TV.com Q&A: More Supernatural talk with Eric Kripke

While lots of shows have dried up their reserves of fresh episodes, The CW's Supernatural has a quartet of hour-long shows left to go--which is practically an eternity in this strike-shortened season. The thriller, which stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki as the demon-hunting Winchester Brothers, is a cult favorite and is known to bring the whole package of action, drama, and comedy.

This is a show that is obviously a work of passion, and no one is more passionate about Supernatural than its creator, Eric Kripke. Kripke was kind enough to sit down with us for another chat--his first chat with us went so swimmingly, we had to have him back--to talk about the remaining four episodes, the latest on the writers strike, and his new time slot neighbor...a little show called Lost.

Spoiler warning: Eric discusses the next four episodes of Supernatural in some detail, but doesn't go into great deal about the major plot points. If you prefer you Supernatural completely unspoiled, scroll down about halfway.

TV.com: Hey, how're you doing?

Eric Kripke: Pretty good, man.

TV.com: So I wasn't really given any guidelines for this... [laughs]. How about we talk about the rest of the season?

Eric Kripke: Sure. There are four episodes remaining [this season] and I can talk about those. We can both wing it.

TV.com: [Laughs.] Let's do that. Quickly, I just wanted to say our last interview went over very well. The fans really appreciated it.

Eric Kripke: Right on. Yeah, you know we have our, we have sort of our remaining four episodes that come back on January 31st, and then air four in a row. And they were the last burst we have until we got sidelined by the writers' strike. Hopefully we'll be back for more this season, but we're not entirely sure yet, obviously. This could be the last Supernatural people have for a while, so we really want to encourage them to tune in and enjoy. They're all pretty big episodes, and I'm pleased with all of them. And I'm pretty honest when there are episodes that I'm not so pleased with.

But these four I think are actually really good. We were just getting to a point in our storyline when we were really starting to ramp up the mythology and really ramp up both the pace and the size, the story events that happened, both in terms of the mythology and in terms of the lives of the characters. We started rolling with that, and you'll see the increased momentum and increased intensity in these four episodes. We come back with episode nine, that's on the 31st, [which] delves into the world of witches; like covens, hexes, and nasty curses put on people. It's really scary and gross and gory. We have a great sequence involving--I won't give everything away--it involves a hamburger and about 10,000 maggots!

TV.com: Awesome.

Eric Kripke: And the consumption of said hamburger. So that was really fun. Bob Singer directed it and did a great job. And in that episode we really learned more about the character Ruby than we ever have up to this point. We finally reveal why she is fighting, why she is a demon fighting on the side of good. We also learn of some reveals about all demons everywhere on our show. So there's sort of an interesting kind of mythology revealed that's sort of serieswide, that we [expose] in episode nine.

In episode 10, the battleground is entirely in dreams and in people's heads. There's a killer who's killing people in their dreams. And Sam and Dean manage to figure out a way to chase him basically into dreams, sort of my homage to Dreamscape.

TV.com: Yeah, I was about to ask if Dennis Quaid makes a cameo.

Eric Kripke: Yeah, Yeah. People would say The Cell. I'm like, The Cell? Screw you? Dreamscape. And I really dug that; that was a great movie.

TV.com: That had that scary snakelike villain that scared the crap out of me as a kid.

Eric Kripke: Yeah, there was that creepy snake-man...that was good. If you look back now, which we did, it doesn't hold up at all [laughs]. But at the time that cobra monster was pretty terrifying.

That's a really important episode because that's probably the biggest turning point in Dean's character so far this year. What he sorts of faces in that nightmare realm really forces him to reconsider what his attitude's been for the entirety of season three in that he's had this death wish and he's going to die. He doesn't seem to care about stopping it. And something happens to him that really changes his point of view on the subject.

And from there we go into an episode called "Mystery Spot," which is sort of our version of [the 1993 Bill Murray movie] Groundhog Day. Sam falls into this time loop, where he's reliving the same Tuesday over and over and over again. And at the end of the Tuesday, no matter what he does, or no matter how much he tries to stop it, Dean dies.

TV.com: Oh, the fans are going to have a field day with that.

