Magazine article Variety

Heart and Home Marks Milestone

Magazine article Variety

Heart and Home Marks Milestone

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For its 200th episode milestone in 2014, "Supernatural" went deeply meta, delivering "almost a pure homage to the #SPNFamily and the crazy things that happened to the show, from the books being written about it to the Clue games to the Funko figures," says series star Jared Padalecki. Now, five years later, the show is hitting its 300th episode and Padalecki says the focus is on creating "an homage to the Winchester family."

For the episode entitled "Lebanon," executive producers Bob Singer and Andrew Dabb "wanted to go for something that had a lot of heart to it," Singer says. In that regard, having Jeffrey Dean Morgan reprise his role as Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam's (Padalecki) dad, John Winchester, was the "centerpiece of the story."

In looking for ways to rid Dean of the Archangel Michael, who has possessed him on and off since the end of the 13th season, Ackles says his character comes across something "almost like a genie bottle" that will "give you what your heart desires the most." Even though Dean is telling everyone he wants to get rid of Michael, "what he truly desires is to see his dad again," Ackles says, and so that is what happens.

John's re-emergence in his family's life allows for storytelling in which "John looks at his sons not as boys but as men," Ackles continues, and that is something both he and Padalecki have wanted to see explored for a long time.

"The last time John and Sam really had a relationship was when Sam went to college, really before the show started," Padalecki points out. …

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