The Winchesters boss on that Dean photograph, a sure cameo, and what comes subsequent

Warning: This text incorporates spoilers for The Winchesters season 1, episode 9, “Solid Your Destiny to the Wind.”

The key’s out! John Winchester (Drake Rodger) and Mary Campbell (Meg Donnelly) are formally a pair, and due to this week’s episode of The Winchesters — and some evil vampires — they’re now not maintaining their relationship standing from their associates. And it is a good factor, as a result of contemplating what they’re all about to face, there is no room for secrets and techniques.

Not solely are our hunters attempting to determine the id of the “thriller man” — a.okay.a. Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) — however there’s additionally nonetheless the matter of the Akrida. EW spoke with The Winchesters showrunner Robbie Thompson about what to anticipate from the ultimate episodes of the season (and the way these latest Supernatural returns took place).

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: It is so fascinating how your entire dynamic of the present shifted when John and Mary lastly acquired collectively.

ROBBIE THOMPSON: We felt the identical shift within the writers’ room, and it is one of many the explanation why we knew we wished to do this in episode 7. We knew we had been constructing to a kiss. We did not know essentially what all of the mechanics had been going to be of the plot and the mythology and the Akrida and all that sort of stuff, however we knew that was going to occur. After which it was like we form of needed to dwell with the implications too. So it was thrilling. There’s like a little bit of a buffer in episode 8 when it is simply form of theirs, after which in 9 they’ve a giant coming-out get together on the very finish of the episode. After which we dwell with the implications for the remainder of the season. It was actually enjoyable to dive into that. We have now two nice companions in that with Meg and Drake, who actually embraced that as properly.

JoJo Fleites, Meg Donnelly, and Drake Rodger on 'The Winchesters'

JoJo Fleites, Meg Donnelly, and Drake Rodger on ‘The Winchesters’

Skip Bolen/The CW JoJo Fleites as Carlos Cervantez, Meg Donnelly as Mary Campbell, and Drake Rodger as John Winchester on ‘The Winchesters’

It is all the time somewhat scary to see how that dynamic modifications. There are TV {couples} that I liked within the build-up however that did not work for me as soon as they acquired collectively.

You already know, it is humorous, it is one thing that we talked rather a lot about internally, and that is actually one thing I’ve talked about with [executive producers] Jensen and Danneel [Ackles] as properly. Not that we titled it Superman and Lois or something like that, however as a result of there’s all the time been a John and Mary, there’s that sense of inevitability. You need them to get collectively, and you then’re additionally perhaps, relying in your standpoint of issues, dreading them getting collectively. From Meg and Drake’s first chemistry learn to being with them on set final week and wrapping, they simply deliver a unique vitality to each components, however you then get the 2 of them collectively and so they’re simply quite a lot of enjoyable. After which to your level, it does change the group dynamic, however in a extremely enjoyable approach.

This episode gave us our first Winchester demise and revival! Will we be seeing any results from John dying, or was that extra so to push these two collectively?

On the grander scheme of issues, it was in regards to the aftershock of it and John and Mary’s burgeoning romance turning into a part of the group dynamic. However I believe it is also considerably emblematic of John’s journey that he is been on this season as properly. This can be a man who places himself in hurt’s approach. And that is one thing that each John and Mary are going to must wrestle with for the remainder of the season as properly. I would not say there’s essentially fallout from being lifeless and coming again, however John placing himself in hurt’s approach and nonetheless being a hunter who’s studying is certainly going to place him in a tricky state of affairs a pair occasions with Mary.

I liked that line about how he is nonetheless punching issues.

John is John, and clearly there are some variations from the John and Mary that we have seen earlier than, however we actually wished to remain true to the core of that character, which is any individual who has been pushed by some actual deep childhood trauma, a few of which we have unearthed on the present and has been hinted at within the mothership as properly. And people issues do not go away shortly and so they do not go away simply. And we have now an awesome accomplice in Drake, who actually loves moving into the muck of that and taking part in round in there.

Final week unearthed the photograph of Dean! Going ahead, are John and Mary digging extra into who this man is?

I believe we consult with him rather a lot because the Thriller Man, and he is an enormous drive for the rest of the season. They clearly know that this particular person is somebody who’s been on the Akrida’s radar, however they do not know who he’s. We clearly do. [Laughs] However the drive to seek out this good-looking, barely out-of-focus man is a large, large a part of the rest of it. And we’ll see extra glimpses as we go alongside.

The best way I gasped while you revealed that Dean gave John that letter…

That was one thing that we talked rather a lot about early on within the writers’ room. That feeling of a way of each a shock and inevitability was actually thrilling. It wasn’t fairly fastened, , after we had been going to drop it within the season, however as soon as it landed, it was fairly loopy to see. And we’re not simply throwing Easter eggs round. That is all constructing to one thing that can repay in episode 13.

Richard Speight Jr. on 'The Winchesters'

Richard Speight Jr. on ‘The Winchesters’

Skip Bolen/The CW Richard Speight Jr. on ‘The Winchesters’

Talking of Easter eggs, you had Louden Swain carry out in final week’s episode, which suggests Rob Benedict confirmed up on display. Is that an Easter egg, or was that simply one thing enjoyable?

I will be actually sincere with you, that got here from largely only a place of enjoyable. I used to be down in New Orleans, we had been capturing episode 7, which Richard Speight Jr. was directing, and we had been prepping episode 8, which he was going to be in. We knew that it was happening on this membership, we knew we wished two musical numbers with a band performing, and whereas we had been prepping it Richard really was like, “I acquired the band for you.” And as quickly as he stated, “Louden Swain,” it was like, “Oh my God, sure, please.” He reached out to Rob, after which Rob and I had a dialog. Clearly I do know that followers will learn into it, and I am not going to get in the best way of any of these readings. However I’ll say it actually truthfully got here from a spot of enjoyable and I am so, so grateful to Rob and all people within the band.

It was so enjoyable to see Richard again in character.

There was an inventory of actors and characters that I actually wished to hopefully have an opportunity to work with on this present. And Richard being an previous pal, he was approach up there on the checklist, and he actually exceeded expectations. Nic [Chatree Sridej], who wrote the episode, did a extremely terrific job capturing his voice. After which on the day, we actually encourage all of our actors to decorate, to improvise. There’s so many traces in there that it is simply Richard being Richard.

You finish this episode with a giant reveal. As we’re heading towards the tip of the season, are we focusing extra on the Akrida?

Yeah, the Akrida have been busy doing their very own factor, however now that they’ve acknowledged that Mary and John are going to be an issue for them, they make a reasonably sturdy transfer. We are going to nonetheless be monitoring some instances alongside the best way in episodes 10, 11, and 12, nevertheless it actually places our characters on the defensive. The fallout of what occurs on the finish of this episode will final by way of the tip of the season. The Akrida did a really dangerous factor on the finish of episode 9, and our characters can be paying the worth for it.

The Winchesters airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the CW.

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