Supernatural is finally heading back to TV after its 2020 finale, and we finally get to take a look at what the new edition will look like. On the 26th of August, TV Insider debuted a new photo of Dean Winchester from The Winchesters, the highly-anticipated prequel series to Supernatural. The prequel was first announced in June of 2021, and fans can’t wait for its arrival on the 11th of October 2022.
The Winchesters is going to dive into the origins of parents John and Mary Winchester which will be narrated by their eldest son, Dean Winchester. Jensen Ackles, who played Dean Winchester for Supernatural’s astonishing 15-season run, was known to be narrating the prequel series, however, fans were not expecting him to make an appearance, which it appears he does.
The first look photo reveals Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, holding a journal while leaning against his Chevy Impala ‘Baby’ which fans are already starting to speculate could be the introduction to the narration of the series.
What to Look Forward To
Jensen Ackles not only narrates and stars in the show but also serves as executive producer on The Winchesters. The star recently spoke to TVLine about what fans can expect from the series, as John and Mary already have some established lore and history that was explored in the fourth season of Supernatural.
Jensen Ackles claims that the new series will allow for connections to establish Supernatural lore in a much crazier way than has been done before.
“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.”
No Lore Left Behind
Ackles also claims that the canon that has already been established with John and Mary – specifically about their connection as members of the Men of Letters and a family of monster hunters – will be explored in a unique capacity in The Winchesters.
“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. 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.”
“But we do play into the moments that were discussed and that were talked about,” Ackles continued, “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.’”
Allowing a franchise to add sequels, and especially prequels has so much power to expand their lore and understanding of the series/movie. It’s always fun to finally get some answers and understanding about the characters that we have come to know and love.
Are you excited about the Supernatural prequel, The Winchesters?