‘Supernatural’ Star Jensen Ackles Previews ‘Heartache,’ Talks Directing on Season 8

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Supernatural series star Jensen Ackles directed the third episode of Season 8, entitled “Heartache,” which he called “a bit of a one-off.” Now that the episode is finally upon us, Celebuzz has a few tidbits from Ackles about what you need to know before seeing the episode.

For starters, it is a classic Supernatural episode in which “Dean talks Sam into going with him to help some people in need.”

More specifically, though, Dean has come back from Purgatory with a bit of clarity, per Ackles, and better than ever before (yes, even after Hell), he really understands his purpose. He’s a man on a mission, and that mission is to keep saving as many lives as he can.

What was the toughest part of directing again for Ackles?

On “Heartache,” the brothers investigate a string of unusual murders where the victims were all recipients of organs from the same donor. The killer is captured, but things become even more complicated when the brothers find their killer in a trance mumbling an ancient prayer.

“His life is not about smelling the roses. It’s about doing what he does best, cramped up in that car next to his brother, fighting the things that people don’t know about,” Ackles said.

This is the third time Ackles has sat down in the director’s chair for Supernatural, but he still finds it challenging — in the best possible way.

“The stuff with Jared, you know, the scenes in the motel room and things like that, I pretty much just block it out myself, picked my camera shots, and then he and I just go do it. So, I don’t have to worry too much about that,” Ackles admitted.

“It’s scenes with guest stars… who want that affirmation or need that affirmation of ‘Is this right? Am I playing this right?’ that became very difficult, because I’m in the scene with this person,” he continued. “I’m also trying to be Dean. I’m also trying to keep an eye out, so I can give them notes on the performance after they yell ‘Cut.’ ”

One very special guest star Ackles may have been extra nervous to direct this season? His dad! Alan Ackles guest stars on the episode as a detective Dean meets up with on the case.

Supernatural airs Wednesdays at 9 PM on The CW.

What part of “Heartache” has YOU most excited already? Let us know in the comments below!

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Watch Ackles talk about directing “Heartache” at Comic Con 2012 below:

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