'Supernatural’s' Ty Olsson: Benny Is ‘Looking for a Connection' (Q&A)

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The center of The CW's Supernatural — and in every fan’s heart — has always been two brothers who drive the open road, “saving people, hunting things,” but occasionally characters have come in to shake up the dynamic, or even come between Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki).

On season eight, one such character introduced was Benny (Ty Olsson), a vampire Dean met while down in Purgatory, who fought alongside the Winchester brothers and earned his trust so much that Dean pulled him out of Purgatory once he returned topside. The two went their separate ways, but in the next all-new episode, “Blood Brother,” they reunite when Benny finds himself in trouble and Dean rushes to his side.

On paper it may seem like Dean is choosing his makeshift brother over his biological one, but don’t worry Supernatural fans, Olsson assured Celebuzz that Benny is not out to rip apart the Winchester bond in any way; his focus is on finding a way to survive in a world he no longer understands.

Celebuzz: When we were on set, Jensen pointed out that he really enjoys the Benny and Dean story, not only because it's a different side to his character, but also because he really likes working with you.

Ty Olsson: Well, first I wrote Jensen a very large check to say nice things about me!

CB: How did you guys work on developing the relationship between the characters?

TO: We didn’t discuss their relationship beforehand. We both have been doing this a long time, so we do our homework, and we come together, we know what we’re bringing to the table. The great thing about working with an actor like Jensen is he’s present and available and a giving actor… When you work with someone who’s as good as Jensen is, it just brings your game up. So there wasn’t much of a plan going in, but there has been discussion since. When we hit a pause, we’re like ‘What do you think about this?’

CB: How will we see the connection between Dean and Benny grow as we get to know more about their time in Purgatory?

TO: I think that connection starts off as a brothers in arms connection and relying on each other for survival in Purgatory, but after a year of that, it’s just inevitable that they’re going to get to know each other better and more personally. It’s those moments of high stress, for anybody, and constant [fear of] death that you reach out for another human being and some kind of connection... Obviously a lot of that happened in Purgatory, but now that they’re out of Purgatory and back in the real world, they both have that issue of re-assimilating back into society. There’s also that connection of us both going ‘OK, well, I guess we go back to our lives.’ And how do we deal with that in the real world? It’s not like they can always be hanging out, and you see in [“Blood Brother”] a little bit more of that kind of connection between the characters. We’ll see it deepening.

CB: Do you think Benny is being honest and keeping his nose clean, as Dean warned him to do? Or have there been moments we haven't seen where he's slid back into old vampire ways?

TO: I think he is being straight with him. The more interesting storyline, and the way the writers are going, is that Benny is dealing with his hunger and this conflict that he has about not being human but also not fitting into the vampire world. That really heavily shows that turmoil that Benny has. I think Benny’s still in Purgatory. He’s not in heaven; he’s not in hell; he’s lost. He’s still in battle, but he’s in battle with himself, and it’s the hardest one yet because he just doesn’t fit anywhere.

CB: Is a part of Benny just trying to find a way back to the place that he called "pure"?

TO: You know how a lot of people spend [years] in jail, and they’re unable to live on the outside, and they keep going back? There’s certainly a possibility that that’s something he tries to solve his problem with. But I don’t think you can just go back to Purgatory so easily! And I also think there’s a drive in him to try to find a way to connect with the world.

CB: When we first saw Benny and Castiel (Misha Collins) meet in Purgatory, it didn't go very well. Will Benny ever warm up to him?

TO: I don’t know that ‘warm up’ is the word! [Laughs] I think that need for survival keeps them at odds because of the parameters that they established in earlier scenes in Purgatory. I don’t think that becomes a buddy-buddy situation; I think there’s always a third wheel, and in this case, it rotates.

CB: Is that 'third wheel analogy' also how Benny feels about Sam when Dean calls his brother for help on "Blood Brother"?

TO: I think Benny understands the conflict that Dean is going through, regarding letting his brother know. I think Benny’s aware that Dean is torn between his actual brother and his army brother, so to speak, and he doesn’t push too hard on that button because Benny’s smart enough not to get between them. He’s looking for a connection; he’s not looking to disconnect others.

