Warning! This is really, really, really long. It’s detailed. (because I promised a certain someone *cough*Cassie*cough* that it would be.) It contains some spoilers for season 6. (I don’t think anything too major, really, but it’s up to you) Read at your own risk~
So, on the last day of Comic-con, I woke up at 4:45 am so I could be as sure as hell that we (Vee, aka dametokillfor , her family, and myself) could even get into Ballroom 20, where the Supernatural Panel was going to be taking place. I got to the center around 6 am (Shut up, you, I’m a girl, I can’t help being slow in the morning. :P) The line was already pretty epic, but about half of it was actually for the exhibit hall, we were all so early that we weren’t allowed to wait inside.
I had a bit of bad luck, I left my glasses in my hotel room, and had to have them brought to me. (Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to see the panel unless I was in the very front row, which was obviously unlikely to happen.) It took awhile to get them, because our car battery actually DIED. Vee and company arrived around 7 to hop in the quickly growing line with me. They had gotten up early and saved me a spot in line for Chuck the previous morning, so it was a fair exchange.
We waited for quite some time. I read some of one of the SPN novels, we watched the people walk by, discussed random topics, basically anything to pass the time. I had fun waving at the people waiting outside… if you saw some crazy chick in glasses waving at you, know that it was me! Kudos to the awesome people who waved back, I hope you got in. <3 (Actually, I hope all the SPN fans who were there got in. The room fits nearly 2,000 people, but we were worried that many of those seats might be taken by people camping out for the Glee panel.)
We got in, of course, and managed to get nice side seats only seven rows back from the front. I don’t watch Smallville, but the panel was really nice. Tom Welling is both adorable and really sweet. Some man got up and started to say “It’s my daughter’s eighteenth birth-“ before they cut the mike off. (No personal requests are allowed during the Q&A) But the actor who plays Clark’s father asked whose birthday it was. The man brought his daughter up to the front. Tom grabbed the sign in front of him, the one that had his name on it, signed it, and gave it to her! It was so kind of him to do that, it really warmed my heart.
Finally though, it came time for the Supernatural panel to begin! Some nice lady from the WB came out and announced that they would be showing a brief recap clip and then a special season 6 sneak peak… and that they were going to be introduced by the director of that episode, JENSEN ACKLES. *insert insanely excited screams here*
I’ve got to say, with this being my first time seeing any of the cast up close, he’s really even better looking in person! I think the same can be said for all of them, especially Mark Sheppard. (Who wasn’t at the panel, but who I did have the luck to meet and get an autograph from the day before)
He talked briefly about directing at this point, saying it was a “unique and cool” experience. He also said that the most difficult part was working with Jim, which we all laughed at. The episode will be the fourth in season 6, and is very Bobby-centric.
It’s hard to really take notes on the teaser, but I did my best. The scene they showed starts with Bobby doing a ritual in his house, which we quickly discover is a summoning ritual when Crowley pops up. Bobby essentially asks for his soul back, and Crowley gives him a BS reason as to why he apparently can’t. (the contracts only says he’ll try his best to give it back, or something along that lines) There’s tons of really fun dialogue between Bobby and Crowley. Just as it seems Crowley is getting the upper hand, Bobby flicks off the light to reveal he has got Crowley stuck in a Devil’s trap~~~~~ and that’s where they cut off.
With that, the moderator came out onto the stage. The panel was moderated by a very nice man by the name of Brian Truitt. He introduced each of the guests as they came out—Sera Gamble, Eric Kripke, Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins (who pretended to punch Jared while walking by), Jim Beaver (in an anti-smoking shirt that I’m sure would drive my friend, Cassie, crazy, and an Idjit hat) and finally the wonderful Ben Edlund.
Someone in the audience shouted that they loved Kripke, and Misha replied back “We all love Kripke.”
The moderator asked Kripke how he was going to be involved in the show now, and said he would be “definitely involved” in it, and was probably “a pain in Sera and Ben’s asses”. He compared himself to “fuzzy hemorrhoids.” He talked about how he felt the show needed to be kept fresh after five seasons, because the fans deserve more than a “watered-down” show. Jared interrupted here, saying “We want to talk too, Eric”. Kripke quickly finished off by saying that he is basically there to give “oily massages” before he asked Jared what he wanted to say… Which he didn’t really know. So everyone laughed.
