‘Supernatural’ Season 10: Stars and Showrunner Tease Demon Dean, Show’s Ultimate End

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles Supernatural

In honor of “Supernatural’s” upcoming tenth season, The CW brought showrunner Jeremy Carver and stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki to the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour to reflect on the show’s milestone anniversary and the future of the cult hit.

While stars Ackles and Padalecki conceded that they’re not getting any younger when it comes to performing stunts — “it has become more difficult, and we’re by no means senior citizens right now; I’m 32 and Jensen’s, what, 48?” Padalecki quipped — neither has any desire to end the show, at least for the foreseeable future.

“I think we’re all on the same page — we still get excited about it. That hasn’t tarnished in 10 years. I remember getting the season finale and I got all giddy about it; I was excited to see what happens in season ten,” Ackles admitted. “As long as there’s that fulfillment and excitement, we’ll keep going with it.”

Still, they don’t see the show going on indefinitely. “If the show quality diminishes, if it ever reaches a spot where we get a phone call from Jeremy… ‘we feel we’ve said what needs to be said…’ [that’s fine],” Padalecki said. “I truly do care deeply about this show and Sam Winchester — I don’t want him to be broken down and beaten down into something I end up not respecting… I think we know the show enough and know our characters enough to know: If there’s an end coming, I think we’ll all see it.”

For now, though, Carver is confident in their trajectory heading into the tenth season. “There’s so much story left to tell, which is remarkable given we’re in season 129 already,” he laughed.

As is the show’s tradition, season nine ended with one hell of a cliffhanger — quite literally, since Ackles’ Dean was resurrected from the dead as a demon. “We’ll see demons and angels, ghosts and werewolves,” Carver teased of the new season. “We’ll be seeing, of course, a side of Dean that we’ve never seen, which is Demon Dean, and we’ll be staying with Demon Dean for more than one episode, and I think we’ll probably be seeing a different type of Demon Dean than you might expect, which is something we’re all pretty excited about.” In season ten, the series will also introduce a new character who is as interested in Dean’s change in perspective as Sam and Crowley are. “While Sam is on the hunt for his brother, there is another rather mysterious character who is on the same hunt and causes all kinds of complications for the boys,” Carver added. “[And] Castiel is very much in the picture, we come back with him where we left off; his grace is fading, he’s in danger of dying if he doesn’t figure out a way of dealing with it.”

Ackles and Padalecki demonstrated their decade-long friendship on the panel, admitting that the secret to the show’s success is in their camaraderie in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

“We have spent probably more time with each other than any other human on the planet over the last 10 years,” Ackles noted. “If he wasn’t here, I would probably elaborate a little bit more. I’ve learned a lot from him. He is a brother on and off screen, and we’ll forever have a friendship that is a lot different than most, because it’s really truly unique because of what we’ve gone through together, and it’s been quite an amazing ride. I’m just glad we’re still trekking along.”

Padalecki agreed, “I feel like I’d be doing a disservice if I tried to put into words what I’ve learned from Jensen, with Jensen; we’ve literally grown up together… We went from single twenty-somethings to fathers, husbands, and it’s hard to kind of quantify with a few short sentences exactly what all that encompasses.”

After the panel, Ackles continued to praise Padalecki in a smaller group interview with reporters: “I truly do get along with Jared as well as anyone could ever hope to get along with a coworker. That really makes for just a fun place to work. We laugh with our camera crew, with our sound guys, with electrics and grips and everybody, it’s just one happy dysfunctional family. I think the fact that we have these relationships is probably the greatest thing that’s happened to me since the start of the show.”

Ackles was also effusive in praising co-stars Misha Collins (Castiel) and Mark Sheppard (Crowley), who are series regulars in season ten. “[Mark’s] on as a contract player now, we’ve got Misha fully contracted now, and I couldn’t be more excited. Personally I think it’s something we probably could’ve done a couple years ago, because I think they’re integral to the story and to the boys moving forward,” he said. “It definitely is going to make for some interesting storylines and arcs this year, having them both available to us full time, not having to share Mark with another series or having to share Misha with something else. The fact that they’re both on full time was welcome to us.”

Ackles is also directing the third episode of season ten, which filmed first to allow the star to prepare for the added workload. “They bumped mine up to the front of the list to allow me to come back a little early from my hiatus, do the prep, do the shoot, and now we’re starting our season premiere today — they kindly wrote Jared and I out of the first day so that we could come and spend the day with you,” he explained. “In preparing to direct the episode that I just directed, I went back and started picking up some episodes. I went all the way back to the pilot, watched a couple more in season one, season two, some of the big arc shows, the ones that move the mythology, the story along… I just wanted to get fired up again and it inspires me to go back and see how far we’ve come and what we’ve done.”

Playing Dean as a demon while directing was a particular challenge, Ackles admitted. “I’ve only had one episode to do it, and it was an episode I was directing, so my mind was a little scattered, but luckily I was overly prepared as a director so I was able to concentrate on the performance of demon Dean. It was fun for this episode, but the next two, I believe, are going to be even more entertaining.”

