Supernatural‘s Winchester brothers have officially been “saving people, hunting things” for 200 episodes … and season 10 isn’t even halfway over. But after taking a break from some of the season-long drama last week to celebrate the show’s milestone, it’s time to get back in the swing of things. EW chatted with stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles about the season so far and what lies ahead.
EW: Were you all surprised at how quickly Dean became human again?
PADALECKI: Yes. I was disappointed.
ACKLES: Yeah, I thought they probably could’ve dragged that on a little longer. They wanted to get Dean back to Dean and get the brothers back to being brothers again. I like that. I’m thankful that, for the first time in several seasons, [Sam and Dean are] kind of back together as brothers. That being said, I wouldn’t have minded a handful of more episodes with that separation. That would’ve been fun.
PADALECKI: My wet dream was like having a cat-and-mouse chase ala De Niro and Pacino in Heat. I wanted to be on his trail for a while.
ACKLES: We could’ve explored more of what Sam went through too because a lot of that is being implied and not seen, which will come back in the future, and I think maybe we’ll get to see some of that in flashbacks. I hope so.
PADALECKI: I felt so blessed that I was able to play soulless Sam for half a season or Gadreel/Ezekiel Sam for half a season, and it’s so fun to watch that dynamic. Part of me wanted that action movie, like Sam on Dean’s trail or vice versa to dance around it for a little bit, but I understand we have other stories to tell.
ACKLES: It could’ve very easily been five to 10 episodes of leading up to that meeting of Sam and Dean. But they’ve only got 23 episodes and they gotta get to the point, they gotta move the story along because they got places to go.
We got a glimpse at how dark Sam went to save Dean. Is there more where that came from?
PADALECKI: There is a little bit more. It’s more hinted towards than necessarily seen.
ACKLES: We might get some flashbacks and stuff in the future.
PADALECKI: And we also see it kind of manifested in the way Sam behaves. He knows that he crossed these boundaries that he swore he’d never cross. These people were humans. And so Sam has done whatever it took to monsters but to do it to a human being and to a human soul I think has put this kind of resolution inside of Sam where he knows where he’s gone and he doesn’t want to go there again.
“Supernatural” reaches a new milestone on Tuesday night as it airs its 200th episode. Jared Padalecki, who plays Sam Winchester, said he is thrilled to have reached this point.”It’s been this weird kind of comedy of errors and this very lucky situation where we started out at [The WB], went to The CW and we had a few of the same crew, and obviously, [The CW President] Mark Pedowitz came in and loved the show and kept us going strong right when it could’ve been a coin toss and either heads or tails, heads they stay, tails they leave and he kept us around and we’ve had this new, fresh breath of life breathed into our show, and here we are,” Jared said. “And I still sometimes can’t believe it. It’s amazing.”
Tuesday’s episode, titled “Fan Fiction,” has been described as a love letter to the show’s devoted fans and it will see Jensen’s Dean and Jared’s Sam Winchester, follow up on a case that leads them to a girls’ high school where the Winchesters’ story is being recreated on the stage.
“They’re actually doing a musical version of Sam and Dean Winchester’s lives and so Sam and Dean Winchester go to investigate this death and go like, ‘Why are these people — why is this person dressed like Bobby? Why is this person dressed like Cas? And [they] come to find out it’s this kind of like fantastical version of our lives,” Jared told Access. “And it became like this pseudo-realism where Jensen and I, as Jared and Jensen, were watching as Sam and Dean and we were kind of watching like the last 10 years of our lives and the shows that we had done and these journeys that we had been through as Sam and Dean and it was a really cool just blessing that not a lot of people get to experience.”