Eric Kripke: Dean dies over and over and over again. It's actually funny. [We tell the executives it's like Groundhog Day], but in reality it's sort of Run Lola Run; where whatever Sam does, whatever sort of maze he goes through to try to avoid Dean's death, he just can't stop it. And he goes through like a crazy amount of Tuesdays. He goes through like a hundred Tuesdays.

TV.com: That's a lot of dead Dean!

Eric Kripke: It's an emotional episode, kind of par for the course for us. But it's also pretty funny, because there's only so many times you can kill Dean before it starts to get a little absurd. So we had some fun devising all the different ways Dean was going to die over and over and over again. And there's one sequence where I think he dies something like four or five times in about a minute.

TV.com: [Laughs.] But was it that fun to shoot?

Eric Kripke: Yeah it was [laughs]. It was fun coming up with all the different ways--he could get hit by a car, he could get shot, he could have botulism, he could get electrocuted, he could slip in the shower [laughs]. I mean, you just start coming up with all of them and we ended up with this blooper reel of all the different ways that Dean dies. There are moments of the episode that are very funny, but there's moments of the episode that are really sort of moving and dark too, because you really get a glimpse of what life would be like for Sam without Dean; and it ain't pretty.

It's what's fun about Supernatural--you're laughing one minute, you're crying in the next, and you're scared the next. And it's just a really fun Cuisinart of tones.

TV.com: It sounds like you changed the order of the episodes.

Eric Kripke: We actually flip-flopped the order of our last two episodes. "Jus in Bello" is the one that's going to premiere last. So "Jus in Bello" is going to be on the 21st, and "Mystery Spot" is going to be on the 14th. We moved "Jus in Bello" to last because it's such a big episode for us. And Phil Sgriccia, who directed some of our best episodes, like "Hollywood Babylon," he's directing this episode and it's just has an epic sweep to it. It's really on point with the demon mythology that we said we should slug this last and use it as a jerry-rigged season climax, in case we don't come back this season.

So basically it climaxes the Agent Hendrickson storyline; he finally catches up to the guys and we end that storyline once and for all. This FBI guy's been after the boys for two years now, so that's a big move. All season we've been promising this demon war, but due to the fact that we don't have $20 million dollars an episode, we really have to pick and choose when we're going to show the battles of that war. And this is one of them. This is one of the really first skirmishes of that battle, and as we were planning our seasonwide strategy, we were planning to get more and more into the war in the second half of the season. And "Jus in Bello" will be a taste of that. Of course, little did we know that there wasn't really going to be a second half [laughs].

But there are four really big and fun episodes, and I definitely send out the encouragement to the fans to watch it; watch it live, don't TiVo it. And if these are our last four episodes, let's kick ass with numbers and viewers and make sure that we're back comfortably for season four.

TV.com: Which is your favorite of the final four?

Eric Kripke: I'd have to say the climax, I'd have to say "Jus in Bello" is my favorite, because it's so big and action-packed. I think they're all really good, with a close second being "Mystery Spot" because it's so funny and odd. But "Jus in Bello" really feels like a feature film. It's got the same production value and kind of epic sweep that the bank-robbery episode last year had. So that's an episode that you just kind of watch and undeniably say, "All right, that kicked ass!" [Laughs.]

TV.com: Given the way things could have gone, was the last episode--"Jus in Bello"--a satisfactory time to end the season?

Eric Kripke: No man, I'm pissed! I mean, you know, I'm certainly not going to mince words. I'm pissed for a lot of reasons. I mean I think I mentioned to you before, like I'm pissed that my crew is out of work, most of all. But I'm pissed because we had and continue to have such big plans for the season and we never really got to execute them.

TV.com: Right.

Eric Kripke: There were some really big cards we had up our sleeves, and still do, that I think the audience would find really surprising and satisfying. And we were just starting to get the momentum to build into that direction. And then all of a sudden we--you know what we've been saying among ourselves is, we've been increasing momentum that took us right into a brick wall [laughs]. And then now we're just dead stopped.

