Third Winchester brother cast in Supernatural

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The New Year was still ringing in when news broke that Supernatural was making a big change to its tried-and-true formula--producers were adding a third Winchester brother. Now comes word of which lucky young actor will be the newest dreamboat demon killer, and the possibility that this may all be a bit of a prank.

Actor Jake Abel will play brother to Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) in the April 23 episode of Supernatural, reports TVGuide.com. Abel character will be Adam Milligan, the result of some extracurricular sexual activities by dad John Winchester on one of his adventures. Abel's previous credits are pretty limited, with his biggest role being in the short-lived Threshold.

Most fans, upon hearing the news, were outraged as Dean and Sam are the cornerstones of the show and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke has repeatedly said the show's heart comes from the relationship between the two brothers. However, knowing how tricky the Supernatural writers can be, this whole thing may be more of a stunt--just look at the episode's title: "Jump the Shark."

The phrase, which itself has been overused to the point that it is a perfect example of its own definition, is doled out to moments when a television program (or other recurring property) has run out of fuel creatively and begins to deteriorate in quality. This is often accompanied by some gimmick, such as adding a new brother to a show that's been on for three-and-a-half seasons.

Pointing more towards this possibility is the fact that Abel is signed on only for that one episode--meaning this is Kripke and company pulling our legs or that he's getting killed off awfully quickly.

Supernatural fans, what are your theories?

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