Keep on Keepin’ on

The Winch­esters go back to ba­sics for Su­per­nat­u­ral’s 12th sea­son…

SFX - - Red Alert -

When Eric Kripke cre­ated Su­per­nat­u­ral, pit­ting brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winch­ester (Jensen Ack­les) against var­i­ous oth­er­worldly beasts, the story was only sup­posed to last five sea­sons. A few years on from that, the show now boasts 241 hours of pro­duced sto­ries as Su­per­nat­u­ral re­turns for its 12th sea­son in the US this month with the very ap­pro­pri­ately ti­tled episode “Keep Calm And Carry On”.

Some­one who has been with the se­ries since sea­son one is ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, writer, di­rec­tor and now co-showrun­ner Robert Singer. He tells Red Alert that the show is go­ing back to ba­sics with its sto­ry­telling this year. “It’s more stan­dalones and a smaller can­vas for this year’s mythol­ogy,” Singer re­veals. “It’s not the apoca­lypse, it’s not God, it’s not Amara [Emily Swal­low]. It’s very much about Sam and Dean. It’s about bring­ing mom back [Mary Winch­ester played by Sa­man­tha Smith] and the hunt for Lu­cifer is very per­sonal, es­pe­cially for Cas [Misha Collins]. Ev­ery­one has an agenda that will be turned up­side down later in the sea­son as the Men of Let­ters be­come more preva­lent in the sto­ry­line, as well as their view of things, as op­posed to our guys’ view on things.”

Singer re­veals that the show will also re­fo­cus on the mem­o­rable mon­ster sto­ries that have long been a hall­mark of the show. “We al­ways feel that one of our strengths is we make these mon­sters in­ter­est­ing,” he ex­plains. “Not so much cre­at­ing new mon­sters, but giv­ing per­son­al­ity to the mon­sters that we have. I think it’s one thing that has kept us on the air for a while and sets us apart from some other shows like this. The Al­pha vam­pire [in sea­son six] was a re­ally in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter. Kate the were­wolf [in sea­son eight] was a re­ally in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter. Eric Kripke used to say that ev­ery vil­lain is the hero of his own story and that’s some­thing we’ve re­ally lived by. We try to make their sto­ries as in­ter­est­ing as our guys’ sto­ries if we can, so we’re get­ting back to in­ter­est­ing vil­lains with their own sto­ries.”

In par­tic­u­lar, Singer is ex­cited about an up­com­ing stand­alone about necro­mancers. “I think the big­gest swing we’re tak­ing this year is a story with the Thule, or Ger­man necro­mancers. It’s a pretty big swing,” he laughs. Oth­er­wise, Singer says fans can look for­ward to Mary’s un­ex­pected re­turn, via the hand­i­work of Amara in the sea­son 11 fi­nale, to the mor­tal coil, re­ally shak­ing up the Winch­ester fam­ily dy­namic to its core. With the fam­ily ma­tri­arch dead and buried for 30 years, there’s a whole lot of weird­ness to con­front as the sea­son be­gins.

“The way we por­tray heaven is you go to your own pri­vate heaven and it’s your best mem­o­ries,” Singer ex­plains. “Mary’s best mem­o­ries are of a baby in a crib and a four or five-year-old boy. Now Sam and Dean are grown and she doesn’t know them. And they are do­ing some­thing she never would have picked for them to do. She’s prob­a­bly pissed off at John Winch­ester [pre­vi­ously played by Jef­frey Dean Mor­gan] but he’s not around to say any­thing to. She’s a fish out of wa­ter. It’s a tough tran­si­tion and I don’t think Amara fac­tored any of that when she brought her back. And the boys have al­ways needed this mother fig­ure but they also have a 30-year gap. Where that goes over the course of the sea­son, it will evolve. In the be­gin­ning, it’s tough on ev­ery­one con­cerned.” Busi­ness as usual for the Winch­esters, then...

Su­per­nat­u­ral sea­son 12 will air on E4 in 2017.

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