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Supernatural Set Interview: Jared Padalecki on Sam and Dean's Strained Reunion

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Supernatural Season 8 kicked off last night with Sam and Dean reuniting after a year apart in "We Need to Talk About Kevin." While Dean was fighting his way through Purgatory, Sam was living a normal life - with a girl and a dog.

Last week, TV Fanatic headed to Vancouver (trip provided by Warner Bros TV) to visit the Supernatural set and get the scoop on the upcoming season from Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins.

At the end of a very long day, Padalecki sat down with a beer in hand to talk with us.

With Kevin

The brothers being separated is nothing new to Supernatural, but this time Sam, left all alone, decided to leave the hunter life behind. Jared explains why:

"I think Sam in this season is different than Sam in other seasons where Dean was either in hell or where Sam was in hell. Usually when they’ve been split up, there’s been sort of the impetus of like my brother’s in trouble, I’ve got to save him. I’ve got to help him. He’s going to help me and he’s going to save me. But here Sam was like, you know what, I was in a room and Dick Roman vanished and Castiel vanished, Kevin Tran is gone, I have no Bobby, I have no [Castiel], I have nothing...

"I’m going to take off the hunter garb and just live a normal life because I have nothing to tie me back. There’s no Jo, there’s no Harvelle’s Roadhouse, there’s nothing. There’s absolutely nothing holding Sam back from a normal life so he really commits to it and so when it all comes crashing back down, it’s like a brutal reminder yet again of who he kind of has been and is possibly meant to be. He isn’t so happy about it. I mean, he’s been living a pretty good contented life for a while."

In the video below, Jared elaborates on the strained relationship between the Winchester brothers and Sam's desire to leave the hunter life behind:

After the year apart, Sam has grown up and doesn't need Dean in the same way any more, as Jared explains:

"I think Sam, in a weird way…Sam is kind of the adult in this reconciliation. He’s like, look I found my own thing. I love you. You’re my brother and I’m so happy you’re back and I’m going to help you now but I want out. I want out. I love you. It’s great. I’m grateful that you’ve saved my life many times and vice versa but it’s not that I don’t need but I don’t need you and I know that now. No hard feelings."

Sam agrees to help Dean because he feels an obligation to his brother, but also sees the tablets as a way to get out of the life permanently.

"I think the way [Sam’s] going to specifically react to Dean is just try to help him out in the task at hand and hopefully then do his own thing again," Jared says on the video. "He’s not going to leave him hanging and go like, nope, I’m not having this. Have fun. He’s going to be like, okay I get it. I do owe you this as you certainly have done for me a lot more than anybody else has and vice versa but you’ve earned this and so I’ll help. ... We both believe that we’re onto something that will end our hunting careers forever so Sam’s like you know what? Perfect because I know what it’s like to not have an anchor into the hunting aspect of life so I would love to actually not have a need for that hunting aspect of life and if this can solve that, then I’m in."

On tap for next week: "What's Up, Tiger Mommy." And later this week: our latest Supernatural Round Table.

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In my opinion, why would Sam have thought Dean to be anywhere but dead and not in need of saving? Not in hell, not purgatory, just in heaven? and why would Sam try to "save" Dean if he doesn't need saving from Sam's pov in the first place, which reminds me of the s9 thing where Dean does that thing he does by means of gadreel in the beginning and Sam gets VERY mad at him for "saving" him when he finds out. But otherwise, I also don't like how Jared portrayed Sam that season...kinda mid season 7 maybe I forget everything that happened that season, it just started slowly going bad, i mean when Sam was lying to Dean about stuff that was one thing but then the way he was portrayed just got...bleh..by 8. Although I really like Jared alot, he needs to trace back to Sam's roots in my opinion.

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Btw, for those saying that Dean had given up looking for Sam, it's untrue. I checked on this over-n-over. He had tried until he was completely broken, and then he had nightmares and continued thinking of ways to try to find him. He never truly gave up. He never gave up hoping. And all this while he had his girlfriend, proving that you can have both!! Sam, on the otherhand... well, gee, out of sight, out of mind!!! Never forget that it's not the finding that matters most here, IT'S THE FREAKIN TRYING!!!

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"Richard - October 9th, 2012 1:47 PM - Remember the ep where Dean disappears in a crop circle? A girl in a bar asks Souless Sam what is going on and he tells her his brother disappeared. She offers Sam her condolences and he says it's ok because he's had time to adjust. She asks when did it happen and Sam says "oh, about a half hour ago." Thats the Sam the Sam in the first ep reminded me of." EXACTLY!! ... "Richard - October 9th, 2012 1:40 PM - Some are missing the point. At least Dean TRIED to find Sam when he was in the Cage. Sam didn't even bother trying to find Dean after he disappeared. Not even a little bit. He just didn't care his brother was gone. Thats what shocked me. Dean had every right to feel angry and hurt. Sam was as cold as a block of ice. The Sam in the opening ep actually reminded me of Souless Sam." ... AND PRECISELY!!!

