This last Thursday, Supernatural star Jensen Ackles, who played Dean on the 15-season series, revealed that a Supernatural prequel series titled ‘The Winchesters‘ is coming to the CW. Great news for most but not for Ackles’ co-star, Jared Padalecki who is allegedly not going to be part of the show and apparently, knew nothing about it.
According to Padalecki, he first heard about it on Twitter and was “gutted” to have not been in the loop on the show’s development, considering that he and Ackles are close friends in real life.
Dude. Happy for you.
Wish I heard about this some way other than Twitter.
I’m excited to watch, but bummed that Sam Winchester had no involvement whatsoever. https://t.co/bAcEvFKM7p
— Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) June 25, 2021
Jensen and his wife Danneel are set to executive produce while the CW develops the show from the support of the Ackles’ production company Chaos Machine Productions. Robbie Thompson, a previous co-exec for Supernatural will pen the project with the assistance of Chaos Machine.
Considering all of the above, one would think that Jensen would have the sense to talk it out with Padalecki but we shouldn’t be so quick to jump to conclusions. There could have been an NDA or some other gag order that kept him from talking about it and we find it a little hard to believe that Ackles would keep it from his co-star due to some other malicious reason but as fans, we have to keep in mind we do not know what goes on behind closed doors so that is really none of our business.
The good news is that the two allegedly hugged it out and had a good talk about the situation and seem to have smoothed things over with each other. No telling on what the talk was about specifically or why Ackles had to keep it a secret from his friend and Supernatural co-star but these things happen sometimes.
Love you @jarpad …
Miss these talks. I forgot how much face time we always used to get. And I miss that too. I know you’re busy…as am I, but you’re still my brother. I miss you, pal. https://t.co/KtRKYkvc2K
— Jensen Ackles (@JensenAckles) June 25, 2021
According to reports, the show will be about the early days of young John Winchester and his wife Mary while Ackles reprises his role as Dean in the form of a narrator. The show will likely continue on into the days leading up to and after Mary’s death as Dean and John continue to hunt creatures of the night while in search of Mary’s killer, which was concluded in the original Supernatural series.
Fans of the show will recall that Sam eventually decided he would rather go to law school than join the family business and didn’t participate in hunts with his brother and father until the start of the core series which wrapped up its 15th final season in 2020. However, flashbacks from Supernatural show that there were times where Sam was left at a motel while Dean and John went out to fight monsters without him.
Since the prequel show takes place in the earlier days, it is presumed that Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who played John Winchester in the original Supernatural, and Samantha Smith, who played Mary, likely won’t return (you know, since they are older) but no casting details have been confirmed. Actors Matt Cohen and Amy Gumenick played younger versions of the couple in the show but there have not been any details shared on whether the CW was considering having them return. All we know is, the show is happening and we can’t wait for more details.
Supernatural is one of our favorite shows and we are glad that we get to return to the universe of the Winchesters. Hopefully, it will remain true to its roots while introducing never before seen concepts and monsters to keep things fresh.