Ty Olsson interview:
Hey there folks! Well Supernatural has been back for a couple of weeks and if you’ve been reading my reviews, then you know that I’ve found the last couple of episodes a bit of a roller coaster ride. Now that Sam has given up Amelia and Dean has abandoned Benny, I know some of us are wondering what’s going to happen to our new favorite vampire.
A few weeks ago, I had to pleasure of chatting with Ty Olsson, who plays Benny on the show. In part one of our interview, we talked mostly about his movie (and possible TV show, someday) Borealis. In part two of our exclusive interview, Ty talked about Supernatural, including what it’s been like for him to play Benny, the fans’ reaction to his character and what he hopes to see for Benny in the future.
First up, I asked Ty whether or not we fans could trust Benny. He said, “That’s a common theme apparently. The writers have certainly done what they do best with the Benny character because they get everyone to ask that very same question: ‘Am I just being beguiled by his character and his charm or is he going to break my heart and hurt my poor Dean?’”
“I think the relationship between Dean and Benny is genuine.”
Continuing on the same subject, Ty added, “The writers know you guys and they are toying with you. The short answer is I don’t know. My instinct is that I think the relationship between Dean and Benny is genuine. There is no subterfuge, there is no trickery going on. That’s why my gut is telling me from what I know and from how I’ve played Benny. I think there is a genuine bond there. To me it is unquestionable that there is a brotherhood and that there is nothing to worry about.
The problem is, even saying that, is that is that the people in our lives who hurt us the most are the people who are closest to us. The ones who love us are the ones who cause us the most pain unfortunately. So I’m not saying that about Benny but just the fact that their relationship by nature divides the brothers, on some level it causes pain and that’s the bottom line. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Benny’s being malicious.”
“I think that’s a more interesting storyline anyway. I think suddenly if the writers just decided ‘Aha! It was all a trick and Benny’s mastered this huge plan’ I’d be like, ‘Eh, okay, I’ll play whatever you want but that doesn’t seem quite as interesting as the fact that we have a relationship that struggles because of cultural differences or beliefs or religion or species.’ Those are all far more interesting things than just one big trick going on here. So I’m certainly hoping that they explore that relationship.”
“There’s a lot of fun to be had [with Sam]“
Taking about the relationship of Benny and Dean becoming even more complicated when Sam gets in the picture, Ty said, “I think that we haven’t even begun to get into what goes on when Sam really gets into it. There’s a lot of fun to be had with that, both comically and dramatically. There’s a lot of meat to be had on that bone, for sure.
On his co-stars, Ty said, “[Jared and Jensen] have done such a great job at developing this show and carrying this show that you guys, the fans, really care that it’s amazing how many people ask me that exact same question: ‘Is it okay for me trust Benny? Just please tell me. Are you going to break my heart?’ and I have to say ‘I don’t know people, I’m sorry.’ I’ll get tweets from people saying ‘I love what you’re doing with Benny, but I don’t trust you’ or even threats of ‘If you hurt one of my boys I’m not gonna be happy.’”
“The Supernatural fandom is just outstanding.”
Talking more about the fandom, Ty said, “The Supernatural fandom is just outstanding and that’s what makes a show like Supernatural able to exist for eight seasons. That’s part of the reason why we do it, that people enjoy the craft that we make our living doing, from the writers to the crew to the actors, the whole group is lucky to have a show that goes on for eight years. The lovely thing is that they all know it.”
[The fans] are all very self-aware, too. I got so many warnings when I got on the show, like, ‘Welcome to the SPN Family, don’t worry, we’re not all nuts. We’re crazy, but we’re not dangerous.’ [laughs] My first impression of the fandom has been good. I’ve enjoy it immensely, I’m on Twitter all the time, I try and chat with as many people as I can. Some of the things that people warned me about are true, there are people who don’t understand when you’re just here for a few days, you get people who really get upset or who take some comment out of context and suddenly you’ve morally offended them and they’re in tears and you’re like, ‘I was joking!’ That’s the downside, but the upside is that you get to chat with people who are really into the show. The fandom of Supernatural is phenomenal and I keep telling people that I feel like I have my own cheerleading squad and my own team. If I ask a question on Twitter, within five minutes I’ve got 25 tweets how to fix my computer.
