'Supernatural': Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki talk clowns, Castiel, and going crazy

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spn-clowns-sam.jpgWell, "Supernatural" fans, seven seasons into our favorite show, we've finally reached the unicorns-and-clowns episode. This week we'll see the Winchester boys return to Kansas to investigate Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie, a Chuck E. Cheese type of children's establishment where kids' worst fears are coming to life.

For Sam, that means getting his butt kicked by some violent clowns. We sat down with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles last week on set to get the scoop on this episode. "It's not just like oh, it's a cute beating," Jared tells us. "It's a whoopin'. It took over a day to film us fighting through all different parts, myself and two clowns. It was a lot of fun, but I couldn't walk for like two days [after], because it was so labor intensive, getting up, getting down, jumping on this... I think I'm tougher than I am, so I like to pretend I'm doing the hard stuff. I think it's going to be funny and scary in a really 'Supernatural'-only way."

Jensen admits that he never thought they'd quite reach the unicorn phase of the Winchesters' adventure.

"The fact that we've come this far and we're still going and these guys are still motoring along, in a way it's really cool, because it's such a rarity these days," he says. "I mean, people get the plug pulled after two episodes of airing, so to have carved out a little spot for us, even though it's on Friday nights, it works. Thank God for the people who watch us, for our fans, because they've stayed committed to the show. It's very rewarding."

spn-plucky-dean-run.jpgThough this episode could definitely be classified as one of the more comedic hours of the season, there's no shortage of tragedy in the Winchesters' life right now. After losing Bobby, Dean is dangerously close to losing Sam as well -- and he doesn't even know it yet.

The CW recently released photos from Sam's Lucifer-driven hallucination scenes in upcoming episodes, so it's no secret that his mental state is in serious peril -- which puts Dean's world into a tailspin later in the season.

"He's lost Cas, he's lost Bobby, and what little part of Sam he does have left, that's all he's got," Jensen says. "I think if that were to up and go, too, it'd be the end of Dean. He wouldn't have a reason to get going. He'd get very self-destructive; he might kamikaze for Dick Roman. Who knows."

"I think we're going to see me probably in a straight jacket. I go totally berserk, totally nuts. I completely lose it. We've all been scared of it, and we'll see it in action."

Judging from a recent photo tweeted by Misha Collins, Castiel -- or at least, a guy who looks like Castiel -- will come into play as Sam spirals. "It's not Castiel," Jensen says. "It is, but it isn't. First, Dean's just gobsmacked. It even says 'jaw to the floor,' I think, when he sees him. I think there's a lot of mixed emotions about it. He's probably elated to have his friend back, and somebody who he knows that he can count on, even though he doesn't know who he is -- meaning Cas doesn't know that he's Cas. Personally, from an actor's standpoint, I'm just glad to have the gang back together, so to speak."

We're hoping that Castiel's return gives Dean a little bit of inspiration to move forward. "There's an excitement there because I think he'd lost a lot of hope when Cas went away. That was a really big blow, I think, to his motivation in this fight, and then again when Bobby left. He feels like he doesn't really have -- he obviously has his brother, but he's... a mental case right now, so even though he has his brother, part of his brother, it's a tough time for Dean right now."

Don't forget to tune in, tonight at 9 p.m. EST on The CW. In the meantime, catch our video interview below for more from Jared and Jensen.


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