JENSEN ACKLES AND JARED PADALECKI STAR IN
Lucifer ( Mark Pellegrino from Dexter and Lost), a fallen angel looking to purify the world by doing away with humankind in an apocalyptic purge.
That said, there’ll also be a few diversions along the way, involving traditional Supernatural freak-outs such as body snatching, zombies and demonic possession, but the main plotline is heaven versus hell … with the Winchester lads smack in the middle.
“ It’s basically that the angels and Lucifer and the demons are just beginning the long foretold Apocalypse from the Book of Revelations,” said series creator Eric Kripke.
“ As the mythology of the season unveils, it’s this massive, Byzantine mythology of angels and demons and what they want and their destinies for the world. It’s the war that everyone’s been waiting thousands of years for, and humanity is unfortunately caught in the middle.
“ Our heroes object to that. Their response is ‘ You want to fi ght a war? Pick another planet. This one’s ours – get the hell off it’.”
But according to Kripke, the end of the world Supernatural-style isn’t going to be quite as, well, apocalyptic as some viewers might imagine. In fact, given the state of things right now, it could be happening right now.
“ The public isn’t necessarily aware of it,” he said with a laugh. “ They’re not running screaming through the streets. That would be hard to maintain through a season. Our version of the Apocalypse includes things like hurricanes unexpectedly slamming into the US coasts and swine fl u and North Korea suddenly arming up with nuclear weapons.”
Oh, so pretty much stuff that’s on the front page of the daily paper then.
“ We’re really trying to create the idea that this could be happening right outside your door and you don’t know it,” added Kripke. “ At least in the fi rst few days of the Apocalypse.”
Well, at least we’ve got Dean and Sam on our side. But the brothers have got plenty on their plates, what with Dean having spent a while in hell ( yes, really) and Sam feeling remorse over a course of action that led to Lucifer being unleashed upon the world.
“ Sam is in a diffi cult place,” said Kripke. “ He’s feeling such horrifying regret. How do you get out from under the weight of being the guy who broke the world, broke it through pride and selfi shness? He’s got a lot to atone for and he’s really on a journey of redemption. He has a lot of wrongs to set right. For Dean, this season is a little bit about understanding what his role is but mainly having the strength of character to do the right thing.”
And, because this is Supernatural, the brothers are going to be battling one another in various ways. Dean and Sam have always had a slightly combative relationship, something Ackles and Padalecki play very well, but the events of recent seasons look to have driven a sizeable wedge between them.
And Kripke admits that die-hard fans of Supernatural have been known to get a bit upset when Dean and Sam are at each other’s throats.
“ But we owe it to the fans to depict an honest relationship and we wouldn’t be honest, having gone through the events at the end of season four, if they just said ‘ It’s all forgotten, let’s move on’,” he said.
“ There’s a lot of drama to play. It’s our intention to bring them back together. It always is. I’ve always said it’s a show about the strength of family. But they need to recreate their relationship and come back together in a way in which they’re older, sadder, wiser but ultimately stronger.”
Paranormal bond: Jared Padalecki ( left) and Jensen Ackles as the Winchester brothers, Sam and Dean.