TV.com Q&A: Supernatural creator Eric Kripke

Mythology and folklore have captivated people for centuries, but perhaps no one more than television producer Eric Kripke. With a passion for the unknown and unexplained, Kripke pitched his idea of a pair of demon-slaying brothers in a Chevy Impala, which would eventually become the fan-favorite Supernatural.

Now in its third season, the show has broken out in all-out war, added a few major characters, and seems poised to be its best yet. Kripke talked to TV.com about the new season, the delicacies of introducing new characters to a rabid fan base, and classic rock-and-roll.

TV.com: Eric, thanks for talking to us. We're going to jump around all over the place, but right now, let's just go general. What was your inspiration for making the show?

Eric Kripke: I've had a lifelong obsession with urban legends and American folklore. Ever since I was a kid, I always loved those stories...the really fun, bloody, gory stories with a twist at the end. I was always attracted to them and began studying them in college, and started exploring the deeper levels of those stories. And you really learn a lot about a culture by studying what it's afraid of... They're really just wonderful little sociological capsules of American culture.

I really was attracted to the idea that America had its own mythology, as really fleshed out as any world mythology, and it just wasn't that well publicized. Our mythology needed a better publicist. I had a half-dozen different versions of a show to do that, basically just be a delivery system for urban legends.

At one point I wanted to do an anthology show. Another time, I wanted to do a series about a reporter who works for a tabloid magazine, pretty much a rip-off of the original Kolchak: The Night Stalker. And then, finally, just through development with the studio, settled on this idea of telling these stories in the format of this Route 66: Great American Road Trip with these two brothers.

TV.com: Well, it worked well.

Eric Kripke: It's sort of funny how it all worked out. I literally had scribbled [the idea] in a notebook the day before my meeting with the studio, and then I came into the studio and had pitched them my reporter idea. And they didn't like it. They said, "What else do you got?" I didn't have anything. So, I tap danced and said, "Well, I got this great idea about two brothers on a road trip." They loved it, and it ended up being the show. So, it's funny how that works out.

TV.com: What was the overall theme for season three? How would you describe it as different from the previous two?

Eric Kripke: Season three was and is this "wartime season." It was the season that I personally have been waiting for, where there are a lot of really big story triggers that we pull, and a lot of big mythology triggers that we pull. And it was the season with which really all hell breaks loose--very literally--in which these hundreds of demons are unleashed upon the American landscape. Sam and Dean and other kind of sweaty, frightened, scared, outgunned hunters out there, all have this war on their hands. And [the question for them is] how do you fight it? And what did that mean for Sam and Dean? Very specifically, Dean has a year to live, and we're not entirely sure if Sam is 100 percent Sam, and that Sam is truly all right or is he going to become something else? He has this sort of dark destiny that we're toying with, or that we ask on the show whether or not he's going to fulfill.

And if he does, what does that mean for Dean, and are Dean's obligations towards his brother to save him or to stop him? And so that really becomes sort of the central questions of this season.

We're really aiming for a more epic, more intense season as we've just escalated into this nationwide war, but all very beneath the surface. It's a war, but it's a secret war. It's never one you'd see on the six o'clock news, but it's there nonetheless. And there are these very select group of soldiers who have to fight it.

TV.com: I'm impressed with the way the storyline is developing over the course of the seasons and was wondering how much of the series do you actually have planned out?

Eric Kripke: We have about five seasons worked out, but those are the roughest cocktail-napkin sketches of a road map. We know roughly where we want to shake out every season, and we know roughly some of the major turning points we want to hit. But you leave that road map very intentionally blank because so much gets filled in in the day-to-day, and you just have to allow for the happy accidents and the pleasures of discovery when you find a character who really works for you. For instance, when you find a storyline that you really like--we have this brilliant group of writers who are constantly coming up with this stuff--you have to give the writers the freedom to fill in the blanks because they'll come up with stuff much better than anything you ever originally conceived.

The character Gordon, who became one of my favorite characters and one of the best storylines of the show, was never a part of the mythology. [Writer] Sera Gamble came up with such an intriguing character that we just started developing storylines for him. The same with what [writer] Ben Edlund did with Agent Henrickson. And even the idea of the boys being wanted by the FBI, it all just came out of just an episode that Ben wrote. So, you let a lot develop as you go.

TV.com: Now, let's talk about the strike. How has it affected your show?

