Supernatural boss reveals how season 14 will be affected without Dean Winchester

When Supernatural returns to The CW for its 14th season next month, there’s going to be some big changes.

The season 13 finale saw Dean (Jensen Ackles) betrayed by Michael, with the archangel taking over his body, meaning the effective end of the Dean Winchester character (for now).

The twist threw up many questions about what would be in store for fans in the next season, but it also presented an interesting challenge for the show’s writers.

Speaking to TV Line, showrunner Andrew Dabb discussed the difficulties of losing “one of the pillars of the show”, admitting that most of the series has been built around “Sam and Dean, and their interplay” for so long.

“It’s challenging to write episodes without Dean Winchester in them, because he is such a fundamental part of the show,” Dabb said.

“But it’s also exciting [for] Jensen and us [to have] the opportunity to play around with this new character.”

Where the character switch made things easier was when it came to crafting this season’s ‘big bad’, as they already had a familiar face.

“The hardest thing about a show like this, sometimes, is every year, you have to create the new big bad,” Dabb explained.

“You have to build that character. You have to build that actor to find a comfort level with the show and everything else.

“With Jensen playing Michael, there’s none of that. This is an actor who everyone loves, who knows exactly what the show is, who knows exactly who he is, who knows exactly [and] very smartly how to approach this character.

“So it’s really given us, like instantly, a great bad guy, which is kind of obvious, but it’s something where you’re like, ‘Oh, wow, that’s really, really cool’.”

Supernatural season 14 will premiere next month and consist of 20 episodes, the shortest season in a decade.

But thankfully that’s not a sign that the show is coming to an end, as star Jared Padalecki assured Digital Spy last month, explaining the shorter season was more to benefit the actors.

“When they announced that it was 20 episodes, I was hearing some concern that it was The CW writing us off… it’s certainly not,” Padalecki said.

“We’re just giving this a shot. 23’s a bit difficult, with three young kids in a foreign country – I know it’s Canada, but it’s still timezones, and travel, and my kids are in school”

Supernatural season 14 returns on Thursday, October 11 at 8/7c on The CW. The series airs on E4 in the UK.

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