himself seems confident in The Winchesters‘ ability to avoid the pitfalls of Supernaturalthe last seasons.
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