Actor Jensen Ackles may have moved onto “The Boys,” but he will probably forever be known as Dean Winchester, the character he played for fifteen seasons on The CW’s “Supernatural” series.
The show, which kicked off in 2005, saw Ackles starring as Dean and Jared Padalecki starring as his younger brother, Sam Winchester. Together, they hunted monsters, demons, angels, mythical creatures, and even God himself.
Although their story may be done, Ackles is executive producing a story about the Winchester parents, John and Mary. Although their past has already been thoroughly explored in the series, Ackles explained to TVLine that even he had doubts about the prequel series, titled, “The Winchester.”
Jensen Ackles Admits That He Had Doubts About The Prequel Series
Time travel is a thing in the “Supernatural” universe and the Winchesters have already traveled back into the past to meet his parents’ younger selves going back as far as season four. In later seasons, both of his parents were even brought back to life. Given how much has already been shown about their past, Ackles told the outlet that even he had doubts about pulling off a prequel serious.
Ackles explained, “To be honest, I was like, ‘I don’t know if we can do this, and then it took [writer] Robbie [Thompson] and me sitting down going like, ‘Well, we know we have to do this, and we know we have to do that, but if we just connect those dots with a straight line, that’s not entertaining. That’s boring. That’s a simple story. If we connect those dots in a much crazier, wild Supernatural way, then we’ve got a show.’ So that’s what we’ve been doing.”
In the show, his mother, Mary Campbell, grew up in a family of hunters. However, his father, John Winchester, came from the lineage of the Men of Letters. Ackles said those aspects of their past will be “touched on.”
Jensen Ackles Explains How ‘The Winchesters’ Will Come Together
“That’s kind of the exciting thing, in my opinion, is that the waypoints or the tentpoles that were established on the mothership, as we lovingly call it, those will get touched on,” Ackles explained. “But we’ll get to those waypoints in a way that we probably didn’t expect. And that’s what we’re really having fun with is, like, the story is coming together. It’s not the washed version. It’s not the sugar-coated version of how mom and dad met. This is like what really happened.”
He continued, “But we do play into the moments that were discussed and that were talked about, just maybe in a slightly varied way that seems like, ‘Whoa, wait, we knew that happened, but I didn’t know that’s why it happened or that’s how it happened.’”
The CW has plugged the series as the “epic, untold love story of how John met Mary and how they put it all on the line to not only save their love, but the entire world.” In the pilot, a young John (played by Drake Rodger of “The In-Between” fame) has recently returned from Vietnam to his hometown “where traces of his father’s past lead him to a secret organization and a whole new war as a hunter.”
Meanwhile, Mary (played by Meg Donnelly of “American Housewife”) is considering leaving the family hunting business behind after someone she cares about dies. However, after her father goes missing, “newcomer John Winchester forces her to lead a new team.”
Jensen Ackles Addresses The Flaw In ‘The Winchesters’
The major flaw in the concept of the prequel series is, according to what has already been established in “Supernatural,” John did not know about demons or monsters or the hunting business until after Mary died. So how is it possible that he was hunting demons with her?
Ackles says, “Obviously, we’ve got a massive fix for that. But we get to that point, and we play the ‘Ooh, that’s why’ kind of a thing.”
In addition to executive producing the show with his wife, Danneel Ackles, Jensen will also be serving as the narrator for the series. At this point, it is unclear if he will serve as a director of the series. He directed six episodes of “Supernatural” and a recent episode of Jared Padalecki’s new CW show “Walker” so anything is possible.
When asked if he would have a seat in the director’s chair, Ackles replied, “I hope so. Obviously, I gotta get approved by the studio, but I think they know me, so I might have a good chance.”