Even if we do come back this season [it will be] with four episodes, maybe five episodes; I don't even think there'll be that many. I think three to four is a realistic number. And I have a story that I need 10-plus episodes to tell. So people have been asking me, "Are you going to rush? And if you do come back with a couple more episodes, are you going to squeeze the rest of your mythology into those episodes and just burn it off?" And my answer is, "Absolutely not." I'll find a way to climax the season in a satisfying way. But this is a story that requires time to tell, and it deserves the time to tell it. And so I will, I'm not going to short shift any elements in our show. If we get a couple episodes left we'll find a way to go out with a bang this year. But then pick up in season four and continue; but basically turn off the pause button and continue with the mythology.

TV.com: What are your thoughts on the recent updates with everyone--the WGA and the studios--going back to the bargaining table?

Eric Kripke: I'm optimistic. I hope and pray for a lot of reasons that the worst is behind us, and that this will be over soon. I mean it's hard to say, but I think [a resolution by] Valentine's Day isn't unrealistic. I don't think this is going to be over tomorrow. There's a procedure that it has to go through. But the general vibe seems to be that people seem to have hope that we're at the tail end of this thing.

TV.com: Yeah, it looks like everyone is trying to get everything done before the Academy Awards. Have you talked to the cast about the strike? What are they doing? How they're handling it?

Eric Kripke: I haven't spoken to them in a little bit, a few weeks. But I talked to them at the beginning. They're obviously very concerned with the crew--I mean that's sort of where everyone's energy is. Because the cast and the writers, we're all making reasonable money. And the crew members are working their asses off, and they all have families and they need their paychecks. We [talked to] Jared and Jensen on a conference call, and their first questions were about the crew, and what do we do [to help them]? But now, I think they're chilling out. Last I heard, Jared is somewhere in Europe; I think Jensen is kind of splitting his time between Texas and Los Angeles. I think they're resting.

[If] there is one silver lining to all of this, [it's] that everyone, the writers, the producers, and the actors, are able to recharge their batteries. We've been going so hard and so fast for so long that everyone was sort of feeling the stress and tension of just how hard we've all been working for so long. I talked to [producer and director] Kim Manners about a month after the strike and I asked, "So what have you been doing this past month?" And he said "Sleeping. What have you been doing?" And I said, "Yeah, I've been sleeping too." [Laugh.] And for everyone it's just charge up and rest.

TV.com: I'm sorry to have to do this, but I've got to ask you what your initial thoughts were once you found out that Lost was moving into Supernatual's time slot.

Eric Kripke: Oh, I can sum it up in two words: Oh, crap! We feel like we're in the Murphy's Law time slot a little bit. I mean we love our lead-in and there's no other show on that network that we feel is as appropriate a lead-in as Smallville. But 9:00 p.m. Thursdays is brutal, man. It's just brutal. We've been dealing with Grey's Anatomy and CSI for all this time and feeling like the Tokyo businessman in the middle of Godzilla and Mothra.

TV.com: [Laughs.] And with J.J. Abrams' Lost, you can add the Cloverfield monster to that.

Eric Kripke: [We're] just trying to dodge debris. And finally we [thought] we could air our original episodes and [Grey's and CSI will] both be in repeats and we'll get a sense of the playing field, and everything's great! And then we click on the remote and it's like "New episodes of Lost premiering!"--the same night we're premiering. It's like, oh gosh, we just can't catch a break. And it's a genre show; I'm sure we share similar fans. We have a very dedicated group of fans who've been hanging in through even more extreme competition than this. So I think we'll be OK.

But this is always a message I'm always trying to send out to the viewers: We are a bubble show. And every year we have to fight for our survival. And the biggest determinant of whether or not we come back and really tell the story correctly is in the hands of the fans. It's "How many viewers can show up, and can they spread the word?" I can only do so much, and the biggest power of the success of the show really lies with them. So I can only encourage them as much as possible to watch it, watch it live, tell your friends, and let's make sure we can come back for another year.

TV.com: You're segueing perfectly for me. I was just about to ask you what you think about your fans 'cause it's such a dedicated bunch. I'd go to Comic-Con, and girls would be wearing Supernatural shirts and love the show.