Eric Kripke: It sucks, man. It sucks out loud. We want to go back to work. We have written 12 episodes. We have now shot all 12 episodes. That's 12 total for season three. [editor's note: The CW has confirmed to TV.com that new episodes of Supernatural will return to the air on January 31.] Vancouver, which is where we produce the show, had to shut down. And things are very quiet here [laughs] at Supernatural. It's a terrible, awful thing. The reasons I find it so awful and sad and tragic and depressing have nothing to do with telling the story of the show.

Last week, about 250 crewmembers who work on Supernatural went out of work, pretty much everyone in the Canadian production office. And these are brilliantly talented people who bust their ass on the show, and have sacrificed so much working day in and day out at Supernatural. And [executive producer] Bob [Singer] and I had to put them all out of work. So, it's bad. It's bad for everybody. And it's painful. And I happen to agree with the reasons that we're striking, but it doesn't make it any less painful. I just hope the powers that be on both sides can settle as quickly as possible so we can get back to work. And, yes, part of it is because I want to continue telling the story, and I want to keep telling stories about Sam and Dean, and I want to create more product for the fans.

But I have to say my most driving impulse is I just want my crew to work. And I hate that they're out of work going into the holiday season.

TV.com: Everyone is hoping it ends soon. Now we're going to touch on some fan questions if that's okay with you.

Eric Kripke: Sure. Yeah. Yeah. I checked out your Web site, by the way. It's cool.

TV.com: Thanks! What are the toughest decisions you had to make concerning the story of the show? And do you have any regrets, or would you have made any different choices?

Eric Kripke: The toughest decisions we had to make... That's a really hard question. I don't know. I mean, it's just that every day is this evolution of trying to make the best decisions that you can. An expression from Bob Singer is, "Show runners make decisions, and they have to make them quickly. And they might not always be the right decision." But we're in the job of making decisions.

So you never really know [at the time], and you're obviously making what you think is the best and smartest decision. Hopefully, you're right more often than you're wrong. But nobody bats a thousand. Very rarely do you make a day-to-day decision where you say, "Oh, oh, that's a tough decision, and the wrong one." Every day you say, "Yeah, this is probably what's best." And then a month later, you look back on the episode and it sucked out loud. And you say, "Well, maybe that wasn't the best decision."

Something that I regret... I probably never would have introduced the Roadhouse [in season two]. I feel like that was a large concept that didn't really work out, and was the only thing I wasn't completely satisfied with in that season. Overall, I love that season. I was really proud of it, but for just that one little aspect of the Roadhouse. So, if I were to do it again, I probably would never have introduced it.

TV.com: When you were casting Sam and Dean, what were you looking for, and what have Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles added to the roles?

Eric Kripke: When we started casting, we had archetypes in mind, which were Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. We were really looking for Sam to be empathetic, kind, and likeable, and really the audience surrogate. The person who the audience would most see themselves as and really carry the story through their eyes. And that required a really unique likeability. For Dean, we were looking for Han Solo. We were looking for devil-may-care, charismatic, a little rough around the edges, a little edgy, says things that are not always the kindest thing, as long as they're funny. And that was really what we started out with.

And Jared and Jensen both just so inhabited those parts, and then proceeded to blow us away with how dimensionalized they were. For Jensen, the level of emotion and totally flawed, screwed-to-hell psyche that he brings to Dean, we really are enamored with. This idea that on the surface here's this Han Solo devil-may-care persona, but when you really scratch beneath the surface, you see that anyone who has that persona has it because they are just so messed up, and that you would have to be so screwed up and damaged to be the person who always jumps first off a cliff.

So, he really brought Dean to life in a really three-dimensional way, and Jared did the same thing with Sam. Yes, Sam was likeable, and the audience surrogate and all the things he was supposed to be, but also angry, and disaffected, and, at times, hilariously funny, loyal, and despondent. He brought in all of these different colors that have really brought these characters to life, which I think is probably very rare for a genre show to have--characters as dimensionalized as ours--and I'm really proud of it. It has a lot to do with Bob Singer and the other writers probably more than it had to do with me. I came in just looking for good kills, and through the talents and abilities of the actors and the writers, they just brought these guys to life in a way I never really dreamed, obviously.

TV.com: Regarding the "Mary's Dead Friends" storyline, one user specifically wants to know what happened with that. It seems to have been dropped.

Eric Kripke: No. It's definitely coming back. It's a big reveal--it happens later on, but I'm not going to say when. We just introduced it to let the fans and let the audience know that it is alive, and it is out there, and it is a concern, and we wanted to reference it. But no, the answer is coming down the line.

TV.com: Another user wants to tackle a pretty heavy issue. This season there seems to be a direction towards Christian demonology. Lucifer was mentioned. Is this focus going to continue? And do you think there will be any sort of negative reaction?

