'Supernatural' Interview: Ben Edlund on the Men of Letters Headquarters, Necromancy, Nazis and the Tablets
'Supernatural' Interview: Ben Edlund on the Men of Letters Headquarters, Necromancy, Nazis and the Tablets
Carla Day
Carla Day
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
On Supernatural, the Winchester brothers are in for a big change once they find the Men of Letters headquarters. They will have a home base, a wealth of knowledge to review, and a new case to solve involving Necromancers and Nazis!

Consulting Producer Ben Edlund spoke with reporters on a conference call about "Everyone Hates Hitler," which he wrote. It looks to be an intense episode with a bit of humor too. 

Sam and Dean's Reaction to the Men of Letters Headquarters

Edlund: Sam's really excited that they're in this place and he's really jazzed about this wealth of information and library there and everything that comes from inheriting the Men of Letters headquarters. Dean is a little less geeked out in that regard and kind of points out that all of the information terminates in 1958, so how it relates to the present day is a mystery to him in a sense, but then the case actually stems from what they learn by going over the files. Sam is kind of connecting the dots trying to figure out what is relevant today and gets a hit on something that draws them into the case that they wouldn't otherwise have pursued.

Headquarters is Indirectly Related to Tablet Story

Edlund: In this one, the tablet story is not front-and-center.  ... The way that Sam feels is that there's  a family inheritance from their grandfather. He views it as a break in the whole of their quest. It bolsters their needs overall for their goals for the season. He feels strongly that things will come from this and he leaps into the library and the databanks of this place. 

Basically, it, for him, represents a kind of well that he wants to get to know because he feels convinced that it's going to actually give them leads and information because in the history of the Winchesters, they've had the myths of secret societies but very few or almost no contact with them. We've never really made a point of them and they are a huge corridor of occult studies.

For Sam, it's like "We've found it. This is an important thing that's going to add up to something that will give us tools to fight the enemies we are courting" I will go ahead and say it doesn't directly affect the tablet story, but that it builds in on their story as time passes.

Why the Thule?

Edlund: We needed a sort of counter-force for the Judah Initiative and Thule is historically perfect. They really did exist and they are wildly occult. ... These guys really did fund the early days of the Nazi party and had some early interactions with Hitler and stuff. 

On Necromancy

Edlund: Necromancy as a rule, one way or the other, it's like the darkest form of magic you can use usually and in this case it is something that the Thule are working on to try and wed death for their own purposes. It's like a self-empowerment move as much as anything else. It's kinda like in this situation, it allows us to kind of create a new species of undead critter, which is basically Thule Necromancer.  

It gives us this new species of retched critter who happens to be a Nazi, so you can especially kick them in the face, no offense to -- well, I guess you don't really have to worry about offending Nazis that's what is so nice about it.

Comedy Aspects of "Everybody Hates Hitler"

Edlund: No, it's just like a rainy Wednesday, it's terrible and just full of obligation. No, I'm kidding. It's got a lot more funny, than I've had maybe in my last few episodes. Even though it revolves around some very dark material, as all episodes do, in it is this natural comedy team of a giant Golem with a kind of old school sense of purpose and a young Jewish man; but not an Orthodox Jewish person. 

He's supposed to be a rabbi by the rules of the awakened Golem and he's far from it. So it lends itself to some of my favorite kind of writing." "and the boys dealing with this comedy team get to be comedic themselves. There's a bit of that and even in exploring their new home, there is a couple of moments." 

The Golem is Huge

Edlund: The Golem is so physically present that the guy we got to play him, John Desantis, is amazing. He's like 6'11. Usually when I'm writing something for Sam and Dean and I say, "Oh and this person towers over Sam and Dean," I'm in a really bad place to begin that discussion cause Jared is 6'6 or something and Jensen is tall, really tall. They are just both really tall.  Trying to get them be towered over is pretty much an impossibility. 

Desantis' voice sounds like a church bell rolling down a hill. It's great. He adds such presence to the intent of the comedy that's written in the script which is amazing. There is physical comedy and then just the physics of the Golem standing there is comedic.

Supernatural airs Wednesdays at 9 pm ET on the CW.

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