The last time I saw Jared Padalecki, he and his wife Genevieve were days away from the birth of their first child, Thomas. It was at Burbank con and he was all talking babies that day with us. So, as he sat down, I took the opportunity to mention the last time I saw him he was very close to the big event and I finally got to offer my personal congratulations. If we had a lot of time with him, I'm sure he would have shared some stories. However, we barely mustered four and a half minutes.
Here's the video link for those of you who want to watch this on Youtube. There are spoilers, so beware. For those that need a summary while looking at this at work, that's below.
Jared was asked about Sam's love interest in season 8, one that was brought up at the panel:
“Her name is Amelia. Her real name is LeAnn. Very sweet girl, I met her Tuesday, we had our little flashback. Most of the love interest stuff we see is in flashback. When the season starts, Sam is no longer with her. I know she will come back to not-flashback at some point in time, but most of her this season will be in flashback form."
He went on to explain Sam's state of mind:
"Essentially Sam, who walked away from the life when Dean and Castiel disappeared, when Kevin and Crowley disappeared. He was kind of able to for the first time in his life walk away because he wasn’t walking away from anybody as far as he knew. Bobby was gone, Cass was gone, Dean was gone, Kevin was gone. He had no idea where to even start. When Dean when to Hell, (Sam) knew he was in Hell, there was a crossroads deal you go to Hell after that. Sam went to the box, Dean knew he was in the box. Now, maybe he’s in Paris, he’s at the Louvre. There’s no guidelines.
I think Sam was finally able to go, “You know, they’ve vanished, probably not good, Kevin and the King of Hell are gone, who knows where, he doesn’t know where to start. I’ve given enough, given it all, I’ve died, (many times we joke).” I think Sam is able to walk away (with) a storied career, from a successful career hunting."
Jared was then asked what he was most excited for the viewers to see this season. He’s looking forward to them fleshing out Sam and Dean a bit.
“This is never going to be a show about Sam and Dean’s girlfriends.” He thinks they’re going to be able to add a lot of value to his character. “We saw Sam when Dean was in Hell. He was drinking and he was a mess. He didn’t live a good life and was torturing himself, and hooking up with Ruby. But now we see him able to live a normal life that he’s never been able to do. Even with Jess his brother was still out there, his Dad was still out there, everyone he knew was still out there, they’re still hunting. Now he’s able to just go, “I’m giving the life up. I’m worn.”
“You say the show is about two brothers, but there’s kind of a third character and it’s them. The most important thing is the Sam and Dean relationship, and then there’s some Sam and Dean. But I think fleshing out Sam and fleshing out Dean will add to the Sam and Dean relationship which is the show in my opinion is based on.”
He was finally asked about the prospect of going on beyond the eighth season, something that Jeremy Carver eluded to at the panel. He hopes it does, for they've got new blood so to speak in Jeremy coming back and they're on Wednesdays now. Jared loves having a character like this that he can continue to flesh out and he compared the 150 episodes of "Supernatural" to 72 two hour movies.
And that was it. Up next, Jeremy Carver. I gotta say, that one was a thrill more me. More on that coming up.
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