The clock is running out for “Supernatural” fans this season. Not only does the show’s season finale air tomorrow, but it’s been a year since Dean (Jensen Ackles) made a pact with demons to give up his soul to bring his brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) back to life. The story line introduced us to Castiel (Misha Collins), an angel who brings Dean back from Hell to help the brothers in battle. Fans love him — most, anyway.
Yvonne Villarreal, a frequent contributor here at the mighty Hero Complex, talked to Collins about what fans can expect from the show’s season finale, which airs tomorrow on The CW.
YV: First, congratulations! You’ve signed on to appear in the show’s fifth season as a series regular. What does that feel like?
MC: It’s always nice to know you have a job in my line of work … It’s nice. It’s nice.
YV: So you’ll be relocating, right?
MC: Yes. I’m going to rent a place up in Vancouver. I’m going to go up in a couple of weeks and just sort of figure out where I want to live. I’ll probably relocate in about six weeks. We start shooting in July.
YV: Has your role as Castiel changed your outlook on angels?
MC: It’s caused me to think a lot more about angels than before. I really never gave the idea of angels much thought before. I think there are presences out there that we can’t see or directly communicate with that have benevolent influence on us. Whether they’re angels or something else, I’m not sure. I definitely don’t have the sense that there are beings in the stratosphere sitting on clouds playing harps. I’m not one of those believers. But it’s been interesting to explore the mythology of angels as well, and learn that, in the Bible, angels are incredibly destructive forces; they really are more warriors of God and implements of destruction than they are the guardian angel perched on people’s shoulders that has become more popular in modern times.
YV: Do you think Castiel’s relationship with Dean and the human emotions he’s experiencing will cause him to reconsider being an angel?
MC: I think that it’s possible that there can be some serious shake-ups. It’s possible Castiel will fall along the way. I don’t know. I went into the writer’s room; they tried to cover up the Dry Erase board. So I really don’t know what’s going to happen. They like to keep me in the dark for some reason. I would like to see my wings at some point, though. It would be nice. I mean, just the shadow doesn’t cut it.
YV: Maybe next season.
YV :Before then, what should fans expect from Thursday’s finale?
MC: Well, things are heating up. Things are getting … in a word, apocalyptic. That would be a good summation. I think there’s going to be a lot of big shake-ups in the finale. There will be death. There will be major character changes. Really, the … is going to hit the fan as far as the apocalypse is concerned. Castiel is going to be struggling with orders — very, very distasteful orders — from the heavenly command. He’s been sort of commanded to do things that are kind of awful. He’s struggling with that. Saying more is, I think, too much.
YV:How would you like to see your character evolve next season? Where would you like to see him this time next year?
MC: I don’t know. The White House? President Castiel? I’d like to see him starting to operate according to his own moral compass. To see him stop looking to others for answers. If he stopped taking orders and really struck out on his own more. I think that would be much more interesting for Castiel. And, maybe, I don’t know … maybe he should get, like, a girlfriend or something. Castiel deserves his scene with a girl in back of the Impala.
YV: I’m not sure your fans would like that very much. Is it shocking to see just how much fans love you and your character?
MC: Yes. I’m totally shocked. I didn’t even know the fan base of “Supernatural” was as avid as they are. I’ve never really been on a show that has such a devoted fan base. I only sort of peripherally knew of Trekkies … I didn’t really know people could be this enthusiastic about a TV show. So that’s been a shock. And being an object of fan infatuation has also been a shock. It’s been fun and fascinating and a little bit surreal. It hasn’t gotten terribly threatening so until I get a bona fide stalker, I’ll be OK with it.
YV: So you haven’t been accosted?
MC: Well … it depends on how you define “accosted.” But, you know, not violated, I don’t think.
There have been a few people, in very serious tones, who have professed their love for me after a 10-second conversation, which, to me, just felt a little hasty.
YV:I guess Jared and Jensen are familiar with that scene. What’s it been like working with them?
MC: Oh, those guys are such douche bags. You know, no one ever says that about their co-workers! I wish I could say that I hate working with Jared and Jensen, but I don’t. We just have a lot of fun. We laugh a lot. That’s the biggest challenge on set: Not laughing during takes, which I think is a really good problem to have. I’ve been experimenting with different ways to not laugh. Biting my cheeks is actually very effective. There’s a little tip.
YV:The latest episode hinted that Jimmy was giving himself over to Castiel for good. Is that the end of Jimmy?
MC: He does say this is it. You can never go back. But just watching the episodes of the last few seasons, no matter what they say or do, people can always come back. I’m certainly not willing Jimmy can never come back. It’s “Supernatural.” Even when they’re dead, burned, disposed, they can still come back. You’re never dead for sure on this show.
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