No spoilers this week. Don’t forget to watch the season finale tonight!
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
Last week started out pretty slowly with the spoilers. Space had two interviews with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. Padalecki talks about Castiel being up to dirty tricks to win the War in Heaven; Ackles talks about how the introduction of the Mother of All Monsters has forced the brothers to “hit the books” for heavy-duty research and “opened up” the mythology of the show to allow a wider variety of monsters, some of them new. Jim Beaver tweeted that Sera Gamble would be writing 6.21 and Eric Kripke 6.22 and that everyone was willing to come back for a (still unconfirmed but very likely) season seven. He also tweeted yesterday that he was working on the penultimate episode of the season (the Lovecraft-titled one).
Ratings for the repeat of “Like a Virgin” on Friday (with 91% coverage instead of the usual 95%) came in at 1.116 million and demos of 0.7, 0.5, 0.4, and 0.4, which are decent for repeat numbers, especially considering the limited coverage.
Things started to get interesting on Friday when official photos (ostensibly for 6.19) were released, unequivocally showing that yes, indeed, both Samantha Ferris and Samantha Smith will be back. It seems the brothers also meet Eve in this one. She’s playing at being a waitress in a diner. No word on what Ellen and Mary are doing back, but I’m guessing, from the tense way Dean reacts to his mother and Bobby reacts to Ellen in the photos, that they are either faces for Eve or the two are somehow working with/for Eve. I’m not sure I care which it is, since I love both actresses/characters and will take them back any whichway. All I ask is that we find out something meaty about where those two have been since they died. Purgatory? Hell? Some weird corner of Heaven? Do tell, ladies.
The reason why I say “ostensibly” is because one photo also shows the brothers looking up before they get the appliance dropped on them and another one has Castiel by himself. Since the appliance-drop appears in the promo, either that promo covers three episodes or not all of these photos are for 6.19. Or, some serious episode-switching is occurring in the lineup.
On top of this, Jim Beaver said at the Paley Festival this weekend that 6.17 would involve somewhat Bobby’s reaction to Rufus’ death. The storyline is apparently that the Titanic never sank (thanks to Balthazar, who unravels the timeline) and this has altered history such that both Mary and Ellen are back in town. So, they’re either in 6.19 or 6.17. Or something.
Sebastian Roche also tweeted yesterday that he was working on set, so Balthazar should be in 6.21.
The Paley Festival panel occurred over the weekend, including some interviews, and lots more spoilers came out. TV Guide also put out a spoilery article. I can’t say I was as happy about the bulk of them as I was about the Friday photos, but here we go with some greatest hits.
Episode 6.18: They showed a clip of the first five minutes or so at the festival (We won’t link it here, as the video would probably end up deleted, but it’s not hard to find. Just follow the ear-bleeding shrieking fangirl soundtrack. Oy). It starts with a teaser of Dean, in western garb and wearing a sheriff’s badge, facing off against a random bad guy on a muddy street in the Old West. Cut to a western-themed title card and then to a bit at Bobby’s where Sam and Dean come downstairs. Sam is wearing regular clothes; Dean’s got up like Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti western. Sam mocks this. Castiel appears and sends them back in time to the 19th century to look for the Colt. As soon as they arrive, Sam steps in horse manure. They walk into a small town in Wyoming. I was a little disappointed at the jokey nature of the clip, as we were told the last several episodes would be dark. On the other hand, Dean in a standoff and a sheriff’s badge looks interesting.
Episode 6.20: Ben Edlund will direct it. It centers around Castiel and will be from his point of view. He will be searching for the “ultimate heavenly weapon“. We will supposedly see some scenes of his “childhood”. What childhood means to an angel will hopefully not be stupid. At some point (probably this episode), we will meet Castiel’s lieutenant, Rachel, whom Castiel has apparently sort of “adopted”. Rumours continue to circulate that Mark Sheppard’s arriving in the airport with Padalecki, Ackles and Collins means he really will be in this episode. Since this is apparently a flashback episode, though, that doesn’t necessarily mean Crowley is anything but crispy in the present.
Episodes 6.21/6.22: Robert Singer will direct the last episode. Ackles says 6.21 will be Deancentric. 6.22 will be Samcentric and it seems the drywall will fall in the season finale. Everybody raise your hands who didn’t see that coming. [crickets chirp] Right. So, here’s hoping that, at the very least, we will be done with this millstone of a storyline come season seven. Kripke’s statement that he still has a coda to the series that he hasn’t yet foisted on us didn’t fill me with miracle and wonder, either.
Anyhoo, 6.22 will definitely end on a cliffhanger. The War in Heaven will play out (no word on whether it will actually resolve) and all of the major storylines (angels, alphas, Mother, and Purgatory) will come to a head. There will be at least two deaths. The brothers will stick together this time (how novel) and face off directly with Eve in an “epic” confrontation. Kripke originally wanted to make it a two-hour movie, but it didn’t work out, so it will be two separate episodes aired back-to-back.
General spoilers: Lisa and Ben will be back before the end of the season.
The panel also discussed past decisions. Apparently, Missouri was supposed to return at the end of season one, but Loretta Devine wasn’t available. So, they created the character of Bobby Singer, instead. Missouri might be back in season seven. I like Missouri, but I’m glad they went with Bobby in the end. I don’t think Missouri would have worked in that role.
Kripke has no plans whatsoever to bring back the amulet.
Sera Gamble says that they don’t think they would be able to pull off another character like Ruby, who seemed good and turned out to be bad. I’d say that’s just as well, considering they didn’t manage to pull off Ruby in the first place.
Ackles’ favourite episode was “The End”. Other highlights include “Changing Channels” and “All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 2”. But both he and Padalecki were nonplussed at first by “Houses of the Holy”, because they worried that the writers were turning the show into a mouthpiece for the showrunners’ religious views. Ackles said that he would be happy to direct again if there’s a seventh season.
“The French Mistake” was the first episode that was actually pitched to Padalecki and Ackles, rather than their just getting a script. Ackles didn’t think much of the idea initially because he feels he’s “not very interesting” in real life (Misha Collins agreed with him. A mock tea party fight ensued). Ackles also reiterated that he felt uncomfortable with the Sambot storyline from the first half of season six, because, suddenly, he was still acting opposite Padalecki but not Padalecki-as-Sam. Padalecki said he missed Sambot, but was okay with moving on.
Genevieve Cortese originally didn’t want to do “The French Mistake” because she had a “rough time” with some of the fans, but came on board when she realized she wouldn’t be playing Ruby again. She also said that the decision to play Ruby differently in season four from season three came from the producers and was not one she made on her own.
Finally, Ask Kristin has a spoiler of sorts. New stuff is that Castiel will actually interact with the Mother of All Monsters, but he won’t go back to the past in the western episode.