Interview with Jared Padalecki – Supernatural Season 9 coming to E4
It’s not really fair to just to interview Jensen, so here’s Jared too!
What excites you the most about Season 9 of Supernatural?
Season 9 is really cool! I’m more excited about shooting this season than any other season of Supernatural. I was really excited when I read the first five scripts and I think they are the best five episodes I’ve ever read, including Season 1. As an actor, and as a fan of the show, I’m really excited about it. I am certain that the fans are going to think the storyline is bad-ass this season. And I’m really hoping that they like my choices as an actor when they see what happens.
Tell us more, Jared…
At the end of last year, Sam was not getting better. Well, this storyline will explain how Sam gets better. Dean says, “Hey buddy, stop the trials and you’re not going to die.” And so Sam does stop the trials, but clearly he does not get better. We know that at some point between then and the second episode of Season 9, he gets better and you’ll find out why immediately.
Can you fill us in with a bit more on the back-story?
Basically, Sam and Dean show up in the middle of this bunker. Kevin [played by Osric Chau] tries to come over and he doesn’t realise that they’re still alive. Then Sam walks Crowley in with a bag over his head; they sit him down in the dungeon where the Devil is trapped and they pull the bag off his head. They tell him that he’s going to have to give them the name of every demon on Earth, and the human who they are possessing.
What happens next?
Crowley’s reaction is, “There’s no way I’m telling you that!” He’s not going to give up that easily, but they still have him. We know that at some point in the second episode they’ll put Crowley in their dungeon inside the middle of this bunker. Obviously, Kevin is there; Kevin and Crowley don’t really have an affection for one another, so Sam and Dean are going to have to try to convince Kevin to leave Crowley alone. And, they’re not going to fall for his tricks. They know that if Crowley says, “Hey, let me stretch my legs,” they mustn’t let him. Crowley presumably knows where Kevin’s mother is, if she actually is dead. And so he’s certainly going to try and get into Kevin’s head and then escape. Sam and Dean are going to hope that that doesn’t happen.
This is the ninth season of Supernatural. How does the show keep its appeal after all these years?
One of the great things we do with this show is reinvent it. Our fans are very forgiving; they are passionate and they let us know what they think, but ultimately they trust the writers. One of the things we’ve been able to do is see different versions of these two guys [Sam and Dean] and we’ve been able to treat Seasons 8 and 9 as one massive season. We get to build and build, and we don’t have to break walls down when we don’t need to. I’m really excited about this season. I’m more excited than ever about what I get to do with Sam.
How much has the show changed recently?
When we did the pilot, we were told to say that it’s like The X-Files meets Route 66; it’s about two guys on the road in a car. That changed quickly and it has built and built, and now we have a standing set. It’s nice to have a base and it’s nice to have some sort of spot where we can let the audience know what the story is about before we go on the road.
How do Seasons 8 and 9 work differently to the other seasons?
It’s almost like we’re treating Seasons 8 and 9 as a 46-episode season, without any false breaks. We pick up right where we left off. Well, it’s not right there in the church – but it’s within an hour or a couple of hours.
Supernatural was originally planned to run for five years. Why do you think the show is still going strong?
We’re one of the longest running shows on television! When I turned 31, I remember thinking, ‘Wow… I’m 31 and this is my ninth season. This is a third of my life!’ It’s pretty amazing. I feel that what we’re doing this season could go on for however long the writers, and the fans, want to keep it going. We’ve opened so many doors and we didn’t close any; we didn’t kill this or stop that, we just left it so that we can do anything. What the writers have chosen to do is so awesome. I want to strangle them because I’m really excited about it – but I’m not allowed to tell you anything more at this stage. My hands are tied.
What’s the over-arching theme to Season 9?
The over-arching theme is that the brothers made a commitment to each other in the church. This is a commitment that they’re going to check in with each other; that they are going to remain partners and stay on the same track and not be like, ‘You go do this while I go and do that, and we’ll all try to solve the world our own way.’
What else can you tell us about Season 9?
We now know how to cure a demon. And, as you all can tell, we have the King of Hell in our basement. He’s bound to know where some demons are, and we’re going to have to barter with him. We’re also going to try and hit the pavement and do the groundwork of trying to cure demons, however many at a time.
How much of your own personal experiences do you get to bring to your character on the show?
I bring a lot of myself to the character. In fact, [executive producer] Jeremy Carver and I had a conversation about one of the big secret things that’s going to be a plotline through the show this year and I brought up some of my own experiences. We discussed what I wanted to bring to the table and he said, “Yeah, we trust you. Obviously you know this character.”
How much do you care about Sam Winchester?
I really love Sam. He’s become a part of my life and he forever will be. I care about protecting him and I care about being true to him. He’s an entity that I respect and he’s a friend of mine. They allow us a lot of freedom because they know we care about the show; they trust us. It’s not like I think it’d be cool if Sam had a motorcycle and a hot chick. I want to be true to Sam and they know that.
Supernatural Season 9 is due to start airing on E4 Tues 6th January 2015 at 9pm.