Eric Kripke: I love them, you know. I mean I love them, and I'm sort of overwhelmed, but overwhelmed and humbled by them. We have such an intelligent fan base. We have fans from all walks of life, and [they're] very opinionated and very educated. And when you go online and you check the boards and the references they're using in the discussions of the show, they're talking literature--everything from literature to graphic novels, to foreign films, to... They're just all over the place. It's a really intelligent group of people. And I take that as such a compliment to know that we're appealing to that class of people. I'll be honest--sometimes they drive me crazy because they're so hard on the material [laughs]. And they're so hard on elements that sometimes don't go well or they're so hard on the new characters, the girls, and then they're just brutal on certain episodes [laughs]. It's absolutely impossible to nail perfection 22 episodes a year. It just isn't possible on the schedule you're on. You're cranking out a new script every eight days, and you're doing the best you can.

So sometimes I wish they'd go easier on me; but then you step back and you realize you don't, because it's the fans--and I really do mean this--they always challenge me to make the show better and better. Really in a large part because of them, I'm always trying to figure out how to cut what's bad and accentuate what's good, and rethink it, and redevelop it, and always push. And I think the show's quality has improved as a result. So they drive me nuts, but I still appreciate everything they do.

TV.com: [Laughs.] Eric, I'm looking over the comments from the last interview we did and there are a lot of personal messages for you.

Eric Kripke: Oh yeah?

TV.com: Like 99 percent adoration as well...

Eric Kripke: Oh, wow! [Laughs.]

TV.com: But speaking of that, do you ever go online to check out who's saying what, or look at the fans' input that way?

Eric Kripke: I read a lot of different boards. I can't say that I spend a lot of time digging in specifically to what any one person says. I do a lot of scanning. When an episode comes out I'll scan the pages. It's almost like a real-time audience testing. Like what's the overall opinion? 'Cause you can't focus on any one opinion, 'cause then that'll really, you know, make you suicidal.

You have to pay attention to the overall sweep of it; do they like it? Do they hate it? If they do hate it, what do they hate? If they do like it, what do they like? So I go, you know, so I just kind of cruise different boards. I do check out TV.com. There's a fan site called Supernatural.tv that I think is very well run. So that's kind of where I am.

TV.com: Whoa! I just checked the clock. I actually took up a lot of your time. I apologize.

Eric Kripke: No, it's cool man. It's all good.

TV.com: Is there anything else you want to say? One last parting message for Supernatural fans?

Eric Kripke: Yeah, tune in, watch it live. Oh, I'll say this. After we air our four additional episodes, they're putting us on hiatus. While they certainly assure us we'll be back and it's nothing to worry about, it certainly makes any executive producer nervous to be on hiatus. So I'm officially nervous, and I think we'll be back. I think we've been doing solid numbers. And I think we're a good companion to Smallville. But I really want to slam dunk these last four episodes to really show the network they have no choice but to bring us back. And again, that lies in the hands of the viewers.

TV.com: Thank you very much for talking to us again.

Supernatural returns Thursday, January 31 at 9 p.m. on the CW. For more on the show, check out TV.com's previous coverage.

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Jul 16, 2008
Hi Eric my name is Rachel Horton, i live in England & i am a very, very big fan of your show Supernatural. Your interview was from your heart, you put so much into this show. I first saw this show in 2005 on a english channel called ITV2 one sunday, thought i would give it a go & wow never, ever looked back. You have two drop dead actors Jenson & Jared, boy can they act. Every season just gets better, the stories, the demons this show has the package & some more. The season 3 final 'No rest for the wicked', dean saw the demons, ruby let the hell dogs at dean, i sobbed like a baby, then seeing dean in hell, chained up, what an episode, sam wanting dean back really pulled at the heart strings. You cannot do no wrong, please, please don't let this little gem finish, lets hope for many more seasons, don't let Jenson, Jared go, you would rip my heart out, please keep up the very good work, your faithful english fan Rachel, England xx.
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May 03, 2008
I am just wrapped in Supernatural, we get enough cops and robbers and sooooo many soapies that it is great to have a creative show such as this one.

I am watching the first 2 seasons on DVDs on my boxed sets as I cannot go without my fix of these great stories and fanatastic stars, JUST LOVE DEAN!!

Think positive, you will be back next season and all us fans are looking forward to it so much.

