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Having penned the first episode of season six, Gamble was able to reveal a little more about where our favorite demon-hunting duo will be when we meet the Winchesters again, one year later. "Dean has been retired from hunting; he hung up the gun, he walked off the battlefield," she explained, teasing that Dean will have fully embraced a normal, apple pie life, right down to the car he drives ...
"He's not driving the Impala," she confirmed, much to our horror. "It's under a tarp, and when he needs something from the trunk, he just lifts up the edge -- it's torturous!" We can't argue with that, but why banish something that's as synonymous with Dean as classic rock and a slice of pie, a car that's arguably as beloved a character as Sam and Dean themselves? For precisely that reason, Gamble said. "The Impala represents everything to Dean -- it represents his childhood, and more to the point, it represents hunting and it represents Sam. He's not a hunter anymore and his brother is dead, so it's under a tarp and he's living a different life."
That different life comes with its own baggage, namely a woman and a child who have become inexorably attached to Dean in the year that he's been living with them. So how does Gamble intend to deal with Lisa and Ben once Sam returns, albeit under "mysterious circumstances"?
"We deal with it by dealing with it," she admitted. "Our goal is to have Dean be an adult. He's in his early thirties at this point, and Lisa is a real character with a point of view and a child who's in the mix here -- a child who really loves Dean."
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Firstly, we have a post from the ausiello files about the new storyline:
Question: Supernatural spoilers seem to be few and far between. Any chance you have any new ones to share with us? —Judy
Ausiello: Season 6 will revolve around Dean’s new life as loving husband to Lisa and doting father to Ben. I kid! I made a funny! Here’s the real answer to your question: Despite the domestic situation Dean found himself in at the end of last season, exec producer Eric Kripke assures me that Supernatural will continue to be about the Winchester brothers “on the road together.” That said, Kripke confirms that “Dean’s situation creates all sorts of angst and conflict. The question [we'll be] exploring is, How can you be a hunter when there are actually people that you care about? I think we will mine it for all of the emotional angst and conflict that we can. But [Lisa] is not — nor is anyone — going to be riding in the backseat of the Impala with Sam or Dean.”
New Erik Kripke Interview:
A new Friday time slot isn’t the only major change facing Supernatural as it heads into its sixth season (beginning Sept. 24). Series creator Eric Kripke—whose five-season-long end-of-days-themed arc came to a close last May—is stepping down as day-to-day showrunner in favor of an advisory role. (Longtime EP Sera Gamble has been tapped to succeed him.) In the following Q&A, Kripke sets the record straight about the reason he relinquished his top-dog status, and previews the “undiscovered country” at the heart of the show’s top secret second act.
Why did you decide to step down as showrunner?
ERIC KRIPKE: We were reaching the end of this five-year story line [so] I thought the timing was right. I knew that we were closing this chapter and opening a new one. It felt like it was the right time to take a step back and focus on new projects, but still keep my grubby little mitts in the show. It was a lot about Sera and her enthusiasm and her ambition. I really think after five years of all of my crap, to have someone who has a fresh perspective and a fresh energy on these characters and this universe is healthy for the show. Supernatural has always been a show about reinvention. We try really hard not to do the same thing. I thought that Sera’s [increased] involvement really helped guarantee that this season is going to feel a little different, a little fresher. She has a different sensibility.
What exactly will your role be?
KRIPKE: I see my job as being a safety net and just making sure that the show falls in the broadest possible parameters…. Sera and Bob [Singer] are pitching episode ideas to me. I’m in the room so far for every episode break. I pitch a couple of episode ideas, pitch a couple issues of how to fix some problems and some breaks. I’m giving some script notes. I’m still in it; I think, frankly, Sera and Bob wish I backed the hell up. [Laughs]
Will you be writing any episodes?
KRIPKE: I think I will certainly be writing an episode this year. I am also slated to direct an episode in February.
What do you say to those fans who felt the show should have ended with season 5?
KRIPKE: My answer to that is time will tell. I have high hopes for this season. I remember the same kind of concerns when we bumped off Yellow Eyes in season 2. We killed their Big Bad and where were we going to go now? We always found a different place to go. People forget that I didn’t [originally] want angels in the show. Then we introduced the angels and then it spun the story line in a way that was really rich for us. This is a show that ends story lines and starts new ones and reinvents itself. I think because it is hardwired into the DNA of the show, it will weather a lot of transition and growth. The question is not should it have ended, the question is, Is the new story line compelling and interesting and is it an arena of this universe that we haven’t explored yet and is it putting Sam and Dean into new situations that we haven’t seen before? I think it does all of the above.
