So, what’s the scoop on the Ghostfacers’ return to Supernatural?
“Uhhh, we’re back?” actor A.J. Buckley says with a laugh.
He’s kidding, but not really. He confirms lead Ghostfacers Harry Spangler (Travis Wester) and Ed Zeddmore (Buckley) are back on the popular CW series, but can’t share any tasty tidbits beyond the following:
“Definitely, this episode is a lot different than any other Ghostfacers episode that we’ve done. And I will leave it at that,” Buckley says. “It’s a lot different in the way that we have shot it, and been portrayed.”
The episode features the Ghostfacers “helping” a mother after her teenaged daughter dies under mysterious circumstances. The pair of inept paranormal investigators is the longest-lived characters over the series’ nine seasons.
Even leading men Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have died. This being Supernatural, though, both the buff Winchester boys have been resurrected.
Ghostfacers Ed (A.J. Buckley), right, and Harry (Travis Wester) investigate a teen’s death on this week’s episode of Supernatural. It marks the fourth time the pair have appeared on the series.
Although the Ghostfacers play perpetual second-fiddle to the brothers, they have a dedicated fan base, competency be damned. Once word got out that Wester and Buckley were returning to the series — Tuesday marks their fourth appearance — fans went a tad tizzy on social media and the web. (Fans are trying to get #riseofthefacers trending on Twitter by Tuesday.)
“I know people are going to be so happy! The love for these characters is more than any other I’ve played,” Buckley says. “There have been Supernatural conventions, but there has actually been a Ghostfacers convention. They are so committed.”
Fans of the Ghostfacers are so dedicated that the characters were spun off into a 10-episode web series. Buckley and Wester were two of the four co-writers/directors on the series, which was included on the DVD set of Supernatural’s fifth season.
Wester says while viewers love the high-octane exploits of the Winchesters, the folks on the couch have more in common with the terminally out-of-the-loop Ghostfacers.
“If they were actually in that supernatural situation, they would be completely out of their element, whether people want to admit it or not,” Wester says on the phone from Vancouver, where the series is shot. “They understand the Ghostfacers. Sam and Dean are hunters, children of destiny, epic, whereas the Ghostfacers are epically normal.”
And the 36-year-old actor proudly considers himself part of that demographic. He can relate to the fans’ reaction to the Ghostfacers, as well as his character’s motivation.
What I really enjoy is taking that inner dork and figuring out the best way to implement it within the material. It’s also about taking all my experience at Star Trek and gaming conventions — yes, I’m a dork — and all these people I’ve known. I think Harry is slightly dorkier and Ed is more of the swashbuckly type.”
But they’re not jokes. In addition to providing more than a few laughs — check out the “Yay, Winchesters,” “Says nobody,” “Ever” exchange in the promo for the episode below — the Ghostfacers bring heart to the mix.
“They walk this fine line between comedy and tragedy,” Wester says. “From the outside, they are silly, fun characters, but from the inside, there is nothing funny about it. It is all very serious. We get into these situations where the tragedy is there, under the surface.”
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