To the delight of Supernatural‘s fans, the CW horror show — TV Guide Magazine‘s first Fan Favorite cover last year — is returning to its seventh season on Friday, September 23. “This year,” says executive producer Sera Gamble, “we were really inspired by one of our touchstone movies when we think about Dean [Jensen Ackles] and Sam [Jared Padalecki] and their relationship — Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. We wanted to pit them against a force that’s much greater than them with great resources and take away the tools that Sam and Dean are used to having. They feel outmatched and cornered. It’s very much a thriller.” With that in mind, TV Guide Magazine caught up with Ackles for more scoop on the upcoming season.
TV Guide Magazine: Congratulations. Your little show is about to start its seventh season. Can you believe it?
Jensen Ackles: No, I can’t. It was unbelievable we made Season 5, then 6, now we’re doing 7 and they’re already looking into the future of 8, so I’m just like, “What?” It’s not gonna be, “Sam, get me the salt and the gun.” It’s gonna be, “Sam, throw me my walker!”
TV Guide Magazine: Where does Season 7 start?
Ackles: It’s a direct pick-up from where we left off [in May]. Castiel [Misha Collins] looks at Sam and Dean and tells them that they’re essentially ants in the scheme of things. Now that he’s God, he has no need for them and to stay out of his way… When they track Cas down, they realize that when he took in all those monsters souls from purgatory, there were much older things that got into him as well. There’s a new, basically unknown, enemy in the world. It’s something that the guys have never dealt with.