You may recall that, last June that Jared Padalecki first learned of a Supernatural prequel produced by Jensen Ackles on Twitter like the rest of us. He was not happy (despite saying he was). “Dude. Happy for you,” he tweeted at Ackles. “Wish I heard about this some way other than Twitter. I’m excited to watch, but bummed that Sam Winchester had no involvement whatsoever.” When someone suggested that Padalecki was joking, he insisted he was not, saying it was the first he’d ever heard of it. “I’m gutted,” he tweeted.
There was a big one-day stink, Supernatural creator (and The Boys’ showrunner) Eric Kripke — who clearly knew about the prequel — tried to mediate a peace on Twitter in now-deleted tweets, and the Supernatural fan community melted down. Padalecki even had to ask fans to stop tweeting death threats, because Supernatural fans are intense.
By the next morning, however, Padalecki and Jensen had a nice talk and things had settled. Padalecki said as much on Twitter. “We’ve travelled a lot of roads together,” he tweeted. “And sometimes those damn roads have bumps. Bumps don’t stop us. Once brothers, always brothers.”
In an interview with The New York Times published a few days ago (but only now coming to my attention via Deadline), Padelicki sought to clarify what had happened. He said that in his conversation with Ackles the morning after, he was told, that The Winchesters is “‘not picked up yet. It’s not even written yet.’ He knows and I know how much Supernatural means to both of us, and it wasn’t a secret he was trying to keep, necessarily. It was just something that he didn’t feel really even existed yet.”
But, Padalecki also suggested that his initial reaction was not received by social media the way he intended. That it was a misunderstanding, of sorts.
It was just one of those things that because it was online, and people were assuming I was part of it, I really wanted to just say: “Hey, I’m not keeping a secret from you guys. I just don’t know about this.” And I should be old enough to know better than to put something out there and expect that people will understand. It’s hard to tweet a specific tone. If you write it online, it’s like, “Oh, he doesn’t know! They’re going to kill each other! The world is ending!” And I’m like, “No, no, no.” [Laughs.] I try to avoid social media as much as possible because of that.
He just didn’t get the right tone across, see? It wasn’t his fault. It was our fault for misinterpreting him. He wasn’t mad. He just wanted to let the fans know that he wasn’t part of it.
And I’m sure, when he delivered this now-deleted Tweet to Robbie Thompson — a friend and writer on Supernatural and the showrunner of The Winchesters — that he was just bro’ing out with a pal! It’s our fault for not understanding the tone!
So silly! What friends!
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