Third Winchester brother cast in Supernatural

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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Oh I hope this is a joke! A one episode joke that doesn't ruin the mix by adding another brother to the already fab established chemistry of Dean & Sam. Didn't Buffy the Vampire slayer ruin the tv show when they throw kid sister Dawn into the mix? Is this the apocalypse that Dean & Sam have to face fans of the show?
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I don't understand why everyone is being so critical of this for I mean there isn't even any real info on the episode available yet so why don't people just wait until they've seen it before they cast judgment, And as for the idea that a 3rd son would ruin the idea of John's dedication to Mary I think that is just ludicrous, John loved Mary and was devoted to her but then she was killed and John went on without her and the idea that seeking physical contact and comfort with another woman years after her death can't be that strange I mean John did love her and he was a great man but he was just a man. The idea of never sleeping with another woman simply to honor Mary is ridiculous - He had to move on with his life and besides its not like John ran away and married someone else (Which I might have had a problem with). I say again give Jake and Adam a chance before condemning them (Besides it may just be a one-ff appearance or it could lead to a part time/full time spot in the 5th and final year of this great show.
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i really dislike the idea of there being a third Winchester brother. It will ruin the idea that John was comletely dedicated to Mary. I hope its just a false rumour but if its true it better turn out that he's not really their brother.
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He'll probably just end up being evil or something along those lines.
He's not cute enough to be a winchester anyways. So best bet is they'll have to kill him or something..
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No way, there can't be another brother. But if there is he better be cute.
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Boo-hiss!
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no no no!
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ehhh. I'll wait to pass judgement until after I've seen the episode. But after looking at pics of Jake Abel...well, he looks too young to be taken seriously. Kind of like a 15 year old boy. But I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
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Third brother? no waaaaaaay!
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I'm so sick of hearing the crazy fans saying that this is a horrible idea and that if it's true, they're never watching the show again. RELAX! The writers haven't disappointed yet, so don't pass judgment without seeing how it unfolds. I have a feeling that it's a joke; but if it isn't, I have no problem with it. Breathe insane fan girls, BREATHE!!!
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Sounds interesting and like a joke. I don't know what it is yet so I'll wait and see.
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I think producers are going to wait and see the fans reaction before deciding to go on with a third. Trying to think outside the box
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If the third bro's real it'll be absolutely horrible. But based on the evidence, it's probably just a gimmick. Probably some nasty thing pretending to be their brother or some nasty thing getting into their heads making a new reality or some other nasty thing I haven't thought of yet.
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That will be so cool. I love Supernatural the way it is but a new addition to the family even for a lil' bit would be a nice change. Be cool to see how the third bro acts and how they get along. I do hope maybe he will appear in more than one episode and doesn't get killed off. I end up liking a character just for them to be killed, ain't good. I like the idea! Who knows maybe the fans will grow to love this new kid. Nice enough looking for Winchester material ;).
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Perhaps its like the Chris Angel episode. That wasn't really Chris angel or a what if episode.
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I've gotta go with Katiki on the pro-Dean and Sam basis of the show, people just don't like a lot of the new people. But I don't think a sibling will be very well received anyway, boy or girl. I wasn't a huge fan of the younger Dean in Afterschool Special, he just wasn't DEAN. As for the girl angle, eh, I just don't think anyone wants Jensen and Jared to lose their spotlight, it's all about them, and that's the way we like it.
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i don't like it ... sam and dean steal the show, who needs a teenage tag-along (I say this cause i have an older sister and she wouldn't want to drag me everywhere). As unfatherly as John was i don't think he was disloyal..HOWEVER if he was boy does he ever get around! case and point it sounds faulty and stupid
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Ha, it just occurred to me the reaction to the "third brother" leak kinda proves this fandom doesn't have an anti-female-character bias, it has a pro-Sam-and-Dean bias. We just love the two main characters so much if anyone is going to take screentime away from them, their apple pie better be freakin' worth it. (That, and the fact while the Show pretty much always hits home runs when writing and casting male characters, it has a less impressive batting average when it comes to female characters. Hey, seeing as the "Third Brother" is male, there's a very good chance he'll be well conceived and well acted.)
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I got spoiled by accident to this, but now that I'm here I'll just say Kripke loves to mess with the fans and the title "Jump the Shark" is pretty good indication his twisted sense of humour (one of the things I love about him) is at work. I'm going to go into it with an open mind and trust there's a good story behind this "third brother."
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Come on people give the brother a chance, if he doesn't check out, then I'll be first in line handing out, torches and pitchforks, so we can all burn him at the stake
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i like threshold hated when it got cancelled and theres probably some twist for him showing up out of nowhere there always is in shows like this
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No NO NO!! It's just Sam and Dean! No third brother! Three's a crowd! I don't think Sam and Dean would like it if they found out they had a brother they didn't know about! After their dad died too? Sound familer? Does to me...Brothers & Sisters! C'mon! I don't like the idea of a third Winchester brother! I hope Kripke is just tricking!!
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i dont really mind it will defenetly keep up wierdness dat john didnt tell em
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could be good
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sam and dean can do their thing without an extra brother in tow...besides, three's a crowd!!
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NO THIRDEE BROTHER PUH_LEASE!!!
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I might be wrong about this, but I hate this idea. A third Winchester brother? I'm sorry, but the two-brother thing is strong, and a third one that is coming out of nowhere does not seem too good for the show. It's doing great, and I think this will upset the audience.
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Wow what heated comments... Personally I think it's a one time thing, so it doesn't bother me and even if it wasn't and the new brother would stay it wouldn't be a bad thing as long as he's a good actor and the script keeps developing towards this massive angel-demon blow out. The writers did such a good job creating the characters Dean and Sam, you should trust them a little more. But still...don't think he's staying, so don't believe the hype people! :)
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Lol. You guys are just afraid of the change. I welcome the new sibling. Its a challenge for the writers now. ABOUT TIME. And, if they do good (writers), won't we see a better show? Who ever commanded that adding a third, would ruin shows?
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No offense to Jake Abel on this account either, but he's not hot enough to be a Winchester. I was worried they'd try something like this eventually, which either a brother or a sister, but I was hoping they wouldn't. It's brotherly dynamic, that's all this show needs. Sheesh, you'd think they knew that. Besides, with the exception of Bobby no character should be long term or briefly recurring, it just screw with the show.
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I'm commenting once again this annoys me so much. Add another brother? NEVER!
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this is stupidd.. it will ruin the show. i like the only 2 brothers. they have the right connection. another brother would be ackward...
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the show is meant for only 2 hot winchester boys.

