Supernatural may have already ended, but the story of the Winchesters is far from over.
Is there a Supernatural spinoff?
After not moving forward with a couple of Supernatural offshoots in the past few years, The CW finally picked up a Supernatural spinoff to series earlier this May. Titled The Winchesters, the spinoff is a prequel to Supernatural.
Hailing from Chaos Machine Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Studios, the upcoming series is written by Robbie Thompson, who also serves as an executive producer on the project, along with Jensen Ackles, Danneel Ackles, David H. Goodman, and McG. The pilot was directed and executive produced by Glen Winter.
The Winchesters plot and cast
Before Sam and Dean, there were their parents, John and Mary. Told from the perspective of narrator Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), The Winchesters is the epic, untold love story of how John Winchester (Drake Rodger) met Mary Campbell (Meg Donnelly) and put it all on the line to not only save their love but the entire world.
When John returns home from fighting in Vietnam, a mysterious encounter sparks a new mission to trace his father’s past. In his journey, he crosses paths with demon hunter Mary, who is also searching for answers after the disappearance of her own father. Together, the two join forces with young hunter-in-training Latika (Nida Khurshid) and easygoing hunter Carlos (Jonathan “Jojo” Fleites) to uncover the hidden truths about both their families.
Their investigation leads them to a rare book emporium, whose owner Ada (Demetria McKinney) takes an interest in the occult and could provide the missing pieces to their puzzle. But secrets run deep for both the Winchesters and Campbells. And despite the best efforts of John’s mother Millie (Bianca Kajlich) to protect her son from pursuing a dangerous life of demon hunting, John and Mary are both determined to work together to uphold their families’ legacies while beginning to form a family of their own.
The Winchesters trailer
On May 19th, The CW released a trailer for the first season of The Winchesters. The three-minute teaser starts with a voiceover from Dean, saying “The Winchesters’ story has always been a mystery. I need to uncover the truth about my parents. Was it the hunt for evil that drew them together or was it something more?”
From the present, the video then jumps back to 1972 and shows a glimpse of how John and Marry met for the first time. After suspecting that his dad, Henry, was also a hunter, John joins Mary in her mission of finding her missing father in hopes that he’ll learn more about his own along the way.
Aside from John and Mary’s budding romance, the trailer also teases the fun dynamic between the pair and their fellow hunters Latika and Carlos, as well as John’s deep relationship with his mom, Millie.
The Winchesters release date
The Winchesters doesn’t have a release date yet, but on May 19th, The CW set it for Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET in its fall schedule.
Tom Welling on The Winchesters
After reprising his Smallville role as Clark Kent/Superman in Arrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event on The CW last 2019, Tom Welling is set to return to the network this December 2022 in a key role in The Winchesters.
Welling will make his debut appearance as Samuel Campbell, the father of Mary and grandfather of Sam and Dean, in season 1, episode 7, titled Reflections. Airing on December 6th, the installment will feature a reunion between Samuel and Mary, who has been looking for him ever since the series began. But given their dark history as father and daughter, their get-together won’t likely be a perfect one.
The CW has released the synopsis, promo photos, and trailer for the upcoming episode. Check them all out below:
“IT ALL ADDS UP – The Hunt heats up and Mary (Meg Donnelly) and John (Drake Rodger) find trails that lead back to their fathers. Carlos (JoJo Fleites) helps Mary investigate where the Akrida might be hiding but they discover more than they bargained for. Meanwhile, Millie (Bianca Kajlich) steps in to help Latika (Nida Khurshid), Ada (Demetria McKinney), and John to decipher notes left behind and they stumble upon a way to get some answers. John Showalter directed the episode written by David H Goodman & Robbie Thompson.”