CB: Going forward on the season, how involved will Benny be in helping Dean with cases, like searching for the tablets?

TO: I don’t know anything about that at this point. The episodes coming up with Benny, Benny’s in a situation where he’s focused on his own situation right now, and I don’t know that there’s any room for him to be helping out with anything else. We’ve got some great episodes coming up that talk a lot about where Benny came from and his struggles, and they’re going to tell you a lot about what’s up with Benny.

Supernatural airs Wednesday at 9 PM on The CW.

How do you feel about the addition of Benny this season on Supernatural? Sound off in the comments below!

-- Danielle Turchiano

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  • Max
    Max

    I keep hoping for a rational explanation, as well, as to why Sam wouldn’t look for his beloved brother!! TOTALLY out-of-character! Up to now, they have found a way to explain everything away to my satisfaction, but it appears they may have hit a brick wall with this one. If they don’t come up with some very good reason as to why Sam didn’t look for Dean, it will greatly affect the probability of me tuning in again next season. The one thing that really kept me going with this show is the brothers unending love for one another. If it turns out that Sam just could turn it off that easily, I’ll have to cry fairwell to what once was a seriously sweet show! Oh, and I also am very confused by how they are trying to play off Dean’s friendship with the vamp as being in the same league as Sam betraying Dean. The two don’t even compare!!! And what did Sam expect Dean to do, anyways??? He had a way to get out and he wasn’t going to take it??? And then he would betray the one that got him out — just like Sam betrayed him??? It wasn’t like Sam was looking for him!!! Oh, I get it now… Sam betrayed Dean easily enough, so why wouldn’t he expect Dean to betray the one friend he could rely on in this whole bloody mess??!!!! Writers better get their acts together… This is turning out to be one huge insult to the viewers senses!!!!!!!!!

  • Jane
    Jane

    Sam and Dean are bickering like a married couple as always. Less screen time is not my preference, however, the chemistry is still there. I don't always like where the show is going. Yet that's the way with any show. I keep coming back and it's still one of my favorite shows.

  • Xtopher Crawford
    Xtopher Crawford

    and better looking than Bobby LOl

  • Xtopher Crawford
    Xtopher Crawford

    excellent replacement for Bobby

  • Pam
    Pam

    I agree with your assessment of the storyline. I do think that some fans "jump the gun" quite often and see momentary situations as somehow, permanent. They get all emotional and start lashing out at whoever they perceive as responsible. I, on the otherhand, am patient and have faith that the writers will eventually sort out the relationship between the brothers. We should value the conflicts and bumps along the road because when they resume their relationship it will feel all the more satisfying. If everything was the same between them, it would get stale fast. I think pitting Sam and Dean against each other is anti-productive. They are merely showing how human they are. Remaining human is one of their goals afterall. :-)

  • kay
    kay

    I agree with you , Sam and Dean are still acting as sibs this year, after all Family doesn't always get along, and any tension between the brothers isn't created and then dismissed in a three episode arc, it's more interesting.

  • Karen Kaiser
    Karen Kaiser

    Right that' why I see sig lines that Dean lives/breathes/etc for Sam alone but nothing similiar about Sam living for Dean. There are Sam fans who are like Dean fans and then there are Sam girls. Fans are normal who accept Sam or whoever faults and all and then there are the girls who worship saint Sam who can do no wrong, all the other characters live only for him and anyone who even sounds like they dare suggest anything else are violently and rudely flamed. I posted Dean had dropped Sam off honoring his deal with Sam so perhaps the posters suggestion that Dean forced Sam into hunting was met with the most vicious & snide attack. As for Cas yeah great relationship that Sam help destroy by seeding upset. His looking so guilty that Dean had to ask then bad mouthing despite evidence of the contrary that Cas was a traitor. Of course he was betraying Dean and Bobby died so once again Dean's friends kick him except when Sam does it no matter what Dean always forgives.hr apocalypse sure no prob. But have Dean take out a monster who murdered 5 men regardless of their beiing the scum of the earth and Dean is satan himself. Doesn't matter Sam met her once for about an hour 15 years ago and she'd of killed mom regardless of who mom was threatening.

