06 November 2020 04:37
"I happened to have a line one time: 'family don't end with blood' … that line has turned out to be the lynchpin of the success of the entire series, I think – the feeling that we are all in it together, as human beings in the world, but also, that we're also all in it together as far as this show goes," Beaver told IGN when we asked him to reflect on the show's longevity, despite its complex mythology compared to TV's other longest-running dramas like Law & Order or Gunsmoke."The characters and the fans, and the actors and the crew, it feels like we all know each other and all care about each other and I think that's probably a little harder to do on a show like Law & Order, even if it did run longer than us," he added.It is not easy to just jump into watching Supernatural and pick up on everything that's going on. Sure, there's some broad appeal to its episodic format: Sam and Dean tackling a vampire nest one week, and a vengeful ghost the next, but tap out for too long and a good chunk of the show's episodes aren't going to make sense thanks to its layered mythology. The angel Gadreel took over Sam to heal him, but now he won't leave?Beaver credits viewer loyalty to those storylines, the emergence of streaming, and the show's uniqueness."[Supernatural] very quickly morphed away from monster-of-the-week into something much more akin to a novel – a very long, rich story that had lots of permutations, but never strayed from a main progressing thread. And in some ways, I think that may have made it more difficult for us in that you really do have to know a good deal about the show for any particular episode to make sense to you. And someone who drops into Season 5 or Season 9 of the show, for their first episode, may be rather confused, but we also came along at a time when DVDs and streaming gave people a chance to see the show not just on the night it aired," he said.
"I think our long, novel-like storyline benefitted from the fact that people could start from the beginning any time they wanted to, and I think that helped balance us against the familiarity and formula of the other kinds of shows and allowed people to engage and re-engage with the show, because it's no surprise to you, I'm sure, that there are people out there that have watched all 14-and-a-half seasons two and three and four times."Beaver has his own sort-of mythology for how he was brought onto the series – one he said has a different tale depending on who is telling it."I got a call to come in and audition for it. I think the truth is a mixture of the two."With Sam and Dean's father, John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), out of the picture a lot of the time (through hunting or later, death), the boys developed a close relationship with Bobby, who became a father-figure and mentor. That bond was instant on screen, but the richness of Sam and Dean's relationship with Bobby unfurled as the seasons went on and Beaver was brought back again and again. He just didn't know it was going to turn out that way."They just kept calling me again and they never said, 'Oh, you're going to be around for a long time.' At the end of my first episode, I remember some of the crew guys saying, 'Well, you may be back. We didn't kill you.' But, you know, they always say that when you're a guest star on a show and you don't get killed," he admitted.But it wasn't too long before Beaver had an indication that there would be true longevity to his role."I think it was really the beginning of Season 3, our late director, Kim Manners, started talking about plans they had for the character later in the season and that was the first time I thought, 'Oh, this isn't going to just keep being a one-at-a-time thing and they're actually thinking ahead for the character.'...
People from Apocalypse World have started mysteriously vanishing, and they think it has everything to do with Billie wanting to send everyone back where they came from. In a very tense scene, we're watching Sam text Eileen as the guys sit in silence while Dean drives as fast as he can. Billie starts squeezing Dean's heart, and Cas gets an idea to find a room in the bunker, lock the door, and use a blood sigil to stop her grip on him. Castiel finally tells Dean about the deal he made with the Empty to save Jack, and since then, he said he's wondered what his moment of true happiness would look like. In Castiel's final moments, he smiles through his tears as the Empty takes both him and Billie, saving Dean.
That rocky road came to a decisive end tonight, as Castiel figured out a way to literally cheat death, save Dean (and therefore probably the universe), and speak his truth all at once. Cas pushed Dean out of the way, leaving a handprint on his friend's shoulder the same way he had when he rescued Dean from Hell, and as the Empty came to take Castiel, it picked up Billie along with it, taking both of them out of existence. So while Team Winchester – Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), Jack (Alexander Calvert), and Castiel (Misha Collins)- looks for a way to end Chuck aka God's (Rob Benedict) plan to wipe out all of existence (without having to sacrifice Jack in the process), series creator Eric Kripke reflects back on his 2003 pitch for what he called a "'Kolchak: The Night Stalker' rip-off" with a serious horror vibe like The Ring and The Grudge (both popular at the time)- and how his first draft nearly sank the series before it had begun. Looking back, Kripke saw the initial approach to the Sam/Dean dynamic as being more "stupidly complicated" and adding very little to the overall narrative. Having Sam and Dean go through that childhood shared experience made the story much more personal, as did finding a way to inject a sense of humor among the horrors awaiting the Winchesters. DIRECTS – With the plan in full motion, Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), Castiel (Misha Collins) and Jack (Alexander Calvert) fight for the good of the common goal.