Sera Gamble came over to our table and considering I've emailed her a few times and conducted two interviews, an introduction was going to happen. No publicist on a schedule was going to ruin that. I leaned over and told her right off the bat I was getting my fan girl moment out of the way. I introduced myself, and refreshingly she knew who I was. Furthermore, she was actually pleased to meet me. So, I everything else after that was just a bonus. (Sorry for the blurry picture. It was the best I got.)
So how does it feel being the only female writer on the staff there?
SG: No, we have another female writer, Julie Siege.
And how is writing process being presented with the show being such a male oriented show.
SG: It's fine. I think it's probably commiserate with the statics in the industry as a whole, but I could be wrong about that. I'm used to being in work environments full of men, and it's good, and if I say "Well, as a chick this is what I think," they kind of have to take my word for it. But I don't play that card too often.
They're not being totally mean or abusive and it's not a hostile work environment?
SG: Oh, no, no, no. In fact, its really raunchy, slightly pornographic room and I like it that way. We're pretty immature and I mean, we have Dean's sense of humor in the room. I pretty much have the sense of humor of a twelve year old boy that's why I work there.
Speaking of Dean, Sam's arc essentially will be demon blood addiction, recovery, and coming to terms with that next season. What is Dean going to be working on in terms of next season?
SG: Well, he has to come to terms with, he has a lot of anger toward his brother for one thing. And, one interesting thing that we're watching with Dean in the first and second episode is he has always been so about his family and so about his brother and we have put him in these situations where he is directly responsible for the well being of these groups of people and its like save them or go after your brother. One thing I love about what's happening to Dean this season is we're seeing him sort of man up and become a leader in this way that we've have never seen before and not because he doesn't have it in him necessarily it's because he hasn't been in these situations before. Now it's the apocalypse and there are many of these situations that are town wide, a town under siege or there will be many people hiding in the basement or something. You kind of see Dean at full maturity in a way that we haven't had the opportunity to show before and it's kind of like this flavor of Dean that we're exploring, he's uncomfortable with it and all Dean ever wants to do is grab the shotgun and go after his brother for as we know, every now and then, Sam gets kidnapped. (Laughter).
But now we're putting him in situations where he can't necessarily run off do that right away, and that's what adulthood and responsibility is about. That's one thing and whether or not he can even look Sam in the eye after what he's done is also a big part of the first half of the season.
Can Sam take care of himself by now?
SG: I think whether or not he can he should have to. That's always been my point of view about it and that was my point of view about it last season as well. That's what he's always wanted and that's what he asked for and part of his perspective about going down the road what he did with Ruby and with wanting to take Lilith on his own which kind of manifested into drinking demon blood was, I'm a grownup and this is what I'm going to do and you don't have to agree with my plan, but I'm going to do it. It's classic sort of sibling tension stuff laid out. If you have a little brother or older brother you know that sometimes there's a point in your life, we talk about that in the room.
(Everyone pauses to laugh at something goofy Misha is doing at the other table).
(My Question!) We know you're really good at putting Sam through the ringer, I know I've covered this with you before. What more can you do to the boy after "When The Levee Breaks?"
SG: We have more to do with Sam, Sam and Dean. You know, there are limits to what you can do to their physical self I mean we've killed them and put them in Hell and that sort of thing, but psychological torture, there's no end. I mean Supernatural our bread and butter is psychological torture of the Winchester boys I think. Yeah, and now we have Castiel on a fairly regular basis and he is present in the boy's life enough that we see a little humanizing of him and when an angel becomes more emotional and more human that maybe become easier for psychological torture. There's plenty of that to go around.
Have you had any problems with the apocalypse?
SG: It's actually been surprisingly easy. Last season was so dark, it was suicidal in many places especially Sam went to this very very dark place but apocalypse has been surprisingly amusing. We are having a great time with it. We are going into the future, the horsemen have a sense of humor, Lucifer is a nice guy in many ways. I mean he's dangerous, everything is dangerous, people are dying by the thousands, everyone on planet earth could die, but maybe its gallows humor, maybe the stakes are so high that, you know, even creatures so hugely powerful that they've never had to have a point of view before, like say The Trickster, would have to weigh in. You know god with a lower case g would have to weigh in and they're funny. So, it's going to be scary and gory and freaky and the melodrama between the boys are there but I actually think it's a funnier season than last in many ways.
(I couldn't make it out, but it concerns Lucifer)
SG: He's definitely the big bad of the season. I would compare it to Lilith in that you saw her sometimes, you heard about her a lot, you met her minions, you met her right hand man. You might actually see Lucifer a little more than you saw Lilith. We have a great actor cast, Mark Pelligrino. I don't think he wants to go back to Hell, I think that's the last place he wants to go, so he's walking the earth and causing trouble.
Any other characters coming back like Meg?
Recurring characters that help come back with the fight, even if they're no longer living.
SG: Um, Jessica, Sam's girlfriend hass a role in an upcoming ep. We're bring back all the hunters we can, Ellen and Jo are coming back for an episode and Rufus. We've just had this run of good luck where the actors were all available and they haven't necessarily been at the time we've wanted them.
SG: I love him.
With that they wisked her away, and we waited patiently for Misha to work his way over.