Jensen Ackles,Jared Padalecki
Only a few weeks into the latest Supernatural "hell-atus" and I'm already overwhelmed with anxiety. What will human Castiel be like? Will Sam (Jared Padalecki) be OK? How annoying are those friggin' angels going to be? On one hand, I'm excited for the unknown possibilities, but I'm also worried about how the changes will affect Team Free Will. Here are the biggest Season 9 hopes and fears keeping me up at night:
Every Supernatural finale fills me with both joy and dread because even when the Winchesters succeed, things still end badly for them. Car crashes, Lucifer rising, getting trapped in Purgatory; Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) just can't catch a break when it comes to finales! With the stakes even higher this year, I get the feeling their sacrifice will be respectively dire (the fact that the episode is called "Sacrifice" doesn't bode too well, either).
With any details about the finale (Wednesday at 9/8c on The CW) on lockdown, it's up to us to theorize about what's to come. Here's are my predictions:
Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
While Supernatural viewers have always bonded over their undying love for the Winchesters, the brothers have also caused a huge divide: Are you a Sam (Jared Padalecki) fan or Dean (Jensen Ackles) fan? With Valentine's Day fast approaching, it's time to choose which Winchester you're going to ask to "be mine" this year. Will it be the brooding and goofy Dean or the smart and troubled Sam? To help you decide, we've weighed the pros and cons of each brother below (in gif-form, of course — all the better to see their adorable faces).
Rabbis, Nazi Necromancers and a Golem, oh my.
In "Everybody Hates Hitler," Sam and Dean use their grandfather's key to open up what quickly becomes the Winchester Brothers' world headquarters. Their new digs are mighty impressive -- something straight out of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The brothers aren't there long before a seriously geeked out Sam discovers a case. The younger Winchester seems to find himself a purpose. For the first time in a long time, Sam seems content with where he is and what he's doing.
Felicia Day returns to Supernatural Wednesday for one of the show's more geek-tastic episodes, "LARP and the Real Girl." Proving Supernatural saves its best movie puns for the actress, Day first made the Whedonverse collide with the Winchesters last season in "The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo," playing Charlie Bradbury, the I.T. genius who helps Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) get dirt on leviathan leader Dick Roman.
The remainder of Supernatural's eighth season — which resumes Wednesday at 9/8c on The CW — with the focus on Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki), who are on their quest to finish translating the "Word of God" tablet, which will allow them to shut the gates of Hell and trap demons there forever. But the Winchesters won't be alone in that pursuit. "Everyone's going to have some skin in the game," says exec producer Jeremy Carver, especially King of Hell Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard).
Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris
There's a supernatural baby on the way!
No, we're not talking about an American Horror Story plot point. Supernatural star Jensen Ackles and his wife Danneel are expecting their first child, People reports.
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Jensen Ackle, Ty Olsson, Jared Padalecki
Calm down, Supernatural fans. Brothers disagree, brothers fight, and yes, brothers may even have different demon-hunting goals in life.
But those bumps in their relationship are a necessary part of Supernatural, insists the series' stars. "Conflict brings the story," Jensen Ackles told TVGuide.com during a recent set visit. "I think if everything was all happy-go-lucky in Supernatural-land, it wouldn't be as interesting."
Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki
Changes are afoot in Supernatural's eighth season. Led by new showrunner Jeremy Carver and airing on a new night, this season has also ushered in a new era of The CW series — one in which vampires can be trusted and demons could potentially be wiped out for good. But let's not kid ourselves — what we care about the most is how these changes affect the Winchester brothers.
Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean's (Jensen Ackles) relationship has always comprised the real heart of Supernatural, even spawning a rabid subset of fandom known as Wincest (a combination of "Winchester" and "incest"). But the new season finds the boys' polarized from one another, and while this isn't the first time the Winchesters have had to rebuild their relationship, have they changed too much to make the repairs?