Sera talked a bit about season 5 and season 6, saying that they “got very epic” with season 5, but now just “really want to shoot monsters in the face.”
Then Jensen talked more about the episode he directed (which got talked about a lot in this panel). He said the writers were very nice and gave him a “light Dean” episode, but that Jim “never hit his spot.” I got the feeling he and Jim were having a lot of with this panel, while Jared and Misha spent quite a bit of time talking quietly to each other, looking very mischievous. (Though they all looked tired. Bless them for still coming.)
Jared was asked how Sam got out of Hell. He had no idea how Sam got out. He remembered wanting the series to end with both of them dying Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid-style, but realized that they’ve both died many times already. His best guess was that Sam simply had “practice” so getting out was easy.
The moderator then asked Misha about Castiel’s role in season 6. He said, “yeah, Castiel should have a role, since he hasn’t had one so far.” On a more serious note, he put Cas on “clean-up detail”. Heaven post-season 5 is similar to “post-Soviet Russia” and Cas is like “Yeltsin” (Boris Yeltsin)There are “nukes in the wrong hands” and everything is generally a mess. On a roll with his Russian comparisons, he said that Castiel should have a Russian accent, and thus demonstrated his very awesome (and sexy) Russian accent.
Any girls for Bobby? According to Jim, “hell will freeze over before Bobby gets a girlfriend.” Jensen added that it’s “possible—it’s Supernatural.” Bobby and Crowley’s kissing days are over, but there’s apparently a lot of out-takes, since they shot that scene a lot.
Ben briefly talked about what monsters might be in season 6. He said an “insane fairy.” They were really “walking the line” with little people. He can imagine the boys versus a tiny light that is actually Tinkerbell. He wanted to see Jensen face off against a tiny speck of light, and say a line something like “it’s so beautiful.”
The topic of female characters came up. Sera said that “a couple of female characters have survived this season so far”. Basically, Sera said that “if you’re awesome” they’ll “bring you back from the dead a couple of times.”
A question was asked about the Supernatural anime, and Eric said that it’s not going to be sold here at this time, but that we should “write a letter to our congressmen” about it. He said he was excited they were making episodes they didn’t have to write, and wanted to see all the things they could do with it. Sera suggested “shit with tentacles”, and Eric agreed, because “live-action tentacles suck.” He also added that Jared and Jensen would voice a few episodes of it, though I assume he was joking. Jensen piped in that his Japanese sucks, but Jim’s is fairly good.
On whether or not Chuck is God, Kripke said that it was “completely open for interpretation.” He thought, if Chuck was God, “at least he’s banging hoes.” He knows it was a bit mean to leave it so open like that, like “M. Night-Douchy”. That cued lots of M. Night cracks across the panel.
The topic once again went back to Jensen’s directing. (I loved the moderator, but he spent a lot of time asking about Jensen’s directing… maybe a little too much time.) He said it was nice not having to convince himself to do anything. A “big bonus” was the fact that Jared was not on set at the time. The others were asked if they would consider directing, and they all said no. Jim didn’t want to because “directing means work.” During the episode, he “wanted to give Jensen a real sense of being a director”. He almost stayed in his trailer for thirty minutes, too. He’s been “doing this for 312 years.” He admitted that he felt secure with Jensen as the director. Misha then announced, “that was a weird sentimental moment.” Much LOLz were had.
The moderator asked about any returning guest stars, especially Jeffrey Dean Morgan. (We all cheered for that) Sera said that they love JDM, and would definitely have him back, but he’s a busy man. Jensen jokily begged, “Come back to us, Jeff. Come back.” (D`awww.) They talked a bit about their grandfather coming into the picture again, that the boys needed a fatherly figure. Jim said he was worried about that, but Sera said Bobby just could never be replaced. (we agreed)
Jared touched a bit on what it was like for him to play against himself in the season finale. He asked Jensen for advice on it, since he had done a scene like it before. He opted to have just a piece of tape in front of him, because he “didn’t want another actor there” to affect his reactions. He revealed that he hasn’t actually seen Swan Song, which everyone laughed at. He said he’s behind on the episodes, and Misha jokily suggested that he’s actually still on season 1.