“I’ve already signed up for karaoke and I can’t sing to save my life.”
Many fans enjoy going to the many Supernatural conventions around the world, and Ty will soon be a part of them. “I’ve already signed up to do about a half dozen conventions and I’m so stoked about that. It’s one of those things that I really haven’t had a chance to do much in my career, which is to travel to far-off places for work and I’m just so excited to have that opportunity. I keep doing all the things people are telling me not to do; I’ve already signed up for karaoke and I can’t sing to save my life.”
Talking more about the conventions, Ty said, “We’re actors so what better place to fan our egos than at a place where a bunch of people who want to see you and take your picture and are happy to be around you? I’m really excited to meet some of the fans in person. I really, really like quirky people and Supernatural, and the sci-fi genre in general, has a lot of those. I’ve seen Benny tees and someone made a video game of Supernatural that you can play, and Benny’s in there, and at least once a week someone’s fanart pops us. It’s cool to be part of something that is so well enjoyed. Supernatural’s not like any show that I’ve ever been on for that; for the fans being as amazing as they are.
We all know that Benny was left high and dry by Dean at the end of “Torn and Frayed,” and as for whether Benny will be back after that episode, Ty said, “After that, I don’t know. But he is in number 10 and then there is definitely a break after that for a while.”
“Is there a gray area there?”
According to Ty, the mystery is still whether or not Benny actually did feed, though it does seem from his addict-like behavior in his last episode, that he must have. But even if he did, Ty has an interesting question to pose to everyone, “Let me ask you this, if he did feed is he as guilty of the act as part of what happened in that episode, or is there a gray area there? Imagine this, you’re an undercover cop in the middle of a bust and things get to the point where a narcotics dealer holds a gun to your head and wants to see you do the drugs. You’ve got no way to hide it, you’ve got no way to get out of it, but he’s going to shoot you so you do it. So now you’ve just taken an illegal drug, not only against the law but against your job, but you were saving your life. So, [now what]?”
As to whether he’d like to return to Supernatural , Ty said, “I think there’s just so much for us left to discover and I have no idea what the writers have planned; I’m not sure they planned anything. But I know people are enjoying the storyline and I’m enjoying playing Benny and I’m excited to find out where else they go with him, if they choose to do that. I’ve been doing this long enough to know not to hold my breath but it would be lovely to go back and find out what else they’ve got to reveal about Benny and how he fits into the Winchester world. I think there’s a lot to be had there. I look forward to having some more opportunities to explore that.”
What do you think now that you’ve heard from the horse’s mouth, as it were? Has it made you change your opinion about Benny, whether for better or worse? Do you hope that we get to see Benny again or are you happy that he’s gone from Supernatural for now?
As a huge fan of Supernatural for many years, I am pretty confident in saying that this episode will not only turn the entire series on its head, but could end up being a favorite episode for many fans.
Here are few reasons why I think fans are going to love "As Time Goes By":
It introduces an entirely new myth arc
From the previews and photos, everyone by now knows that Sam and Dean are going to meet their grandfather, Henry Winchester. We also know that he time- traveled to get to them, but what we don't know is exactly why and what brought him. It's the answers to those questions that will send the series off into an entirely new direction, with a new myth arc that is going to continue to play out for a while.
Henry Winchester is awesome
Now I know that not every fan enjoyed Sam and Dean's other grandfather. Let's face it, the man had more than his fair share of faults and I think there was a good portion of the fandom that was happy when he died, ear worm or not. But this grandpa is different. Henry Winchester is intelligent and funny and has a few tricks up his sleeve. Hell, he even manages to get the upper hand on his grandsons at one point, which proves just how awesome he is.
It introduces a whole new type of demon
Again, from the previews and photos, everyone knows that Henry was running from a demon named Abbadon. But again, there is a lot more to the story than that. If you think that Abbadon is just your run-of-the-mill demon, think again. She's of a type that we've never seen before and she will pose a whole new level of threat to the Winchesters.
