When Supernatural season 11 ended, things were not great for Sam — and that’s a bit of an understatement. He returned to the bunker thinking his brother was dead, only to be confronted by a member of the British Men of Letters who then shot him. And things aren’t going to get better, as Jared Padalecki previewed at San Diego Comic-Con.

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Watch the video interview with Jared Padalecki:

Here are the highlights:

  • He wasn’t surprised when he read that Sam is being tortured.
  • “It’s fun work to do. For me, it seems like a badge of honor or trust that they’re giving me such difficult stuff,” Padalecki shared. “As far as where it fits in the story, I think it’s neat because I think you see Sam in a funny position where he’s like, ‘Wait, y’all are British Men of Letters? We’re on the same side, what’s going on?'”
  • The British Men of Letters have a very different way of going about things. “Sam and Dean aren’t used to being told what to do or how to do it or answering to any sort of hierarchy,” he explained. The British Men of Letters are more “structured and regimented,” and that’s “really foreign to the boys.” Plus, they didn’t start off on the right foot.
  • Though he wishes there would have been a conversation between Sam and God, with the Darkness around, it became a matter of triage.
  • Padalecki is excited to play a son, pointing out that while John has been on the show, he and Sam didn’t get along and Sam left when he could for Stanford. Now he has a mother he loves but doesn’t know, and since she too is a hunter, instead of telling Sam and Dean, “All right, guys, call me when you get home, here’s a sandwich,” she’ll say, “I’m in.” And for Sam, it’ll be “We’ve lost you before…”

Supernatural season 12 premieres Thursday, October 13 at 9pm on the CW.

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Meredith Jacobs

Contributing Writer, BuddyTV

If it’s on TV — especially if it’s a procedural or superhero show — chances are Meredith watches it. She has a love for all things fiction, starting from a young age with ER and The X-Files on the small screen and the Nancy Drew books. Arrow kicked off the Arrowverse and her true passion for all things heroes. She’s enjoyed getting into the minds of serial killers since Criminal Minds, so it should be no surprise that her latest obsession is Prodigal Son.