Then the fan Q&A started! The first question was about the chemistry between the brothers, whether it was real between Jared and Jensen or just great acting. Jared said “for me, it’s great acting.” Jensen pitched in that “he’s not that great an actor.” On a more serious note, they are close, but the writing really does help them nail that brotherly chemistry.
The second question was about how much the writers had to change their original five-season plan when they realized they’d be having a sixth. Kripke said they had to tweak some things, because if it had been the actual end, there “wouldn’t be as many living characters.” They had been planning Lucifer’s fall and the end all season long, they just added in some more cliffhangers.
The third question was about one of Ruby’s lines—the “you don’t need the feather to fly, Dumbo, you had it in you all along” one. Kripke explained that the demon blood was simply like a battery that charged Sam up. The line was more referring to Sam’s decisions, and that he would have probably done the same thing with or without Ruby, who Kripke announced was played by “Jared’s beautiful wife”-- that got a lot of cheering. Gen was apparently there, which was awesome. I assume she was sitting in the reserved seating, located on the other side of the room from where we were. Jared added that they “just wanted to call me Dumbo.”
The topic of the fourth question was the girl fans. Jensen said it was “shocking” that there were so many girl fans. (though it was hard to tell if he was being completely serious or not) Sera stated that Sci-fi is actually really appealing to women (true dat) and it helps that they have attractive men on their show.
The next was about more Ghostfacers, which Sera said depended on the time and the pitching for it. A member of the audience yelled that they wanted the Ghostfacers in Canada, and the panel joked about whether or not they had internet in Canada. (Vee wants it in England, too!)
Then the panel was asked about their favorite episodes. Jensen asked back, “you want me to pick one?” since there are over 100 now. Jared asks the questioner which was their favorite. I didn’t hear what they said, but then Jared said they agreed. For real though, he likes the first and last episodes of each season the best. They make him question what is going to happen, and he feels like a fan then. (though he hasn’t seen season 5 finale? Tsk tsk!) Misha said his favorite was “the one where Sam and Dean chase the monstery-demon thing”. He doesn’t remember the title name, but he and Jim are sure that the Impala was in it. Jim jokingly says he hates the episodes with the supernatural-y stuff in them. Kripke agrees, saying they only like The Benders. Jensen likes the comedy episodes best, especially Monster Movie. (Jared adds that it’s basically every episode)
Someone asked about Eric’s thoughts on Swan Song. He said he “put a lot of love into it” and seemed very proud of it. He wanted to compare Sam and Dean to Lucifer and Michael, and it was always about the emotional bond between the Winchester brothers. He said that after the episode aired, he went online and saw a whole bunch of haters hatin` on the finale. He had an “I’m so misunderstood moment” there. Everyone told him how much they loved it, and he teased that Jared was Swan Song’s biggest fan.
The next question was about Dean’s progression in season 6. Jensen started saying how season six picks up a year later, and then someone in the audience yelled that Dean tucks in his shirt. Jensen laughs and said “that’s all you got?”. If only it was that easy. Season six will start with how a now-domesticated Dean gets pulled back in and his inner struggle with that. And of course, his shirt is tucked in. Someone else yelled that he should just take it off. Jared replied to that with a “his pants are off.”
The next questioner started off with “I have a question for Jensen Ackles” and Jared quickly finished for them—“Can you take off your shirt?” [I didn’t actually manage to write down their real question nor did I get the answer to it. Sorry! I’m an utter failure. Feel free to smack me for this.]
The last question was about their favorite monster of the week. Jared first said that he had no idea. (again, over 100 episodes to choose from now) Jensen liked the one from Monster Movie, and Jared ended up agreeing to that, and liking the shape-shifters a lot. Jensen was looking forward to killing vampires properly, “none of this pasty wasty shit”. Misha chimed in randomly (as usual for this panel) that it had turned into a “hate rally”.
The end of the Q&A came and we all awww’d. So the panel awww’d, too. We all cheered up pretty quickly, though, when they announced that they would be showing the gag reel from season 5! Hooray!
I didn’t take notes on the gag reel, but WOW, it was HILARIOUS! There were so many silly clips and plenty of obvious fan-service. I’m not even going to try to explain it, because anything I say will pale in comparison and probably just ruin it for everyone. I will say though, look for Jensen’s superb blow-job miming (if you know Shane Dawson, than you know what that looks like)
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