If you weren’t a fan of how toxic Sam and Dean’s relationship was in Season 9, prepare to be extremely satisfied with Season 10 of “Supernatural.” According to Jared Padalecki, even though Dean’s going to find himself dealing with life as a demon, Sam’s commitment to finding and helping his brother won’t waver like it has in the past.
Padalecki sat down with Zap2it during the 2014 Summer TV Press Tour to dish on all things “Supernatural” in advance of the Season 10 premiere this fall. Check out our full Q&A with Sam Winchester himself below:
Zap2it: Where do we find Sam at the beginning of Season 10?
Jared Padalecki: With his head up his a**. [laughs] No. When Sam went down to summon Crowley to get his brother back at the end of Season 9, he returned to Dean’s room to find his brother gone. Since Sam didn’t get a chance to see the episode, he didn’t know that Crowley was in there or that Dean woke up a demon. So Sam starts out not having any idea that his brother is a demon. True to the Winchester form, he’s going to go through hell and high water to try to get his brother back, wherever his brother is. He doesn’t know if he’s been taken, or vanished, but he has his suspicions. Sam starts out with the same commitment to bring his brother back that he ended with in Season 9, when he was telling Dean, “Stay with me, I’m not going to let you go, I’ve got you. We’ll make it through this.” Obviously, he didn’t, but he’s still going to try and keep his promise.
That’s good to hear! I love it when Sam is committed to helping Dean. But we’ve seen Sam try to find/save his brother before in seasons past, so how will his journey be different in Season 10?
I feel like Sam finally knows and has accepted a lot of the things he’s fought for years and years, i.e. his destiny, that Sam and Dean have both done things that maybe weren’t completely forthright like when Sam was on demon blood or when Dean let Sam get possessed by an angel. I think Sam has made his peace with it and he realizes all those choices were all made with good intentions. So now we have Sam who just loves his brother and wants his brother to get well and be better. That’s how this season will be different.
After a whole season of tolerating each other in a toxic relationship, Sam and Dean finally got to a good place at the end of the Season 9 finale. When Sam and Dean finally do reunite, will those good feelings carry over or will seeing Dean as a demon bring it all back to square one for Sam?
I think seeing his brother as a demon will actually stiffen his resolve. He knows that it wasn’t his brother’s choice. When Sam does find out — and he does find out, though he won’t know how it happened, he’ll just know that Dean is a demon — he doesn’t think it’s Dean’s fault. He doesn’t know if it’s the Mark of Cain, or Crowley, or something else entirely but when he sees what’s happened with his brother, he feels as if someone has wronged his brother and it steels his resolve to fix things.
Sounds like we are going to see Sam confront Crowley, then …
I imagine it will ultimately result in that. I can’t speak out of experience but I hope that’s what happens. I think that’s going to be what happens. So we’ll see.
How will Sam react to Dean’s new budding relationship with Crowley? I can’t imagine that will sit too well with Sam.
It certainly doesn’t. Because Sam also knows that the only reason they bonded and became besties is because Crowley forced his brother into the situation. Sam has forgiven his brother and thinks that whatever is wrong right now is wrong because of somebody else. He’s had his eye on Crowley for a while and he let him live last season, but he told him, “If it comes down to it, I’m going to take you out.”
The Season 9 finale was so emotional as all “Supernatural” finales are —
Yeah, true to form!
So how would you compare the tone of the Season 10 premiere to the Season 9 finale?
The tone of the Season 10 premiere, we definitely hit the ground running. We’ll see Sam already several months into his search for his brother. It starts out very action-y. Sam will not accept ‘no’ for an answer in figuring out what happened to his brother. It will kind of be like the first couple of seasons, with Sam acting as a fed or a police officer, a doctor or dentist or whatever, to try to almost solve a case. It’s a missing person thing. So the energy of the season premiere is very high-paced, more of a thriller, action, than emotional.
What can you tell me about the 200th episode that’s coming up this season? That’s a huge milestone to hit!
Yeah, it’s awesome. The episode will be very meta. It’s a pure shout-out and thank you to the fans. I haven’t had the chance to read it yet but I’ve heard it’s almost similar to our “The Real Ghostbusters” episode. We’re not at a convention but we’re at a place where they’re doing a play based on the Chuck Shurley books. So not only are these books based on our lives, now people are doing a play based on these books, and someone is haunting it, so we go and try to investigate what’s going on at this play, based on the books about our lives. It’s certainly a direct shout-out to the fans and a thank you for their years of commitment to us. They are the reason we’re here. I can’t wait to read it!
What are you most excited for fans to see from Season 10?
Jensen [Ackles] has a naked scene. [laughs] No, what I’m most excited for fans to see is the Sam Winchester that they love. The Sam Winchester that will do anything for his brother, and will do anything to do the right thing. Sam can vacillate from trying to do what’s right to trying to live a low-key life/trying to get out of the family business. I don’t think the fans like that Sam as much as the one that’s trying to make things right. So we get to see this steely-resolved Sam who will do anything for his brother this season and I think everyone’s going to like seeing that again.
Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard are both series regulars this season, together for the first time ever. How is that going to affect the show?
It’s going to make it worse. Misha sucks and Mark has a terrible accent. [laughs] I know that Jensen and I have always been the base of the show, and that the show is about these two brothers, but I love seeing the brothers interact with other characters, especially Misha and Mark (who are both great actors and I would never say that in front of them and if you quote me I’ll deny it). Their characters are so fledged out and so wonderful. I don’t think, logistically, that studios and networks want to just add a bunch of characters to the show. But in their case, they were just so good and such a crucial part of our show, that it became obvious to the WB and CW that we needed these guys. They’re an integral part of the show. Let’s thank them for all the hard work they’ve done and show our commitment to them by having them around all year. It gives us room to play.
Plus that means you won’t lose them to another show, right?
Yeah, one of the things that’s bad about having a guest star, that we found out with Jeffrey Dean Morgan [who played John Winchester], is that a lot of the time you have them guest star for a few episodes and then they’ll get another show and they might not
be able to come back, ever. They do movies and become famous and successful, and good for them! We love Jeff. But if we lost Misha or Mark, it would be a huge detriment to our show. So I’m glad we made that commitment to them and are having them stick around.