“You’ve got a lot of explaining to do.” Those were my first words to Eric Kripke, the creator and awe-inspiring genius behind the hit CW show Supernatural, at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. This was my first time meeting the master but after suffering all summer along with millions of other fans with another one of his grueling, season-ending cliffhangers, I needed answers. Lucky for me and the other bloggers at the table, he and his executive producers Ben Edlund and Sera Gamble had some.
So what did Zachariah’s words, “God has left the building” mean? “God, in the mythology of our show, God has gone missing,” Kripke answered with his normal wicked enthusiasm when talking about Supernatural. “God is missing, he’s not in Heaven. There is a bureaucracy of angels who don’t necessarily have the most benevolent intents, who are running things in his absence, and that’s sort of why Zachariah and his ilk have jump-started the apocalypse. I think they just got impatient and there was no one telling them not to.”
In other words, season five has taken on one hefty mytharc. It has to though, considering how high the stakes were raised in the epic season four. After the writers' strike which shortened season three, Kripke and his creative team decided to hit the ground running for season four and the action didn’t stop until Sam and Dean were bathed in white light watching Lucifer rise at the end of the season finale.
One way to certainly amp up the action is to do something Kripke once swore he’d never do — introduce angels into the show. “I’d be lying to say otherwise, you can back to interviews I gave where said I’m not putting angels on this show, screw that, I don’t want angels on this show. The angels kind of evolved because we started to realize we needed that in this cosmic battle. We had the empire and we didn’t really have the rebellion and that we saw that missing. Then we started talking more and more about angels, we wanted to open the door to whole new real estate and it has. It’s triggered all sorts of stories."
Of course, it helps when the angel storyline is bolstered by the genius casting of Misha Collins as Castiel, an angel long out of touch with humanity who forms a bond with Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles). According to a recent preview clip, Castiel is supposedly blown to bits by the archangel. Or better put by Chuck The Prophet, he explodes like a water balloon filled with Chunky soup.