Eric Kripke: In terms of negative reaction, no. We've been pleased with it. It seems like the fans have been pleased with it. We don't really consider it Christian demonology as much as it is just more of a focus on demonology.

Last season, I would say the overall story followed different psychic children, and we were sort of excited that this year the mythology has a little more teeth, because it's just about all of these different demons and all the different things demons do. For us, it's very cross-cultural. We borrow from every world religion, every culture. The cosmology of the show is that if a legend exists about something somewhere out there in the world, it's true. So you really have this cross-pollination of different demons, different creatures, all from different religions.

But yes, we are exploring demons much more this season because they have sort of come into focus as our primary group of bad guys this year. That's been interesting because there's a really great variety of what they can do, and what they're capable of, and they're a little more fun to write because they're always such ascetic smart-asses.

TV.com: Can you describe the process of introducing Ruby and Bela without interfering with the main focus of the story, which is the brothers' journey?

Eric Kripke: We've always wanted to expand the universe and introduce new characters. And for us, it's about introducing them conservatively and in small doses. Because the fans are a protective and occasionally nervous bunch, we are always reiterating both in interviews and in practice that the show is about Sam and Dean. They are the two leads. It'll never be about anything else. It'll always be about the two of them, the issues they're going through, and then, first and foremost, their relationship with each other.

When we bring in Ruby and Bela, we don't bring them in where the whole episodes are about them. The episodes are about the boys. And the women come in, and they come in for a few scenes. They're there for important plot elements, but it's not the Ruby and Bela show, nor is it about the four of them cruising around in the Impala together. It's about the guys.

As the series progresses, and as we get more comfortable with these characters and they start to take on a life of their own, we are interested in sort of exploring stories about them further, and getting in deeper layers. We have an upcoming episode where we really get into Bobby's backstory. And we actually look at Bobby as the model of how we successfully introduced a character. He came in slow. He came in sporadically, and the audience got comfortable with him. And Jim Beaver is such an amazing actor that he makes it easy.

So we're looking to do the same thing [with Ruby and Bela]. We don't want to push it. In fact, I would say the one episode this year (and again, hindsight is 20/20) where we did push it was this episode called "Red Sky at Morning," which I think was by far the least successful episode this year because it really kind of became the Bela show, and it wasn't as much about how the women complicate the lives of the boys. This also is to answer your "What do you regret?" question--I would say I regret the episode of "Red Sky at Morning." [Laughs.] It's probably not an episode I would do again because I think we tried to do a little too much, too fast. So it's about everything in moderation.

TV.com: Last question: I love the kick-ass classic rock soundtrack. What is the ultimate demon-slaying road-trip song?

Eric Kripke: Oh, for [one] used in the show, I would say [AC/DC's] "Back in Black." If we ever got a chance, the one that we could never afford and never get permission it'd be Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog."

TV.com: Thanks for talking to us, Eric.

Eric Kripke: Thank you.

The final four episodes of the strike-shortened season of Supernatural return to the CW on January 31. For more information on the show, read TV.com's previous coverage.

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Hello, I have a very interesting question . Why in the first series 11 season Dark said she did not know who the Death , and then mentioned many times that the darkness and God were the only ones.But the Death says he remembers the galaxy , its creation , and it is very young for him . It turns out that God created Death and " The adjusted " his mind that he thought he was older than the universe. Either Death arrogant liar . How indeed ?
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I have a question. Or rather a request. Can you do more side quests . Hunts,jobs. I had this idea of killer gnomes. With magical powers that Dean hinted on once during a job but there wasn't an actual episode devoted to it.
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My question is,
can you give me your mailing address Mr.Eric?
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I have an idea for the writers of Supernatural show. Allow Sam or Dean to truly be born again, baptized and really know the Bible then allow Demons to try to destroy what they are doing. Let them know who the real God is. Let them see the real heaven. The God that never leaves you. This would be an excellent show with many episodes of them trying to figure out what heaven did they really see in all the other episodes and who were the angels if they did not come form the real God. This is an excellent idea. I think many people would like it. Not saying that it has to stay on that note but just for a couple of episodes..
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can any one tell me if this is true

, "No Rest for the Wicked," I assume Jensen Ackles' character dies and that's the last we'll see of him on the show?

