When Supernatural first premiered on The WB again in 2005–the similar yr YouTube got here into existence–it was launched because the story of two brothers, reunited and preventing the evil forces their household had been chasing for years. Now, 300 episodes later, Supernatural remains to be precisely that. While secondary characters have come and gone, it at all times comes again to the story of Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) and his brother Dead (Jensen Ackles), touring from town-to-town and vanquishing no matter otherworldly forces appear to be wreaking havoc.
There’s a 3rd piece of the Winchester puzzle that is been with the brothers because the very starting, although, and it is as integral to the method as anybody or the rest on the present. When Dean rolled again into his brother’s life within the present’s pilot, he did it in his trusty 1967 Chevrolet Impala, nicknamed “Baby” and handed right down to him by his dad.
Baby, in some ways, is the center and soul of Supernatural. For the brothers, it’s the armory of weapons they use to battle towards any variety of demonic entities, their house on lengthy nights with no motel room in sight, and the vessel that takes them to a brand new locale every week. The automotive has even had its personal episode of the sequence in Season 11’s “Baby,” which instructed a narrative from the Impala’s standpoint.
What’s extra, Baby is the one piece of the Winchesters’ previous that they have been capable of maintain onto. The one factor that is at all times there for them, no matter circumstances, ever because it was handed to Dean from their father. “I think if Dean were a child Baby would be his blanket,” Ackles defined to GameSpot at Supernatural’s 300th episode celebration. “That’s his safe place. [It’s] kind of the touchstone of who he is. It represents a lot, and I think it represents a lot to the show. It’s the one constant in his life other than his brother.”
A continuing is not precisely one thing Dean–of his brother, for that matter–has the posh of, given the lifetime of a hunter of supernatural entities. While it might be the “Family business,” as Dean has reminded viewers of a number of occasions over time, it is a really lonely existence, even together with your brother at your facet.
After all, the character is sort of 40 years outdated, and his complete life is wrapped up in his work, his brother, and his automotive. He’s not the type of particular person that you just really consider will ever be prepared to quiet down and stay peacefully as a result of he thrives on the chase and having no particular place he considers house apart from the driving force’s seat of his Impala. It’s one thing that is merely his.
“For somebody who lives kind of a vagabond life and a nomad existence, to have a constant like that, to have something that is his and that is his domain is, I think is really important to the character,” Ackles continued. “You’ll see a scene in an episode that we’re filming, we just finished filming, where Dean says, ‘I need to go clear my head. I need to go for a ride in Baby,” and Sam says, ‘Well, let me go with you.” He says, ‘No, no, no, I just need me and Baby and a long stretch of highway.'”
While to outsiders who have not taken the experience with Supernatural during the last 300 episodes, it might seem to be Baby is only a automotive, followers know higher. With complete respect to Misha Collins, who performs the angel Castiel and has develop into one of many present’s most beloved characters, Baby is the third lead of the sequence. What would have been three tons of metal on most exhibits is a completely fleshed out character on Supernatural.
And in accordance with government producer Robert Singer, who additionally directed the 300th episode of the sequence, she’s one of many explanation why, all of those years later, Supernatural remains to be dashing down the freeway and has already been renewed for a powerful 15th season. “It’s as much of a character as anyone else in the show,” he stated. “And yeah, [we] keep waiting for it to break down, but it’s still humming.”
The 300th episode of Supernatural airs Thursday, February 7 at eight PM ET/PT on The CW.