All our best and thx for being so awesome and open in your interviews. See you next season xxxxxxx
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Mar 07, 2008
Nice interview . I enjoyed it. I'm loving season 3 uptill now and from what I have read I'm gonna love it even more but I think both seasons 2 and 3 do not even start to compare to season 1 which had my three favorite episodes. Dead in the water with Amy Acker from Angel, Phantom Traveller and Bloody Mary.
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Mar 03, 2008
It's sad to say that we only have four episodes left of season 3. It's even more sad to say that they are putting a hold on the show for awhile. Hopefully it won't be that long and not to mention that they lost their time slot behind Smallville that's a bunch of crap!

I will say that as a HUGE fan of Supernatural I will do anything I can to ensure a season 4!!!

ROCK ON!
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Feb 29, 2008
wait what? I hope they dont end Supernatural! They need to make more seasons like up to a season 8 they have many more stories to tell!
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Feb 28, 2008
oh wow
what a great interview
i can't believe i have 3 epis to watch and that might be it!
there are so many things to tell!
it can't end like that!!
i'm not from the US so even if all my pals watch it it won't matter on the ratings... wow... well, Supernatural is THE BEST SHOW EVER
honestly
the only thing I missed when I was in Italy was wacthing Supernatural, until I watched it (in Italian of course, but it didn't matter, I just wanted to watch it.. ) Love Jensen and Jared and Kripke for being the creator.. love everything.. Love Supernatural! thx for the interview, was great! can't wait for those 4 shows! already watched the witch one-amazing!
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Feb 27, 2008
What the hell?!? This isn't fair. I just watched the episode Jus in Bello. And now i hear i might be the last one. i love this show. I really hope they will bring it back very soon. Or else i'm going to come from Belgium to the US to kick some behind... :-)
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Feb 24, 2008
I finally managed to make myself an account after ages of trying to find a user name that wasn't already taken. This interview came as a shock to me. I just saw the episode Jus In Bello while having no idea it might be the last Supernatural episode i'l ever see. I love this show, it's the number one show of all times. i've never once been unsatisfied with any episodes because they all have the elements i find to be important in a tv show. The fact that a show can scare the living daylights out of me, make me laugh and cry at the same time is simply astonishing. The fact that lost even made any more seasons after the first one is just incredibly lame, i mean ok the show was good. but after the first season it kinda lost it in my opinion. Sadly as i live in norway there's not much i can do about the ratings. But even here in Norway the show is extremely popular all my friends are watching it and loving it. thanks for a great interview and keep up the good work, gonna cry if it gets cancelled it's so brilliant
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Feb 19, 2008
i'm so excited for the rest of the season! it's going to be amazing * not like it can't be * OMG if dean dies a bunch of times it's gonna be kind of weird. i would so told run out of ways of how he could dead lol
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Feb 17, 2008
amandaclarke, What show are you talking about?
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Feb 15, 2008
I have to say that this show ROCKS!!! I have been watching every week since the first time that it premiered. This show has everything suspence, humour and a serious aspect to every show. As well, you can't miss the classic rock tunes and the classic car. Also, from a womens point of view, you get the best of both worlds, the tall, dark hamsome sensitive type and the blond, blue bad boy!! I Hope this show never goes off the air!! Best thing in a long time on tv worth waiting to watch every week.!!!! Maybe a little bit more romance would not hurt though in your own supernatural way.
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Feb 13, 2008
I have to say that Supernatural is the best show I have ever watched!!! I hope this show doesnt end for a LONG time!
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Feb 09, 2008
Great interview! Eric Kripke has surely put his heart and soul into this great show (one of my favorite shows) and obviously cares much about the fans.
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Feb 09, 2008