Yes, Jensen wanted to focus on movies, and he wouldn't give me the 25 percent salary kickback I demanded, so he's leaving the series. Chad Michael Murray is joining the cast to replace him, and next year will be like that season on Dukes of Hazzard where it was Vance and Coy instead of Bo and Luke. Everything's gonna be a little bit off, but it'll be good...I think you'll like it. so is he back for season 4 or not
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Awesome interview! I also liked the previous one though, and I liked how 'Mystery Spot' sounded like. Man, this is gonna be one hell of a Season! :)
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Thanks for the back story s_cry_ed_fan. I have had to hear it from my wife that she doesn't like Bela...I think she is a great distraction to the brothers. I just don't see the whole "T&A" aspect, they don't show any off. You never see Ruby out of her red leather Members Only jacket (she needs a wardrobe) and Blea in a dress is about as racy as they get. They may have been added to attract more guys to the show, granted, but at least they are not turring them into flesh bearing bimbos.I really want to see what Ruby's motive for helping is and , as stated earlier, I like the way Bela clashes with the guys. They could do the show without them, but if EK was forced to add them, at least he made decent, interesting characters.



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Maverick, Bela(or Blea as I like to call her:) was only added because Dawn Ostroff basically gave Kripke an ultimatum. He didn't put it in quite so many words but he came in with Ruby and then Dawn O. said "How about adding 2?" and so he pulled out Bela. This was in April or May of last year so they probably only had up to Episode 3 written. Bela was probably the only one he had and this was before Supernatural was definitely renewed and it's renewal was hanging in the balance.



So Bela was only added as anything more than a guest star for Bad Day at Black Rock because Dawn gave a polite ultimatum. For no other reason; and Kripke and Co have been trying to find ways to shoehorn her in ever since.
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SNLgrl, you sound like a little girl with a crush. You and ii_n_v_u need to stay quiet until you have something intelligent to say. They will not kill the show by Bella and Ruby being in it, it's just different. You see a pretty girl on a show that had only 2 guys as the main and you get jealous. I am not crazy about Bella, but they have a reason they added the characters to the show and I am positive it wasn't for "T&A". Grow up.



And ii_n_v_u, that is just a retarted statement. Kill the characters of a show and you have no show. Neither character could carry this show alone, it's the chemistry between them that makes it great. Great interview and I hope we get to see the 5 seasone EK has planned for us. This is the best show on TV.



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Great interview, thanks.



I agree with the "Red Sky at Morning" bit, when I saw her appear in the shot, my heart sank. Really don't think she's gonna endear herself to the fans...
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Great interview, the writers strike is hurting us here in Australia. Would have liked to know why dean is always eating.
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Where are these "viewers" getting the whole "Bela kicks ass" thing? I've yet to see her do anything at all resembling ass-kicking. She's a snot with a gun. That is NOT kicking ass. PUH-UKE.
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Thanks for the interview! Supernatural is the best show on television!
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Thanks Mr. Kripke, for the interview. And a big thanks for creating such a great show, it has great characters, the plots are wonderful, and the writing is the best on tv. we the fans love it very much and hope the strike ends soon so the show can continue soon.
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UPDATED as of Jan 22. The last two episodes have been switched.



For those asking, here is the schedule for the last four episodes (in the US):



3.09 Malleus Maleficarum (aka Witch Hunt) - Jan 31

3.10 Dream a Little Dream - Feb 7

3.11 The Mystery Spot - Feb 14

3.12 Jus In Bello - Feb 28*



* A repeat of Nightshifter is being considered, which would push 3.12 to the end of February.



All but 3.11 have spoiler summaries available. Try this site: http://z14.invisionfree.com/Supernatural/index.php?showforum=52
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Thank you for the interview. I had completely forgotten about Mary's dead friends scenario. Also, and I am gonna sound like a trurly terrible fan for saying this, but I like Bela. I laugh out loud and thought that Red Sky at Morning provided the comic relief, like Hell House, Tall tales and Bad day at Black Rock. Sorry if you hate me for that.
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Eric Kripke is a smart man -- he knows what he's doing. Thanks for the interview! Supernatural rocks my Thursday nights :)
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Ah Supernatural!! I love this show! Let us hope that this strike is resolved so that we can have this show up and running again. It is so nice of Eric to make himself available to do these interviews. It is nice to know how things are progressing. I would like to respond to one of the things Eric mentioned about the dilema with Sam's "dark destiny". I think I would really hate if Sam was suddenly evil. It just doesn't fit who he is. Dean and Sam are suppose to be the good guys, they should fight evil together, not each other. Plus it would somehow ruin that wonderful relationship they have as brothers for me. Why kill such a great thing. Dean saves and watches out for Sam. And now Sam does the same for Dean.

Please don't make Sam the bad guy. Anyway, thanks again Eric for the interview. And a big thank you to TV.com for bringing the interview to us.
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thanks for the interview...
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Sweet interview!