  • Mar
    Mar

    I agree with many of those examples in the 1-5 years, but to me the "showing" love stopped for both Sam and Dean, for the most part, in seasons 6&7. Except for scenes like the warehouse in 7-2, or Dean dying to ask Death for Sammy's soul. For the most part, for both brothers, they "tell" not show. I think shocking Sam with Benny forces alot of questions from him, about how he feels towards Dean. And that is what I have been craving since Mystery Spot - a Sam concentrated on his brother. I think the end result of this whole Sam storline will end up giving us a huge bolster of brotherly love. But if it doesn't, it still gives a great new character added to the world. I'm happy with that, and have alot of hope. I don't see the world in Sam VS Dean, and interpret everything in terms of have and have not. I get the disappointment over Sam because I dislike the way he's written right now, too, but I can see where they are likely to end up. But I am seeing alot of Dean attacks, out of unhappy Sam fans.

  • lolz
    lolz

    Yeah I'm glad they're not retreading the Ruby debacle with Benny. That would have been redundant and boring. Sounds like Carver has something completely different up his sleeve with Benny and I can't wait to find out what it is.

  • lolz
    lolz

    Great interview. Can't wait to find out more about Benny's backstory and why Dean trusts him so much. Ty and Jensen have great chemistry so it's going to fun to watch them acting circles around each other. LOL!

  • lolz
    lolz

    Well maybe if fandom wasn't so hostile towards female characters, they wouldn't be so gun-shy about fleshing Amelia out. But whatever. We're getting Amelia flashbacks in this episode too, so all this hyperbolic butthurt is really amusing me.

  • lolz
    lolz

    Cool your butthurt dude. Spoilers say we will be getting Amelia flashbacks this episode as well.

  • Moe
    Moe

    Thanks for the interview with Ty! I am really enjoying Ty and Benny's addition to the show and I am so glad that Carver isn't going for Ruby 2.0 with Benny! I was a little concerned that we would get that tired retread, but glad to see we won't. And I think a vampire is the perfect character to explore a monster trying to live a "good" life. I am loving the Benny/Dean relationship as well! I like seeing someone have Dean's back and being a fellow soldier with him. I don't see Benny's addition taking away anything from Sam or Castiel. And as to the brother relationship...well, that's been a moot point for me for several seasons now, and this season just cements it. Sam had no interest in his brother once Dean disappeared, didn't even bother to look for him. And since Dean has been back, the character has been written and played as if Sam seriously wishes Dean had just stayed trapped in Purgatory and out of his life. So it's good to see Dean with friends who value him since his brother doesn't. And I am looking forward to seeing that with Benny and with Castiel!

  • Percys Owner
    Percys Owner

    I couldn't be more disappointed in Carver than I am right now. When he was on Supernatural before he seemed to have a good handle on both brothers, but now he only seems interested in Dean. I like Dean, but for me Supernatural isn't the Dean and friends show with his no good, totally boring brother Sam. That's not the show I fell in love with and it's not a show I want to watch.

  • Percys Owner
    Percys Owner

    Because hunting down the Trickster for 6 months when Dean "died" in Mystery Spot wasn't choosing Dean. And facing his time in Hell because he couldn't leave Dean out there alone wasn't choosing Dean? You're just hating on Sam without real reason.

  • Dot
    Dot

    This! Castiel has a ton more potential for development and untold stories for him, and I want to see his relationship with the Winchesters get to grow further. He's not played out by any means. But he is very intertwined with Dean and with Sam, he's accepted already as part of their family unit (with some of the codependency issues that comes with it). Benny offers a different perspective as a result, a different slant on the question of supernatural beings who can be trusted. I'm expecting his character to be an interesting foil for Castiel as much as for Dean and Sam.

