One of the most exciting holiday themed episodes airing this year is tonight’s Supernatural, where Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have to battle an evil version of Santa Claus. In a recent interview with TV Guide, creator Eric Kripke revealed that “we wanted to be the first, and I’d imagine only, Christmas special complete with impalements, cannibalism and torture scenes.” Kripke also dropped hints about some revelations that will be seen in tonight’s show, as well as what fans can expect in new episodes once the writers’ strike wraps up.
“What I really rub my hands together in glee about is that we are far and away the most violent Christmas special in the history of television,” Kripke stated. “One of the things I’m really proud of in this episode is that the legend is one of our most accurate, not just in discussion of the anti-Claus, but also when you research Christmas you discover that the vast majority of Christmas traditions are actually pagan. So is Easter.”
However, not everything in the episode is gory and meant to scar little children. There are also flashbacks to the young Winchesters, which should enlighten fans who have been craving a bit more backstory.
“To be able to tell the story of the day that Sam lost his innocence, not just that there was no such thing as Santa Claus, but that there was such a thing as everything else, was too good an opportunity to pass up,” Kripke continued. “[The flashback] explains where Dean got his necklace that he wears in every single episode. It explains the beginning of Sam’s estrangement from his father and his indoctrination into the supernatural world. It’s quite a big moment.”
After tonight’s Christmas special, Supernatural only has four completed episodes remaining before it will be effected by the writers’ strike. Kripke teases that in the final four, “We actually spend a little more time with how Dean himself feels about going to Hell, because right now he’s accepting that he’s going to Hell and he’s unwilling to do anything to stop it. That changes 180 percent in Episode 10. Something big happens to him that makes him realize he desperately wants to live and he desperately doesn’t want to go to Hell.”
Kripke admits that if the strike isn’t resolved by 2008, he’ll have to figure out a way to scale back the season. However, he already has big plans for post-strike episodes. “There’s a fun one where we bring back the Hellhounds, the bumbling ghost hunters back from Season 1. The whole show is an episode of their reality show. So we’re shooting an entire show on hand-held video Blair Witch-style. Like when X-Files did their episode of Cops. It’s our loving tribute to Ghosthunters on Sci Fi.”
– Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TV Guide
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