I find it cool that EK thinks that Back In Black is the ultimate demon hunting road trip song. Every time I hear BIB, I automatically see that Impala in my head. I can't wait for January 31.
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A big thank you, to both Tim Surette and Eric Kripke for making this interview happen and including fans questions. I hope the network companies put an effort to reach a settlement with WGA asap!!! So hopefully everyone can get back to work and we could get our weekly doses of Supernatural =o)

I am really enjoying season 3 and can't wait to see more of the upcoming episodes... Mr.Kripke answer in regards to Mary Winchester has more curious, in fact I am more excited about this than finding out how Dean is going to get out of his deal...uhm, unless the two plots may be related? Anyways, thank you Mr.Kripke for creating such an awesome show and I will be looking forward to seeing at LEAST 3 more seasons of Supernatural!
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Dear Mr. Kripke,



Thanks for putting together a great series. I've enjoyed every show (even though I disagreed with some of the ideas in Houses of the Holy), and Supernatural has become a source of bonding for my little sister and me. (Since, y'know, not all of us can go on demon hunting roadtrips with our sib. ;))



I also actually LIKE Bela (and this from a young female who watches the show partly because the male leads are so attractive). She's expanded the universe, is funny and smart, and kicks butt. I also like that she's pretty much amoral (I hope she stays that way), and her "angry sex" comment was funny. She's also, in a way, a more dangerous foil than Gordon or Agent Henrickson (who I hope to see soon), because she is an attractive female and because her motives aren't always clear. I do miss Ellen and Jo though; the Roadhouse was a lot of fun.



I'm looking forward to the mysteries being solved and for Dean's soul to be saved. Here's to a swift, happy resolution of the writer's strike and many more seasons of Supernatural.



Cheers.
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Mr. K, I know you're working on some sort of plausible way for Dean to get out of his deal. But please, please don't make it Bela or Ruby who saves him from his fate. It can't be the "supergirls" who save him. Please give Sam the respect he deserves and let him do it himself! He needs to be the rescuer of his brother. If the boys become dumbed down and Dean has to be saved by R or B in the season finale, I might toss my cookies and throw in the towel! I do trust you, Eric, but I might just keep a bucket nearby...just in case.
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Dear Mr. Kripke: Thank you for writing and producing such a great
show. WE all know what the great parts are and have
already been stated here. But the mistakes you made were not the ones you
mentioned: First you killed off John Winchester and that
about did it for me. Don't you want older viewers?
Still I watched and enjoyed season two and part of
that were the constant supposed spoilers of John
coming back to the program for a few episodes.
30 seconds was not what I was looking for. And yes
I know all the circumstances. Second, we all love Ellen, Jo, and Ash. The
roadhouse was a great idea. I know how Samantha
feels being left out at the start of season 3. And Bobby, I'm sorry, but I can't take him except
in small doses such as comedy episodes. Now he is
in almost every episode. He is not the boys father. I think Mr. Beaver would be great in
westerns, but not Supernatural. Between Bela who
has no purpose and Ruby who can't act this season
has not had very many good episodes. I don't see
the plot moving ahead at all. I am sorry this is
all we have to go on and the writers strike
ruined the rest of the season
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*Why exactly do you hate them so much? Because they're not you?*

I suggest you go back and reread all the comments. You'll find many valid points there.

(...and wow, that was you trying to psychoanalyze us, huh? Nice work. [/sarcasm])

Like I said, keep Ruby's character and bring back Jo. But please, please get rid of Bela. The sooner the better.
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thanks for the great interview! I love Supernatural!
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So, they've filmed 12 episodes and we've got four more. That must make the first three Witch Hunt, Dream a Little Dream and Jus in Bello. Question is, what's the fourth?



Thanks Krip, for a great interview. I, for one, don't hate Bela, although I could see her being integrated a little better, and as someone else pointed out, the "angry sex" comment was a bridge too far! Ruby is FANTASTIC though, except I have reservations about the actress which will no doubt be either confirmed or rubbished when we see her at Asylum. I too, feel that Ellen's disappearance is unnatural, especially seeing as she was there at the opening of Hell's gate. It's a shame there was so little time to ask questions - I was so hoping for an answer to mine, which was just wondering what the Krip et al would do if Jensen or Jared decided to leave the show prematurely... I'd have loved to have known. Maybe next time. Sigh. ;)
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I think the last season was way better. I think Mr. Kripke, has made the series worsen. I really actually thought that he would kill Sam or Dean. He actually should. I think Dean should die, so that Sam can loose eveything, and now he wants his revenge.
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First, let me say, great interview. I only wish it had been conducted more recently, so we could hear how Kripke feels about the CW pulling SN from the air for an undisclosed amount of time.