  • Dot
    Dot

    This sounds really intriguing. I'm glad that it seems they aren't going for a retread of the "betrayer" story with Benny but using him to broad the SPN world and raise certain issues and questions. It doesn't sound like he's intended as a replacement for Sam or to supplant Castiel--he's an added element and one that will shed more light on the established characters, plus it sounds like he has a decent backstory of his own and that they are going to give him layers and character development--which, it doesn't really work if a show doesn't do that. I don't want supporting characters who are mere plot devices and easily disposable. This is just one of many reasons why I've been so excited about Season 8 so far, I really like what they've been doing with the characters and the themes. Benny isn't there to ruin Sam and Dean, or Dean and Cas, or bust up Team Free Will. He's a different shading on questions and themes SPN has explored for a long time. Castiel shouldn't be the only supernatural being to ever earn trust, and I don't think it steals anything from Castiel to have this story with Benny. The bond between Sam and Dean is also not lessened because of other "brother-like" bonds--people have different kinds of relationships and Sam and Dean are Sam and Dean. Dean and Cas have their own unique bond.

  • Chris Smith
    Chris Smith

    If Carver does do this I hope the fans let him hear it. Even Sera Gamble wouldn't be this dumb. But then again that's not saying much. Well hopefully Sam interacts with his bro for 8,9 no matter how it turns out. I do think they will split up at episode 9 for a bit, but we will see. I wish SPN had the old writers cause they would of developed Benny, but also let us see what it was doing to each brother in the process.

  • Lina
    Lina

    I'm a bibro and even I'm uber disappointed- not just the Sam not looking part but even Sam's attitude since Dean got back. Sam wanting to quit is totally understandable but not Sam moping like Dean's return put a major crimp in his life or acting like he can't wait to leave Dean behind. That's not my Sammy and from what I've seen on discussion boards, a lot of other fans are wondering what the heck is going on too.

  • Veggio
    Veggio

    Technically, the main storyline is the business of closing the gates of hell. Cas is related to that, but Benny and purgatory aren't, at least, Ty seemed to think as of this interview that Benny wasn't going to be involved in that arc. Purgatory, Benny, and Cas's backstory are all aspects of Dean's backstory. While I certainly want the show to spend time on how Dean got to where he is now, I don't want them to consider that the main story, as though Dean's storyline = main storyline. Sam's backstory should be getting equal time and development, and both backstories should be feeding into and connected to the actual season mytharc.

  • Lina
    Lina

    "In my mind, Dean should always choose Sam" But why should Dean have to choose at all? Why can't Sam be grateful Benny helped save his brother and be willing to extend the same "live until you kill someone" opportunity to Benny as he has to so many other monsters?

  • Veggio
    Veggio

    Jared's filming schedule was also light in 8.9, the second Benny backstory episode (and the midseason hiatus ep). Ty confirmed that he has no scenes with Jared in that episode, so it certainly looks like Benny development is coming pretty directly at the cost of Sam development. And from Jensen and Jared's interviews, we definitely have no explanation for Sam not searching for Dean as of 8.8, and it seems pretty unlikely that anything more has emerged as of 8.10. I don't think we are actually getting an explanation there at all; Carver's weird combination of non-canonical promise not to look for each other, Sam assuming Dean was dead without evidence, and Sam supposedly having no one to call (despite the fact that he never needed someone to call to work on getting Dean back before, AND the fact that they are bringing back several characters Sam could, in fact, have called) is going to be it, unsatisfactory and inconsistent both within itself and with prior canon as it is.

  • Ki
    Ki

    Oh Sam hate...isn't that new?

  • Carol
    Carol

    Benny is more than a friend , and the outrage as you put it isnt about Dean having someone he has had Cas for 4 yrs it is the fac t that Jeremy Carver seems to be developing this relationship between Benny and Dean giving Benny focus and a introspection of his back story . While Amelia who is supposed to be Sam's character this season doesnt seem to be getting the same attention. I think that is important as we are supposed to understand their relationship and why Sam grew to love this woman. Now that may change but in Benny by creating him as another brother type relationship and giving hima sympathetic pov it will make it hard for Sam to have his suspicions without him looking bad and his judgement brought into question again and that isnt fair on him.

  • Lizzy
    Lizzy

    I hope Benny stays with the show. He's really interesting, and Olsson is doing a great job (I'm loving the accent). I can not wait for tomorrow's episode, it looks like it's gonna be awesome. I'm so excited for more Dean-in-Purgatory, Benny, and Cas related stuff, it drives me crazy when they stop the momentum of the main story to waste time on random teen wolves and Mayan sports stars, they're just so BORING compared to purgatory and everything that comes with it.

