The boys are back! Supernatural, the People's Choice Award winner for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy series finally returns on January 21. TV Guide Magazine told you all about that first episode—Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) check into a psychiatric hospital and things get all mental—and creepy of course. We asked executive producer Sera Gamble to share with us some more of what the show has to offer in the coming months. Look for tragedy, pathos and plenty of black humor.
On February 4, you’re doing a “Back to the Future” episode when Sam and Dean time travel to 1978. What are they attempting to do?
Sam and Dean go back to try to save their mom and dad—from a threat that also travels back in time from 2020—Terminator style.
What are the consequences if they don’t succeed—or they do?
If the baddie succeeds, Mary and John [Amy Gumenick and Matthew Cohen, above] will be murdered—and Sam and Dean will never be born. So, you could say the stakes are pretty high for the guys.
Is it a heartbreaker?
Definitely. Sam seeing his parents is heart-wrenching—particularly his mom, because she died when he was just a baby. When he first meets her, he’s so overwhelmed he can’t even speak. But I think the most heartbreaking story is Mary’s. She’s done everything she can to leave hunting behind and have a normal life with John. But as the episode unfolds, we see her realize she can never escape.
For Valentine’s Day you have “My Bloody Valentine,” airing February 11, with a Cupid. This being Supernatural, what kind of havoc does he or she create?
Well, for starters, he shows up stark naked and gunning for hugs! Sam and Dean are investigating a series of gory murder/suicides—all people who were desperately in love. They suspect the culprit may be the supernatural being who made the matches to begin with—a Cupid [played by Southland’s Lex Medlin, as first reported by EW.com] gone rogue. So they capture and interrogate him. All I can say is, he is a very loving dude. It's hilarious.
What else can we look forward to before your Olympic break?
Anna [Julie McNiven], the fallen angel, will make a reappearance. You’ll find out what happened after Castiel [Misha Collins] turned her in last season.
How is the Apocalypse storyline advanced? Do any more harbingers of doom appear?
The Horsemen are active in upcoming episodes—you'll meet Famine, and find out some of what Death has been doing since Lucifer [Mark Pellegrino] raised him. Other upcoming episodes will also touch on events and creatures from the Book of Revelation. One involves the dead rising—in the form of zombies who seem so benign and reasonable that Dean and Sam are torn: They’re technically monsters, but are they a problem that needs to be solved?
Anything else you can tease?
The search for God will soon yield a solid lead. The Archangel Michael will be introduced. We will answer the question, “What does Castiel act like when he's drunk off his ass?” And the brothers will go to Heaven. Yes, actual Heaven.
Source: TV Guide Magazine