Celebrating the series upcoming 11th season, The cast and crew of Supernatural showed up at San Diego Comic Con this year for their annual panel.
– Panelists included current series Showrunner Jeremy Carver, series stars Jared Padalecki (Sam) and Jensen Ackles (Dean), and supporters Misha Collins (Castiel) and Mark Shepard (Crowley). Also on hand was writer Andrew Dabb.
– The panel was co-hosted by former Supernatural stars Rob Benedict (Chuck) and Richard Speight Jr. (The Trickster).
– The panel primarily served as an opportunity for the cast, crew, and hosts to to joke around and laugh with the audience.
– Through the panel, Jared kept repeating a pun about how the brothers would win because they aren’t the Lose-Chesters.
– Richard gave voice to a stuffed hamster throughout the panel, a continuation of a joke about Mark’s scenes with a hamster last season.
– Ackles was excited to be directing again, and joked about having trouble getting performances out of all of the actors, particularly picking on Misha.
– Season 11 will bring the series back in a more serialized direction with a focus on a “Big Bad” (The Darkness) that helps the brothers put their differences aside.
– A big uproar occurred when the writers were asked about the death of Felicia Day’s Character Charlie, when women are so under-represented on the show. Carver, dismissed the implied sexism of the question with a general answer about Supernatural being a show where characters die.
– Mark Shepard dismissed questions about his character jokingly, by saying he was dead. He later said he was most scared of the cybermen from Doctor Who, a show he has appeared on.
– Jensen’s favorite scene last season was his fight scene with Cain. For Jared it was the finale with Sam and Dean’s fight. Misha liked playing Castiel’s host body, and Shepard loved Crowley’s mommy issues.
– A lot of fans in attendance were recent fans who binge watched the series on Netflix, a point highlighted by Jared who asked the audience directly.
The panel was mostly fun, with very little actual insight. Though the more unified focus of the brothers against a common enemy is exciting as a long time fan of the series.