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SUPERNATURAL’s Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins Talk Battling Nazis, Lucifer and Family Issues

SUPERNATURAL’s Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins Talk Battling Nazis, Lucifer and Family Issues

Don’t you just hate it when Hitler starts causing you problems all over again? Unfortunately Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) are going to have to deal with the dead tyrant, for the second time, on Supernatural.

In this week’s episode, “The One You’ve Been Waiting For,” the Winchesters discover that the soul of Adolf Hitler has been trapped in a 1930s gold pocket watch. They quickly realize that they must act quickly to prevent a group of Nazi necromancers from resurrecting the Führer.

“I think it’s very brave of the show and the network to stake out such a controversial position,” star Misha Collins told Nerdist while on set in Vancouver. “It’s very much anti-Nazi.”

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While Supernatural has already had a Nazi-themed episode with season eight’s “Everybody Hates Hitler,” Padalecki promises that this new hour, jokingly referred to as “Everybody Still Hates Hitler,” is going to be a completely new story.

“We find out that the Thule, who are back, may have been in control or in possession of a cursed object of sorts that might have a bit of Hitler’s soul,” Padalecki told Nerdist on set. “And they’re trying to do a Jurassic Park and take the amber out of the tree sap and the mosquito DNA or whatever. And so obviously we don’t know how it’s going and so we have to kind of go back and track the Thule and figure out if, in fact, they have succeeded. Though Hitler’s vessel, thankfully, is gone … Hitler’s going to be in it. It’s fun to see the Supernatural take on what Hitler was really like behind the camera.”

While Sam and Dean are off hunting Nazi necromancers and Hitler’s soul, Castiel (Collins) and Crowley (Mark Sheppard) are going to find themselves in a very Odd Couple-like situation when the King of Hell and the angel team up to track down Lucifer (Rick Springfield).

“It’s funny because initially they were talking about like a buddy cop comedy thing and I was like, ‘Oh, come on, that’s not going to work,'” Collins said. “But we’ve had some funny moments with it that actually did work. They’re both, particularly Cas, reluctant to be working with Crowley.”

Padalecki interrupted to add, “They say life imitates art, but it’s art imitating life.”

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Collins said, “But we’re muscling through and there’s a lot of eye rolling, which is something that I’ve perfected. For much of this season, Castiel’s arc is he’s hunting for Lucifer and trying to hunt him down and yes, he’s banished, but he’s not out the picture and he does come back into play pretty significantly. I’m excited to see how that big twist comes. Let me put it this way, I would love to tell you what happens ’cause it’s very, very juicy.”

On the family front, while Sam and Dean were overjoyed to finally have their mother Mary (Samantha Smith) back from the dead, she ended up leaving them to take some time on her own to figure out this new life of hers in a whole new era. That hit both Sam and Dean hard, but in different ways. When Mary finally does return to her boys, expect to see those relationships evolve and grow in surprising ways.

“There are certainly two different relationships going on, from Sam’s perspective and then from … Dean’s perspective,” Ackles said. “Because Sam never had a relationship with Mom. He was an infant. And Dean didn’t have much of one either. A lot of what he knows and what he remembers about his mother was kind of dictated to him by his father [Jeffrey Dean Morgan]. It’s more his father’s memories of her than it is Dean’s established memories of her. But it’s unique because she’s their mother, but she’s also kind of a stranger.”

He continued, “Obviously the brothers are strangers to her as well, which is why you see this struggle to find their footing in the relationship because it is a forced situation. And at least from Dean’s perspective, he doesn’t really know how to fit. He doesn’t know how to categorize the relationship. It’s an awkward thing which I think lends itself to good story.”

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And unfortunately for the brothers, the threat of the British Men of Letters is still growing in the shadows, while Sam and Dean believe themselves free of that particular menace right now.

“We’re going to see that storyline get fleshed out in the second half of the season,” Ackles said. “There’s going to be some recruitment attempts, some disagreements about methods of hunting, and that will certainly boil to a point. But as of right now, they are trying their method of trying to include us by showing that they have a superior method of dealing with these things than we do, and they’re trying to get us on board with that. But I think we’ll find out in the future that maybe their methods aren’t the best way.”

Padalecki believes the British Men of Letters storyline harkens back to season six, “when Sam was soulless and kind of behaved much the same way the British Men of Letters are behaving now, or at least in their hunting tactics and Dean was obviously not.”

“It’s fun to revisit that [question]: Would you kill two people to save three, would you kill 10 to save 12?” Padalecki says. “You’re still killing 10 people. Would you try to find the middle ground? Would you try to find the grey area, not the black and white? It’s something I deal with in real life so it’s fun to see it play out on screen or on paper.”

What are you most excited to see from Supernatural this week? Tweet me your thoughts at @SydneyBucksbaum!

Supernatural airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.

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