Kripke does great interviews. He seems like a really nice, down to earth kinda guy. I can't wait to catch the last two episodes. So far I have loved the last couple. It sucks just as they are getting into thier groove, that is it until the strike.
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Feb 06, 2008
yeah, it's great... but i hope there will be more episodes to complete the full season soon because this show is to die for......
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Feb 06, 2008
Loves it! :)
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Feb 05, 2008
Great interview way to show your love gor the fans. And you got a life long fan here, with the one two punch of Smallville and Supernatural Thrusday's will always keep me glued to the couch
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Feb 05, 2008
Could someone explain to me why the season three finale is about the wrapping up of the agent henrickson storyline? SHouldn't it be like, the start of the demon war, or something just a little bit... bigger? Also Mr.Kripke, if you read these, plz join tv.com. that would be so freakin sweet!
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Feb 04, 2008
Dont worry i dont like Lost(got sick of the island on season 2), so ill keep watching supernatural. loved the interview
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Feb 04, 2008
Best TV show ever made! I really hope it keeps going! With a show like this you could get LOADS of Seasons so lets hope it all pans out and if it doesn't...I'll probably Cry!
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Feb 04, 2008
i don't know if kripke will ever read this, but i have to say that every episode of supernatural rocks! this show is the best show so far, and i'd say it's even better than heroes. kripke is d best!! n i'm definitely waiting for the 4th season! cant imagine my life without supernatural!! =P
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Feb 04, 2008
the only tv show i make sure to watch and the only one i have the dvds for.
i'm watching these 4, and any more this season. and the next season, and the next,... :)
Eric Kripke, you rock!
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Feb 03, 2008
I love this man, seriously! If he says that it will be a fourth season it´s probably true! I´m so happy!
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Feb 03, 2008
Eric Kripke is really smart to create a modern action-horror story like Supernatural
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Feb 03, 2008
awesome interview...Thanks For SuperNatural!!!!
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Feb 02, 2008
Yay I love this! I'm so excited bout the remaining eps! Thanks for talking to us Kripke! You rock! :D
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Feb 02, 2008
Thank you so much Kripke! You have delivered us a fine show that we can actually sink our teeth into. Its a perfect blend of everything I look for in a show, and you can pull it apart and analyze as well. Thank you for not assuming that we are idiots and letting us figure things out on our own. Excellent television show, excellent writing, excellent directing, excellent excellent casting. Long live supernatural! I'm a fan for life.
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Feb 02, 2008
I just wish to say that I am an expat residing in Italy for a few years. Downloading the free season premiere on Apple turned my family and I onto this show. We are currently watching Season 1 but will purchase seasons 2 & 3 upon completion. I believe this show is a good "family" show as we watch it with our teenage son. The storylines are superb and the cast is fantastic; the interaction amongst the brothers is so believable--enjoyed Jared in Gilmore Girls. The only thing I wish is that the smaller networks would devote some advertising to these high-caliber shows; the content of these shows beat run-of-the-mill network TV by a mile. They seem to not realize what they have until it's too late and the show's been cancelled. I sincerely hope Mr. Kripke is able to finish his story before the show leaves us forever. Some Buffy/Angel fans felt cheated as to how those series ended and the fans realize it takes time for ideas to come to fruition--if only the networks did. Although I can't do anything personally about the ratings, I have told my friends of the show and hopefully they are watching/helping for me.
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Feb 02, 2008
I was hugely excited to read this interview with Mr. Kripke, and while I'm still excited about what this season has to offer, I feel like this particular interview does a disservice to a lot of loyal fans who have invested time, energy, and care in what is, quite frankly, one of the best shows on TV.