Secondly, please EK, check around a few sites and get a real feeling for how many fans are reacting to RuBella, and maybe this time pay attention to the reasons people state for not liking them. My biggest objection to Bela has nothing to do with not wanting a love interest for Dean. Please, feel free to give him many more sex scenes. I'm all good with that. Just not with her.



Not with the woman who purposely pointed a gun at Sam and coldly shot him (after Dean just recently sold his soul in exhange for Sams life). Not with the woman who so stupidly expected Dean to give her the rabbits foot and doom both himself and his brother (whom he sold his SOUL for). Not with the woman who bilks little old ladies out of their money. Not with the woman who was completely willing, and utterly remorseless about dooming an entire town to its fate at the hands of the Ghost Ship. Not with the woman who gave their location to Gordon, knowing he planned to kill Sam (who Dean sold his soul for)and then 'forgot' to call and warn them he was coming after them. And most definately NOT with the woman that apparently sucks the boys IQs dry every time she's around. I dont ever want to see Dumbed Down Dean again.



And all that is coming from a SAM girl, not a Dean one. Sammy is absolutely the character who drew me into this show, and I seriously hope Bob reigns you in and points out that if you have Sammy go all Anikin on us, and change everything we LIKED about him in the first place, then you can expect a number of us to leave. The fact that you praise these boys for their great characterizations with one hand, and with the other you write them steadily further and further from themselves leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Stop it. Give us our boys, and our show back.



As for Sam and Dean not being enough to hold our interests for several seasons? Thats bull. Of course they could. If half the world can read books about ONE boy wizard for over a decade and be held in thrall till the very end, these two wonderful brothers can also hold us in thrall.



Trust me. Well written Sam and Dean could hold my attention for a great many seasons.
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I love the direction of supernatural right now. I think Bela and Ruby are great additions to the show. I like how they are tough kick ass chicks who don't need to be saved all the time. I love the dynamic between Dean and Bela in the episode "red sky at morning" it was entertaining and kept me interested. I hope the writers don't change anything about the characters because they are great the way they are. Thanks for such a great show it makes my week!!!:)
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Anyone who bothers to actually read all the comments will have plenty of specific examples of why Bela doesn't fit. The idea that we don't like her because we all wish we could be her is so silly. A lot of people liked Jo; I didn't really mind her, but I think she should have been written as less of a petulant know-it-all, and then she would have fit in with Dean nicely. I liked Jessica, Madison, Sarah, Lisa, Cassie, Carmen, the demon Casey, and above all, Meg, who was fantastic. Ellen was great, and it defies logic that neither Sam nor Dean (or Bobby, for that matter) have not even mentioned their whereabouts. They are actually still characters of the show since they have not been killed off or explained off. Lauren Cohan is a lovely young woman, no doubt about it; but it's the way the character of Bela has been written that is the problem, not presumed jealousy over what the actors or actresses look like. If the CW suits think their entire demographic cannot stand the thought of a hero without a woman, then fine. Give him one, and make her as beautiful as they come -- just make her someone that the Dean Winchester we've all come to know and root for would actually be able to mentally and emotionally connect with. It doesn't need to be someone with a damaged past or sob story in order to fit into Dean's world. Looks is the only thing Bela brings, and it's not enough.
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Thanks for the interview!!!
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I enjoyed the interview. Thanks for doing it. As for the many comments regarding the newly added characters. Why exactly do you hate them so much? Because they're not you?

