Supernatural has much doom and gloom in the upcoming 11th season, but, according to Jared Padalecki, there are some lighter toned episodes as well and that includes an entire episode dedicated to the the one lady that has kept the hearts of the Winchester brothers through the entire series. Supernatural fans have seen Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) lose nearly every woman they’ve opened up to, including a mother, fellow hunters, girlfriends, and even a few demons, but one lady has always stayed by their side, surviving as many battles as the brothers, themselves.
The 1967 Chevy Impala.
As Supernatural‘s Padalecki asserts, the Impala is as important to the show as is both Sam and Dean Winchester.
“It’s done in a very clever Supernatural way, mind you, but episode four is a very cool episode,” Jared Padalecki said. “It’s all about the Impala. We’ve had this third lead character for 10 seasons strong and, we’re not revealing a personality, but we see just how much a part of the Winchesters’ lives it is.”
Entertainment Weekly reports that the Supernatural episode in question will entail a lighthearted car wash scene, as well as some of those moments Supernatural fans see in so many episodes.
“[There’s] a bit of everything: the obligatory Sam-and-Dean-talk-over-the-hood-of-the-Impala, or Sam-and-Dean-talk-in-the-Impala,” Jared said.
The episode shines a light on the Impala, says the Supernatural star, and gives fans a much more comprehensive understanding of how important that Impala has been throughout the series. The episode shows how often the Impala has been taken for granted, particularly in scenes where the car is set up in the scene with no one questioning how it got there or what it’s really doing there, almost as though it has a mind of its own.
The Impala was even vital to helping the boys avert more than one apocalypse in past seasons, as Hypable points out, but even that is only a small part of what has made the Impala such a treasured and adored character on Supernatural.
Supernatural Pays Tribute to the Impala in a Past Episode
This won’t be the first time Supernatural will devote time to exploring the Impala’s importance to the Winchester brothers. In season 5, episode 22, “Swan Song,” Chuck Shurley (Rob Benedict) narrates a brief, but telling, history of Dean Winchester’s Chevy Impala.
Let’s be honest. Alone, that 1967 Chevy Impala is wholly unremarkable and indistinguishable as a vehicle. It doesn’t talk or have an in-dash forensics lab. No turbo jump. Not even a privacy mode. Just a car like any other. Yet, as Chuck points out, it’s so much more to Sam and Dean.
“It never occurred to them that, sure, maybe they never really had a roof and four walls, but they were never, in fact, homeless.”
The Impala is just as important to Supernatural fans as well. There was a time, when, due to the Leviathans, the Impala had to be hidden away, because it was too easily recognized as Dean’s ride. That never really sat well with fans. They may as well have brought in new actors to play Sam and Dean, while they were at it – That’s how alienated fans felt without the Impala there to save the day.
The history of the Impala gives much needed characterization to Dean’s car and “Swan Song” is especially memorable for giving that to fans, so this season’s 4th episode, “Baby,” is really something special to which fans can look forward. Along with the comic relief, the episode promises more history of our beloved Impala.
It’s about time this special lady gets the attention she deserves, particularly because she’s the only female to make it through ten years of demons, devils, and gods. That’s one tough girl!
Supernatural season 11, episode 4 “Baby” is scheduled to air on October 28 on the CW network.
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