Only a handful of episodes are left before Supernatural ends after fifteen seasons, and The CW's longest-running show is pulling out all the stops. Supernatural actor-turned-director Matt Cohen stepped behind the camera from his role as the young John Winchester to helm the episode that will air on October 15. He's not the first Supernatural star to direct the show, and he revealed to CinemaBlend that Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins both had some tips for him.
Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins have directed seven episodes between them, but they took different tacks in their tips to Matt Cohen. Unsurprisingly considering Jared Padalecki's reputation as a prankster, one star went for a warning about what to try and avoid. Cohen shared what Ackles and Collins had to say:
Although Misha Collins only directed one episode of Supernatural back in Season 9, that experience combined with twelve seasons working with Jared Padalecki evidently was enough for him to warn Matt Cohen about potential shenanigans! Jensen Ackles, on the other hand, has directed six episodes since his directorial debut back in Season 6, so he definitely knows what he's talking about when it comes to the challenges of directing Supernatural.
Matt Cohen's episode of Supernatural Season 15 is called "Gimme Shelter," and it will see Castiel and Jack work a case that involves members of a local church, while the Winchesters go off on a search for Amara. Considering the plan to kill God seemingly means that Amara needs to die as well for the world not to end, the visit with Amara (assuming they find her) might not be very friendly, even if she did restore their mom to them for a time.
By this point in Season 15, Matt Cohen is very familiar with the show and the actors, most of whom have been playing their characters for quite a while. That doesn't mean directing an episode of Supernatural was easy, though! Cohen compared directing Supernatural to wanting to nail a task after putting in the work, then said:
Richard Speight Jr. is another example of a Supernatural star who went behind the camera to direct, and he actually directed an episode in which he played Gabriel as well as Supernatural's version of Loki. As for Matt Cohen's turn as director, "Gimme Shelter" stands as one of the very last episodes of a series that has run for a decade and a half, and that's no small deal.
A lot can potentially happen in an hour when there are still plots to be resolved like defeating God, Castiel's deal with The Empty, and whatever the device in the bunker may or may not do, and there's not a ton of time left. Matt Cohen continued, explaining his Supernatural journey and goals for directing:
The very good news is that the extended wait for "Gimme Shelter" as one of the last episodes of Supernatural is almost at an end. The episode was intended to air in the spring, but production shutdowns meant that the effects couldn't be completed even on episodes that had already finished filming.
Be sure to tune in to The CW on Thursday, October 15 at 8 p.m. ET to see Cas and Jack investigate a case while Sam and Dean go on the search for Amara in the next new episode of Supernatural. For some more viewing options now and in the coming weeks, check out our 2020 fall TV premiere schedule.
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