  • Chris Smith
    Chris Smith

    I remember Jensen said the first 5 episodes was Sam light. I know after the last con Jared had a very early call, so im hoping we get some in site in Sams head soon. Right now I will take a simple nervous break down, but I need the writers to SHOW ME THAT. For me I don't mind Benny only if they not have him as a conflict maker between the bros. I know this season will have that drama cause both brothers have their moments. But in the end I wan't them to be on the same page. So Im willing to get threw the dirt and mud only if there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Veggio
    Veggio

    How on earth is Cas an inherently "good" character? I mean, I think Cas is a good guy, as Dean and Sam are good guys, in the sense of having done some terrible things but having fundamentally good intentions, but angels on Supernatural haven't been presented as good by nature -- the majority of them are far from benign. And Cas personally, as an individual moral agent, has had a dramatic darkside and redemption arc.

  • Pamela Buickel
    Pamela Buickel

    Love this little interview with Ty, and I'm happy to see Carver going the direction I hoped he would with Benny, which is more of a "Being Human" bent with this character in a gray area and not so black/white. Ty and Jensen have terrific chemistry, and I wouldn't mind at all seeing Benny stick around. This show needs a shot in the arm with new characters like this one. Nothing wrong with Dean having another friend and ally he can count on. I know on twitter you and Laura Prudom were counting on Benny biting Dean "in the ass" in an all too predictable oldy-moldy Ruby maneuver, which would be so incredibly been there, done that. So I like what Ty says here and the direction the story appears to be going where he's concerned.

  • Veggio
    Veggio

    It's not Dean's show. It's Sam and Dean's show, equally. Sam isn't supposed to be there on sufferance as one of Dean's relationship, he's supposed to be an equal presence, with equal POV and development. Sam's PTSD is a fanwank that people have come up with to pretend that Carver and co. aren't trashing Sam's storyline to the extent that they are.

  • Connor
    Connor

    Am I the only one who noticed he plays a vampire in the S2 episode "Bloodlust"??

  • B.F.
    B.F.

    I disagree with Mar, but I also have to say that I do love the fresh perspective Benny brings to the table. Cas is actually too intertwined with the brothers, at this point, to objectively offer the kind of two-world dynamic they seem to be after. Cas' world centers around the brothers (particularly Dean), and while that creates its own interesting story and perspective, it isn't the same as the struggles Benny endures. Especially since Benny is one of the typically 'evil' creatures on the show, fighting his violent nature to destroy and consume humans, in ways that Castiel, an inherently 'good' creature on the show, does not have to struggle with. So it's an intriguing mix. :)

  • B.F.
    B.F.

    I am interested in watching the Dean and Friends show. Because I know in Dean's show, Sam always has a headline. I love the brothers, and actually feel more sympathetic towards Sam's issues right now, than ever before. I understand his side of the argument, very clearly. He's not being cast as evil, and the fact that a few fans are conflating Sam's PTSD and search for survival to 'evil' and 'abandoning Dean' (when, to Sam's knowledge, he did no such thing) is really confusing to me.

  • B.F.
    B.F.

    I actually feel like they are more brotherly this season. Maybe that's just me, but their interactions ring true to me. Especially Jared's acting subtlety, this season, the way he works his face, makes me really feel for the challenges the brothers are facing this year.

  • Mari
    Mari

    Not gonna lie, I was hoping they would take a darker direction with Benny and with Dean's association with Benny than this. :/ This makes Benny sound so much like Lenore, so I can't really understand why Dean would even lie to Sam about him. Sam has always been more sympathetic to monsters who want to be good, and I'd think Benny would earn bonus points with him just from being the one that helped bring Dean back. I really hope what we see play out with Benny is more interesting than this sounds. I was excited about Dean finally getting a darker arc this year, but this doesn't sound like one, and I think the conflict between Dean and Sam is going to feel really manufactured if it's not there.

  • B.F.
    B.F.

    So far, I love Benny. I really enjoy Ty Olsson's acting, and his dynamic with Dean (and now Cas, and soon Sam). I can't wait to see more of his story, because the life of sympathetic monsters like him and Lenore are very interesting to me as an audience member. It also highlights some of the changes Dean's been dealing with, in learning to trust and feel for monsters, and thereby reconciling some of his own dark character traits. I feel like learning to love Cas and trust Benny actually might have helped Dean learn to value himself (despite the torturing, the killing, the inability to live an apple pie life, etc). That makes me very happy.

