SUPERNATURAL: Robert Singer on Casting Henry Winchester, the Returns of Castiel, Benny, and Charlie, and More
January 29, 2013 by Marisa Roffman
Over eight seasons, SUPERNATURAL fans have learned quite a bit about Sam and Dean’s parents, plus their maternal family, the Campbells. But in Wednesday’s episode, “As Time Goes By,” viewers will get to meet Henry Winchester, the paternal grandfather of our boys.
The CW hosted a screening of the hour earlier today, and after, executive producer Robert Singer talked about finding the right actor for the important role, teased a few upcoming returns, and the possibility of season 9…
Casting Grandpa Winchester:
The Winchester men have a certain ruggedness about them, but when it came to casting Sam and Dean’s paternal grandfather, Singer said the show wasn’t exactly looking for someone to match the boys.
“It was sort of a generation removed,” he noted. “We were just looking for the best actor and the guy we thought would work well with the boys. And a contrast. This is a guy who is more elegant and more learned and more educated…We were actually looking for more of a contrast than a familial…sameness.”
Indeed, from the second Grandpa Winchester finds his way to 2013, Gil McKinney’s Henry finds himself at odds with his grandsons. Without ruining too much, he does get a bit confused by current technology, mess with Dean’s car (ooooh boy, is that never good), disapproves of their life choices, and has a different idea of how things should be handled.
The return of familiar faces:
While so much of the show has been about the two Winchester brothers, Singer confirmed a few familiar faces will be returning soon: “Kevin will be back. Benny will be back. Castiel is back. Maybe Amelia. Maybe not.”
As SUPERNATURAL fans know Castiel’s role in the show right now is very tied to the season-long tablet arc.
“He’s really crucial to the tablet story,” Singer said. “He’s going through a trial of his own that’s personal. Naomi is very unhappy with him. Crowley is very unhappy with him. And he is a confused angel right now.”
With Benny, things are a bit more complicated.
“He’s fighting the good fight of not giving in to his blood lust,” Singer teased. “And Dean having to basically cut the tie is a hard thing for [Benny]. So we’ll explore the idea of what he’s been going through in a little while. We didn’t feel like — and never felt — that that story was totally ended. It’s probably not great drama to end a whole arc on a phone call.”
Charlie’s coming back!
Felicia Day (Charlie) may have just popped up in last week’s “LARP and the Real Girl,” but the series is already making plans for her third trip back to the show.
“Felicia’s going to be coming back in an episode,” Singer revealed. “We love Felicia.”
Unfortunately, there’s not too many details about what she’ll be up to in the upcoming hour.
“We know she’s going to be in it, [because] we’re just breaking a story now,” he said. “I know she brings them a case, but beyond that, I can’t tell you a lot.”
Maybe season 9?
SUPERNATURAL may be experiencing ratings (and creative) success this year, but Singer was hesitant to say he was certain that the show would return next year.
“I’ve been around this long enough to know you never feel confident about anything,” he allowed.
That being said, he did note the network seemed pleased with the show’s ratings in its new Wednesday time period, which should bode well for an additional year: “If I were a betting man, I’d bet that we’d be back.”
Make sure to come back to Give Me My Remote tomorrow night after “As Time Goes By” airs for more on Henry Winchester, where Sam and Dean go from here, and more.
SUPERNATURAL airs Wednesdays at 9 PM on The CW.