Sam and Dean work well together in the episode
This season has been a little rough on the brotherly bond between Sam and Dean. Recently they both gave up important people in their lives to work together, but it was unclear if that was going to work out for them. Well, fans will be happy to know that, in this episode at least, all of those previous battles are behind them and Sam and Dean are, for the most part, a united front. I mean there's the normal Sam and Dean grumbling, but it's based mostly on their different personalities and not so much the big issues they've been facing this season.
The ending is very emotional
Supernatural fans love their emotional scenes and this one promises a doozy near the end. Something very significant is going to happen that will affect the boys and it's going to stir up a lot of emotions in them and within the fandom as well, I'm sure.
We just got back from a screening of the Wednesday, January 30 episode of Supernatural which is called “As Time Goes By.” In the episode, Sam and Dean meet their grandfather, Henry, via some good old fashioned time travel. (Come on, say it in your best Dean voice: “Really?!?”) The finished result is a story that builds on the Winchester mythology and creates a great jumping-on (or jumping-back-on) point for those who haven’t caught the Supernatural bug.
Here are five things you can look forward to:
1. “Previously….” Longtime fans will enjoy seeing clips from Supernatural’s earliest days, back when Sam had bangs and John Winchester was still among the living. Yes, that means we get a glimpse of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, albeit in flashback form. This recap catches you up on all you need to know going in.
2. Meet Grandpa Winchester. Gil McKinney plays the grandfather of Sam and Dean, and this “Man of Letters” has a significantly different background than Sam, Dean, their father, or their family on their mother’s side. Through some wibbly wobbly timey wimey trick, he finds himself transported from 1958 to the present day. There are some funny scenes as he gets accustomed to some very different technologies in 2013. And as to be expected, Dean, especially, harbors some resentment to him as he abandoned John Winchester when he was very young.
3. Abaddon. A demon comes through time as well, and this demon is played by Alaina Huffman (Smallville’s Black Canary). Like the Black Canary, she has a powerful scream and she’s virtually unstoppable.
4. It’s accessible. I cannot stress enough times how accessible this episode is. There’s no Kevin, no Crowley, no Castiel… just Sam and Dean, being Winchesters and doing their thing. I’ve missed that. Those concerned about the brothers bickering will be happy to see that it is expressed how important they are to one another.
5. Henry smashes the Impala’s window. Clearly the most painful part of the episode. Poor car…
Bonus. Wonder Woman on The CW? Amazon may be delayed, but we do see Wonder Woman in this episode. That’s all I’m gonna say…
Over eight seasons, SUPERNATURAL fans have learned quite a bit about Sam and Dean’s parents, plus their maternal family, the Campbells. But in Wednesday’s episode, “As Time Goes By,” viewers will get to meet Henry Winchester, the paternal grandfather of our boys.
The CW hosted a screening of the hour earlier today, and after, executive producer Robert Singer talked about finding the right actor for the important role, teased a few upcoming returns, and the possibility of season 9…
Casting Grandpa Winchester:
The Winchester men have a certain ruggedness about them, but when it came to casting Sam and Dean’s paternal grandfather, Singer said the show wasn’t exactly looking for someone to match the boys.
“It was sort of a generation removed,” he noted. “We were just looking for the best actor and the guy we thought would work well with the boys. And a contrast. This is a guy who is more elegant and more learned and more educated…We were actually looking for more of a contrast than a familial…sameness.”
Indeed, from the second Grandpa Winchester finds his way to 2013, Gil McKinney’s Henry finds himself at odds with his grandsons. Without ruining too much, he does get a bit confused by current technology, mess with Dean’s car (ooooh boy, is that never good), disapproves of their life choices, and has a different idea of how things should be handled.
The return of familiar faces:
While so much of the show has been about the two Winchester brothers, Singer confirmed a few familiar faces will be returning soon: “Kevin will be back. Benny will be back. Castiel is back. Maybe Amelia. Maybe not.”
As SUPERNATURAL fans know Castiel’s role in the show right now is very tied to the season-long tablet arc.