  • Veggio
    Veggio

    Sam showed he was a great brother by saving Dean from saying Yes to Michael. He showed he was a great brother by getting strength from Dean's love to jump into the pit to save the world. He showed he was a great brother by taking on his hell memories, with the risk of insanity and death, so as not to leave Dean alone out there. He showed he was a great brother by reaching out to Dean and expressing concern for him in s7 at a time when he was suffering constant hallucinations. He's showed he was a great brother by going all out to save Dean again and again: in Faith, in Mystery Spot, in his effort to exchange his soul for Dean's and to open a hell gate after Dean died and went to hell, terrible though the choices he made in that aftermath were, in Time After Time. I am not exactly hopeful that Carver is giving him a chance to show he is a great brother by writing him, against all precedent, as not even trying to find out what happened to Dean after Dean disappeared. And the fact that the Benny storyline is being used to create conflict (yet again) between Sam and Dean, conflict in which this interview makes it seem that Dean is going to be in the right and Sam in the wrong, makes it pretty ridiculous to claim that Benny is Carver giving Sam a chance to shine.

  • Mar
    Mar

    It seems to me it's not about Sam & Dean at all, but a way for Carver to still write for monsters like he did in Being Human. So there needs to be a monster recurring character. The best thing about it to me, is the wrench it throws in the brothers life. After the last 2 years, the relationship is tired, and I think this will shock it back to the real feelings it used to give me - after the pain obviously. It needs the trauma to make us care. I saw that glimpse in epsiode 7-2, and then they lost it. As for Sam, I think you'll find the story gives a ton of opportunity for Sam / Jared to shine and prove himself a great brother. The problem with Sam's characterization is the show "tells" us he's a great brother, but now maybe the show will let him "show" it by shaking him up like this.

  • Mar
    Mar

    The problem is the Cas story and character is established so there is little new he can bring to the table after 4 years. Benny is totally new and they can go anywhere with him. I love it. I love Cas too, but we know what he is and it's just tired and not enough to bring anyting new now.

  • Veggio
    Veggio

    You notice that they aren't giving us two in-depth episodes exploring Amelia and her struggles and backstory. God forbid that a Sam-focused secondary character should get that kind of development. Benny and Cas are both major players in both present and past as the season is shaping up, whereas there seems to be no connection between Sam's backstory and the main plot at all. Sam's connection is being woefully underdevloped, as is Sam.

  • Mar
    Mar

    I love Benny and thanks for your interview! It's about time Ty Olson was interviewed. I think the Dean & Benny dynamic is the most interesting thing about the whole season. I crave much more of it. And I think it's very good to force Sam to question exactly what Dean does mean to him, now that he wants to leave for a normal life again. I suspect Carver is going to keep Benny around as a challlenge to the brothers and as a spur to question their world. I think he showed he loves to write from the monster POV in Being Human, and Benny is his way of still getting that opportunity. Bring it!

  • April
    April

    I love the interview. I'm liking Benny so very much and really hope he will stay around. Ty Olsson is really a solid actor.

  • lettistruluv
    lettistruluv

    Great article! Benny sounds really interesting and layered and conflicted, like Dean. Dean experienced being a vampire in S6 against his wishes, so there's that. I really really hope we're not going to end up with another friend betraying Dean in the long run and then Dean's expected to accept it. That will be just too much. The demands placed on Dean over the years is beyond reasonable. He's deemed to be an everyman for all an sundry much to the detriment of his own happiness. Despite everything Dean ALWAYS chooses Sam..and he's expected to. It's just a real shame that Sam never choose Dean and if he does it's always After they've been through a lengthy process together. Dean chooses Sam without a second thought. It's great to see Dean standing up for himself,I don't want him to be an apologist. I don't want Dean thrown under the bus, as seems to be the norm. If Sam or Cas don't need him, I want Dean to have freedom to move on...as they have been allowed to do.

