Supernatural Prequel Series The Winchesters Wraps Filming Pilot

There's a pretty basic rule to filming anything, and it's that once you start filming something you will eventually reach an end to filming. And that rule applies today in a way that should make fans of the Jensen Ackles & Jared Padalecki-starring Supernatural very happy. As you know, The CW ordered a pilot for the SPN spinoff  The Winchesters, with Jensen Ackles and Danneel Ackles executive producing. Centered on Dean (Ackles) & Sam Winchester's (Padalecki) parents – John (Drake Rodger) and Mary (Meg Donnelly) – and told from the perspective of Dean Winchester, The Winchesters tells the epic love story of how John & Mary met and how they put it all on the line to not only save their love but the entire world. Now, we're learning that their love story is one step closer to making it to the screen with Danneel Ackles confirming that filming on the pilot has wrapped.

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Supernatural — "Lebanon" — Image Number: SN1413D_0028b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as John Winchester — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

"That's a wrap!!!," Danneel Ackles wrote. "What a dream! Thanks to all our family new and old." Now here's a look at Danneel Ackles' Instagram post from earlier today confirming that filming had wrapped:

Supernatural co-EP Robbie Thompson is writing and executive producing, with Ackles and Danneel Ackles executive producing via their Chaos Machine Productions banner (in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Studios). Speaking with TVLine recently while watching filming on the pilot, Ackles offered some more intel on what viewers can expect. Here are some of the highlights:

Ackles Had His Doubts That a Series Like "The Winchesters" Could Work at First: "To be honest, I was like, 'I don't know if we can do this' and then it took [writer] Robbie [Thompson] and me sitting down going like, 'Well, we know we have to do this, and we know we have to do that, but if we just connect those dots with a straight line, that's not entertaining. That's boring. That's a simple story. If we connect those dots in a much crazier, wild 'Supernatural' way, then we've got a show.' So that's what we've been doing."

"The Winchesters" Won't Change SPN Mythology But It Will Expand Upon It: "That's kind of the exciting thing, in my opinion, is that the waypoints or the tentpoles that were established on the mothership, as we lovingly call it, those will get touched on. But we'll get to those waypoints in a way that we probably didn't expect. And that's what we're really having fun with is, like, the story is coming together. It's not the washed version. It's not the sugar-coated version of how mom and dad met. This is like what really happened. But we do play into the moments that were discussed and that were talked about,just maybe in a slight varied way that seems like, 'Whoa, wait, we knew that happened, but I didn't know that's why it happened or that's how it happened.'"

Wait… We Thought John Didn't Discover Demons & Hunting Until AFTER Mary's Death? "Obviously, we've got a massive fix for that. But we get to that point, and we play the 'Ooh, that's why' kind of a thing."

Is Ackles Interested in Adding the "Director" Title to His Resume If "The Winchesters" Goes to Series? "I hope so. Obviously, I gotta get approved by the studio, but I think they know me, so I might have a good chance" [laughs].

Supernatural — "Lebanon" — Image Number: SN1413D_BTS_0372bc.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Behind the scenes with Jensen Ackles as Dean, Jared Padalecki as Sam, Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as John Winchester — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Donnelly's Mary Campbell is a 19-year-old who's been fighting the forces of darkness for most of her life. After losing someone close to her, she considers quitting the family business — until her father's disappearance and the arrival of newcomer John Winchester forces her to lead a new team. Rodger's John Winchester has recently returned from Vietnam. Selfless and clear-headed, he finds a new mission back home, where traces of his father's past lead him to a secret organization and a whole new war as a hunter. Nida Khurshid's (Station 19) Latika Desai is fiercely intelligent and braver than she believes. A young hunter-in-training, Latika Desai uses research and problem-solving skills to help her face her fears in battling dark forces.

Newcomer Jojo Fleites's Carlos Cervantez is easygoing, confident, and a natural when it comes to fighting demons. But most of all, Carlos is a boost of positivity for the team as it takes on more serious threats. Bianca Kajlich plays John's mother, Millie Winchester, grandmother to Dean and Sam. Kajlich's Millie is hard-working, tough, and has done the bulk of parenting in her family for the past 15 years. She has always worried John, a Vietnam veteran, would take after his father and wanted to prevent him from pursuing a dangerous life. She is now coming to grips with the fact that this is exactly what John plans to do. Demetria McKinney's Ada Monroe is a bookstore owner who also takes interest in the mysteries of the occult.

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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