“He’s really crucial to the tablet story,” Singer said. “He’s going through a trial of his own that’s personal. Naomi is very unhappy with him. Crowley is very unhappy with him. And he is a confused angel right now.”
With Benny, things are a bit more complicated.
“He’s fighting the good fight of not giving in to his blood lust,” Singer teased. “And Dean having to basically cut the tie is a hard thing for [Benny]. So we’ll explore the idea of what he’s been going through in a little while. We didn’t feel like — and never felt — that that story was totally ended. It’s probably not great drama to end a whole arc on a phone call.”
Charlie’s coming back!
Felicia Day (Charlie) may have just popped up in last week’s “LARP and the Real Girl,” but the series is already making plans for her third trip back to the show.
“Felicia’s going to be coming back in an episode,” Singer revealed. “We love Felicia.”
Unfortunately, there’s not too many details about what she’ll be up to in the upcoming hour.
“We know she’s going to be in it, [because] we’re just breaking a story now,” he said. “I know she brings them a case, but beyond that, I can’t tell you a lot.”
Maybe season 9?
SUPERNATURAL may be experiencing ratings (and creative) success this year, but Singer was hesitant to say he was certain that the show would return next year.
“I’ve been around this long enough to know you never feel confident about anything,” he allowed.
That being said, he did note the network seemed pleased with the show’s ratings in its new Wednesday time period, which should bode well for an additional year: “If I were a betting man, I’d bet that we’d be back.”
MYTH POTENTIAL | Although the episode really alters what fans have come to know about John’s background and the Winchester family line, the writers weren’t skittish about playing with the lineage. “We really kind of go where the story takes us,” says Singer. “We’re not afraid to try new things. We honor the mythology. We don’t make arbitrary left turns for the sake of ‘That would be a good story beat.’ But it’s ever-evolving. We… are really trying to keep the stories fresh.”
COMING FULL CIRCLE | After exploring mom Mary Campbell’s clan in Season 4′s “In the Beginning” and hinting that there was more to her union with John, this week’s installment will bring everything “full circle.” As Singer reminds us, “[Cupid] said this was ordained that these two people should get together,” and we’ll find out why when Dean and Sam uncover their grandpa’s history.
DADDY ISSUES GALORE | The brothers aren’t the only ones with some strong feelings about their dad. “John is a product of the fact that he didn’t have a father growing up,” which kicked off a string of bad luck, explains Singer. “So he sort of held a grudge against his father because he thought [his dad] deserted them.” Without giving too much away, let’s just say the reality of what actually went down with Henry is much different than what his son believed. “In retrospect, it makes you sort of wonder what [John] would have been like.”
NOT-SO-WELCOME HOMECOMING | When Henry, needing John’s assistance to kill a demon, uses a spell to transport himself to 2013 – as a kind of Middleman-esque ’50s gent, his shock and confused wonder at the fancy cars, kid-toting dads and technology is one of the episode’s highlights – his grandchildren don’t immediately embrace him. (That’s not too shocking when you consider that he mysteriously falls out of their motel closet!) Still, even after finding out that the stranger is family, Dean, muttering, “Time travel sucks, man,” has a hard time accepting Henry. “He loves it when he’s a cowboy or when he gets to work with Elliot Ness,” explains Singer. “He was talking specifically about this: Do I really need this guy popping out of my closet and bringing up the whole dad thing, and now I’ve got to have a mixed emotion about this guy?”
GROWING THE FAMILY | Henry’s introduction allows the series to flesh out the Winchester clan, so will any other members make an appearance? Unfortunately, there are no plans at the moment, according to Singer. As for a guest spot from Jeffrey Dean Morgan (aka John), who’s currently starring in Starz’ Magic City, the EP admits “we’ve talked about that on occasion, but since he’s really sort of not available and God knows he had a great send-off, that doesn’t get a whole lot of talk in the [writers'] room.”