  • Karen Kaiser
    Karen Kaiser

    What is wrong with you people?! Sam can have a relationship with someone other then Dean this year it's Amelia but god forbid Dean have anybody in his life other then Sam and you're outraged!? Get over it. If Sam can have a friend so can Dean.

  • Jennifer Rubio
    Jennifer Rubio

    Do not want. We have a sympathetic "supernatural creature faced with the human world" character to provide the other side of the Sam 'n' Dean "humans faced with the supernatural" story. His name is Cas. And no matter how the writers (and the haters) try to character-assassinate him, his chemistry with BOTH the brothers is irreplaceable. We don't need the vampire side of that coin, too. Now if Show can convince me there's a place for Benny in this scheme, without forgetting that Sam and Cas both are already Dean's blood brothers, and without shoving one aside in favor of the other, I'll give it a chance. But knowing this show, and knowing how difficult a time it has knowing what to do supporting characters that look ready to last for the long haul, all I'm seeing is another flash in the pan. A character they bring in and desperately try to make sympathetic, because it's easier than dealing with the messy, hard-to-write and far-more-interesting established characters and relationships they already have. Prove me wrong, Carver & Edlund. There's a lot riding on tomorrow night's episode. I really hope I come out of it with a different taste in my mouth than I've got right now. (Ty seems like an amazing guy who's doing his job, btw. Just because I don't see the utility for his character doesn't mean I have anything against him. Act your heart out, dude, and change my mind!)

  • Carol
    Carol

    Benny is the same pattern I saw with Castiel. And I never thought they would go the Ruby route with him they wouldnt put Dean in that position . It is unfortunate that they decided that in giving Dean this new friend they have to undermine his true brother because Dean needed a second defacto brother .

  • Kara
    Kara

    "I think Benny’s aware that Dean is torn between his actual brother and his army brother, so to speak, and he doesn’t push too hard on that button because Benny’s smart enough not to get between them." I don't like this. In my mind, Dean should always choose Sam. Especially over a vampire. Dean should not ever be "torn" between Sam and Benny. Not the Dean I knew. I just don't like the brother parallels. Sure introduce Benny as a friend. A good friend to Dean who Dean became close to in order to survive...but I don't like them playing the "brother" card. I feel like in doing so the show is lessening the importance of the bond between the real brothers on the show. I also don't like that the show seems to be really developing the Benny character. He seems like a fine character, and Ty seems like a nice guy, but I feel Sam still needs SO much character development this season. Why does this new character get this big back story, and we are still left wondering WTF is going on with Sam.

  • Percysowner
    Percysowner

    Well, obviously Carver has decided that we need to know every detail about Dean's new friend Benny, while giving us nothing about Sam. This is incredibly disappointing.

  • Shanna
    Shanna

    I think it's great that Supernatural is not going it's normal route and making Benny a completely bad monster. It would be redundant to make Benny = Ruby 2.0 and Supernatural repeats enough of its own storylines, so I like that the show may be taking a different track with Benny.

  • Veggio
    Veggio

    So, Dean's sinister supernatural friend turns out to be a good guy who will be a sympathetic ally, unlike any character Sam trusts, who will turn out to be evil and wrong? The Dean Is Right show, joy. I don't care where Benny came from and what his struggles are. They are sidelining Sam to develop this Benny crap, and they sure as hell aren't doing a thing to make HIM sympathetic, when he's a main character we've been invested in for seven seasons. I don't need endless episodes devoted to showing me how woobie and lovable Dean's new brother is. Carver's bias is unbelievable. Not all of us are interested in watching the Dean and his friends show.

  • StevensValarie
    StevensValarie

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  • Mickey
    Mickey

    "Olsson assured Celebuzz that Benny is not out to rip apart the Winchester bond in any way; his focus is on finding a way to survive in a world he no longer understands." That's really good to know. I'm really liking Benny and Ty so far, but I was a little worried he would be cast as another Ruby. I'm really looking forward to this week's episode to find out more about Benny and purgatory.

  • Raven
    Raven

    He didn't "flight alongside the...brothers", he fought alongside Dean because Sam doesn't give a damn and left him down there to rot. He didn't need to "come between" them, he couldn't "come between" them because there's nothing LEFT between them.

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