On Wednesday night’s Supernatural, Dean and Sam’s paternal grandfather Henry revealed that his son John and grandsons were supposed to be… book nerds!
While mom Mary was from a clan of hunters, the Winchesters come from a line of Men of Letters, who are keepers of knowledge that they share with a select group of hunters. Cupid brought the brawn and the brains together by uniting Mary and John — but after traveling to 2013 and dying in the arms of Dean and Sam, Henry never made it back to his time, leading his son to believe his father abandoned him. And so John never fulfilled his legacy and instead became “a hunter through necessity,” says executive producer Bob Singer.
Now Dean and Sam are left with Henry’s “key,” aka a box that holds scrolls and all sorts of valuable information. At the episode’s end, they make plans to lock it away in the safest place on Earth, and we’ll see that location next Wednesday.
“It’s a really stunning set,” describes Singer. “It’s full of mysteries. It’ll become kind of a home base for the boys. We’re really excited about it. After eight years of never having a home base, this will be home base for quite some time.
“When they go in there, it’s pristine,” he continues. “It’s like been hermetically sealed and everything [is] just as it was. It’s perfectly neat. The only sign that someone had to get out of there in a hurry [is] a chess game that was uncompleted and an ashtray full of cigarettes.”
But that’s not all that the brothers’ new digs contain. The new locale is John’s journal multiplied “by a hundred,” adds the EP. “It’s got every source of information that would be interesting to the boys.” That makes bookish Sam incredibly delighted, while his bro has other priorities. The younger Winchester “is totally immersed in the place, and Dean’s just happy to have his own room. He’s put posters up. He says to Sam, ‘If you want to do this geek stuff, that’s fine with me. But I’m just digging this.’”
However, don’t expect the Winchesters to invite all their hunter pals to their new hub for a get-together. “This all plays into the tablet business,” reveals Singer. “The information that’s contained in this Men of Letters bunker, if it fell into the wrong hands, it would be quite a powerful weapon against the boys. So it has to remain a secret and guarded closely. As we go down the line the rest of this year, and hopefully next year, [those] dramatic turns will take place because this is an important place.”
Other tidbits from Singer:
• That phone conversation between Dean and Benny in “Torn and Frayed” is not the last we’ll see of the vampire. “He was really fighting the good fight of trying not give into his bloodlust and Dean having to cut the ties is a hard thing for him. We’ll explore that idea of what he’s going through.”
• On Sam’s lady love, Amelia: “We think she’s a really valuable character. We liked her a lot, and it certainly creates a big complication in Sam’s life. We’re just doing the end of the season now in the room, and we’ve talked about bringing her back, but we don’t have anything specific.”
• There will be no more Sam or Dean flashbacks this season.
• For now, the show will not introduce any more tablets.
Supernatural fans, what did you think of the Winchester family twist? Are you excited for Dean and Sam’s new home base? Hit the comments to weigh in!Follow @VladaGelman