I haven't really heard any real arguments against them. Of course it's sad that the CW only wants young perfect actresses to be cast, but that can't be changed. And okay, two new characters being introduced (quite bluntly in Ruby's case - can't be denied) at the same time stretches it. But I doubt we've seen enough of them yet to judge them. We don't know their motivations or their backstories yet. Fans already got Jo removed after two episodes, even though she was a cool character. Do you really think that making SPN all about The Sam&Dean Show for the next 5 years won't be boring? What if they introduce a middle-aged male biker with a potbelly and a limp as new character - you're gonna rage against that, too? If you really want to avoid the body-jealousy on TV, you gotta give Sam and Dean two chicks from the weight-loss program that runs just before the cooking shows. I don't mean to offend, but that's how I see the problem.
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I really appreciate Eric Kripke's interview. I truly love Supernatural. I think jensen and Jared do an amazing job portraying Sam and Dean. Their relationship comes across as so real, intense, emotional, funny, and filled with a lot of love. It's great. Even if it is an episode that has an ok storyline, it's still so enjoyable to watch. They have a great chemistry. I also feel that Bela does not bring anything to the show. It does not feel like a natural fit in any way. Ruby is ok because there is an interesting dynamic as to how she fits in with Sam and Dean's future. I felt sad to hear that Eric Kripke regrets the Roadhouse. I really loved those characters and felt that they blended right into the show. i would love to see Ellen and Jo back. It would actually be cool to see Jo come back and the chemistry with her and Dean explored. Bobby is great also. Hope the strike ends soon. Please get rid of Bela.
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Ah Supernatural!! I love this show! Let us hope that this strike will be resolved soon, so we can get the show back and running. It is so nice to know that Eric takes the time to do these interviews, so we are up to date about what is going on with the show. Thanks Eric. I would just like to add a little something in response to what he mentioned about the indecision about Sam having a a dark destiny. I would really hate that, it would change what Sam is all about for me, he and Dean are suppose to be the good guys. They are suppose to be fighting evil together, not fighting each other. The wonderful relationship they have as brothers on screen would totally be ruined for me if that happened. Dean has worked so hard looking after his brother why destroy that? Anyway that is just my two cents. Thanks again Eric, and thank you TV.com for bringing us these interviews.
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It's great to learn Eric Kripke's ideas regarding the show. And I'm happy to know he's a step ahead in avoiding the pitfalls that so many shows fall into. The prime example is his caution in introducing new characters. Usually, shows ham-handedly toss some new character in at full force and it throws the whole series off balance. (Barney's replacement on "The Andy Griffith Show", Woody Harrelson and Harry Connick, Jr. on "Will & Grace", Batgirl on "Batman" come immediately to mind.) Slowly and in small doses is the way to go!

If I can offer a suggestion, if Eric's reading the posts: PLEASE, PLEASE don't overload the show with confusing backstories, subplots, and secretative characters the way "The X-Files" did. I had to give up watching the show for its last several seasons because I could not keep track of who was doing what to whom, or why, or when. The show imploded under its own weight. And I'm not a dumb guy either! But it becames so thick with conspiracies and "fine print" that no one could follow it without a folow chart. Please, keep the focus on Dean and Sam and hunting. That's what the show's about. Bring on the new episodes!!
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I hated Red Sky at Morning. All thanks to Bela.

I only hope she gets what she deserves SOON (and I'm not talking about any kind of redemption/sob story here, it'd have been poetic justice had she died at RSAM), because I honestly cannot stand her.

I love this show so damn much, but she's annoying to the point that watching SPN has become pretty much gringe-worthy experience every time she's onscreen. I like Ruby, though, and I'm intigued to see the things she'll bring to the show (and how long she'll last).

