May - 6 - 2011

Supernatural Interview with Ben Edlund


Few men epitomize the moniker of “evil genius” quite like Ben Edlund, the multi-talented executive producer,
writer and director of the CW’s ‘Supernatural.’

Edlund is responsible for many of the most comedic episodes of the spooky CW drama, but he’s also credited with a number of the show’s most mytharc-heavy, emotionally satisfying entries, and this week’s episode looks to be no exception.

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ (Fri., May 6, 9PM ET on The CW) marks Edlund’s first foray into directing since 2004, and AOL TV caught up with him earlier this week to discuss the challenges of directing his own script, as well as what fans can expect from the last three episodes of the season. Tread lightly, there are spoilers ahead.

Congratulations on the pick-up announcement for season seven! Have you started having discussions about what the broad strokes of next year might be in the writer’s room, or have you all been taking a break?
I was fortunate enough to take a break, but we are now back to discussing. It’s the first kind of broad stroke, very washed out, kind of loose imagery time, which is really a lovely time to play with.

Jared Padalecki and Jensen AcklesWe’ve had the epic — if unseen — civil war in Heaven as the backdrop this season, with a more personal story for Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) at the forefront, will you be attempting to balance the two tones again, or focusing on a specific plot?
I think that every season our ideal is to create a sandwich and put Sam and Dean in the middle. [Laughs] So we’ll probably do the same thing that we were trying to do originally — there will be an overarching storyline. It’s inevitable as time for them, from when they were first driving around and a ghost was a huge problem and a demon was an undeniable nightmare that they could barely contend with, and now, here they have to take out 12 angels or something and they’re all, “Well, how exactly? Okay, let’s go.” They don’t even hesitate…

The Man Who Would Be King airs tonight at 9PM ET on The CW, before ‘Supernatural’ takes a one week break
and returns on Friday, May 20 for the two-hour season finale.

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