Last night's episode of the hit CW series Supernatural revealed that Sam and Dean Winchester, played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, have died yet again, and according to a producer of the show, it seems that is something fans should get used to. Sci Fi Wire recently spoke with Supernatural executive producer Ben Edlund, who said that the Winchester's will be dying many more times in the future. Here's an excerpt from the site's article, but be warned that spoilers do lie ahead.
"As it turns out, we've decided that Sam and Dean are going to die many times," said executive producer Ben Edlund. "And this is a terrible plight, when you think about it. It's a terrible thing when nobody lets you die. They might imprison you forever or take over your body or they might torture you, but you can't get out of the game. That's Sam and Dean's problem."
"It's a very honest appraisal of what it's like to be trapped on a TV show, I think," Edlund added with a laugh. "You can't get out, and that's good for us. And we've also sort of spoken about this. ... I don't know how many other shows have done this, which is, like, we have completely embraced the notion that these main characters, Sam and Dean, are the most important people on the planet, which is rare. I mean, most shows function that way. If you look at Smallville, or if you look at Jack Bauer's show, 24, ... all these shows have, obviously, the most important person is whoever the show is centered on. Of all the people in the world, that's where the cameras are. But we admit it. We have people routinely telling Sam and Dean, 'Oh, you're the most important people in the universe' [laughs]. We're the only show that admits it!"
We announced back in February that the show was picked up for a sixth season and Edlund also spoke to the challenge of the new season, after the show's original plan was for five seasons.
"What a challenge! I think it's very exciting to maintain something after you've really ... We think we got to go fight Ganesh. We got to get out of the Judeo-Christian matrix, and it's Ragnarök," said Edlund. "We got to go the Norse End of Days after this. We'll cycle through. And then everyone finds they're living on top of a turtle, which is the Japanese world myth."