Supernatural’s Dean: To Hell and Back

IGN TV: I was telling Jared that I think your show is pretty damn gutsy, because when you set up the whole “Dean has a year until he goes to hell” story, many shows wouldn’t go all the way with it and have you fail to stop it. Jensen Ackles: That is one of my favorite things about Season 3 and about how [executive producer] Eric [Kripke] took that. I remember calling him and going, “So, what’s the plan, pal? How’s Dean going to get out of this deal?” He’s like, “Oh, he’s not.” “Really…? That’s nice… Let me check my contract and make sure I have another couple of years.” But I loved it. I loved it because everybody’s expecting you to figure a way out, because the guys always do. The brothers always figure out a way to save each other. And I really like that we failed. It gave me what I want in a way I didn’t expect it. IGN: The actual death scene you had was really intense. How was it to film? Ackles: It sucked! It was awful. In fact, there was a giant rig that I had to wear. I had this whole shirt thing on that was made to look like my torso, but inside it was all this plumbing, essentially, that they were pumping fake blood through. So as I was getting ripped to shreds by the hell hounds, my shirt would get shredded off and you’d see what looked like my flesh getting ripped to pieces and blood flying out of it. And that corn syrup blood that they used isn’t my best friend… I ended up having to stay in the already spent piece for over six hours. That corn syrup gets really sticky, so it’s like I couldn’t sit down and I had blood all over my...

Interview: Sera Gamble, Producer and Writer for “Supernatural”

“It’s just one of those out-of-our-control things that happened.” The last of Supernatural’s pre-strike episodes, “Jus In Bello,” has aired. Intense and heavily myth-arc based, the episode leaves fans with a long wait until April 24, when the last four episodes of season three start to air. Sera Gamble, producer and writer for the show, agreed to talk to Firefox News via email about what it’s like to get back to work, why the staff is laughing, matching tattoos, savvy fans, and how rough things could get for Sam and Dean Winchester. (Spoiler warning for upcoming episodes). FFN: How did being on strike affect you as a writer? Were you able to work on any independent projects? SG: Well, the main effect, of course, was that I had to stop working. And I was involved in a couple of projects that lost momentum — one might be salvageable, but I’m pretty sure the strike killed the other one. I’m philosophical about that — I expected it to happen. Almost every writer I know took a hit for the strike. And plenty were fired or had their shows canceled, so all in all I was very lucky. I had a job to go back to. And yes, I did try to use my strike time wisely. I saw the fact that I was barred from writing anything for the studios as an opportunity to work on stuff that I could never pitch as a slick, easily-understandable commercial package. I picked my favorite weird idea and immersed myself for a few weeks. It worked, too — the run-up to the strike was hugely stressful, and I was burned out and exhausted. Now, I feel back in touch with why I love writing. FFN: What’s it like getting back to work? Are people charged up? Is it a smooth process picking up...

‘Supernatural’ Interview With Lauren Cohan

*Spoiler Alert* The cast seems like such a tight knit group. Initially was it a little weird joining the show or did they make you feel like one of the family right away? You would think it might be a little weird to come into a show after it has been on for awhile but everyone was really nice and gracious and right away made me feel like their little sister. There is a a lot of controversy from the fans about adding you and Katie to the cast this year. Have you heard about this controversy and how do you feel about it? Yeah I have definitely heard about it. I understand where the fans are coming from because they are very protective of these guys and don’t want these girls coming on to the show especially as love interests or to dumb down the show in any way. But our characters are not being brought on to be love interests for the boys we are there to truly make their lives very difficult and nothing more. But it is exciting to join a show that has such a great fan base and is protective of the characters and I do understand their being wary. What is one thing Bela is going to bring to the series that the die hard fans are going to love? My character Bela is really brought on to make trouble and to make the boys life Hell. Every-time she is involved in something that they are involved in she sets out to cause a problem and she is a mercenary not a hunter so she is really in it all for herself. If say selling something to another country that is illegal will get her money that is something she would do because it is what is best for Bela. But I...

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