Okay, what is the new story line?
KRIPKE: One of the first things Sera and Bob talked to me about was that the angel thing is rightfully exhausted, so where do you go from there? Not to say that angels and demons won’t be a part of the story line, because they will. Castiel will be there. Crowley will be there. The beloved characters will be threading into the story. But the great undiscovered country of Supernatural is kind of right in front of our face: creatures and monsters. We have had so many creature episodes but we haven’t actually explained where they came from—[similar] to the way we have explored angels and demons. How do they feel about the situations they are in? Are they from here? Where did the first ones come from? How did werewolves and vampires and shape-shifters all begin anyway? I thought that was a really smart notion on [Sera and Bob's] part, just exploring the history of that, because that was something that we never investigated on the show.
How does Grandpa [Mitch Pileggi] fit into this?
KRIPKE: He’s representative of the other side of this exploration, which is that Sam and Dean have a family of hunters that they never knew they had. Their grandfather is the head of that family. Remember, it’s not the Winchesters who are famous hunters, it’s the Campbells. And we are saying that the Campbells are part of a timeline of hunters that have been there since the country’s origins. As Sera put it, they were hacking heads off vampires on the Mayflower. For Sam and Dean to really tap into a family history, which they never knew they had and again never really investigated before, is pretty interesting to us.
The Ausiello Files has a pretty awesome scoop regarding a cast member making a surprise return in season 6 and some info about Episode 4! Read on below...
Question: Can you tell me anything about Supernatural‘s new season? —Bryan
Ausiello: I can’t be certain, but I think I just uncovered a significant clue about the overriding plot of season 6: Sources confirm to me exclusively that X-Files vet Mitch Pileggi is in talks to reprise his role as Sam and Dean’s presumed-dead grandpa on a potentially recurring basis.
Question: Any spoilers on season 6 of Supernatural? —Shira
Ausiello : I hear the show’s fourth episode back — the one directed by Jensen Ackles — will be Bobby-centric and feature a character named Marcy Ward. Described as attractive in a down-to-earth/woman-next-door way, Marcy is a capable homemaker with a crush on her neighbor.
Supernatural will have a new schedule when it returns in autumn/fall for season 6 in the US. The CW announced that the show will be moved to Friday nights at 9pm instaed of its usual thursday slot. With this announcement came a brief summary of what we can expect from the new season. Warning - Contains spoilers!
This is from the CW's official press release:
"Returning for its sixth season, this haunting series follows Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers bound by tragedy and blood to their dangerous, other-worldly mission. This past season, Dean and Sam faced their toughest foe yet: the Devil himself. As the Apocalypse raged on around them, the brothers, aided only by a dwindling band of fellow hunters and rebel angel Castiel, sought a way to stop Lucifer and save the planet. Ultimately, they discovered a way to force Lucifer back into Hell and end the Apocalypse - but at tremendous cost: Sam's life. Season six will be a season of mystery and shadow. Heaven and Hell have been left in complete disarray since the apocalyptic events of season five. And now, monsters, angels and demons roam across a lawless and chaotic landscape. And so Dean Winchester
, who has retired from hunting and sworn never to return, finds himself being pulled back into his old life - pulled back by none other than Sam Winchester , who has escaped from Hell. The two reunite to beat back the rising tide of creatures and demon-spawn, but they quickly realize that neither are who they used to be, their relationship isn't what it used to be, and that nothing is what it seems. The series stars Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester , Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester and Misha Collins as Castiel."
What Can We Learn?
Sam is Back: According to the press release, Sam escaped from Hell, which explains how he showed up at the end of season 5, though we still don't know how he escaped.
The Angels Aren't Done: Despite the end of the Apocalypse, the press release refers to the chaos left in Heaven and Hell as well as the angels and demons roaming the world. In other words, the show isn't just going to drop all of the religious mythology they've built up.
Castiel Is Back: It has to be taken with a grain of salt, but according to the CW, Misha Collins
All About the Relationship: As usual, the most important thing about this press release is the statement that their relationship isn't what it used to be. Once again, the focus of this season will be the sibling dynamic of Sam and Dean.
Nothing Is What It Seems: This is one of those very strange lines at the end of the press release that makes me think there's a big twist in store. Is it really Sam who came back? Since season 5 allegedly ended creator Eric Kripke's five-year plan, it's up to new showrunner Sera Gamble to start a whole new story arc, which could be anything. Misha Collins is still listed as a series regular for season 6, so Castiel will be back for more action!
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