Because 15 seasons just weren’t enough, Supernatural officially gets a prequel series. It is by Variety, who reports that The CW offered a script engagement to Les Winchester, a series that will focus on the lives of the parents of devoted monster hunters Sam and Dean, exploring every detail that was not covered in the first 327 episodes of the extraordinarily long show.
The series is produced by Supernatural star Jensen Ackles and his wife (and occasional co-star), Danneel Ackles, via their Chaos Machine Productions banner. Jensen Ackles ‘dean will also feature in the series as the narrator, serving as Old Sheldon in his parents’ various antics against monsters. (“Bazinga!” No one, presumably, will cry while impaling a werewolf.) The series is co-produced by Robbie Thompson, who wrote and produced much of the flagship series.
Les Winchester– which will focus on the youth and courtly of Winchester parents John and Mary, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Samantha Smith in the, uh, parenting series – is not the first spin-off developed for Supernatural heritage. Ghostbusters TV Ghosts had his own webcast in 2010, while Rebel sisters, a series centered on Kim Rhodes’ character, Sheriff Jody Mills, was developed a few years before the series finale, but was eventually passed on in 2018. Will Les Winchester be the spin-off to Break the Curse (one of, roughly, 8 million Curses that happened on Supernatural all seasons)? Who will get stuck in the role of young Jeffrey Dean Morgan? Will there be an explanation in the universe why Dean looks at his parents in the past, or is it just a Years of wonder thing where we’re not supposed to ask who the hell is Daniel Stern talking to? Will this show still be a boon to Kansas discography? Only time, and one probably still fervent Supernatural fandom, will be able to answer these questions.
Update, 11:06 p.m., 06/24/21: An unexpected development has now come to this story, as the former Ackles co-star (and current CW Walker star), Jared Padalecki took to Twitter to wish his former colleague on the show good luck – and also to express that this is the first time he’s heard of it, and that he’s “disappointed that Sam Winchester is ‘have no involvement’ in its development.
Let’s be honest: our initial assumption is that this was a joke, because Ackles and Padalecki would always have had a pretty good working relationship, and one would have to less Suppose The CW would inform one of its current stars / producers about these kinds of plans. Asked on social media, however, Padalecki categorically denied that he was joking, adding that he was “gutted” by the development. (Which one could also always be a joke – those wacky TV stars, with their funny lies – but at the very least, that’s one thing he said on the record.)
Supernatural Co-star Misha Collins also commented on the announcement, though the tone of her tweet seemed less visibly upset.