Supernatural's Musical 200th Episode: 'Subversive,' Meta and Not Like Buffy

Supernatural Episode 200 Spoilers

This is a little ditty about two American kids growing up in the heartland.

No, we’re not talking about Jack and Diane, but Supernatural‘s Dean and Sam Winchester, who get a song of their own when they discover a high school musical based on their lives in tonight’s milestone 200th episode (The CW, 9/8c).

Even by the CW drama’s standards, this is not your typical installment — and this is a show that’s had episodes about fairies, Nazi necromancers and LARPing. So TVLine gathered some scoop from the stars and producers on what you need to know about their latest risky, crazy hour.

IT’S FULL OF SONG… BUT NOT FROM THE WINCHESTERS | With everyone belting out a tune, will Dean or Sam join in? “I wouldn’t hold your breath for Jensen [Ackles] or I to sing,” star Jared Padalecki replies. “But that’s not to say that we won’t be singing at some point in time, somewhere.” Perhaps their hesitation to bust out a melody has to do with the horror of stumbling upon a bunch of teenage girls not only crooning about the brothers, but also playing them and their friends and family. “Their reaction is suitably concerned, a bit bewildered and ultimately forgiving,” showrunner Jeremy Carver describes.

IT’S NOT GOING TO “SLAY” | Although Thompson “loved” the Buffy musical episode and calls it “fantastic,” he didn’t draw on it or any other TV musicals when crafting Supernatural‘s lyrical entry. “Unlike something like ‘Once More, With Feeling,’ which is integrated into the story, this is more the boys seeing a music version of their lives,” he explains. “So it’s a little more presentational.” Instead, Thompson listened to “mostly musicals and one movie, Phantom of the Paradise, which is this ’70s, weird Brian De Palma movie which I just love from my childhood. So somewhere in between Rent and Phantom of the Paradise, which is a weird mix,” he says with a laugh, adding that his wife is “the biggest inspiration in this episode because she’s a huge music-theater person.”

IT’S BEYOND BOLD | The CW series has never been afraid to try something new and different (like “The French Mistake” or “Changing Channels”) and the experimental “Fan Fiction,” which Carver describes as “a little bit subversive” and “a love letter [to the fans] wrapped in a little bit of craziness,” is yet another risky venture. “A high school musical is not something you would think would be in Supernatural, but one of the reasons we’ve been on so long is that we’ve never shied away from taking chances,” executive Robert Singer adds. “And this is a pretty big chance, so we’ll see what happens.”

Supernatural Episode 200 SpoilersIT’S REALLY META | Expect to see some “iconic moments and phrasing” from the series, teases Thompson. “The songs are very much commentary on episodes that we’ve seen, environments that we’ve seen. And it is very much these fans writing their love letter to the show.”

IT BROUGHT OUT THE WATERWORKS | Reading the script for the landmark installment garnered a surprising response from Padalecki: “It’s not a sad episode, but I felt like I was driven to tears,” he reveals. “The fans won’t be. People watching the episode will be like, ‘He cried reading this?’” So what drove the actor to have such an emotional reaction? “It’s such a communal experience,” Padalecki says. “This show is not Jensen. This show is not Jared. This show is not [creator] Eric Kripke or Bob Singer or Jeremy Carver or [director] Phil Sgriccia. This show is the fandom and the fans and the crew that has made this exist for 10 years. You see shows with Oscar winners and with Emmy Award winners that don’t achieve this. We have none of the above, but we’ve been able to plug into something that means something to both the fans and to us as the performers. It’s something very special that I’ll be forever grateful for.”

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13 Comments
  1. XtremeCota says:

    Yikes, I love the meta episodes but I’m not sure how I feel about this. A musical with teen girls? Because that’s what people want to see? Plus, that clip above was a bit…much. The singing, the looks of the girls too each other, the brothers’ sad eyes.

    Hopefully I’m surprised and there isn’t too much singing and just a lot of Jensen and Jared doing what they’ve been doing for 200 episodes.

    • Weezy says:

      I agree. As a hardcore Supernatural fan, some of the outside the box episodes are my favorites. However I’m pretty dissapointed with the premise of this one. And for them to do it as the 200th episode? I don’t know maybe it will be alot better than I’m expecting.

  2. Georgia Madman says:

    Phantom of the Paradise has just been released on BluRay. I saw it too in my youth and had to have it. Its really strange but cool, too.

    • Lucy says:

      I came across the last 20 minutes of that movie on a movie channel once as a teenager; it was so bizarre and horrific, I couldn’t look away. It was 5-7 years later before I even figured out what I had been watching.

  3. ninamags says:

    OMG! I totally teared up during that 30 second clip. Seeing Sam and Deans expressions was heartbreaking.

  4. Ari says:

    I may or may not have started tearing up at Jared’s comments. SPN is such a community. Aw you guys! 200 episodes!

  5. ninergrl6 says:

    In large part due to Supernatural, I used “meta” to describe a passage from Macbeth last week. lol Can’t wait for this episode!

  6. beserked2 says:

    I just watched it. It started off pretty dodgy, but I tell you, by the end it was brilliant. One of my favourite episodes to date because it really IS like a love letter to the fans.
    Being part of the fandom you SEE all the nods they make – big and small and it made my stomach flop all over the place.
    There is so much cheese but they’ve dealt with it so well and if there were to be a musical episode of SPN I’m glad they’ve done it this way because seeing Ackles and Padelecki actually singing would be too distracting to enjoy the episode.
    As a fan, I feel ridiculously grateful that they’ve done this for us – on their 200th episode no less.

  7. Ella says:

    I honestly teared up a little at that clip and I’m not even a crier! I have my reservations but hope it delivers!

  8. Trin says:

    The 200 th episode was THE WORST EPISODE OF SPN EVER. This shoud should have ended with dignity like two season ago!

  9. Doretha says:

    I love supernatural..I got a crush on Dean Winchester..Best show ever

  10. Wen says:

    2 words… Nailed It!!

  11. Code3 says:

    That episode was a hoot and fun to see the characters.. We all thought it was very cool, funny, even a little sentimental.. Totally everything a Supernatural episode should be ..!!