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"Kali28 - October 5th, 2012 5:14 AM - ... the character of Sam this season is barely watchable. And I love this show!" I'VE ALWAYS LOVED SAM, BUT I MUST AGREE TO THIS POINT FOR THIS SEASON!

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"Mar - October 5th, 2012 1:03 PM - Jared's take on Sam makes me cringe. It's almost like he never understood the brother's bond all these years." AMEN TO THAT!!! :(

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This site keeps cutting off the last part of my point, so I'm posting it seperately here: ... Oh, and I also am very confused by how they are trying to play off Dean’s friendship with the vamp as being in the same league as Sam betraying Dean. The two don’t even compare!!! And what did Sam expect Dean to do, anyways??? He had a way to get out and he wasn’t going to take it??? And then he would betray the one that got him out — just like Sam betrayed him??? It wasn’t like Sam was looking for him!!! Oh, I get it now… Sam betrayed Dean easily enough, so why wouldn’t he expect Dean to betray the one friend he could rely on in this whole bloody mess??!!!! Writers better get their acts together… This is turning out to be one huge insult to the viewers senses!!!!!!!!!

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I keep hoping for a rational explanation, as well, as to why Sam wouldn’t look for his beloved brother!! TOTALLY out-of-character! Up to now, they have found a way to explain everything away to my satisfaction, but it appears they may have hit a brick wall with this one. If they don’t come up with some very good reason as to why Sam didn’t look for Dean, it will greatly affect the probability of me tuning in again next season. The one thing that really kept me going with this show is the brothers unending love for one another. If it turns out that Sam just could turn it off that easily, I’ll have to cry fairwell to what once was a seriously sweet show! Oh, and I also am very confused by how they are trying to play off Dean’s friendship with the vamp as being in the same league as Sam betraying Dean. The two don’t even compare!!! And what did Sam expect Dean to do, anyways??? He had a way to get out and he wasn’t going to take it??? And then he would betray the one that got him out — just like Sam betrayed him??? It wasn’t like Sam was looking for him!!! Oh, I get it now… Sam betrayed Dean easily enough, so why wouldn’t he expect Dean to betray the one friend he could rely on in this whole bloody mess??!!!! Writers better get their acts together… This is turning out to be one huge insult to the viewers senses!!!!!!!!!

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I keep hoping for a rational explanation as to why Sam wouldn’t look for his beloved brother!! TOTALLY out-of-character! It's not about whether or not he could find his brother or even being with the girl, it's about doing all he could!! And he didn't!!! DO ANYTHING!!!!!!!!! Up to now, they have found a way to explain everything away to my satisfaction, but it appears they may have hit a brick wall with this one. If they don’t come up with some very good reason as to why Sam didn’t look for Dean, it will greatly affect the probability of me tuning in again next season. The one thing that really kept me going with this show is the brothers unending love for one another. If it turns out that Sam just could turn it off that easily, I’ll have to cry fairwell to what once was a seriously sweet show! Oh, and I also am very confused by how they are trying to play off Dean’s friendship with the vamp as being in the same league as Sam betraying Dean. The two don’t even compare!!! And what did Sam expect Dean to do, anyways??? He had a way to get out and he wasn’t going to take it??? And then he would betray the one that got him out — just like Sam betrayed him??? It wasn’t like Sam was looking for him!!! Oh, I get it now… Sam betrayed Dean easily enough, so why wouldn’t he expect Dean to betray the one friend he could rely on in this whole bloody mess??!!!! Writers better get their acts together… This is turning out to be one huge insult to the viewers senses!!!!!!!!!

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I agree with Mar. Jared could have played the reunion differently. As in, relieved and teary-eyed on seeing his brother again, and then increasingly uncomfortable as he waits fo the right moment to tell Dean he wants out. I get that Dean's re-appearance is an obstacle to Sam living his own life, but could he not separate that from the joy of knowing Dean is alive?

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We all love Dean becoz he is full of emotions. Acting cool is not appealing to us viewers as such. Therefore I didn't love the new Sam in the primiere ep but let's withold our judgement until we see him further.
Upto now I cannot judge Sam as to love him or hate him.

Supernatural Quotes

You betrayed me? No one in the history of torture's been tortured with torture like the torture you'll be tortured with.

Crowley

Castiel: It's very complex. If the pizza man truly loves this babysitter, why does he keep slapping her rear? Perhaps she has done something wrong.
Dean: Are you watching porn? Why?
Castiel: It was there.
Dean: You don't watch porn in a room full of dudes. And you don't talk about it. Just turn it off. Well now he's got a boner.

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