a third would just ruin it!
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this is so stubid they can not have another brother
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I hope it is not true about Sam and Dean having a brother!
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i think he could have been hotter to be a brother to our two hunks. :D
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Yeah, i heard he will only be in one episode, so its no biggie.
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it had better be a really quick and not-really-serious one-episode thing, like the episode of Doctor Who ages ago with "the Doctor's Daughter" which was just some genetic mix-up in a machine.
Nothing will ever replace or better the overprotectiveness of Dean when it comes to Sam. Another brother, especially a younger one, can't be good. I hope for the sake of the show that it'll pull through this okay, but it could cause problems. I really hope it's just a rumor!
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It might be nice to add another ingredient to the mix. It would be interesting to see how the brothers fare in learning they have another bro. It would be cool to see Sam bossing someone around for a change (can you picture that?) and Dean take charge even more... I looove Dean, isn't it obvious from my username? LOL I hope it doesn't take the focus away from the originals though, because their rapport is the one best thing about the show.
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the show can not missing Dean and Sam...
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hmm nahh i dont think so...i'd say its really just a sort of joke, he's not here to stay...i hope...
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There might be another reason why it could be convenient to add a new brother: Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are carrying the show on their shoulders 90% of the time from the acting point of view, plus the show does not have fixed sets (except perhaps the motel room of the week) and seems to have a lot of filming on different locations and at odd hours. I might be mistaken but it sounds exhausting. Perhaps a third man could take some of the burden...



Just a thought.
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Also wanted to say that I agree with the ones that talk about the brothers relationship, they have a really cool thing going on between them and I think is a big part what the show is and it has been working from the beginning, so if another brother shows up this relationship will have to change in some way and it might go really wrong.
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Definetely I don't like it. When they start pulling siblings from nowhere makes you wonder if they are running out of ideas...
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Well I trust Kirpke enough and I know it's gonna be something cool :D
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This is stupid, hope it is for one ep and they are in dream land or something. And for all who are comparing to Charmed with the 4th sister coming along, it was to replace the other to still make it 3, not 4. So adding a brother is just stupid and replacing one of the brothers, even tho I cant stand Sam sometimes, would be just ridiculous.

Kazzgirls idea of a "what if" ep would work. But the "what if" better not last long. Could be an April Fools joke too....
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and fer godsakes..dont even mention crummy Charmed in the same sentence as Supernatural. Buffy and Angel for certain, but definitly not that half-baked Charmed. Not even in the same league. :P
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why he's a demon or some baddie of sorts , of course....duh!
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DAMN YOU KRIPKE!!!

I hope that Kpike is just pulling our leg. Adding a third Winchester into the picture is just going to destroy the whole story arc of the series. I really don't give a crap about rather this new dude is hot or not. I care about the story, which adding this guy will only spell disaster for it. Its always been about TWO brothers on the highway traveling across America hunting things that most people only think exists in myths and legends. I will give it chance and see how it goes, but if this guy is here to stay then Mr. Kripke you have just lost a fan and many more after me.
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I would love more starrings in the show... A show can't consist of two people... Sry guys it's not gonna fly.
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i'm not too keen on a third brother but remember how it was with charmed when rose mcgowen joined as the sister they never knew they had? that took some time for fans to adjust to but it worked out fine. so i guess we'll just have to wait and see, but i would be annoyed if this is equivalent to much lesser screentime for my favs dean and sam.
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