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The following feature is based on this extensive interview with “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke. To see clips from the Season 5 premiere and my posts about previous seasons of “Supernatural,” go here, here and here. the angel Castiel), go here. “Supernatural” fans, come back to this site Friday for exclusive comments from Kripke and from one of the show cast members about the events of Thursday season premiere. UPDATE: The Kripke/Jim Beaver interview is here.

Finally, for newcomers to the show, the video clip is on this post should get you “up to speed” on where things stand as Season 5 begins. For longtime followers of “Supernatural,” this fan video is just sublime (and I discovered the video via the great SuperWiki).

Back in 2005, as is the case now, there were monsters, ghouls and demons on the prowl. Two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles), would go from city to city in their 1967 Impala and hunt these otherworldly critters down, frequently quipping along the way. Central Thursday on WGN Ch. 9, has evolved far beyond the idea he pitched several years ago.

Season 5 depicts the brothers trying to stop the apocalypse, dealing with the arrival of Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) and other rather large events. Yet the focus of this solid, compelling and funny (yes, funny!) show remains admirably clear: “Supernatural” is less about monsters and more about familial bonds and how they somehow survive self doubt and radical tests of loyalty.

When the show began, Sam and Dean were merely “an engine to get us in and out of different horror movies every week,” Kripke said in an interview at San Diego Comic Con in July.

Then Kripke and fellow executive producer/director Robert Singer had an epiphany: Padalecki and Ackles’ subtle skills and palpable chemistry could anchor a much more emotionally compelling story about two young men who lost their parents and sometimes come close to losing faith in themselves and each other.

“To me, the story is about, ‘Can the strength of family overcome destiny and fate, and can family save the world?’.” Kripke said. “[My worldview] is that the only thing that matters is family and personal connection; that’s the only thing that gives life meaning. Religion and gods and beliefs for me, it all comes down to your brother. And your brother might be the brother in your family, or it might be the guy next to you in the foxhole it about human connections.”

The show’s fourth season upped the stakes in several ways: When he thought his brother was dead, Sam became addicted to demon blood and experimented with dangerous powers. Dean, who’d been sent to hell to fulfill a contract, was pulled out by an angel, but only after going through terrifying experiences, some of which left him guilt ridden. And Castiel, the angel who pulled Dean out of Hell and tried to prepare Dean for his special role in God plan, was played so well by Misha Collins that the actor is now a series regular on “Supernatural.”

Viewers and the press responded positively to Season 4, “Supernatural ratings increased and CW executives are already talking about a potential sixth season. Where that would go is anyone guess, given that Kripke has said many times that he doesn want to drag out the Apocalypse story over more than one season (and that one of the great pleasures of the show its mythology is interesting and well crafted but not overwhelming).

Kripke said the show had always planned to bring in ever more powerful demons, including Lucifer,
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but he hadn’t thought about adding angels until Season 3 was over.

“We [always] wanted this ‘Lord of the Rings’ scope, but we could never have it because we couldn’t afford these massive battles,” Kripke said. “But . now you can have these two massive armies of demons and angels they can mesh and clash in a way that’s really satisfying, and [you can have the giant clashes] just off camera.

“We slap our forehead against our hands, and say, ‘Why didn’t we think of it sooner?'” he said. “Look at ‘Star Wars’ for a moment. You have this massive empire, and you have this massive rebellion. But the story is about one farm boy, a princess and a pirate.”

Given that “Supernatural” has always displayed a subversive sense of humor, viewers shouldn expect the apocalypse to be all doom and gloom, Kripke said.

“It just feels really fun and rollicking because either we finding quirky humor, or there a gallows humor from fighting a fight that you know you can win,” said Kripke. “There a lot of heroic [moments], you know, very much like Indiana

Jones kind of [moments] “Ah, well, screw it!” And you dive into theAnd if you expecting an angry Lucifer sporting horns and a forked tail, well, don “Supernatural version of Lucifer, who appears in the first and third episodes of the season, is not what you may be expecting.

Lucifer was sent to Hell around the time of the Garden of Eden, and “now he comes back up, and there six billion [people], and look what they done to the planet,” Kripke said. “One of the ways we trying to make him a little more complicated is to say, he actually finds the [original state of the] planet beautiful. thanks for the link Mo! But I think my favorite this summer was Supernatural downfall on youtube. I can help it but Hitler complaining about this year comic con spoilers was just soooooo funny!

I think I a little bit excited! SQUEEEEEEEEEE

Just kidding, I CAN WAIT FOR TONIGHT! Your interview with Kripke was awesome, the first time I heard about the antichrist appearing on the show and a very detailed describition of Lucifer character. Thank you amazing Mo ;D

Mo here: OH I need to find that Downfall video. Thanks much!

cassi

September 10, 2009 at 11:59 AM

You have re interested me in Supernatural. I loved the show when it first appeared and I honestly can tell you what took it place but I was hoping to catch on the past 2 seasons. Alas, it did not occur but I will be tuning in tonight and backtracking. I appreciate your tips such as which episodes (from the past) are a must watch. I hoping with with everyone input thus far and videos (hilarious) will get me in sync quickly.

Mo here: I found it really easy to jump on board Season 4, even though I only seen about half or less of Season 3. Good luck!
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