"I just decided to take the first part of the season easy," says the Supernatural star. "Twenty-three episodes [per season] is a long, long shoot, and I usually would direct the first episode that we would film."
Throughout the past five seasons of Supernatural, Mr. Ackles has directed the first episode, but now he feels he needs to take a break from that and reinvest his time as Dean Winchester. The Supernatural actor cites no alarming reason for the change, other than he feels he needs to focus more attention on his acting. Jensen adds that Season 12 contains some very difficult episodes, suggesting that they may be emotionally and physically challenging.
For Season 12 of Supernatural, Jensen also revealed a couple of things he would like to see happen. First, he hopes to send Dean back down to Purgatory for another visit, and although he wouldn't hint at a scenario for Dean's return to that part of the Underworld, he seemed eager to explore the idea. Ackles also hopes to bring Supernatural back to the monster-of-the-week format, at least partially.
Jensen's on-screen brother also has some ideas for the new installment of Supernatural. Jared Padalecki feels one relationship, in particular, has been left under-explored.
"I love Misha [Collins]. I get a lot of Sam/Dean scenes, and I love Jensen, but I love exploring the Sam/Castiel relationship," says Supernatural's Padalecki.
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