Death in Supernatural was a fluid occurrence. In a series where angels, demons, and ghosts frequently appeared, no one was ever really gone. And that also applies to the series itself. Back in June 2021, Deadline reported a Supernatural prequel series called The Winchesters was in development with a script commitment at The CW. Fast-forward to February 2022 and The CW has formally ordered a pilot. Jensen Ackles and Danneel Ackles are aboard as executive producers (through their company Chaos Machine Productions) along with Robbie Thompson. Ackles will reprise his role of Dean Winchester… just in narrator form.
The Winchesters will focus on Dean and Sam’s parents, John and Mary. As Supernatural revealed, Mary Winchester (maiden name Mary Campbell) came from a family of hunters. Mary’s parents brought her into the lifestyle—a life from which Mary tried to escape to have a normal life with John. She retired from hunting, married John, and had Sam and Dean. Her apple pie life didn’t last; the demon Azazel killed her, sparking John’s entry into hunting and raising Sam and Dean in the life Mary never wanted.
Dean Winchester will narrate The Winchesters and tell the story of how John and Mary met and risked it all to save the world. Aww. Ackles told Deadline, “After Supernatural wrapped its 15th season, we knew it wasn’t over. Because like we say in the show, ‘nothing ever really ends, does it?’ When Danneel and I formed Chaos Machine Productions, we knew the first story we wanted to tell was the story of John and Mary Winchester, or rather the Supernatural origin story. I always felt like my character, Dean, would have wanted to know more about his parents’ relationship and how it came to be. So I love the thought of having him take us on this journey.”
Given that Supernatural ran for 15 seasons on The CW, it’s no surprise that the network is game for more Winchester material. They tried out backdoor pilots for spinoffs at a couple of points, but the ideas didn’t work out. Here, though, they have tried and true material with the Winchesters. We’ve even seen young John and Mary Winchester (played by Matt Cohen and Amy Gumenick, respectively) in Supernatural. Whatever weirdness Sam and Dean dealt with in the drama, it always came back to family. This is a fitting subject for a prequel.
But if you’re wondering: where does Sam Winchester fit into this? Well, he apparently doesn’t. After news about the Supernatural prequel broke, Jared Padalecki shared his shocked reaction on Twitter. He apparently didn’t know anything about the show.
Dude. Happy for you.— Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) June 25, 2021
Wish I heard about this some way other than Twitter.
I’m excited to watch, but bummed that Sam Winchester had no involvement whatsoever. https://t.co/bAcEvFKM7p
No.— Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) June 25, 2021
This is the first I’ve heard about it.
I’m gutted. https://t.co/1i8eC8YAdV
Padalecki tweeted that he felt gutted. And hey, after working so closely with Ackles on the show for over 15 years, we get it. The duo did eventually make up.
But while Padalecki isn’t part of the Supernatural spinoff, he is busy at work with a spinoff of his own. The Walker star is executive producing Walker: Independence, a prequel for The CW set in the 1800s following Abby Walker, Bostonian who winds up in Texas as her journey out West hits a few tragic snags.
For now, things seem to be moving in the right direction with The Winchesters. As the show has cast its first series regulars. Deadline reports that Station 19‘s Nida Khurshid and “newcomer Jojo Fleites” will join The Winchesters pilot.
Nida Khurshid & Jojo Fleites join the CW’s ‘Supernatural’ prequel pilot ‘The Winchesters’ https://t.co/Wy29eiLpqY— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) March 15, 2022
According to the publication, “Khurshid will play Latika Desai. Fiercely intelligent and braver than she believes, Latika Desai is a young hunter-in-training whose research and problem-solving skills help her face her fears in battling dark forces.” Meanwhile, “Fleites will portray Carlos Cervantez. Easygoing and confident, Carlos is a natural when it comes to fighting demons and a boost of positivity for the team as it takes on more serious threats.” These castings don’t necessarily reveal much about the inner-workings of the show, but they do show us that hunters will likely take center stage.
Should The CW like The Winchesters pilot, it’ll be the first Supernatural spinoff to make it to air.
Originally published on June 24, 2021.