‘Supernatural’ Star Jensen Ackles Says Show’s Take on Animation Is ‘One of Those Off-the-Wall Episodes’

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The CW’s Supernatural knows how to play with different filming styles to create very special episodes. The show has gone black and white; it’s put a new spin on westerns; it’s even flitted back-and-forth between sitcom, cheesy commercial, game show, and melodrama — all on the same episode. But now, Supernatural is diving into Looney Tunes with “Hunteri Heroici.”

On the episode, Castiel (Misha Collins) tells Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) that he’s decided to become a hunter like them. Even though they don’t know what the audience does about the reason Castiel wants to stay so close to them, Sam and Dean aren’t sold on the idea. Still, they agree to investigate a case Cas found where a man’s heart literally burst through his chest. In doing so, they encounter an old hunter friend of their father’s (guest star Mike Farrell) and discover there has been more than one odd murder in the small town — all of which resemble cartoon deaths.

“It’s going to be a bit different,” Ackles told Celebuzz when we were on the Warner Bros. set for the eighth episode of Season 8.

“The great thing with our show is we really haven’t really found where our parameters are yet,” Ackles continued. “You take episodes like ‘Changing Channels’ or you take episodes like ‘The French Mistake’ and you go outside the box. And, yet, we always somehow find a way to bring it back, to make it make sense. This is kind of one of those off-the-wall episodes. It’s not something we’ve done before. When I heard the concept, I was like ‘Really!?’ But, I’ve had that reaction several times on this show, and it’s always worked out.”

For this particular episode, Supernatural taps into the animation world. Rather than create cartoon characters of its stars, though, it creates an animated world aroundthem.

“When Cas comes out of Purgatory, he’s a bit diminished but then seems to regain his powers and can do things that we didn’t previously know he could do, like transport other people into other people’s heads,” Collins previewed for us.

When Sam needs to talk to an old hunter friend of his father’s who has gone a bit off the reservation, Castiel transports them both to the man… by putting them inside the man’s kind of messed up mind. It’s a new kind of adventure for a duo that has never really seen eye-to-eye and now has a little something extra working against them.

As we saw last week, and as Collins put it: “There’s something going on with Cas that neither Cas, nor the brothers know about. Cas is kind of being manipulated behind the scenes, but he’s not aware of it… There are people trying to align themselves with him, but they’re not necessarily genuine allies.”

Supernatural airs on Wednesday nights at 9 PM on The CW.

With Supernatural now bending genres to try animation, what do you want to see them take on next? Let us know your ideas in the comments below

Danielle Turchiano

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