KEEPING THE PEACE | Yes, Dean and Sam are playing nice this week and even share some touching scenes that solidify the brothers’ bond. But as usual, there’s trouble ahead – from a different source. “In subsequent episodes, it’s another type of conflict between them,” previews Singer. “But it’s not necessarily the conflict of, ‘Do I want to do this?’ Or ‘What’s my plans beyond closing the gates of hell?’ or any of that. It’s a new conflict.”
Supernatural has built a series eight seasons strong around two main characters, and that is how Executive Producer Bob Singer likes it.
“They’re traditional loners, and we wanted to keep it that way… Part of the appeal is they’re these ‘Last Men Standing,’” Singer said of Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) during a special Q&A in Los Angeles, Calif. on Tuesday.
But, that doesn’t mean that the show is ignoring the appeal of some of their recurring players and guest stars.
Of course, Castiel (Misha Collins) will be back sooner, rather than later.
“He’s really crucial to the tablet story,” Singer said. “He’s going through a trial of his own that’s personal. Naomi is very unhappy with him; Crowley is very unhappy with him; and he is a confused angel right now.”
But additionally, Felicia Day, whose immediate fan-favorite second episode, “LARP and the Real Girl,” just aired last week was announced to be returning for a third guest appearance (her second this season) before the end of the year.
“We love Felicia!” Singer said, before noting that they are just starting to break the end of the season in the writer’s room and details on her episode are still being worked out.
“This time around, she’s going to bring a case to them,” he said.
Additionally, Ty Olsson and Liane Balabanboth played heavily into the first half of the season’s “flashback arc” to set up conflicts and relationships Sam and Dean experienced without each other in the year they were apart. Singer confirmed that the flashbacks are finished for the season, but that doesn’t mean so are Olsson and Balaban’s times on the show.
“He was really fighting the good fight of trying not to give into his blood lust, and I think Dean having to cut the tie is a hard thing for him. So, we’ll explore that — what he’ll be going through — we never felt that story was totally ended. It’s probably not great drama to end a whole arc on a phone call!” Singer said of Olsson.
When it comes to Balaban, Singer was less willing to commit to a how and a when of a return, only noting that “maybe” she’d reappear down the line.
“We think she’s a really valuable character; we liked her a lot; and she certainly creates a new complication in Sam’s life. Again, we’re just kind of doing the end of the season now in the room, and I know that we’ve talked about bringing her back, but we don’t have anything specific.”
Once again, "Supernatural" is all about family in the upcoming episode, "As Time Goes By." Some demonic problems and a little time travel mean Sam and Dean will meet yet another grandfather -- Henry Winchester. What secrets are hidden on the paternal side of the family? Here are five spoilers to know about the episode.
1. The episode begins, amusingly, in a town called Normal, Illinois. It turns out that John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) lived there as a boy in the 1950s.
2. The Hunters are not the only ones who know about the demons and monsters that roam the world. There is another group as well. While saying much about this group would be spoiling far too much, let's just say that these men are better-suited to Sam's (Jared Padalecki) interests than to Dean's (Jensen Ackles).
3. We're going to meet a new kind of demon in "As Time Goes By." This demon, named Abadon (either coincidentally or not, this is the Arabic word for "Never"), is meaner and harder to kill than others. Also, this particular demon has a fondness for novelty t-shirts.
4. Henry Winchester (guest star Gil McKinney) knows about the bad stuff, but he is a lot more suave and sophisticated than his grandsons. However, this does not help Henry from being somewhat awkward upon meeting the Winchester boys. That's what happens when you have just fallen out of a closet.
