Supernatural is back in the news again despite coming to an end with the series finale back in November, thanks to the announcement of Jensen Ackles' prequel plans and Jared Padalecki's subsequent reaction to it. The two actors played the Winchester brothers for 15 seasons and more than 325 episodes, but Padalecki revealed on social media that he had no idea that Ackles had been working on a Supernatural prequel with a series of angry tweets. Now, however, the former on-screen brothers have seemingly made up.
The Supernatural social media storm started on Twitter on June 24 shortly after news broke of Jensen Ackles developing The Winchesters as a prequel series centered on John and Mary Winchester. After Ackles tweeted the announcement, Jared Padalecki responded with a tweet revealing he found out about the project via Twitter and was "bummed that Sam Winchester had no involvement whatsoever." He followed up with another tweet to confirm that he wasn't joking and was "gutted" by the news. His tune began to change the next day, however.
Jared Padalecki took to Twitter on June 25 to thank fans for the love, and to ask them not to "send any hate or threats" because he cares deeply about everybody involved, then followed up with news that longtime Supernatural followers were undoubtedly happy to see:
Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki have had the conversation that they evidently should have had before the news of the spinoff if they'd wanted to avoid the Twitter storm of fans taking sides and sharing their confusion. And Padalecki is certainly correct that the Winchesters spinoff is early in the process of becoming a show. The project is only in development and received a script commitment, which is short of a pilot order and far from a series order. Will Padalecki become involved in the project if it moves forward?
Only time will tell on that front, but Jensen Ackles didn't let Jared Padalecki's comment to fans stand alone. He posted a reply on Twitter that indicates the sense of family is still there despite all of the drama of the previous night. Ackles said:
The former on-screen brothers have certainly both been busy following the delayed end of Supernatural. Jared Padalecki jumped right from playing Sam Winchester on Supernatural to Cordell Walker on The CW's Walker, Texas Ranger reboot, and Jensen Ackles landed a role in the highly-anticipated third season of The Boys as well as getting to work on developing the next try at a Supernatural spinoff.
Another former Supernatural star chimed in on Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles' exchange, with Misha Collins hitting Twitter to post a reply to Padalecki's message to Ackles:
Love and miss you both.
Interestingly, Misha Collins' response to the initial news of the Winchesters spinoff was much more lighthearted than Jared Padalecki's, as he suggested that the new show would benefit from a "time-traveling angel-in-a-trenchcoat character." Taking the timeline of the potential new show into consideration, it would actually make more sense for Collins to appear in the flesh than either Jarred Padalecki or Jensen Ackles as their iconic characters!
If the dramatic back-and-forth between the former Supernatural stars has put you in the mood for a trip down memory lane, you can find all 15 seasons of the show streaming on Netflix now. For some more current viewing options, check out our 2021 summer TV premiere schedule!