Supernatural Season Four News From Eric Kripke

*Spoilerish* Eric Kripke recently answered fan questions about Supernatural at TVGuide.com. Among them, he revealed a few things about season 4. Due to the writer’s strike, Supernatural will have only sixteen episodes this season. There had been some speculation from the showrunners on the different ways season 4 might compensate for it. Sadly, Kripke revealed that The CW only ordered the usual 22 episodes for next season. The studio has also cut the show’s budget — which may not necessarily be bad news. As a result, Kripke says, “We’ll be employing all kinds of tricks next year — the war will be smaller, more contained, underground, more guerrilla-style. I actually think it’ll improve the show. Looking back over Season 3, the spectacle and size is never as interesting as the episodes that focus on the brothers.” Also, when it comes to scares, Supernatural often follows the principle that what you don’t see is scarier than what you do. Against the backdrop of demons, ghosts, and scary places, it’s the small moments between Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) — such as Dean teaching Sam how to fix the Impala at the end of “Fresh Blood” — that’s the engine of the show. “There will still be the [demon] war,” Kripke adds, “but we’ll be presenting it in our scruffy, angsty, Supernatural way, and we’ll return to concentrating on the relationships and the characters.” TV Guide also delivered the scoop that with the reduced budget, the character of Bela, the mercenary without-a-heart-of-gold, will be gone next season. At Creation Entertainment’s Salute to Supernatural in Los Angeles at the end of March, Kripke talked about what he thought went wrong with the character. “She made the boys look stupid maybe once or twice too many, and she was never tied into the mythology.” Kripke told TV Guide that the show...

Supernatural Creator Eric Kripke Answers Fan’s Questions

*Spolierish* For better or worse, Eric Kripke, the creator, Executive Producer and writer of CW’s popular series Supernatural has made the fans an important part of his show, and not just as ratings numbers. He has often stated that he has a roadmap for the series, a core story that he wants to tell, which he has never wavered from. “It’s the saga of the Winchester clan – who the brothers really are, who their parents really are, why Demons are so closely intertwined with them, and what their destiny really is. It’s an epic, emotional, family story at its heart.” Outside of that core story there are elements that come and go and his writing team is flexible enough to make those adjustments. He states that a decision to keep or discard a storyline combines elements of writers’ opinion, the realities of actors’ schedules, and even opinions of the fans on occasion. Fan response is valued such that when they overwhelmingly reject something across multiple online forums, it is given proper attention. “There’s always room to make the show better, and that means trying new things, keeping the things that work, losing the things that don’t.” This humble admission truly elevates Eric Kripke to a unique position among showrunners. If the excellent writing, acting and directing were not enough to entice the viewer, then feeling like an integral part of the creative process certainly is. That and the fact that Eric appears to be a fan’s best friend – someone to sit down with, share a cup of coffee, and have an open exchange of ideas for story elements that are past, present and future. Without a doubt, Supernatural is HIS baby. But unlike other parents who have no interest in anyone’s input regarding the development of their children, this is one parent who is willing to listen...

Supernatural Burning Questions Answered!

How does Mary know the Yellow-Eyed Demon? What’s the early consensus on newcomers Bela and Ruby? Will this strike-struck season still deliver a doozy of a cliff-hanger? We took the best of your burning questions to Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, and here’s what he had to share with us. (Plus, Kripke also reveals his most- and least-favorite episodes ever!) Supernatural airs Thursdays at 9 pm/ET on the CW. Will we find out how Mary knew the YED anytime soon? — jacobha Kripke: We will definitely find out how Mary knew the YED, but I can’t promise when that will be. It ties into the mystery of what Sam is becoming, and what makes him so damn qualified to lead a demon army in the first place. But we’re not ready to pull that trigger just yet. If we don’t get a full Season 3, what would happen with Dean’s deal? Would the big climax be in the middle of Season 4 or would it be extended to the end of Season 4? — acsgrlie Kripke: That’s a very smart question, and one that’s currently haunting my dreams. There’s a simple answer: We’ll definitely save the climax of Dean’s Deal for Season 4, no question. And there’s a more complicated answer: Not many showrunners will admit it, but the strike is throwing a lot of stories on a lot of different series up in the air. I mean, how do you get back on the story track in an elegant, artful way? If I had to guess, I’d say I’m probably going to end up combining the Season 3 and Season 4 mythologies into one big story to play out next season. It’s interesting how real-world issues affect the creative storytelling of the show. There’s no doubt that, because of the strike, I’m going to end up telling a slightly...

Next Entries »