5. At one point in the episode, Sam and Dean are overpowered. They end up handcuffed together in a hotel room.
As fans already know from the promos, tonight’s Supernatural introduces us to the other side of Sam and Dean’s family tree through one time-traveling grandpa, Henry Winchester (Friday Night Light’s Gil McKinney). Hollywood.com got the chance to screen the episode early, as well as pick the brain of executive producer Bob Singer afterwards about the family-oriented, mythology-heavy hour, and believe us when we say that it’s one hour that fans won’t forget anytime soon. A true return to form concerning the Winchester family dynamics, the “Road So Far” segment alone is enough of a reward to longtime fans. Before you watch tonight’s episode, “As Time Goes By,” here are five things you need to know:
1. When we meet Henry Winchester, don’t expect a tearful family reunion. In fact, Sam, Dean, and their dearly-departed father John all believed Henry walked out on John way back when. But it turns out, Henry didn’t abandon his family… at least, not intentionally, as we find out tonight. “John was a product of the fact that he didn’t have a father growing up, and it’s the first of many a bad luck for him," Singer says. "He always held this grudge against his father, because he thought the father deserted him. Now we know different, and in retrospect it makes you wonder what dad would have been like.” That grudge shaped John Winchester into the man, hunter, and father that he came to be. So what does this new knowledge mean for the boys? “All this knowledge that they’ve carried all their life — that his dad left him and he became this guy that he was — was all untrue,” Singer says. “If [the boys] could actually speak to John and say this is what happened, all that anger you carried, is not real... that has a certain amount of pathos to it. We thought this was a good emotional story.”
2. If you’re wondering how Henry Winchester is caught up in a hunting crisis, since it’s the boys' mom’s side of the family that were hunters, you’re not wrong to be confused. It seems like the boys' lineage on both sides had a hand in supernatural happenings… but the ways in which they approached the situations were completely opposite.
3. Obviously, Henry Winchester has to employ a bit of time travel in order to meet his grandsons in the present day. And if you think Dean is a fan of this based on his enthusiastic past experiences with time travel… think again. “Time travel sucks, man,” Singer says, quoting Dean from the episode. “[Dean thinks] ‘Do I really need this guy popping out of my closet and bringing up the whole dad thing? Now I have to have mixed emotions about this guy!’” It certainly doesn’t help matters when Henry’s big idea to save the day might have the minor consequence of Sam and Dean never being born.
4. Tonight’s villain, Abaddon, is no ordinary demon, and expect a lot of scrambling from the Winchesters when their magic knife doesn’t immediately do the trick on this Mad Men-era beauty. “She is a knight of Hell,” Singer says. “Personally picked by Lucifer. She’s certainly hardcore in the Lucifer camp.” Abaddon has more than one hellish trick up her sleeve, and gives the boys a run for their money tonight.
5. Sam and Dean are going to make a discovery that will lead to a whole new mythological arc that carries on the rest of the season. In fact, the result of this discovery will actually change the very structure of Supernatural at its core. Check back on Hollywood.com tonight after the episode airs for a post-mortem with Singer going in-depth on this very important game-changer!
Tonight’s all new Supernatural introduces fans not only to John’s father, Henry Winchester, but to another important piece of the Winchester family mythology. After a screening of the episode, executive producer Robert Singer participated in a Q&A that teased tonight’s episode and a few things that are coming - and coming back - this season.
[Mild spoilers ahead]
Deciding to Explore the Winchester History. “John’s a product of the fact that he didn’t have a father growing up. [That’s] the first of many kinds of bad luck for him. He sort of held a grudge against his father because he felt his father deserted him. We wanted to do [this episode] because we spent time with the other side of the family [the Campbells in season 6] and just kind of bring the thing full circle. And I don’t know if you remember the cupid episode where they said ‘it was ordained that [Mary and John] should get together’ and now [we’ll learn why].” Does that mean we might see other Winchesters popping up? Well, there’s no plan at the moment, according to Singer. But you never know what might happen in the future.
How Do the Brothers React? Singer brought up a difference between Sam and Dean in the way they relate to their father which has bearing on how they both react to Henry: “Dean had a probably more complicated relationship than Sam did with John. It was pretty clear to Sam early on that [he wanted to get out and go to college and that didn’t really work out after all], but I think he had kind of a clearer mindset. Dean, I think, was more conflicted about his dad and it’s been pretty consistent throughout the show that Dean has always been in defense of [John] and John made the ultimate sacrifice for Dean. So I think he takes this [Henry and familial] stuff a little more personally than Sam does and that’s what you’ll see in this episode.”
