[TV] Supernatural Showrunner Says Season Is Focusing on Sam's New 'Situation'
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.15.2013
Plus thoughts on Castiel and Crowley...
Supernatural showrunner Jeremy Carver recently spoke with Zap2It about the show's current season, which kicked off last week with Sam (Jared Padalecki) being possessed by an angel under Dean's (Jensen Ackles) permission without Sam's knowledge in order to fix life-threatening injuries to him. Check out the highlights:
On how Dean's decision will impact his relationship with Sam: "Excellent question, and one for the most part I'd like to see answered onscreen. As well-intentioned as Ezekiel is, I think we can expect something else happening with Sam having an angel in him. And as well-intentioned as Dean is having Ezekiel go into Sam, I think it created an extra burden for him. He convinced Sam not to do the trials to close the gates of hell and now he's gotten an angel inside of his brother. These are two major decisions he's made, which -- one could argue -- went directly against what Sam really wanted for himself...As the season progresses, these issues are not going to go away. These are very important things that need to be discussed by the brothers and how they see their role in this world and how they see their role with each other. This act of Dean's is going to open up a whole box of issues, which some are expected and some unexpected."
On whether Tahmoh Penikett, who plays Ezekiel's host, will return: "It's a little too early to comment on any potential return for Tahmoh especially because he's inside of Sam. It's tough to comment beyond that."
On Castiel react will if/when he finds out that Dean allowed Sam to be possessed by an angel: "You're asking very detective-like questions! I think that any situation where Cas might discover that, I'd love for us all to watch his reaction together as opposed to me telling you what it might be."
On how the ejection of angels from Heaven will Sam and Dean's plans going forward: "You've got a couple different things going on. The tricky thing about the trials is, by their understanding, in order to fully execute these trials they would have to die. They aren't really willing to do that at this time. Now you've got this extra complication of angels falling on earth. So I think, first and foremost, what is occupying the boys' major thoughts beyond the fact that there's an angel in Sam, and Castiel is human, and there's a civil war in hell -- which are an awful lot of things -- is how do we put this genie back in the bottle? How do we get angels back into heaven? What I think we're going to see here, especially in these upcoming episodes in the first run, is that with all kinds of angels falling to earth there's all kinds of bad things that can happen. So job No. 1 on the boys' mind is, 'How do we essentially reverse this spell that Metatron cast?' That's one of the heavier things occuypying them right now."
On whether the now-human Castiel will try to Sam and Dean or to figure out what it means to be human on his own: "You're going to actually see both of those things. The last time we saw Castiel talking with Dean, Dean said, 'Get your ass to the bunker.' I think Castiel has taken that to heart, but the issue is he can't fly, he has very little money, so how is he going to do this? Part of the struggle we see him dealing with when we pick up with him again in episode 3 is not a question of will Castiel reunite with the boys, it's how will that happen?"
On the return of Crowley tonight: "You've got a guy who will come to understand that there's a very serious threat for his crown as it were, and the question for Crowley is, 'How do I possibly manage a civil war while trapped in the Men of Letters bunker?' It's at times humorous, it's at times surprisingly emotional. For a character that we've come to love to hate, I think folks might find themselves actually feeling for this guy in ways they didn't quite expect. It's going to play out, it might not all be there tomorrow night but it's going to be there."