Also, I did like the Roadhouse and its characters. I would LOVE if they'd bring Jo back to the show, at least briefly every now and then. She felt like a much more natural addition to the show than Bela ever could be.
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Oh, my mistake. Three shows they weren't in. I still stand by my opinion that Bela does not fit the premise of the show in any way, shape or form. Umbraumbra made some very valid points about how Dean just isn't Dean when she's around. He's all gungho for everything they do now that he only has a year to go, but lets a morally bankrupt, pseudo-Lara Croft get the better of him every single time she's around? I call bullcrap. They're making Dean look stupid, and not in the way that implies any sexual chemistry, which, btw, is not even CLOSE to being there. RSAM wasn't all that bad, it had some funny moments, particularly those between Sam and the older lady and Dean's panic attack over the Impala going missing. Seriously, they need to ditch Bela sooner rather than later, and Ruby as soon as they can run the course of her storyline. Otherwise, we may not have a next season. The fans are pissed, man, wake up and smell the coffee.
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I like Ruby, but Bela annoys me. I wouldn't mind seeing her character get killed off the show.
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Wonderful interview. Eric is always so reflective about the show, and what's worked or not, I almost feel he is too harsh! The show continues to be on of the most visually sophisticated and exciting on TV, and the characters the most emotionally developed. All that and demons and gore!!!
It must be an incredibly difficult time for a show runner and its a measure of Eric that his primary concern is for all who work on the show and not only how the strike affects his creative vision.
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Huntressfan, I always enjoy reading other points of view, so I appreciate your comments and support for Bela. I also agree that "kick-ass females" are always welcome. Ellen was such a one. Bela is most definitely not. I think the word originally was that we were getting two female hunters. We got neither. We got one demon, whose presence is not great but not as annoying as it could be if they tried to hook her up romantically with Sam. (Yet) I believe the fans were told the girls were not there as love interests for the boys, which of course is turning out not to be true in the case of Bela. It's patently obvious that the writers are trying to make us believe that the same Dean who would kill for and sell his soul for his brother, would suddenly begin acting like an idiot just because Bela is in the room. Actually, it's not the character of Bela I hate so much -- it's the lines they write for the other characters in scenes with her that drive me crazy. We're supposed to believe that she can intimidate a dangerous, obsessed hunter like Gordon by doing nothing more than saying "Put that down," and "I don't respond well to threats." We're supposed to believe that Dean is stupid enough to give Bela his cell phone number and immediately tell her where he is, no questions asked. No, No, No. Let Dean put his fist in her face when she shoots Sam. Let Bela actually kick Dean's butt (or Sam's) with some great fighting skills. That would be better than the "angry sex" line. I'm just wondering where the same Dean is who gave us those great scenes at the end of AHBL Part 1, and the beginning of AHBL Part 2. That was just an intense, Emmy-worthy performance by Ackles if I ever saw one. A far cry from the Dean who can't keep Bela's hand out of his inside jacket pocket, who gets that stupid look on his face after the "angry sex" line, who puts up with her at all. I certainly don't mean to suggest that folks who like Bela should change their minds, but I'd like to read some concrete examples of how she adds anything good to the show. She's just the only female character I've really disliked on this series. But - whether we be Bela lovers or haters -- I think we all love Supernatural. I hope the strike ends soon, and that Kripke and Co. get all the seasons they want.
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Well, i loved the interview as well, but am I SERIOUSLY gonna be the only one to disagree on this one w/ the Bela thing? I understand that it's dean and sam show, i really do. But there's nothing wrong with Bela at all, she adds great change to the show. The actress is great, and the character has potential to grow. And i do agree w/ kripke about introducing the girls slowly, however they definately should stick around, especially Bela. Hopefully there'll be an episode to change minds about her, and to all the fans of Bela out there, b/c i know there are, please speak up before we lose her to all the other haters out there. I'm also going to disagree w/ the 'red sky' episode as well. I love scifi shows like this, and so does my mom we watch them together. But she doesn't watch much supernatural b/c of the gore and demonic stuff. I don't agree w/ her on that, but you know, whatever...it is however nice to have one episode or so where me and her can sit down and watch Supernatural together, and "red sky" was it. I loved the 'bond' theme, it was very very different type of episode, it's okay to be different every once in a while. Bela was a big character, but it was a good addition. As for the girls being in almost every episode... not true at all. Only in 1,2,3,and 6,7 so far, and that was only one of the girls in each episode. The strike is the reason people think they are in too many episodes. so there were 4,5, and 8 so far without anyone but Sam and Dean...let it go guys, we need some kick ass females on as well. So if anyone agrees to support the girls (atleast BELA) please voice your opinion!
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Great interview! I always like hearing Eric's point of view on things, and he's always interesting! :D I see where RSAM may have been the most unsuccesful episodes of the season, but in all honestly I didn't hate it - not as good as the others, but it WAS entertaing and WAY better than most things on television. :) Besides that episode, I haven't been dissatisfied with the amount of screen time Ruby and Bela have been getting, to me it hasn't interfered with Sam and Dean's chemistry, and even adds to it in some respects. Can't wait to see the rest of the season! :)
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great interview, thank you! i certainly do hope to see at least five seasons of this great series, but seriously,,,bela needs to go. NOW. i don't care about her backstory. really.

and i certainly hope this strike ends very soon so the wonderful crew can return to work!
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I love to read Eric Kripke interviews. Thank you to Mr. Kripke, TV.com and all the folks that submitted those great questions.
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Excellent Interview. I'm glad they are focussing on the Winchester Boys and there journeys. I'm surprised that they road mapped up to five seasons. I eagerly look forward to the shows return!
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Thanks for the great interview. love the show. hope the strike ends soon.
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I'm glad the low ratings for RSaM were noticed! The one good thing that COULD come out of this strike is that they could use the time to re-write the unfilmed episodes. Get rid of Ruby and Bela, make the scares scarier, like in the first season, and get off the demon thing and back to the urban legends!
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Great interview, thanks TV.com. I was hoping for a question on the future of Supernatural, will we get another season? I just don't feel The CW supports Supernatural that much, I hardly see any promos except during Smallville.
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Great interview. Besides Sam and Dean, Bobby is my favorite character. I would love to see a lot more of him. I'm not sure how many other people feel this way but, I am not a fan of Ruby or Bela. And I was never a fan of Ellen or Jo. But, I was a fan of Ash. I loved his character and hated that he died. It was mentioned that 12 episodes were written and shot. Does anyone know how many more will air this season?
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