While it's certainly never our intent to drive poor Mr. Kripke nuts, we're honest about what works and what doesn't because we CARE, because we're invested in the show, and because it's really a bummer when characters and storylines you've invested in suddenly change to accomodate...well, I guess that's all part of the business. But what happened to elements like the shadowed lighting and classic rock that were as integral to the mood and story as the script? We've come to expect a certain calibur of storytelling here because you guys rock so hard that we NOTICE when things are just "meh." As for the girls, I don't think many folks objected to them on principle. What is objectionable is that they are written in a way that emasculated the boys with every scene the girls are in. The Winchesters survived just fine for two seasons (and a lifetime) before these chickies showed up. Now it seems the boys would be dead every other episode without the girls intervening to save their fine arses, they can’t solve a mystery without their help, and they get their butts kicked left and right until someone with long hair and tight jeans comes to rescue them. Why do our boys have to become inept to make the girls look good?



My apologies for writing a bit of a novel here. I just wish that fan input, both positive and negative, was seen as a constructive way to provide what the audience WANTS to see as opposed to an obstacle to one's sanity.



All that being said, we love this show, and appreciate the time and effort Mr. Kripke and his cast and crew take to share their vision. Thanks for letting us come along for the ride :)



- TheLadySkye



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Feb 02, 2008
Once again thank you, Tim Surette and Eric Kripke for this awesome interview! It was great to finally have Supernatural back on air and I loved “Malleus Maleficarum” it was quite an entertaining show. In regards to the ratings there are two things that piss me off, first of all shame on CW for not providing Supernatural with a fair amount of publicity and on top of that set it up on the toughest timeslot. Despite this fact Supernatural manages to seize a dedicated fan base and remains popular worldwide due to being a remarkable show. This brings me to my second point that it is unfortunate that network companies tend to make their decisions mainly on US and not international ratings. I would think globally SN is doing very well, but is that taken into account when decision is made about a TV-show’s fate?

Another problem in modern day is that the public can not only tape and watch a show later but also be able to get episodes online. This of course hurts Supernatural’s ratings and makes the show appear as though it is not popular enough but it is! I have never witnessed so much buzz and talk from fans about a show which has had such little publicity. I strongly believe that with sufficient amount of publicity Supernatural would become a huge success for CW… BUT it has to be invested in! I hope the management team of CW realizes they have a terrific show in their network, which they cannot afford to lose!!! Otherwise I hope Mr.Kripke you are able to take the show to Sci-Fi Channel? Who I hope would appreciate the show =o)
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Feb 02, 2008
Well it should be something. As we can't wait to see it. Thaks Eric!
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Feb 02, 2008
Wooo! I love Kripke. Thank you for the interview. I have it printed out and will read it over and over :P
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Feb 02, 2008
Just read the interview - awesome!!!! :P can't wait for the new episodes to air!!! Luv you Kripke!!! :D
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Feb 01, 2008
Thanks for the interview!! Supernatural is the best show on TV!!! Thanks so much!!
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Feb 01, 2008
Hello!



I can't wait to see the rest of the epi. Hope the show will come back with few more epi before the end of the season. I'm praying for the show to return for season 4. I wish I could help for the rating but I live in Quebec,Canada so when a watch SN on Tv it does not count. I made 3 other people fall in love with the show but they live in quebec too :-(



Long life to supernatural...
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Feb 01, 2008
I love Kripke's interview...He let me full of hope...
Thank you
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Feb 01, 2008
Thanks very much to tv.com for interviewing Kripke not once but twice in January! Thx thx because we Supernatural fans are crazy for news about our beloved Show! I just want to say that I am a big fan of Lost and have the first 3 seasons on DVD, but there is no way I would miss a new episode of Supernatural. Lost will just have to wait. On 1/31 I watched Supernatural and gave the premiere of Lost a miss! see you later island monster! I gotta watch the Winchester boys. Besides, Malleus Mallificarum was by Ben Edlund, and I would never miss one of his episodes! The episode was bleaker than his usually are (though there were some great lines) -- so I was especially glad to come over and read this great interview with outlines of the next four episodes. Kripke loves his show and so do we!
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Feb 01, 2008
That was a great interview. I love the show. I actually went out of my way to find a TV with cable to watch it tonight. And it is not a pleasent night in Indiana, so freakin' cold. I had to go to the club house at the brother's apartment complex to watch. And the reception sucked. Still loved the episode. Almost got a little sick cause it was so ewwww... in parts. But freaking awesome. The guys were great the episode was awesome. Might have to skip a few scenes when I watch it on DVD later.... LOL Can't wait for the next episode. Looks fantastic and sounds great the way Eric describes it. And it is so awesome that he surfs the boards. Supernatural.tv is the best.
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Feb 01, 2008
I loveeeed the interview.

I'm from Chile and i'm a huge fan of the show, and it's important to know, that not only in USA there's fans of Supernatural. Around the world are many fans who are waiting for fresh episodes.

Here in L.A there are a lots of communities of fans who support the show and we'll have new episodes february 19th (duh!)



I just want to tell to Eric, "you are an idol", thanks for making a great, fantastic and addict show.

Congratulations to you, to the crew and , of course, Jensen and Jared, who are a great actors!!



