Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles Talks ‘The Winchesters’ Spinoff

Same The Winchesters executive producer Jensen Ackles had doubts about whether a Supernatural prequel about John and Mary Winchester might work. After all, much of Dean and Sam’s parenting backstory has already been told (and even shown in episodes like Season 4’s “In the Beginning”) on the mothership series.

“To be honest, I was like, ‘I don’t know if we can do this,'” Ackles recently told TVLine as he sat in his car watching the filming of the CW pilot, “and then he needed [writer] Robbie [Thompson] and me sitting around saying, ‘Well, we know we have to do this, and we know we have to do that, but if we just connect those dots with a straight line, it’s no fun. It’s boring. It’s a simple story. If we connect these dots in a much crazier and wilder way Supernatural way, then we have a show. So that’s what we did.

These points, of course, are things that for a long time Supernatural viewers heard of John and Mary as if Papa Winchester came from a line of men of letters, while Mary Campbell grew up in a family of hunters. So how will the prequel navigate the already established mythology?

“That’s kind of what’s exciting, in my opinion, is that waypoints or tent poles that have been established on the mothership, as we lovingly call it, will be impacted,” says Ackles. “But we will get to these waypoints in a way that we probably didn’t expect. And that’s what we’re really having fun with, it’s like the story is falling into place. This is not the washed version. It’s not the sugar-coated version of how mom and dad met. It’s like what really come.”

“But we To do play in the moments that were discussed and talked about,” Ackles continues, “just maybe in a slightly varied way that goes like, ‘Whoa, wait, we knew this had happened, but I didn’t know not it is why did it happen or it is how did it happen.'”

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Matt Cohen as John Winchester on Supernatural

The potential series is described as “the epic, untold love story of how John met Mary and how they put everything on the line to not just save their love, but the whole world,” according to The CW. When the pilot picks up, young John (played by The in-between‘s Drake Rodger) recently returned from Vietnam to his hometown, “where traces of his father’s past led him to a secret organization and a whole new war as a hunter.” Meanwhile, 19-year-old Mary (American housewife(Meg Donnelly) considers leaving the family business after losing a loved one — “until the disappearance of her father and the arrival of newcomer John Winchester forces her to lead a new team.

You may be wondering how this is possible when, from what Supernatural told us, John only knew about demons and hunters after the death of his wife Mary. “Obviously we have a massive solution for this. But we get to that point, and we play the ‘Ohthat’s why something,” says Ackles.

In addition to executive production The Winchesters along with his wife Danneel Ackles, the actor/EP will narrate the project. And should he go to series, Ackles – who directed six episodes of Supernatural and a recent episode of Jared Padalecki walker — also go behind the camera to direct? (Back arrow and Smallville veterinarian Glen Winter runs the Winchester pilot.)

“I hope so. Obviously I have to be approved by the studio, but I think they know me, so maybe I have a good chance,” Ackles replies with a laugh.

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