On the panel, Carver discussed a potential ending for the show at some point down the line. “I know that Eric Kripke always had an ending in mind — which he hasn’t yet shared with me — and I have an image and the like, but I always want to keep room for happy accidents as well,” he said. “The show is continuing on beyond any of our wildest dreams, so I don’t think we want to limit ourselves. Just because I have the perfect image in my head, doesn’t mean one of these guys couldn’t come up with something okay. I think we have images in our heads but our minds are wild.”

Following the panel, Ackles agreed, “The end is — like Jeremy said — it’s still up in the air. They have an idea, I have some ideas. I have dreams about the way the show is going to end, so I try to log all that and keep it contained, because I don’t want to have any expectations just yet. I still get wowed when I read these guys’ scripts. I still get excited, I still get inspired, and I never want that to change.”

“Supernatural” season ten premieres Tues., Oct. 7 at 9 p.m on The CW.

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  1. bruce says:

    This has been a great show after 10 years of these guys sharing my living room they will be sorely missed when they go,but go they will and other great shows come in,right now the show that has caught my supernatural attention has been THE STRAIN I highly recommend it.

  2. patty says:

    Big fan of the show watched from beginning i like when the show goes off into a different direction just when you think you no what will happen.. Looking forward to all the new adventures thank you all so much for the entertainment.

  3. Thurman DeHorney Sr says:

    I completely enjoy “Supernatural” on the CW and when I changed from “Cable” TV I insisted that “Satellite” include in its local channels the “CW” so I could continue to follow the show … I just love the “special affects” and the realistic resolve of all the demons, angels, werewolves, ghosts, vampires, and so on ….

  4. Chelsey says:

    I for 1 love this show it is mind filling I love the chills it gives u n ur always on the edge of ur seat 2 c what’s gonna happen next I can’t wait for season 10 and I’m going 2 continue watching this show just to see the sexy man Jensen ackles

  5. Lynnacworth says:

    More than likely I am older than every other poster so far and more probably I am older than the sum total of their ages. That said and punctuated by the fact that Supernatural has the two Hottest leads on one screen at one time, I too am excited about the boys on this journey of good prevailing over evil. But I do miss Bobby and don’t feel that it would demean his death to bring him back not as a ghost but his old irreverent sassy self. Will look forward to a new character which I suppose should be a strong female role although she’d better drip sarcasm to keep up with this lot. I have loved every plot twist (except the lame spinoff attempt) some shows have sent me to either the library or back to the bible and that’s never a bad thing. So here’s to a great tenth season and I just hope that the boys are still hanging in “still talking” when I on my walker and oxygen bottle.

  6. Dark Maiden says:

    Glad to hear they are still jazzed about doing the show. I am less glad we are getting another new character. I have had to suffer through Charlie (Super Mary-Sue), Kevin and Mrs Tran (Super Mamma Mary-Sue) and I do not have great expectations we are not gonna get another in that line of characterization. I just wish they would bring back one of the women from the past. I mean they keep bring back Cas, (and the boys), they refuse to kill Crowley, why can’t they bring back Ellen, or Jo, or Ruffus, characters that have a real connection to the boys,and stop trying to shoehorn in some new creation.

    I will make a prediction the new character will be a hunter, female and ‘badass’. Will make Sam and Cas look like amateurs and be the way Dean’s Demon issue gets solved. I get not wanting to bring back Bobby. His death was meaningful and bring him back (at least at this point, sometime down the road, maybe) would diminish his death. But Ellen and the rest have been gone long enough that bring them back would be a great emotional moment for all fans of the show.

    Anyway, that’s my opinion on the new character thing.

  7. eskayvee says:

    Jensen Ackles is MY reason to watch the show. As long as he’s excited and creatively fulfilled, I’ll keeo watching.

  8. Nicole Lawing says:

    If there’s an ending i never want to see it. LOL
    I don’t know about the rest of America and Supernatural fans. But i have different ways of looking at life, and I’ve had my fill of life’s down instead of up’s. But what really got me through most of all that, was Tuesday’s nights @9pm during Supernatural.
    So i know I’m just one person, one fan; speaking from the heart. I don’t know if my words would matter much. But i wouldn’t want to see a end to Supernatural, because i look at any fictional characters like i would a hero or a Angel. Thanks for making my Tuesday nights way awesome. .and if you are going to end the show. It would be a total bummer, but at least have some pie before you go out with a bang. LOL

  9. Liam says:

    I’m glad Jensen is just as excited as the rest of us that Misha (and Mark) are solidly around this season! I can’t imagine the show without either of them, and Team Free Will is THE reason I watch the show.

    “[Mark’s] on as a contract player now, we’ve got Misha fully contracted now, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

    “The fact that they’re both on full time was welcome to us.”

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