SUPERNATURAL 4EVER!! (lol)
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Feb 01, 2008
Thanks for the interview Kripke and I can't wait for the four episodes, Supernatural is my favorite show of all my shows. I hope the writers strike will come to an end soon, without the writers there is no show for anyone. Tell these big wigs to give the writers what they want, so these people can get back to work and get the shows going again. I do hope it sooner then later to do this, I do miss seeing Jensen and Jared and the rest of the cast. I hope you get to finish the whole season of Supernatural and go for a fourth, you have such a great talent to start this show on the urban legends from our childhood. Keep up the good work with the show and hope to get it going again, you have two good actors that gives you 100% to do thier jobs. Not to mention they are handsome men who like what they do, they are very easy on the eyes and are very dreamy. Thanks again for the work you do and hope you can do the third season, and go for a fourth season with all the people you have now.
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Feb 01, 2008
Wow what an interview from Erick Kripke can't wait to see these last four episodes got to love supernatural love our winchester boys doing what they do best saving the world GO SUPERNATURAL STAY STRONG!!!!! EVERYONE WATCH SUPERNATURAL!!!!!!!!!!
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Jan 31, 2008
awesome interview. I cant wait to see the next four episodes they sound great! I dont like the hiatus part and did send an e-mail to the CW wondering why ? Cant wait for tonite. so excited
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Jan 31, 2008
Kripke you are an AWESOME guy! That was a real interview. I love this show. I forgive its slightly crappy points because the people who make are only human and Kripke is honest about his mistakes. However whoever it was that said that this season had been a disappointment. Use your brain there have been some excellent moments! I 100% promote this show! It's not the Sam show you have got the have an idea of how he Kripke works by now. Ignoring the fact there was a writers strike. They had only managed 9 episodes thats not even half way through the season. We think its about Sam at the moment but thats before all of us get slapped in the face when something is revealed and its going to be about DEAN!
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Jan 31, 2008
Can't wait for season 4. Hiatus is a scary word. Supernatural is the only reason I get the CW. It has filled the gap left by Angel and Buffy. Keep up the fantabulous work Mr.Kripke!
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Jan 31, 2008
Sometimes I don't realize how emotionally and intellectually vested I am in this wonderful show called 'Supernatural' until I read an interview with Eric such as this one, and my hopes soar anew. My heart goes out to the crew that were left with no jobs to support heart and home. And to hear that Eric's got MORE crazy, amazing and intense *stuff* to put out there for us makes me believe we have a shot at a 4th season.

My love for 'Supernatural' grows and I am in bliss (and agony). Thank you, Tim for putting up this great second interview with Eric. And, thank you, Eric, for your determination to keep this thing going and for giving us hope and a light at the end of the tunnel. I just pray it's not HellFire. Cast and Crew, get back to work!
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Jan 31, 2008
Awesome interview once again, and I kinda fear for Supernatural, seeing as how this is the network that cancelled Veronica Mars of all shows! But I remain optimistic, because Supernatural hasn't really slowed down at all and has continued to get better for these three seasons instead of showing a quality drop. On the subject of coming up with deaths for Dean, I found it funny because it reminded me of something Tom Fontana had said while speaking about bringing his series OZ to a close. He mentioned he'd run out of creative ways to kill characters. lol

Anyway these new episodes sound great, I'll watch Supernatural at 9pm, then watch LOST on a west coast feed at midnight. All is good. And if Eric is reading this, use the song "Demon Cleaner" by Kyuss in a future episode of Supernatural ;)
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Jan 31, 2008
Can I honestly say Mr Kripke that this season has far from impressed me? I would love to promote the show, but I don't think I can with a clear conscience. While this story started out to be the story of two brothers, it is ending up being the story of just Sam Winchester, demonking, special child. It's about Sam's Destiny, and Sam's future as king of demons' and Sam's fate and Sam's mother's secrets (Dean must've been hatched), Sam's past. Ok, so, what happened? Dean is what? Just Sam's left arm? Only there when useful? So, no, I'm not happy and really? It was a great first two seasons, but I'm not interested in SuperSam and his Super Destiny.
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Jan 31, 2008
I love this interview. Kripke has so much respect from the fans of Supernatural because he is so honest about things. I NEVER miss an episode of Supernatural. And I am sending feedback to the CW via mail, online, and phone regarding my opinion of the hiatus as well as my high regard for this incredibly wonderful show!
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Jan 31, 2008
i am def. a die hard supernatural fan and thats where i'm staying
I love eric kripke
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Jan 31, 2008
Don't be so negative. There has to be a Season 4! Tell you cousins, tell your mamas and dads, and the whole shebang about this awesome show!
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