Oh yeah, MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!
(Jensen starts first, asking us a question) Have y'all been here for all five days? Are you burned out? Youâ€™re like â€œOh my gosh, somebody end the misery. Well, weâ€™re almost there. â€ (We all nodded in enthusiastic agreement, although we were more than willing to let this gorgeous guy keep talking.)
Give us a teaseâ€¦
Give us a tease (laughs). If I had a nickelâ€¦ As youâ€™ve probably heard since Iâ€™m now batting clean up, weâ€™re getting back to bit of a season one formula in a sense that weâ€™re putting reset on the whole show. Iâ€™m anticipating this season more than any other simply the fact that we set out to tell a five year story and we told it. So Iâ€™m like â€œNow what? Now what are we going to do?â€ Luckily we have very, very creative and intelligent people writing the show and I know theyâ€™ve got a lot of ideas up their sleeves so Iâ€™m kind of anticipatingâ€¦I donâ€™t know what to anticipate. Iâ€™m just excited about seeing whatâ€™s coming down the pipe. Iâ€™m watering at the mouth as everyone else is.
Youâ€™ve only had four episodes.
Weâ€™re shooting our third one right now.
What do you see (for the season)?
Well like I said weâ€™re kind of getting back to the same formula as season one where itâ€™s that monster of the week type of deal. There will be a mythology common denominator throughout the episodes like you saw in season one and two. What that is hasnâ€™t been completely laid out yet, for me anyway. Iâ€™m sure they have some idea of whatâ€™s going to happen. Knowing what we know about the characters for the past five years and then having them put in positions where they are nowâ€¦Iâ€™m mean Dean is a domesticated individual heâ€™s got a normal job and a girl and basically a kid. Of course he still has a shotgun underneath his bed, still got the rock salt in his trunk and all that kind of stuff. He doesnâ€™t drive the Impala anymore he drives a pickup truck. Not to say that the Impalaâ€™s gone because itâ€™s under a tarp in the garage.
(Note, its right around this time I go into convulsions over this reveal. Jensen notices and is very amused. Once I notice heâ€™s seeing my fan girl reaction â€“ the only one at the table â€“ I tell him, â€œThatâ€™s a tragedy!â€ He smiles more and replies, â€œI know, I know, it is!â€)
Itâ€™s like heâ€™s hung it up, heâ€™s hung up his boots. But that only lasts for a very short while. Like anybody who has the kind of hunting in his blood he gets kind of drawn back. Heâ€™s like the mob, youâ€™re never really out of it.
We heard about the brothers and the dynamic change.
There is. Itâ€™s a bit of a flip in motivation again like I said. Dean is domesticated now and heâ€™s trying his best to lead a normal now. Sam is now back but is really on board with the whole hunting thing. Now itâ€™s a job to him. Itâ€™s what he does, itâ€™s his skill and heâ€™s using it. Heâ€™s trying to leave Dean alone because he wants Dean to have a normal life. So thereâ€™s that kind of push and pull of he wants his brother to work with but he also wants his brother to live this normal life so itâ€™s left him alone for the better part of a year, which is where we pick up the story in season six. And then the past catches up to Dean and Sam canâ€™t stay away and he has to go get him and thatâ€™s where we kind of pick it up. Itâ€™s the struggle of Dean not wanting to get pulled back in but not really having a choice and then trying to figure out how heâ€™s going to deal with the family because he knows that he canâ€™t bring them into it. Itâ€™s kind of too late because he already has and now heâ€™s got to distance himself from it, the one thing he didnâ€™t want to do.
Howâ€™s he adjusting to the family life outside of his brother?
Itâ€™s cool. We just did this whole montage that we shot for episode one of Dean living this normal life. Going to bed next to a pretty girl, and going to barbeque with the neighbors, driving his truck to work, working on the construction site. Itâ€™s kind of cool because itâ€™s completely out of what weâ€™re normally seeing him do. It was kind of nice to play that different level of just being a normal guy. Itâ€™ll be interesting to see how he gets pulled back into it. Even though he doesnâ€™t want to itâ€™s kind of fun to have.
(My question.) What was it like directing? How much fun was that?
It was a lot more work than just acting (laughs). In that Iâ€™ve been acting for thirteen years so I know how to do it. Directing Iâ€™ve never done it and I didnâ€™t want to fail so I prepped like no tomorrow. I was pouring through scripts every night, I was doing shot lists and revising them constantly. I kind of always fell back on what Kim Manners told me about directing. He was, â€œItâ€™s all about the homework. You do your homework, you show up, youâ€™ll have fun. You donâ€™t do your homework youâ€™re going to show up and shoot yourself in the foot.â€ So I knew that if I fail, itâ€™s not going to be because I didnâ€™t do my homework. So I did. I did a ton of it. I showed up day one with eight days of shot lists. I donâ€™t know how it turned out yet, we havenâ€™t seen the cut. I know the crew respected it, they had confidence in me. For a first timer, I was glad to have those guys watching my back.
Would you do it again?
If you asked me the day after I finished I would have said not a chance in hell but now the dust is settled yeah, I would.
Dean and Castiel have a certain relationship. Will that play again next season?
I hope so. Misha hasnâ€™t been in the first three episodes so weâ€™re still waiting for Castiel to show back up. But he does in the, well it would be in the third episode (since episode 4 was shot first). I believe heâ€™s back. I donâ€™t know, I havenâ€™t read anything as far as what the relationshipâ€™s going to be like. Now that heâ€™s the head cheese in Heaven Iâ€™m not quite sure how thatâ€™s going to alter his character. That and now Deanâ€™s different, I donâ€™t know, I donâ€™t have an answer for that. Iâ€™m interested to see myself.
Congratulations on your wedding.
Has that changed things much now that youâ€™re both married men on the set?
Not really. Itâ€™s just like, official now. Itâ€™s good.
Total coincidence that you guys did it after the season five finale.
Yes, total coincidence.
Was it like someone stole the otherâ€™s thunder, so close to each other.
Yes and no. I would say that if we werenâ€™t as good friends as we were it probably would have been like, â€œWhat are you doing?â€ But it was all done very innocently and honestly. I was happy for him, he was happy for me. Weâ€™ve been working together this long, no wonder. I think that weâ€™re on the same cycles now.
What kind of creatures are going to be around for the first three episodes?
I know weâ€™ve got a Djinn, which was in â€œWhat Is and What Should Never Be.â€ That was the end of season two. Kripke actually directed that one. We get a revisit from those characters. Itâ€™s kind of gone since the end of season five the world as far as the evil and the monsters and demons is in an upturn. Thereâ€™s monsters thatâ€™s showing up that shouldnâ€™t be in areas that weâ€™re finding them, are acting out of character. Thereâ€™s vampires that are walking around during the day. Everythingâ€™s turned upside down. For the first few episodes itâ€™s going to be trying to make sense of whatâ€™s going on. But weâ€™re going to get back to those old characters which will be nice because I like season one.