In drama that could rival the show he acted on, Supernatural star Jared Padalecki has gone on an awkward Twitter spree after finding out he was excluded from the production of prequel series The Winchesters.
Earlier this week, it was announced that fellow Supernatural alum Jensen Ackles, who played Padalecki’s on-screen brother Dean Winchester in the original hit series, is developing a prequel series entitled The Winchesters that he will executive produce alongside his wife Danneel Ackles — who had a small recurring role in the series.
Padalecki, 38, who plays Ackles’ on-screen brother Sam Winchester and has for all 15 seasons of Supernatural, is apparently not only not involved with this new show, and to add insult to injury, he had absolutely no clue that it was even happening.
He found out after the news was shared on Twitter.
“Dude. Happy for you. Wish I heard about this some way other than Twitter,” Padalecki wrote in a tweet where he retweeted Ackles’ sharing of a Deadline article announcing the prequel series.
“I’m excited to watch, but bummed that Sam Winchester had no involvement whatsoever.”
Fans initially assumed that Padalecki was joking, with one fan writing, “This feels like an awkward family dinner” as others tweeted related screencaps from the show.
Padalecki, however, confirmed that he was not messing around to fans, replying to a tweet where one theorised it was a bizarre prank.
“this has GOTTA be a bad joke hello @jarpad @JensenAckles this ain’t it sirs we’re freaking out,” Twitter user @boysandballet wrote.
Padalecki retweeted this tweet and responded, “No. It’s not. This is the first I’ve heard about it.”
“I’m gutted,” he added.
Thus began much speculation about what caused this significant slight, considering the fact that The Winchesters will be about Sam and Dean Winchester’s parents, John and Mary Winchester, and Padalecki makes up one-half of their on-screen children.
Padalecki also fired off a tweet to Robbie Thompson, who was the executive producer of Supernatural and will also executive produce the upcoming prequel series, writing, “Et tu brute??”
That tweet has since been deleted.
Following his initial tweets, Padalecki asked his fans not to send hate to Ackles or anyone involved.
“Hey world. Thank you for the love,” Padalecki wrote on June 26.
“Please PLEASE don’t send any hate or threats. I care deeply about everybody involved and would be in true misery if any of them were harmed or threatened.”
Three hours later, Padalecki confirmed that him and Ackles had spoken in another tweet.
“@JensenAckles and I had a great talk, as we do often, and things are good,” Padalecki wrote.
“The show is early in the process with miles to go. We’ve travelled a lot of roads together, and sometimes those damn roads have bumps. Bumps don’t stop us. Once brothers, always brothers. #spnfamily”
Misha Collins, 46, who played Castiel, an angel who was Dean Winchester’s oft queer-baited love interest, also chimed in on the feud that could have been.
Collins replied to Padalecki’s tweet, writing: “Love and miss you both.”
Ackles, 43, also commented on the situation.
Re-tweeting Padalecki’s tweet, Ackles wrote: “Love you @jarpad … Miss these talks. I forgot how much face time we always used to get. And I miss that too. I know you’re busy…as am I, but you’re still my brother. I miss you, pal.”
In a synopsis provided to Deadline — which actually mentions Sam Winchester before his brother, Dean — The Winchesters will supposedly be told from the perspective of narrator Dean Winchester, for which Ackles will reprise his role, and will follow the “epic, untold love story” of how Sam and Dean’s parents, John and Mary, met, fell in love, and saved the world.
“After Supernatural wrapped its 15th season, we knew it wasn’t over,” Ackles said in a statement provided to Deadline.
“Because like we say in the show, ‘nothing ever really ends, does it?’ When Danneel and I formed Chaos Machine Productions, we knew the first story we wanted to tell was the story of John and Mary Winchester, or rather the Supernatural origin story. I always felt like my character, Dean, would have wanted to know more about his parents’ relationship and how it came to be. So I love the thought of having him take us on this journey.”
Some fans still believe that Padalecki’s tweets are either a joke or publicity stunt — as Ackles and Padalecki are known for being good friends off-screen, and frequently joke together.
Meanwhile, others unearthed old footage from a virtual convention panel conversation in March this year, where Padalecki says Sam will “absolutely” be a part of the future Supernatural-aligned projects that Ackles was shown speaking about. Watch above.
Supernatural aired its last season finale on November 19, 2020, after 320 episodes across 15 seasons of Padalecki and Ackles playing on-screen brothers.
Prior to their 15-year stints as demon-, ghost-, monster- and general supernatural-hunters, Padalecki was most well-known for his role as Dean Forester in Gilmore Girls, while Ackles was known for his roles in Smallville and Days of Our Lives.
Whatever the outcome of this brief beef, it can simply be summed up with the following tweet:
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