We’re only a few weeks away from The Winchesters, the Supernatural prequel about Sam and Dean’s parents, premiering on The CW. For those of us well-versed in the original show, it might seem that the past has already been addressed in the original. That’s not the case, says Jensen Ackles, producer on The Winchesters who also played Dean on the mothership series.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ackles along with his wife Danneel and showrunner Robbie Thompson delved into the details of the new show, including how it brings something new to the Supernatural universe without changing what’s come before (or after, within the timeline of the two series).
“A lot of people are like, ‘Hang on, are you changing the lore? Is this like Back to the Future, where Dean and Sam are going to start to disappear in the picture?’ It’s not,” Jensen said. “We obviously don’t want to change anything that was experienced on what we lovingly call the mothership.”
“You can’t recreate Supernatural, you just can’t,” Thompson said later on in the article. “What we wanted to do with this show was shine a light on new corners of the Supernatural universe.”
Danneel also acknowledges that having Supernatural fans immediately jump on board for The Winchesters is a “big ask,” but asked fans to give the new show a try. “Everybody who’s involved in this project loves this show. We have lived this show for 15 years; it’s a family member. So just trust us that we’re going to take care of it.”
You can read more about the show, including the introduction of its ensemble cast, at the EW link above.
The first thirteen-episode season of The Winchesters premieres Tuesday, October 11 on The CW.