Casting Gil McKinney. The producers wanted to have a bit of a contrast between Sam and Dean and their grandfather. "[Gil] came in and read and we just thought that he was the right guy for the part.” They weren’t really looking for physical similarities in casting Henry’s part. “It’s sort of a generation removed. We were just looking for the best actor and the guy we thought would work well for the boys. And there’s a bit of a contrast, [Henry] is a guy who is more elegant and more learned and more educated, while our boys are rough-hewn. We were actually looking for more of a contrast than a familial…sameness.”
The Return of the Prophet. Singer confirmed the return of Kevin, which isn’t really a surprise since we’ve seen photos of him in an upcoming episode after he has a breakthrough with one of the tablets, but he also confirmed the return of some other characters, including…
Castiel’s Importance. We last saw Castiel summoned back to heaven by Naomi, but fans can rest assured that he will return. “He’s really crucial to the tablet stories. He’s going through sort of a trial of his own that’s personal. Naomi is very unhappy with him, Crowley is very unhappy with him. He’s a confused angel right now.”
Benny’s Reappearance. Despite Dean cutting ties with the vampire who helped him escape Purgatory, we haven’t seen the last of Benny. “He was really fighting the good fight of trying not to give in to his bloodlust and I think Dean having to basically cut the tie is a hard thing for him. We didn’t feel that, and never felt that, that story was totally ended. [It’s] probably not great drama to end the whole arc on a phone call.” Singer also made a point to say that “Pretty much every season we like to bring the season full circle and get a lot of questions answered for that season but pose questions for whatever the next season is going to be. I think all of these people that we introduced will have a pay-off.” That would apply to Benny and to a few other characters.
Charlie Redux. Singer confirmed that Felicia Day will reprise her role of Charlie Bradbury (last seen in the amusing “LARP and the Real Girl”) again this season. “We love Felicia. We know she’s going to be in [an upcoming episode]. We’re just breaking this story now. I know that she basically brings them a case, but beyond that I can’t tell you a whole lot.”
Will Amelia be Back? The door seemed to close on the Sam and Amelia romance when Sam chose not to return to her when Supernatural returned this January, but does that mean we’ll never see the vet again? Well, maybe/maybe not, according to Singer. He did say that “We think she’s a really valuable character, we like her a lot and it certainly creates a big complication in Sam’s life. We’re just kind of doing the end of the season now in the [writers’] room and I know that we’ve talked about bringing her back, but we don’t have anything specific.”
More Tablets? When the existence of an Angel Tablet was confirmed in the January premiere, quite a few fans wondered if any other tablets might pop up this season. Singer said “not this year. Pretty much [we have the Demon Tablet, the Angel Tablet and the Leviathan Tablet already]. That’s about all the tablets we can handle [for now].” That doesn’t mean we won’t see something in the future, though.
The Brothers’ Relationship. Despite the boys having a few hurdles to overcome in the first half of the season, they seem to have achieved a sense of harmony with each other now. Will it last? Singer said that “I don’t think [their relationship] is shaky, I think what you’ll see happen in subsequent episodes is that there’s another kind of conflict between them, but it’s not necessarily the kind of conflict of ‘do I want to do this?’ or ‘what’s my plans beyond closing the gates of Hell?’ or any of that. It’s a new conflict. I won’t tell you more than that, but, as always, there’s always something going on between them.” Despite this, the “conflict” doesn’t sound like something that will split up the brothers. In fact, Singer noted that “I think you can count on a big emotional talk. Without giving it away, [they’ll likely have this talk] for kind of a different reason, for something that they didn’t see coming. Starting next week that thing will carry through to the end of the year.”
Season 9? When asked whether he think Supernatural will continue past this season Singer acknowledged that “I’ve been around this long enough that you never feel confident about anything. I think we’ve done really well this year, I think creatively it’s been really good and, by and large, the network is happy with our numbers. If I was a betting man, I’d bet that we’d be back.” But will the end of season 8 be a cliffhanger? “I’m sure [it] will. It’s worked for 7 years,” Singer laughed. “There’s an old show business saying ‘always leave them wanting more’ and I think for 8+ seasons we’ve done that so I suspect there will be some hanging chad [at the end of season 8].”