We got VERY lucky. I think we were the only table that got ten minutes with Jensen, which was twice as much as everyone else. What a huge treat for heâ€™s the nicest guy to talk to not to mention just like his co-star heâ€™s great on the eyes. He was the only person in the press room to almost make my heart stop with his big piece of news. Most details on that below. So here it is, the full transcript my roundtable interview with Jensen Ackles at Comic Con.
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.