UPDATED, Friday: All’s well that ends well. After some Supernatural drama that mobilized the series’ legions of fans Thursday night and Friday morning, showcasing the series’ massive social media reach, the #spnfamily is happily back together after a heart-to-heart between Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki.
For 15 years, Ackles and Padalecki starred together on Supernatural as brothers Dean and Sam Winchester. Now Ackles is spearheading a prequel about the brothers’ parents, The Winchesters, which Padalecki appeared unaware of until Deadline broke the news about the project Thursday afternoon.
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“Dude. Happy for you. Wish I heard about this some way other than Twitter,” Padalecki wrote with a retweet of Deadline’s story. “I’m excited to watch, but bummed that Sam Winchester had no involvement whatsoever.”
Fans were confused by Padalecki’s reaction and thought he was joking about being blindsided. He was not.
“This is the first I’ve heard about it,” he said in a followup tweet Thursday night. “I’m gutted.”
Padalecki’s comments whipped Supernatural fans into a frenzy, prompting the actor to appeal for calm and civility on Friday morning.
“Please PLEASE don’t send any hate or threats,” he wrote on Twitter. “I care deeply about everybody involved and would be in true misery if any of them were harmed or threatened.”
By late morning on Friday, peace was restored after a chat between the two longtime co-stars.
“The show is early in the process with miles to go,” Padalecki wrote on Twitter. “We’ve travelled a lot of roads together, and sometimes those damn roads have bumps. Bumps don’t stop us. Once brothers, always brothers.”
As Deadline reported, Ackles and his wife, Danneel, are executive producing The Winchesters, which is in development at the CW, the network where Supernatural aired 14 of its 15 seasons. Told from the perspective of narrator Dean Winchester (Ackles), The Winchesters is the epic, untold love story of the brothers’ parents, John and Mary Winchester.
The studio behind Supernatural, Warner Bros. Television, where Jensen and Danneel Ackles’ Chaos Machine Productions has an overall deal, produces The Winchesters, written/executive produced by Supernatural alum Robbie Thompson. Padalecki stars in the CW’s most watched series, Walker.
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